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Action Alert: Call for Case Studies on Conservation Farming/Agro-ecology

30. January 2012

    The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) is inviting submission of case studies concerning conservation farming/agro-ecological projects or activities that illustrate the effectiveness of these approaches both for enhancing environmental sustainability and for increasing yields.


    A few emblematic case studies will be selected for presentation at an event to be organized by the EAA and its partners at Rio+20/United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 20-22 June 2012.


    Case studies should be submitted initially in outline form only, a maximum of two pages, with links or references to any additional supporting information, images or video. The submitters of the selected case studies will be invited to develop these outlines into presentations for the purpose of the planned event at Rio+20.


    Case study outlines should be submitted in electronic form to ccampeau@e-alliance.ch by the deadline of Monday, February 20, 2012.





    The first goal of the EAA’s ‘Food for Life’ campaign entails advocacy for food production, trade and distribution systems that are just, participatory and democratic, are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable, and support the right of all people to adequate, healthy and culturally appropriate food.



    EAA members have increasingly focused attention on ‘agro-ecological’ conservation farming methods, and on the growing body of evidence of increased yields as well as of ecological sustainability.



    During the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban in November-December 2011, EAA – jointly with ACT Alliance – held a side event “Can we achieve food security in a climate constrained world”, in which sustainable smallholder agriculture was profiled. It is hoped that a side event convened in the context of the Rio+20 Conference could be a useful initiative for further profiling and promoting sustainable, smallholder-based, agro-ecological methods of food production, and for sharing new evidence of their efficacy in both environmental and food security terms.


    EAA members and partners have a wealth of experience in food production using these methods in many different parts of the world. The EAA hopes to present a distillation of this experience at Rio+20, in order to help focus attention on sustainable smallholder-based agro-ecological methods of food production, rather than only on the prevailing industrial-scale artificially-enhanced agricultural production methods.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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