Farming for Biodiversity cover

Farming for Biodiversity Report


“Farming for Biodiversity” Solutions Unearthed by Solution Search Competition Provide Blueprint for Achieving Global Goals for Biodiversity Protection During the UN-led Convention on Biological Diversity - Conference of the Parties (CBD COP) in 2018, a new report was released of 338 community-based solutions to help farmers and other agricultural practitioners adopt ecologically-friendly practices that protect biodiversity. The report catalogs solutions unearthed by Solution Search: Farming for Biodiversity, a global competition held in 2017 and run in joint partnership by Rare and IFOAM - Organics International, to identify, spotlight, and reward promising solutions for sustainable small-scale farming. Download the full report at   Solutions were submitted from over 75 countries across 6 continents. The vast majority – 85 percent - came from developing countries where biodiversity hotspots, high levels of poverty, food insecurity and climate impacts come together. A quarter of successful solutions specifically target youth, a third focus on the empowerment of...

Dirt to Soil

Dirt to Soil

By Gabe Brown, Chelsea Green Publishing

Gabe Brown didn’t set out to change the world when he first started working alongside his father-in-law on the family farm in North Dakota. But as a series of weather-related crop disasters put Brown and his wife, Shelly, in desperate financial straits, they started making bold changes to their farm. Brown—in an effort to simply survive—began experimenting with new practices he’d learned about from reading and talking with innovative researchers and ranchers. As he and his family struggled to keep the farm viable, they found themselves on an amazing journey into a new type of farming: regenerative agriculture. Brown dropped the use of most of the herbicides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers that are a standard part of conventional agriculture. He switched to no-till planting, started planting diverse cover crops mixes, and changed his grazing practices. In so doing Brown transformed a degraded farm ecosystem into one full of life—starting with...