Strengthening the resilience of small-scale farmers is critical to reversing the rise in hunger and ending poverty


Today, on the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I wanted to step back and reflect on the progress we have made collectively and through IFAD‘s work and also look at the challenges we are facing to further reduce poverty. — Read on http://www.ifad.org/en/web/latest/blog/asset/41385382

Livestock and agroecology


A summary key opportunities for livestock to contribute to the agroecological transition Livestock is found in all agroecosystems and includes a diverse range of species and breeds raised in a variety of production systems. Livestock play an important role in enhancing food security and nutrition of the public at large and the rural and urban poor in…

Goat is playing a Pivotal role in Rural Economy! Small Scaled Farming is a Hope


An article in ‘Animal’ compares the lifetime performance (mortality, maturity, nutrition, birth weight etc.) of West African Dwarf goats kept under various feeding systems. via Lifetime performance of West African dwarf goats under different feeding systems — ILRI news

Small Scaled Family Farming


In my view, farming is only profitable and sustainable in true form when it is practice as people's agriculture, not the machine's agriculture. With the people's agriculture, the orchard/garden is considered as part of the home and the animal cares as a family member.  I have the background of the subsistence rural agriculture and know the…

Added benefits of reducing meat and dairy consumption


When we think of the big drivers of climate change, cars and air travel often come to mind. But transformations over the past century in the way food is produced and consumed have resulted in more greenhouse gas emissions than those from transportation. The biggest culprits? Industrial meat and dairy. In addition to reducing global…

German toxicologist accuses EU authorities of scientific fraud over glyphosate link with cancer


Dr Peter Clausing says the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have twisted scientific facts to give glyphosate a clean bill of health. Report by Claire RobinsonGerman toxicologist accuses EU authorities of scientific fraud over glyphosate link with cancer copied from GMWATCH. The German toxicologist Dr Peter…

GMO Law Review Articles (Including Notes and Comments) — Ban GMOs Now Blog


Originally posted on Ban GMOs Now: “The pursuit of food security faces an uncertain future.Biocultural community protocols: tools for securing the assets of livestock keepers In the absence of a robust consumer rights framework, both farmers and consumers are heading into a future replete with unsafe and insecure food. Moreover, if the federal regulatory framework…

The Poisonous Fields


Do we really eat safe food? The reply cannot be a clear yes. The factory farming is producing toxic foods as the scientific findings revealed.  Sometimes I think ‘a day will come when the living people will say “those who killed in wars and disasters are luckier. Eating from the poisonous field make us prone…

Sustainable breeding strategies for Red Maasai sheep in Kenya — ILRI BioSciences


Although environmentally-adapted strains of livestock, are essential to smallholder farmers, there has been a decline in the populations of such breeds, such the ‘hardy’ Red Massai sheep. A recent poster by scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) emphasizes that through the implementation of various breeding strategies it may be possible to safeguard this…

Small Scaled Livestock Farming! Glimpses from Indian Gujrat


Small  Scaled Livestock Farming and pastoralism are synonymous in many parts of the world. This beautiful system produces unique quality of food items in a very ecofriendly way. The system is sustainable, having no negative effects on the mother earth's health. This system is community centered, rich with traditional knowledge, a full family business and…

Small Scaled Farming Promotes Diversity


Contrary to factory farming, small scaled farming promote diversity. The factory farming promotes uniformity. Here are the key massages of the International Penal of Expert on Sustainable Food Systems (iPES)'s discussion. The slogan of the IPES is "FROM UNIFORMITY TO DIVERSITY" The key massages are here below. Today’s food and farming systems have succeeded in supplying…

Factory Farming Leads to Soil Erosion


Small-scaled subsistence farming is the key to keep our soil healthy and fertile. On the other hand the factory farming is resulting in the soil erosion and narrowing the genetic resources (biodiversity). The erosion of soil has largely occurred due to the loss of structure by continual disturbance for crop planting and harvesting. If soil…