Community Building : Case Studies

CAN has engaged directly with one of the UCA San Ramon’s members, the Denis Gutierrez Cooperative, to promote agroecological coffee production through its AgroEco® Coffee Program, read more about the venture in this article. (download here) .....

In 2013, the Growing Coffee without Endosulfan project visited 21 farms in Colombia, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The aim was to compile successful farmer experiences in using alternative pest management methods for control of the Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) Hypothenemus hampei, the main pest for which endosulfan is used in coffee. Read about their expe.....

With 270 hectares of land in the Chantonnay commune of Vendée, the agricultural group for joint farming, GAEC Ursula318 is a model of agroecology, the fruit of an ecological process initiated in the 1980s. Read about their experience in this article. (download here) .....

 This case study summarizes the key findings from more than a decade of research in arable systems across different Western European countries and how this understanding could be applied not only in organic farms but in other systems aiming to reduce external inputs.   (download here) .....

This case study gives a good example of very effective biological control of a highly damaging pest in a subsistence food crop. Even though biological control solutions were already known in the Sahel at the time of the first outbreaks 40 years ago, only recently has an effective system been established to control this pest, involving national rese.....

Scientists at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Kenya and Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom, and farmers in Kenya, have developed an innovative approach to managing the pests and weeds – known as the ‘push-pull system’. Read more about this innovation in this article. (download here) .....

Cotton is hugely important to households and the national economy of Benin in West Africa, with over 2 million of its 8.5 million citizens relying on cotton as their main source of income. From the perspective of the Beninese Organisation for the Promotion of organic Agriculture (OBEPAB) and the several thousand farm family members involved, organi.....

MASIPAG, a nationwide network of small-scale famers, farmers’ groups, scientists and NGOs, translates to Farmer-Scientist partnership for Agricultural Development. This is a farmer-centered and bottom-up approach, in which farming families are encouraged to learn and work together in groups; and which builds on farmers’ knowledge not only worki.....

 A group of farmers from the Kuruvai village in Palakkad district in Kerala have withstood difficult times and emerged successful by turning to a method of paddy cultivation without using chemical pesticides.

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 In Andhra Pradesh, India, the CMSA grew from a small experiment on 163 hectares in 12 villages to over 300,000 farmers cultivating 552,000 hectares between 2004-2008… CMSA farmers are now able to manage pests effectively withouth recourse to a long list of insecticides, many of which are Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) (download h.....