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

The Farming System that Ensures Biodiversity Conservation


Small scaled family farming plays a multidimensional role, ensure not only livelihood but play a pivotal role in biodiversity conservation. Such farmers judiciously use the weeds and herbs grow along with the crops and use the crop residues as animal feed. Here are some pictures, I shot in my hometown Borai, Loralai which show us…

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

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…

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 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…

Role of small scaled farmers and food security


Colorful food market in Western Bengal Originally posted on AgHealth: Bird’s-eye view of a colourful food market in Western Bengal, where 70% of people depend on agriculture (photo credit: Krishnasis Ghosh/Bioversity International). In a recent blog post (11 April) published by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, Delia Grace, a food safety…

“Water scarcity” — a condition defined by the withdrawal of more water than is sustainably available — DESERTIFICATION


Photo credit: Nature ‘Water scarcity’ affects four billion people each year Global map charts locations that use more water than is available in at least one month each year. by Emma Marris In the western United States, disputes over the management of the Klamath River, which wends its way from southern Oregon to the […] via…

A Distinctive Instrument Guaranteeing Livelihood in the Thirstiest Lands of the Ecosphere


Forgotten and neglected but the still inevitable tool of small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists in driest lands of the world, ensure livelihood and food availability. Among the camel keepers, more than 70% are small scaled keepers, owning 5-15 camels. Amid small farmers, the camel is used for very diverse operations; water harvesting, agricultural operations and also…

Question Asked~ What is the Concept of Small-Scaled Livestock Production Syetems?


A question was asked in the context cited above by a Sudanese colleague. This question was raised in the DAD-Net discussion group. Here the question is provided in the ensuing lines. Many thanks for the interaction The question is how can we characterize the small-scale livestock producers in pastoral system?    kind regards Hassan Mohammed Nur…