Permaculture and sustainable nutrition: transformative global food systems for better citizen and planetary health
Abstract: More sustainable diets could make a significant difference to climate change, biodiversity and our waters. Food production uses 70% of the world’s freshwater supply, agriculture produces 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and livestock uses 70% of agricultural land.
Author/s: Dr. Elizabeth Westaway, 2017 (Aranya Agricultural alternatives) . Download/Link:
Permaculture Design as a Solution for Healthy Living
Abstract: Resource Mapping and analysis( permaculture approach), Permaculture Design course and other trainings, Creating health soil, Water Management, Crops diversification, Livestock integration, Permaculture and project implementation.
Author/s: ESTON MGALA (Malavi). Download/Link:
Comparing Organic, Agroecological and Regenerative Farming part 1 – Organic
Abstract: In this new three part series we present an analysis by Dr. Andrea Beste on the similarities, differences and synergies between the organic, agroecological and regenerative farming movements. Part one here outlines the history and current status of the organic movement.
Author/s: Andrea Beste, 2019. Download/Link:
Comparing Organic, Agroecological and Regenerative Farming part 2 – Agroecology
Abstract: Part two here outlines the history and current status of agroecology.
Author/s : Andrea Beste, 2019. Download/Link:
Comparing Organic, Agroecological and Regenerative Farming part 3 – Regenerative
Abstract: Part three here outlines the relatively new regenerative agriculture movement.
Author/s: Andrea Beste, 2019. Download/Link:
Boost Nature Positive Production a Paper on Action Track
Abstract: Transforming food systems involves five action tracks: i) access to safe and nutritious food, ii) sustainable consumption, iii) naturepositive production, iv) equitable livelihood, and v) resilience to shocks and stress. The overall goal of Action Track 3 is to reconcile the need for the production system to meet the demands from growing populations and rising prosperity with the necessity of restoring the environment, improving the quality of soil, conserving biodiversity, and sustainably managing land, water and other natural resources. The strategy is to protect, manage and restore ecosystems: to “produce more from less” and set aside some land and water for nature.
Author/s: Elizabeth Hodson, Urs Niggli, Kaoru Kitajima, Rattan Lal, Claudia Sadoff (2021). Download/Link:
In South Korea, centuries of farming point to the future for sustainable agriculture
Abstract: Agriculture in South Korea is a blend of centuries-old traditions and contemporary techniques adapted to a variety of environmental conditions, making it a model to adopt in the effort to future-proof food production against climate change. With its emphasis on making the most of local conditions, prioritizing native crops, maximizing the use of organic inputs while minimizing waste, South Korea offers templates for nature-based solutions. State and local support of farmer’s livelihoods, revitalizing rural areas and incentivizing youth to enter farming are also ongoing efforts to help guarantee the generational sustainability of agriculture.
Author/s: Latoya Abulu, 2021. Download/Link:
Ecosystem Services for Human Well-Being
Abstract: Healthy ecosystems provide services that are the foundation for human well-being including health. Ecosystem services are the benefits people obtain from ecosystems: provisioning services (also known as goods) such as food and water; regulating services such as food, pest, and disease control; cultural services such as spiritual and recreational benefits; and supporting services, such as nutrient cycling, that maintain the conditions for life on Earth.
Author/s & Publication: Biodiversity and Agriculture, 2008. Download/Link:
Non-Pesticidal Management of Pests: Status, Issues and Prospects - A Review
Abstract: This review paper attempts to bring various issues in the light of recent developments in eco-friendly pest management approaches. Indiscriminate use of pesticides along with monocropping has resulted in the severe dwindling of natural enemies of pests leading to major pest out breaks. This paper discusses the issues related to pest management and in the process of controlling pest, how farmers entered into debt traps and committed suicides. The key issues emerging include increased inputs costs, yield loss due to pest damage, integrated pest management, access to alternative technologies, importance of traditional knowledge, impact of pesticides on environment and human health. The successful alternative non-pesticidal management methods are highlighted in the paper.
Author/s & Publication: B. Suresh Reddy (2013). Download/Link:
TRAINING MANUAL For Master Trainers Capacity Building for Community Resource Persons On Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture
Abstract: Agriculture is vital to the economy of Andhra Pradesh, but farming in the state has been fraught with a number of challenges. Sixty percent of the workforce depends on agriculture in the state and generates a quarter of the state GDP. Since adoption of the Green Revolution in the seventies, Andhra Pradesh continues to be one of India’s major producers of rice, cotton, groundnut and lentils. However, agricultural growth rate and growth rates of yield of major crops had begun to decline in the nineties. A number of factors contributed to this – the high cost of conventional agriculture which is input intensive, the lack of access to institutional credit, insufficient irrigation and inadequate state-run extension services. Farmers across the state were in distress.
Author/s & Publication: National Rural Livelihood Mission, Download/Link:
A FACILITATOR’S MANUAL on SUSTAINABLE INTEGRATED FARMING SYSTEMS
Abstract: This manual is an outcome of the “Sustainable Integrated Farming System Program” which is implemented in three countries (Bangladesh, India and Nepal) since 2011 by six national NGOs in cooperation with Welthungerhilfe. This manual is a contribution to bring back a genuine interest in skill building for small-holders by facilitating an intensive and systematic process to bring more diversity to the farms, as well as integrate and improve production processes. We believe that farming, including smallholder farming, is not only a traditional lifestyle or livelihood, but also a profession and a business, which can be viable. To maximise the benefits from small-farming, civil society, the private sector and Governments need to step up efforts to provide effective extension and skill building. In this sense, this manual can provide a model for larger interventions.
Author/s & Publication: Welthungerhilfe South Asia Regional Office, March 2014. Download/Link: