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Ecoagriculture is practiced by hundreds – maybe hundreds of thousands – of rural communities worldwide. They might not call it ‘ecoagriculture,’ but most rural communities have innovative strategies for conserving and sustainably using the natural resources that sustain their livelihoods. They grow crops to feed their families and earn a living, and they rely on healthy ecosystems and the complex systems of biodiversity in their landscapes to do so. There is a vast amount of knowledge each of these communities holds that could be useful to other communities trying out ecoagriculture approaches and for development organizations looking for successful models, but they are often not recognized as innovators, and they are not well-connected. As a result, their knowledge has remained largely hidden.
The Ecoagriculture Snapshots series was created to spotlight the many examples of ecoagriculture that already exist to both raise awareness that ecoagriculture is indeed a viable development strategy and to help link the people and organizations who have been quietly working in isolation for so long, so that they may support each other and others to find sustainable solutions to produce agriculture, improve rural livelihoods, and conserve precious natural resources and biodiversity.
We are actively looking for new Ecoagriculture Snapshots! If your community or organization would like to highlighted in this series, please contact Ariela Summit, EP program associate.
Select from the snapshot profiles above. Alternately, you can click here to display a list of case studies below and you can then chose by title.
- Holistic Management of Rangelands in Dimbangombe, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
- Agroforestry in the Buffer Zone of Sinharaja forest, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
- Sustainable Tea Production in Kericho, Kenya, Kenya
- Wetland Rehabilitation in the Skagit River Delta, Washington, USA, USA
- Livestock Passage Corridors to Ensure Herd Mobility in Benin, West Africa, Benin
- The COMACO Model for Increasing Smallholder Farm Productivity and Decreasing Wildlife Poaching in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia, Zambia
- A Watershed Approach to Vineyard Management for Creek Restoration and Endangered Species Protection in California's Napa County, USA
- Vanita Mahila Mahasang: A Women’s Initiative to Secure Livelihoods and Secure Biodiversity in Dahod District, Gujarat, India
- Enhancing Agricultural Productivity on the Margins of Kakamega Forest, Kenya, Kenya
- Pred Nai Community Forestry Group in Thailand, Thailand
- The Dehesa and The Montado: Ecoagriculture Land Management Systems in Spain and Portugal, Spain and Portugal
- Community-Based Stewardship, Improved Range Management, and Habitat Conservation in Southwestern United States Grasslands, USA
- Biodiversity-friendly aquaculture on the Veta la Palma Estate, Spain, Spain
- Paying for Silvopastoral Systems in Matiguás, Nicaragua, Nicaragua, February 2009
- Stakeholders lay the foundations of ecoagriculture in Mt. Elgon, Uganda, Uganda