Persone, alimentazione e ambiente.

BCFN YES! 2018

YES! to participatory agroecology: Farmer-led plant breeding and soil regeneration in Maya milpas of southern Belize

Henry Anton Peller
Henry Anton Peller
USA
USA
The Ohio State University - USA
Cathy Smith
Cathy Smith
UK
UK
The University of Edinburgh - Scotland

We believe in the power of people-centered science that supports farmers to organize, learn together, and amplify agroecological innovations.

In living memory, the Maya’s lands in southern Belize have changed in ways that challenge agriculture and food security, with noxious weeds, soil degradation, erratic rainfall, and soaring temperatures. Farmers and scientists around the world are using agroecological innovations to confront these problems, including cover crops to regenerate topsoils and on-farm breeding for crop diversity & evolution. With groups of 20 farmers in 3 villages, we phenotype dozens of cover crop legumes and landrace maize cultivars in controlled farms. We select high-performing material, begin on-farm plant breeding via mass selection, and disseminate selected seeds. Farmer-to-farmer exchanges within and between villages share seeds and practices further. Presentations, publications, and documentary film communicate our story and results with global audiences. We aim show the world that, in building climate and food security, participatory agroecology generates winning innovations and takes them to scale.

Shortlisted projects

Benin

Benin

Contribution of social capital to improve Indigenous Leafy Vegetables (ILVs) business model performance in Benin
Soulé Akinhola Adechian
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The Netherlands

The Netherlands

Changing food practices in a changing food environment: the case of Syrian and Turkish migrants in Almere
Anke Brons
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Germany

Germany

Can information campaigns break the food insecurity and migration trap? A randomized experiment in Edo State, Nigeria
Moritz Gallei
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USA

USA

"We just ate dry bread": Understanding and halting the intergenerational chronic disease outcomes of young adults in Iraqi Kurdistan
Anna Grace Tribble
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Nepal

Nepal

Male out-migration and agricultural feminization: Agricultural productivity and farm drudgery among females in Nepalese agrarian households
Binod Khanal
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USA

USA

YES! to participatory agroecology: Farmer-led plant breeding and soil regeneration in Maya milpas of southern Belize
Henry Anton Peller
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Italy

Italy

The Silent Revolution: How smallholder farmers collective knowledge is shaping soil productivity in Ethiopia
Martina Occelli
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Benin

Benin

Shaping the business environment for successful youth engagement in agricultural entrepreneurship: A case study of Benin/West Africa
Frejus Thoto
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Germany

Germany

Can a city feed its people? Analysis of urban soils in Adelaide towards their safety and potential for urban agriculture.
Matt Salomon
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Kenya

Kenya

Enhancement of Sustainable Agriculture through adoption of Bio-Integrated Crop Management among Small Holder Tomato Farmers in Tanzania: Conventional versus Non-Conventional Farming Methods.
Geraldin Lengai
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