Tag Archives: Agroecology

“Mieux comprendre les innovations paysannes”

Georges Félix was intervieewed on farmer led-innovations at the Foire d’innovations paysannes d’Afrique de l’Ouest (West African Farmer Innovator Fair) held in May 2015 at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Find the article on this link (unfortunately only in French!)

crédits photos : Georges Félix
Rabah Lahmar and Hamidou Sawadogo discussing about benefits and limits to the use of Piliostigma as soil amendment in semi-arid Burkina Faso. Picture taken by Georges Félix at Kamboinsé Experimental Station (2014)

From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’

Idrissa Ouédraogo lives in Yilou, a village of the Central Plateau of Burkina Faso, with his wife Fatimata Sawadogo, and their children Nafisatou and Felicité. They grow mainly sorghum and cowpea, and also raise chickens, sheep and goats on a plot Idrissa was given some years ago as a gift from an elder. The soil had a hard surface crust and was completely degraded (known locally as zippélé). Nothing would grow on it, not even grasses. But Idrissa had a vision. He knew he had to bring back the native vegetation if he wanted to grow food. And he knew which shrub he needed, baagandé, or camel’s foot (Piliostigma reticulatum).

Idrissa Ouédraogo showing a field with Piliostigma shrubs. Picture by Georges Félix at Yilou, Burkina Faso (2014)

Read the full story here : From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’



Agroecology Symposium at the FAO: a small step for farming families, a big step for policy makers

Agriculture Ministers from Japan, Algeria, France, Senegal, Costa Rica, Brazil, and the EU commissioner of agriculture and rural development. All expressed their commitment to support agroecological development in their countries at the1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition. (Photo credit: Ana Paula Matei)

The general message at the symposium was clear: agroecology is key to building sustainable food systems.

“Agroecology can find a shelter under the FAO”. These were the words of FAO’s General Director, José Graziano da Silva at the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition on the 18th and 19th of September 2014. Set in the headquarters of the FAO in Rome, with 400 participants from all over the world, Graziano da Silva stressed the potential agroecology has to end world hunger while supporting family farmers.

Read the full text here: http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/news/agroecology-symposium-fao