Help us develop a new educational series on LEISA principles
ILEIA has started to develop a new educational series that will make LEISA principles and practices more understandable. It is called Farming Matters. Eventually, Farming Matters will be published as a series of modules to help educators and field workers explain better why to practise more sustainable agriculture, and to put it into a wider perspective.
Before we publish the series on paper, however, we will make it available on-line as it develops. Our hope is that we can partly develop the series on-line, seeking input from LEISA practitioners and readers around the world to make sure that the guide will be relevant to people in the field. Besides this, field testing and access to the on-going developments will be made available on CD-ROM to readers without access to the internet.
The global version of Farming Matters will be developed in English first, though many partners in the LEISA network may eventually develop their own more regionally focused versions in different languages.
Farming Matters approach: learning
We will explain the main principles behind LEISA, give ideas on how to explain scientific concepts (with examples, illustrations and clear definitions), and remind about the wider context of farming (for example, looking at cultural, economic and political factors in addition to the ecological principles). References will be made to both local and scientific knowledge. Finally, rather than giving recipes to solve problems, Farming Matters will keep asking questions, to get people to reflect on the principles within their own situation.
Look for notices about Farming Matters on the LEISA website and on the Farming Matters Blog (still under construction) in the New Year!