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After 10 years, it was certainly time to reinvigorate our presence on the internet. The result of many months of hard work, our new website makes sharing information about sustainable family farming much easier. With new features and sections, readers... Continue reading
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The latest issue of Farming Matters is out, and the printed version is already reaching most of our subscribers. Many different people and organisations can be labeled as "stakeholders" when talking about small-scale family farming. But what do they learn... Continue reading
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by Mireille Vermeulen Food prices are on the rise again and the global market for commodities like wheat responds very nervously to every negative price tweet from Russia. One of the reasons that the wheat market is so unstable is... Continue reading
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A few days ago the Netherlands hosted the “2010 Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change”, which took place in The Hague. This conference was meant to bring together governments, international organizations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, philanthropic foundations,... Continue reading
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Volume 26.2 of FARMING MATTERS included an article which described risk-profiling as a an approach that can help "make farmers bankable". This is expected to help the category of farmers who are too small to attract loans or be of... Continue reading
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By Mireille Vermeulen Last week I went to a lecture on "World citizenship, necessity or wishful thinking?" by Jan Pronk, former Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation and UN special rapporteur for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). According to Mr. Pronk,... Continue reading
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by Mundie Salm The fourth module on Livestock systems of ileia's Learning AgriCultures series is now available for downloading. As with the rest of the series, this module is targeted at educators who seek learning resources to be used with... Continue reading
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By Mireille Vermeulen The world seems to be jumping from one crisis to the other: food, energy, finance… And yet how are they being solved? Is it not remarkable that member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development... Continue reading
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by Mireille Vermeulen Small-scale family farming is about food: producing food to nourish the family and to feed the world. UN reporter on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter, said in an interview with CTA last Monday, that access... Continue reading
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By Mireille Vermeulen and Edith van Walsum Talking about food is always nice - it gives you a good appetite and sometimes you can already feel the food in your mouth from the words. Well, it works especially well when... Continue reading
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By Edith van Walsum As I write this blog, Pakistan and China are suffering from serious floods, while Russia reels under drought. Millions of farmers have lost everything. Russia’s ban on exporting grains is already being felt in increasing prices... Continue reading
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By Mireille Vermeulen Country life is hard: hard physical work, no electricity, little money to spend, fewer services than in town, little leisure time… No surprise that young people go to cities and try to earn an income there. It’s... Continue reading
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By Mundie Salm In a recent issue of Time Magazine, a question was posed about whether organic food really is "better" than conventional food. In Health checkup: who needs organic food?, a number of vegetables, fruit and meat products are... Continue reading
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By Mundie Salm As the world's population is expected to rise from 7 to 9 billion by the year 2050, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that grain output will have to rise by around half while meat... Continue reading
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By Mireille Vermeulen I travel for two hours by train from my home in the north of Holland to reach my work in Amersfoort. Plenty of opportunity to look around and see landscapes passing by. We have had quite some... Continue reading
Posted by: U. Merc The Paraná Federal Court prohibited German chemicals giant Bayer from marketing and commercial release of Liberty Link maize, one of its' genetically-modified crops anywhere in Brazil due to the absence of a plan for post-release monitoring.... Continue reading
by Mireille Vermeulen Food prices will rise up again to 40% in the coming years and unlikely to ever fall back to levels before the 2007-2008 price spikes, say OECD and the FAO in their joint report Agricultural Outlook 2010-2019.... Continue reading
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By Jorge Chavez-Tafur Thanks to a kind invitation from CTA, I was two days ago in Brussels, attending the 19th session of the Brussels Rural Development Briefings. These are organised regularly by CTA, the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and... Continue reading
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The third module Cropping systems (interim version) of the Learning AgriCultures series is available for downloading. Module 3 describes different aspects of small-scale cropping systems, with particular attention to mixed cropping practices. It describes recent advances in the development of... Continue reading
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By Jorge Chavez-Tafur The XIIIth IAALD World Congress, which started three days ago, has just finished here in Montpellier, France. It has been a very interesting experience to meet so many professionals from all over the world, and to hear... Continue reading
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By Mireille Vermeulen Yesterday was World Environment Day, or Earth Day as others call it. As it is every year on 22 April. Did you notice something special? Was there any event organised in your community to bring the earth... Continue reading
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by Jorge Chavez-Tafur The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development, which took place during the last days of March in Montpellier, France, brought together more than 1,000 researchers, policymakers, farmers, donors, and members of civil society from every region... Continue reading
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posted by Jorge Chavez-Tafur The first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) is currently taking place in Montpellier, France. GCARD is organized by GFAR in collaboration with the Consortium and Independent Science and Partnership Council of the Consultative... Continue reading
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By KVS Prasad Responding to an invitation from the World Rural Forum, last week I was in New Delhi, attended the meeting organised as part of the campaign for International Year of Family Farming. I was there representing ILEIA and... Continue reading
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posted by Mireille Vermeulen It’s so nice to look forward to and look back on birthday-parties. For kids it is very simple: each year consists of the three months before and the three months after their birthday and the other... Continue reading