Sustainable Development (ISD): Supporting smallholder farmers and communities across Ethiopia

Gizaw Gebremariam remembers how farmers laughed the first time the Institute of Sustainable Development (ISD) team introduced the concept of row-planting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. Row-planting, which involves raising seedlings in plant beds and transplanting them in rows with plenty of space left between, was an unused practice at the time. Years later, Gebremariam … Continued

Soils, Food and Healthy Communities (SFHC): An agroecology approach structured around social and gender equity

There’s no shortage of topics to chat about when Anita Chitaya visits her neighbours. Chitaya is a long-time Community Promoter with Soils, Food and Healthy Communities (SFHC), a farmer-led nonprofit based in northern and central Malawi. On this particular day, Chitaya is meeting with Jennifer and Winston, a couple in her village. The conversation starts … Continued

Timbaktu Collective: Dignity and autonomy are vital ingredients in rural revitalization

In one of India’s most drought-stricken districts, the Timbaktu Collective is empowering rural communities to regenerate their farmland and sow the literal and figurative seeds of a better life. Timbaktu Collective is a grassroots NGO established in Anantapur district by friends Bablu Ganguly, Mary Vattamattam, and John D’Souza. Fascinated by permaculture, in 1989 the trio … Continued