ICRPS 2015 – Ireland: Off to a Dynamic Start!

ICRPS 2015 launched at University College Dublin on Sunday 21 June with an informal welcoming dinner at the Morehampton Brasserie in Donnybrook south Dublin convened by James Breen the ICRPS 2015 coordinator from University College Dublin (UCD).  After filling a Dublin bus for the trip from campus to the restaurant we had a great meal. Read More …

Can EU CAP it?

The international think tank on european agriculture and rural development “Groupe de Bruges” has developed a comprehensive e-learning course on the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). We expect that this might be of interest to many of our readers. The following is The Groupe de Bruges presentation of their course. If any of you follows Read More …

Recently Read: Thinking, Debating And Doing – New Experiences of Farming

by the editors 02/10/2014 “Growing biointensive”  is both an agricultural methodology and an international movement with people having alternative experiences A Berlin based company called Infarm takes urban farming to a new level. You can now grow micro greens in your own kitchen by using their growing kit. It´s reusable and allows you to see Read More …

ICRPS 2014 Summer School – Livestock auctions, (more) great food, and what to do with the leftovers?

Blog #8 – July 7, 2014 by Salman Banisadr ICRPS took us all to a livestock market that has been in operation for over 80 years, where 5,000 animals can be sold on a Monday (from 3am to the afternoon…busy hours are earlier). Here is a brief overview of the livestock farm–there is no fixed Read More …

Recently Read: Putting Food Waste on the Agenda

by the editors 25/05/2014 Your food is a super model. Watch Berlin based Anja Fiedler from “Harvest the City” (German: Stadt macht satt) speak about great soulutions to food waste on TEDx Hamburg: The U.S. Global Change Research Program recently released their latest climate assessment report (released every four years). The agricultural sector is addressed in Chapter Read More …

Social farming entrepreneur experience in Catalonia: Sambucus sccp

by Bernat Vilarasau 12/04/2014 Over the last two years I have been involved in an exciting  social entrepreneurship experience. It was in December of 2011, when a group of seven entrepreneurs founded the Cooperative Sambucus sccp. But the real beginning of the initiative was two years before. At the time I was working as the Read More …

The New Peasantry – Essential Ingredient of Committed Cooking

by Neus Monllor, 13/12/2013 In 2011 I defended a PhD Thesis about how young people are entering agriculture. Thanks to the ICRPS program I could finish a comparative exploratory study between two different areas, one in southern Ontario (Canada) and the other one in Catalonia (Spain). One of the main results of the research was Read More …

Recently Read: Food production and climate change in a fast changing world

by the editors, 01/12/2013 Curious about what we have read lately? Here is a few links that we hope can be of interest to you: A personal story about climate change and smallholder farmers “What My Great Grandfather Taught Me About Climate Change And Agriculture“ Economic growth is not everything, GDP does not capture the Read More …

Recently Read: Technology for the Future of Farming?

by the editors, 6/10/2013 These are some of the articles we have come across lately. We hope you enjoy! The 9th OECD Rural Developement Policy Confererence will be held in Bologna, Italy 23-25th of October. The topic is Rural-Urban Partnerships: An Integrated Approach to Economic Developement Norway invests $23.7 million in crop diversity to ensure Read More …

PhD-opportunity: African Urban Agricultural Project

by the editors 29/09/2013 A PhD-opportunity on the topic of African urban agriculture is available at the University of Lund in southern Sweden, in cooperation with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. The title of the project is “African urban agriculture: environmental, social and economic challenges and prospects under Read More …