Category Archives: Agriculture

A kitchen garden for work and “Seeds for Food” (Willem Van Cotthem)

Agroforestry and container gardening AGROFORESTRY, CONTAINER GARDENING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEEDS FOR FOOD Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM Honorary Professor University of Ghent (Belgium) Beeweg 36 – BE 9080 ZAFFELARE (Belgium) We have been discussing with colleagues and friends the … Continue reading

Posted in agroforestry, Climate / climate change, container/bottle gardening, Desertification, food / food security, seedsforfood

OPENING THE WAY FOR ANOTHER SEED REGIME (Agricultures Network / Farming Matters)

Read at : http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/cultivating-diversity/changing-seed-politics?utm_source=mag-mar-2014&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Seeds-or-grains&utm_campaign=30-1 Seeds or grains: Breaking the dichotomy Written by Fernando Fleury Curado , Amaury Santos , Paulo Petersen , Luciano Marçal da Silveira , Emanoel Dias da Silva Increasingly, seeds are the domain of professional seed breeders, … Continue reading

Posted in Desertification, food / food security

THE FINCAS BUENAS PROJECT IN GUATEMALA – IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING ! (Jay JACKSON)

THE FINCAS BUENAS PROJECT (Solola, Guatemala) Information sent by Jay JACKSON over Facebook (2014-03-07) To Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM (Zaffelare, Belgium) https://www.facebook.com/willemvancotthem Once again, sir, I thank you for your inspiration and interest in what we are doing! This … Continue reading

Posted in bottle towers, container/bottle gardening, Desertification, drought, food / food security, hunger / famine, malnutrition, nutrition, small-scale farming, vertical farming

Soil and water conservation for rural communities (Excellent – Pioneers of Sand Dams))

Read at : http://www.excellentdevelopment.com/what-we-do/supporting-rural-communities Supporting rural communities See how, with our partners Africa Sand Dam Foundation, we are supporting rural communities with soil and water conservation in Kenya. Caught in a dryland trap Dryland regions are tough places to live. … Continue reading

Posted in dams / lakes / reservoirs / tanks, Desertification, drought, drylands, family farming, land / land degradation, Water

Agroforestry has been a key land restoration strategy (Siani)

Read at : http://www.siani.se/brief/agroforestry_land_restoration Sharing the Land: Restoring Degraded Ecosystems and Improving Livelihoods Through Agroforestry Roughly 24% of the world’s land area is degrading, including more than a fifth of the cropland and nearly a third of the forests – … Continue reading

Posted in agroforestry, Desertification, food / food security, land / land degradation

The value of an agroforestry approach to home gardens (Siani)

Read at : http://www.siani.se/brief/home_gardens_food_security Trees in Home Gardens: Making the Most of an Age-Old Practice to Improve Food Security and Nutrition Home gardens have been vital to human societies for thousands of years: from clusters of beneficial trees and shrubs … Continue reading

Posted in agroforestry, food / food security, nutrition

DISCUSSING MY BOTTLE TOWER TECHNIQUE (Willem Van Cotthem)

On March 13, 2013, I uploaded a video on my “Bottle Tower Technique” http://youtu.be/HuykRRspWOY (HOW TO BUILD A BOTTLE TOWER ) More than 68.000 people have already seen it. Plastic bottles can be recycled by stacking them into bottle towers … Continue reading

Posted in bottle towers, container/bottle gardening, Desertification, drought, food / food security, hunger / famine, malnutrition, small-scale farming

Rooftop farming or gardening : a solution (City Farmer News /

Read at : http://www.cityfarmer.info/2014/01/23/rooftop-farm-in-new-york-city-grows-50000-pounds-of-organic-produce-per-year/ Rooftop Farm in New York City Grows 50,000 Pounds of Organic Produce Per Year Linked by Michael Levenston Brooklyn Grange – A Rooftop Farm http://youtu.be/BTC_X1gblRE By Ecofilms Eco Business Jan 4, 2014 Excerpt: “That view behind … Continue reading

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Urban gardening : hands-on education in nutrition, food production and management (amny)

Read at : http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/urban-farming-is-a-hit-with-new-york-city-college-students-1.6881634 Urban farming is a hit with New York City college students “New York City is the epicenter for urban agricultural innovation,” says Nevin Cohen, assistant professor of environmental studies at The New School. “There’s a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, food / food security, urban agriculture/farming

Capacity development in tropical agriculture (Tropagplatform / African Technology Development Forum)

Read at : http://www.atdforum.org/spip.php?article541 The need for institutional capacity development in tropical agriculture The Tropical Agricultural Platform (TAP) initiative completed a comprehensive needs assessments to identify capacity gaps in Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) in Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America. … Continue reading

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