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It’s summer, well, at least in the Northern hemisphere where I am. And, over the past few weeks, I have been reading about pollinators and learning what I can do to encourage pollinator populations - a how to “plant for pollinators” if you will. I find it fascinating and I think other people might too, so in this blog I’d like to share some of the elements and resources I have found with you. Read the tips compiled by Anna-Sarah Eyrich here.
Gabriele Sutera was working on a farm in rural Nepal when the earthquake struck and has since visited isolated villages that were heavily impacted by the earthquake.
April 26, 2015. The last strong tremor occurred around midday and right after we took the motorbike to go to the village. Along the road we come across several villages. The houses are all closed and shops’ shutters drawn down, they are like ghost villages. Far from the buildings people are sitting on the road and are only meagerly protected from the elements by improvised tents. People are too afraid to go back inside the houses... Read more here in English and this blog is also available in Italian.
GAEA co-founder Mariola Acosta-Frances wrote a blog for CCAFS on the "Closing the gender gap in farming under climate change" event in Paris on March 19th, 2015. It was a high level event that gathered many professionals working directly or indirectly with gender issues in agriculture. Read the blog here.
GAEA has a new collaborator! Get to know Jaime Pérez Molina through his reflections on Life, Global Shifts and Visions of the Future
I believe that all of us, as world citizens, have the power to become “entrepreneurs of life” and to change our local environment. We must stop believing that others will solve the problems of the world and assume that mantle ourselves. We should follow no leaders, and quit their destructive ideals - after all, not even revolution has thus far been able to change the fact that a wealthy few, from pharaohs of old to the bankers of today, still rule over all those less fortunate. The time has come for us to evolve. We must take the responsibility of starting local, sustainable business and activities: from urban gardens to organic restaurants, from exchange markets to gift circles, from local power sources to alternative transport systems. We must begin the evolution from the ground up, making our own decisions instead of accepting those from above, shaping our own reality and cooperating to build a better and more prosperous world for everyone. So let’s take that power, those skills, that freedom that we have and use them for something good! Let’s start by creating a forum where all of us from around the world can support one another in our efforts. Read more about Jaime's reflexions here
The tasting room of a tea factory in Central Province, Sri Lanka was adorned with pictures of happy women flashing big toothy smiles, harvesting tea as colorful butterflies floated idyllically in the fields. Looking at the pictures and reading the panels, visitors cannot help but feel that the plantation is both protective of the environment and socially conscious. However, one doesn't need to live in Sri Lanka for a long time to learn that, in reality, most tea estates are far from being either environmentally friendly or socially fair. In fact, it is the contrary: most tea fields in Sri Lanka are vast swaths of heavily sprayed, monocropped land and the tea pickers, the majority of whom are women, are amongst the poorest communities in the country and face great financial struggles to feed and sustain their families. Read more about certification schemes in this article by Mariola Acosta
"Agriculture is one of the main links between a human group and the "landscape” in which it lives and which it exploits. Through agriculture every environment has taught its inhabitants a certain way of life. The teacher of a culture is its environment, and agriculture is its classroom.” (Pierre de Shclippe, 1956)
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