Library

The Library for Food Sovereignty (LFS) is a community-led resource for sharing, building off of, and safeguarding agricultural innovations from around the world. Made up of exclusively farmer knowledge, the LFS supports appropriate technologies and open frameworks to advance on-the-ground movements and leverage the potential of local knowledge. The innovations include socio-cultural, environmental, and technical solutions to farming and natural resource management alongside compelling stories.

  • 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 a farmer 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:

  • Locally Formulated Dairy Goat Meal Ouko Elisah Joran
    March 22, 2017
    Locally Formulated Dairy Goat Meal, Kisumu, Kenya
    Joe Ouko feeds his goats his Locally Formulated Dairy Goat Meal (LOFODA-G-MEAL) Ouko Elisah Joram The Story: The seventh of eight children, Ouko Elisah Joram (known to his fr...
  • Harvesting Flying Ants
    March 17, 2017
    Harvesting Flying Ants, Kikandwa, Uganda
    Traditional Technique in Kikandwa, Uganda; Documented by Kiranda Steven Mwesige, Mohammed Bisaso and Family The Story: Traditional knowledge and inventions are agricultural te...
  • ControllingTicks
    March 13, 2017
    Controlling Ticks with Mutungati Concoction
    Joyce Mawia Mutiso preparing the Munguti tree bark The Story: In the arid region of Kyuso, Kenya, livestock keepers often encounter complications when treating their herds for...
  • Herbal Pesticide
    March 10, 2017
    Herbal Pesticide-cum-Fertilizer, Odisha, India
    Debdulal Bhattacharya, Debal Deb, and Mahendra Nauri hold a workshop to teach locals how to adopt their herbal pesticide innovation Debdulal Bhattacharya, Debal Deb, and Mahen...
  • Soybean Fertilizer
    March 7, 2017
    Soybean Fertilizer for Fruit Trees, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Mr. Troung and Phu Dien Commune The Story: Mr. Troung, a businessman-turned-farmer, made his career change when he inherited his parents’ land more than 20 years ago. Born int...
  • Sun Drying for Food Secuirty
    March 3, 2017
    Sun Drying for Food Security, Kisumu, Kenya
    Helen Ouko Akinyi   The Story: Helen, one of nine children, grew up on helping out on her parents’ farm. Once finishing senior school, she went on to receive a certifi...
  • Land Renewal Oaxaca
    February 28, 2017
    Land Renewal, Oaxaca, Mexico
    Melding Indigenous land renewal practices with modern know-how to rejuvenate community and environment Jesús León Santos The Story: In the 1970s and ‘80s, the Mexican governm...
  • Medicinal Uji
    February 24, 2017
    Medicinal Uji: Banana-Moringa Porridge, Kowiti, Ke...
    Aoko Irene Osida The Story: Aoko grew up in a large family, the fifth of 12 children, not far from the port city of Kisumu, Kenya. As a child, she loved helping her mother wit...
  • Chrispine Adet's self-made tractor
    February 21, 2017
    Self-Made Tractor, Ogwedhi, Kisumu, Kenya
    Chrispine Adet The Story: Until recently, farming was not a big part of Chrispine’s life. The son of a mechanic, he is a professional accountant who inherited his father’s f...