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???????????Study on Agroecology (OAKLAND INSTITUTE) in Africa Sweet potato harvest. Credit to Aminah Jasho, KHCP.


The thirty-three case studies shed light on the tremendous success of agroecological agriculture across the African continent. They demonstrate with facts and figures how an agricultural transformation respectful of the farmers and their environment can yield immense economic, social, and food security benefits while also fighting climate change and restoring soils and the environment.

What is Agroecology?

Agroecology is the application of ecological science to agriculture and agroecosystems. It encompasses a wide-variety of practices, which are coherent with key principles of environment preservation, social fairness, and economic viability. Therefore, agroecology combines parameters of sound ecological management, like minimizing the use of toxics by using on-farm renewable resources and privileging endogenous solutions to manage pests and disease, with an approach that upholds and secures farmers’ livelihoods.


Local Context, Long-Term Impact

While agroecology promotes low use of external inputs, it is a very knowledge-intensive system. Transmission of this knowledge, adaptation to local contexts, and appropriation by farmers and government technicians, are essential steps for farmers and communities to reap the benefits of agroecology. The case studies demonstrate how the expansion of agroecological practices will generate a rapid, fair and inclusive development, that can be sustained for future generations.

Permaculture Gardening: Rainy Season Projects August 17, 2015

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We Wander but Are Not Lost

This rainy season we missed the opportunity to get involved in a summer club program at the school.  I don’t believe any currently exist, so we decided to focus on 2 things, first a permagarden to be built at the Health Center to get the most visibility, and a bed net demo since our Woreda just got a shipment of at least 20,000 bed nets to be distributed to Becho and all the surrounding kebeles in the ‘catchment’ area.

Our permagarden focuses on filling the gap between the large farming knowledge of the area and the few but large crops that are grown here: coffee, chaat, corn, tea, honey.  The community no doubt is very successful in growing these items, but we are trying to connect the farming knowledge with a small family size garden to help nutritionally and financially.  Right now it seems that everyone with land has prioritized…

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