Livelihood Funds (France)

Can private businesses be concerned about the future of the planet? It seems they can, and ever more so. For several years now, the Livelihood Funds for example have been managing investment funds to combat environmental degradation, climate change and poverty. The major investors include Danone, Schneider Electric, Crédit Agricole S.A., Michelin, Hermès, SAP, Groupe Caisse des Dépôts, La Poste, Firmenich, Voyageurs du Monde, Mars Inc. and Veolia.

There are currently three investment funds, launched in 2011, 2015 and 2017.

The path is paved with good intentions which are set out on the Livelihood Funds site.

We are talking about it because on 16 January they published an interesting article Why Water Preservation Needs A Healthy Soil. It details the links between water, soil and organic matter. Soil that is kept healthy thanks to sustainable farming and management practices, brings many benefits for the whole ecosystem and especially water quality. Continua a leggere “Livelihood Funds (France)”

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The Sète appeal

The 4per1000 Initiative has recreated the conditions for a piece of research based on interaction and dialogue: from those active in sustainable development to researchers to representatives of civil society, from professionals to political representatives. This is not enough, however: adequate financing is needed to respond with research to the urgent requirements of climate change.

Research labs must produce new scientific evidence that includes the “4 per 1000” approach in order to inform future political decisions. In order to achieve this and contribute effectively to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the 4per1000 Initiative must become a national and international research programme. The appeal is directed at France, but it holds true for all European and non-European states.

HERE the essence of the appeal launched at Sète (France) on 7 and 8 November, signed by researchers from France, Brazil, Spain, Madagascar, Senegal, and Morocco, and attached below.

Terres des liens (France)

As we said at the top of this newsletter, working together has become a necessity. The disappearance and degradation of the soil mean that action is urgent and necessary. Can the SIP Forum’s draft law remedy the highly negative situation we see described in all official documents, both Italian and European? It’s certainly a step in the right direction, but more is required. For example, there is a need to devise innovative rental contracts to give access to the land to new would-be farmers who want to farm but lack the necessary savings. There is a need for ways of making it easier to buy machines and tools. Farming methods that are organic and respect the environment should be encouraged by the use of tax breaks and other help. There needs to be support for those who set up groups or cooperatives to pursue agricultural and rural activities.  The list could go on and on. Everything is based, however, on a dramatic change in public opinion and in politics, which needs to give priority back to farming and those who work in it. Continua a leggere “Terres des liens (France)”

A card game that helps understand Agroecology

We are always on the lookout for tools that can help convey the importance of protecting the soil without necessarily using difficult scientific arguments. This is why we were excited to find out about an initiative that aims to use games to help people learn about agroecology.

Agro Challenges is a card game that helps young people learn about and understand agroecology through play. It was devised and produced by the Réseau Éducation à la Citoyenneté et à la Solidarité Internationale (Red) for agricultural education. The idea came about during a Franco-Brazilian seminar that set out to devise an educational game that could be used in all secondary schools. It consists of cards setting out the challenges that agriculture currently faces at local and international level. The players (between 3 and 6) can find out how much they know about agroecology while at the same time discussing the economic, dietary and social implications for the farming of the future. Continua a leggere “A card game that helps understand Agroecology”

The first Agroecology Europe Forum

In 2014, the FAO in Rome hosted the first International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition . In the wake of the symposium, several follow-up meetings were organised, also at the FAO’s initiative, on several continents. In Europe, the meeting was held in Lyon (France) on 25-27 October 2017, within the prestigious Isara University. Over 300 guests, representing farmers, technicians, researchers, students, national and international public institutions, civil society and NGOs attended this first Agroecology Europe Forum.

As a reminder, agroecology is understood as the implementation of ecological principles to agriculture, whether to produce food or other products, all of which is based on the management of agrosystems. This word encapsulates an agricultural concept whereby the scientific and social components of the ecosystem are taken into account. In other words, it is about creating a sustainable way of farming, able to feed the growing world population without jeopardising the environment and its natural resources. Naturally, it must also bring about economic viability to the farmers. The fundamental binding factor here is the soil. Continua a leggere “The first Agroecology Europe Forum”

When farmers are supermarket owners (France)

When we enter a supermarket, we become the final ring of a chain, which starts from the farmer, works its way through other commercial actors, and ends on the counter in front of our very eyes. The first “ring”, the farmer is in the least favourable position. His or her production must be approved by market law… technically by those who control commercial networks and sales. It is not a coincidence that the mafia have taken control of this “space” in the commercial chain which ensures high revenue, and at the same time gains agricultural land in order to speculate on recycling capital. Continua a leggere “When farmers are supermarket owners (France)”

4 per 1000 initiative: Poster Session

On 29th and 30th June of this year the second meeting for Members of the 4 per 1000 Consortium took place in Montpellier, and it aimed at reviewing all progresses made by the initiative, and recommendations from the Technical and Scientific Committee

In this occasion, an interesting Poster session presented projects related to the initiative, more specifically on food security, and on how to adapt to climate change.

The secretariat will present these posters at the SIP Forum’s meeting, which will take place in Bonn on 16 November.

The IRTA poster illustrates ways of retrieving data on emissions in agricultural systems in Mediterranean countries. This data makes it easier to evaluate the equilibrium of the organic matter in the soil, and suggest specific cultural practices for each case.

European Network of Cities for Agroecology

What brings Spanish, English, German, Belgian and French cities together?

The will to achieve environmental recovery in suburban areas by supporting ecosystems and organic agriculture. Under this light, around 15 cities including Bristol, Bruges, Freiburg, Grenoble and Madrid created the European Network of Cities for Agroecology. This idea came from a European Commission Life Project, and was launched last December in Zaragoza, at a convention entitled Huertas Life Km 0 (Vegetable Gardens, Life Km 0).

This laid the ground for the European network shortly joined by 15 cities. Continua a leggere “European Network of Cities for Agroecology”