Call for Articles: Family Farmers breaking out of Poverty

Are you interested in issues related to Family farming? If yes, then this Call for article by Farming Matters will interest you, read on…

Deadline: April 1st, 2014.

Farming Matters | 29.4 | December 2013

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”–Nelson Mandela

In the International Year of Family Farming we are confronted with a shameful paradox. Family farmers produce more than half of the world’s food. That is a reason to celebrate family farming. Yet, 70% of the world’s most impoverished people live in rural areas and belong to family farming or pastoralist communities. How is this possible? And how can this situation be changed? We seek your groundbreaking views, your innovative proposals and experiences that show how family farmers can break out of the poverty trap and increase their resilience.

Some countries are experiencing strong economic growth, even as food and nutrition insecurity increase. Conflicts over resources (land, water, and biodiversity) and degraded resource bases often threaten the poor and the marginalised who are directly dependent on these resources.

Poverty is not just about a lack of money. It has as much to do with people’s asset base in a much broader sense, and thus with power. Poverty is also about people’s capability to deal with situations of shock or stress – whether social, economic, political or physical. Poor people lack the resilience to effectively cope with these shocks. Over the last decade climate change has added to these problems, resulting in ever growing resilience deficits in rural communities.

How can poor people in rural areas break out of this vicious cycle? In the June 2014 issue of Farming Matters we will focus on how agro-ecological approaches strengthen the resilience of family farmers and help them break out of poverty. We will look at how agro-ecological farming practices and the social dimensions of family farming contribute to strengthening resilience and sustainable resource management.
In so doing we examine the roles of young people and women and how policymakers, organisations and researchers can actively encourage the effective and widespread use of agro- ecological approaches as a way to address rural poverty. We welcome your contributions, with supporting evidence.

Articles for the June 2014 issue of Farming Matters should be sent to the editors before April 1st, 2014.
E-mail: info@farmingmatters.org

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About kalusam

I am a graduate of Agriculture with options in Soil Science and Meteorology from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike- Nigeria. I am the lead Agribusiness consultant at Agritechnovate Solutions Entreprises. I have underwent several trainings, conferences and studies in Agriculture and entrepreneurship with University of Maryland, U.S.A , IHAV Foundation Conference, Association of Africa Business School (AABS) Agric business Launch to mention but a few. As a young farmer and entreprenuer with a passion for research and writing, I use this blog to share my experiences as well as inform Youths of the opportunities available in Agriculture and Entrepreneurship. Follow me on twitter: @kalusamanya Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kalusam Skype: kalusam WHatsapp: +2347036931636
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One Response to Call for Articles: Family Farmers breaking out of Poverty

  1. olakanmi oluwatomiisin says:

    Would have loved to participate in the call for articles but just saw the advert now and it’s late. I am a veterinary surgeon and running a NGO. It caters specifically to rural women. Due to the high cost of providing quality and professional services to livestock which translates to the fees by a vet being unaffordable to the local/ rural farmers and lack of clients to the vet also, I decided to bridge the gap by providing veterinary services free to rural women who needs it. In addition to that helping the women get market for their produces, accessing finance sources for establishing their own farms,empowering them and in summary giving them an opportunity to break free of the poverty cycle.

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