The CCRP FIPS project team (Farm Input Promotions Africa, “Village-based Agricultural Advisors”) is sharing the findings of their work on deep tillage with a new animated video. FIPS worked with SAWBO (Scientific Animations Without Borders) to create a 5-minute video, “Deep Tillage and Smarter Manure Use: Dig Deep, Save Money and Harvest More”. Using farmer-oriented […]
Highlights: Soil tool kit pH, POXC and P correlated well with standard lab measures. Tool kit measures were able to predict maize yield as well as lab measures. Tool kit measured POM was higher after incorporation of L. purpureus residues. The tool kit can help guide soil health management in smallholder farmer contexts. Abstract Smallholder […]
Source: Blessing Nyamasoka-Magonziwa, Steven J. Vanek, John O. Ojiem, Steven J. Fonte
Farmer field schools , a platform within the FAO, is helping to stop the spread of Covid-19 in international farming communities by “spreading accurate health information, building networks of solidarity focusing on vulnerable people, or organizing short value chains to ensure farmers’ products reach markets.” The global FFS platform team recently released these posters in […]
As part of the Agroecological Intensification Studentship program implemented by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), a series of webinars and online materials covering AEI research essentials has been made available in Spanish. Produced in conjunction with the Research Methods Support cross-cutting project, the materials for graduate students doing their fieldwork in the […]
Vermiwash is the liquid that is collected after water passes through compost made by earthworms. It is rich in plant growth hormones, micro-nutrients, and major nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Go here to watch the video, Vermiwash: an organic tonic for crops
Source: Produced by Shanmuga Priya for Access Agriculture
El conjunto de herramientas de salud del suelo reúne métodos simplificados para evaluar la salud del suelo a través de proyectos y redes que trabajan con pequeños agricultores. El sitio web del kit de herramientas describe protocolos para el pH del suelo, el carbono del suelo que es oxidable al permanganato (POXC o carbono activo), […]
Robust seed systems are central to sustainable food systems that are renewable, resilient, equitable, diverse, healthy, and interconnected. We also believe that there is an urgency to supporting community based and farmer managed seed systems in order to protect and enhance seed diversity. Recognizing this, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food commissioned experts […]
FAO and CCRP Collaboration Focuses on a Practical Tool for Agroecological Assessment CCRP is delighted to collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on advancing agroecology (AE). Since 2015, the CCRP’s grant support to the FAO has supported the development of the FAO’s Agroecology Knowledge Hub website. Its support also allowed the […]
Source: Edmundo Barrios, FAO Agroecology team: Claire Nicklin, CCRP-Andes regional team; Ric Coe, Statistics for Sustainable Development and CCRP’s Research Methods Support team; and Ernesto Mendes, U of Vermont. Editor: Rebecca Nelson.
The National Semi Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI) conducted participatory soil health assessments with farmers in Eastern Uganda using a soil toolkit by Smallholder Soil Health Assessment https://smallholder-sha.org/. This involved working directly with farmers to determine key soil health parameters including soil pH, phosphorus, particulate organic matter, macrofaunal, and soil texture in farmers’ fields without […]
The soil health tool kit assembles simplified methods to assess soil health in the context of projects and networks working with smallholder farmers. The tool kit website describes the protocols for soil pH, permanganate-oxidizable soil carbon (POXC or active carbon), particulate organic matter (POM), soil aggregate stability, and soil available phosphorus. In the downloadable manual […]
Le kit pour la santé des sols rassemble des méthodes simplifiées pour évaluer la santé des sols dans le contexte de projets et de réseaux travaillant avec les petits agriculteurs. Le site Web du kit décrit les protocoles pour le pH du sol, le carbone du sol oxydable au permanganate (POXC ou carbone actif), la […]
The CCRP Theory of Change (ToC) describes the broad systems change to which the CCRP contributes. The thematic intervention areas describe the more specific topics the CCRP invests in, as well as shorter-term outcome areas. The thematic areas are present throughout CCRP theoretical frameworks including regional ToCs, thematic ToCs, and project ToCs and are also […]
The AKH site includes profiles of people and initiatives working on agroecology. If you would like to have an innovative farmer or particular success story resulting from your project featured on the AKH, please view the Guidelines Agroecology Profiles.
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released the Agroecology Knowledge Hub (AKH) in November 2016. “Agroecology is based on applying ecological concepts and principles to optimize interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while taking into consideration the social aspects that need to be addressed for a sustainable and fair food […]
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The CCRP Program Theory of Change is a theory of pathways to transformation from unsustainable agriculture systems to agroecological systems. It is animated by an infinity loop diagram that shows how our program and regional grantmaking and assistance bridges local and global processes and action. CCRP also has thematic theories of change that get into more […]
In this short video, Ric Coe introduces the concepts of options by context interactions by describing the more standard “genotype by environment” interactions that plant breeders use, and then generalising the idea.
This video discusses some of the issues surrounding the design of experiments when considering options by context interactions, including how to decide what ‘options’ to test, and the contexts in which to test them.
Communication is vital when conducting experiments with farmers. This video discusses some of the issues of how, why and particularly what to communicate when working with farmers. We also make the case for a detailed written protocol to communicate the details of the design to yourself and others. Written by Ric Coe Designed by Emma […]
Replication is often a point of confusion for researchers. Often, researchers conducting on-farm trials will simply say “the farms / farmers are my replicates” and leave it at that. This video discusses why this is not a good idea, and why you need to think more carefully about where your replicates are in your design […]
This video gives some examples of how to look at data from on-farm trials in a slightly different way, enabling you to get more information from the data. We also discuss how to design your trial to make it as easy as possible to get useful and relevant information from the results. Written by Ric […]