Library

The Library for Food Sovereignty (LFS) is a knowledge base for showcasing, exchanging, and safeguarding farmer innovations and farmer-led documentations from around the world. Made up of documentations exclusively by farmers or farmer-led groups, LFS uses appropriate technology to advance on-the-ground movements and leverage the potential of smallholder knowledge.

  • Techincal Essays
    Detailed explanations of individual agroecological system components.
  • Farm Profiles
    Systems-level descriptions of how all parts function as a whole.
  • Interviews
    Conversations with world leaders in the agroecology field.
  • Topics + Opinions
    A critical look at global issues in agriculture and the greater food system.

What is an agricultural innovation?

Everyone defines innovations a little differently, and that’s okay with us! AGC defines innovations as new or improved ways of doing things as they relate to farming and natural resource management; new, that is, to a specific locality.

We like to differentiate between innovation (singular) and innovations (plural) as the first being a process by which people discover and develop new ways of doing things—using locally-available resources on their own initiative—and the second, innovations, as the product of that process, for example the techniques themselves that improve farming and natural resource management in some way.

All farmers experiment and innovate to some extent. But some innovations stand out as exemplar approaches or methods to addressing the myriad of challenges farmers face. These challenges range from maximizing the potential of a landscape to adapting to a changing climate—challenges relevant to farmers not just in one locality, but all over the world.  

Over the past six years, AGC has visited over 2,000 farms in over 30 countries and we have some incredible examples of innovations. The diversity of them is impressive: from the drought-stricken fields of California to the barren pebble mines of India, family farmers find site-specific solutions every day to their hardships.

Because of industrial agriculture’s gripping monopoly over family farming, nature, and markets around the world we believe it is paramount to nurture local innovation—a key element of farmer autonomy and self-reliant agrarian communities. As industrial agriculture works to close nature, local innovation aspires to open it for the benefit of all humanity. Please join us in collectively shaping a culture of openness and innovation led by the world’s 1.5 billion farmers!

Here are their stories.

Featured Innovations:

  • Cocoa Tree Pruning in Peru
    February 17, 2017
    Cocoa Tree Pruning for Higher Yields, Tocache, Per...
    Carlos Sierra and family The Story: Nestled in the high jungles of northeastern Peru, Tocache is a province of San Martín, Peru’s most important cocoa producing region. The ...
  • Breed insects manage pests
    February 14, 2017
    Breeding Insects to Manage Pests, Beit Shean Valle...
    Mario Levy and Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu The Story: Agriculture has always been an important part of life at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu (a Kibbutz is a communal settlement in Israel, usu...
  • February 10, 2017
    Newspaper Bags for Pomegranate Pest Control, Nepal
    Hira Lal Acharaya The Story: Ramechhap district, located in the mid-hills of the Central Development Region of Nepal, has been identified as one of the most vulnerable to clim...
  • Vermiculture Healthy Soils
    February 7, 2017
    Using Vermiculture and Effective Microorganisms to...
    Mr. Dam Van Vuong Dam Van Vuong’s Story: As a boy, Dam Van Vuong  lived on his parents’ farm in Hanoi, Vietnam. From a young age Vuong felt farming wasn’t his calling. He wa...
  • February 3, 2017
    Clay Incubator for Eggs, Djela Village, Ségou, Mal...
      Mr. Nouhoum Traore Innovation: Food insecurity threatens many rural villages in Mali, especially during the rainy season. Erratic weather, poor harvests, and atypical live...
  • January 26, 2017
    Cultivation of Amaranth Seeds, Kikandwa, Uganda
      Margaret Nabatanzi Innovation: Tall stalks of golden amaranth grow as weeds along the roads in Kikandwa, Uganda. Several years ago, Margaret, a lifelong farmer, came upon th...
  • Control White Grub with Akarkara Weed
    January 20, 2017
    Akarkara to control white grub, Uttarakhand, India
    Dharam Pal Singh, Laxmi Devi Innovation: Fluctuating climatic conditions in northern India have given rise to white grub—a common field crop pest—and have driven farmers to ...
  • Ants for Pest Control
    January 13, 2017
    Release of Leaf Stitching Ants for Pest Control, O...
      Mr. Debal Deb & community The Innovation: Debal Deb and his community in India have developed a technique of Integrated P...
  • January 6, 2017
    Swine Fever Tonic, Kasejjere, Uganda
    Nantongo Joyce Nalongo The Innovation: Nantongo Joyce Nalongo developed a tonic for swine flu using locally-available ingredie...