Website review: http://www.ileia.org

The visitors to this site need to, at the very outset, acquaint themselves with the two confusing, and, as one soon discovers, related acronyms -- ILEIA and LEISA

 
Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

http://www.ileia.org

The visitors to this site need to, at the very outset, acquaint themselves with the two confusing, and, as one soon discovers, related acronyms -- ileia and leisa. ileia is the abbreviation for Centre for Information on Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture and leisa stands for "Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture". leisa is also the name of the quarterly magazine that ileia brings out four times a year, and to which are dedicated sections in the site. ileia, an independent organisation, and its website, is a product of the realisation that "mainstream agricultural development -- particularly the green revolution -- was bypassing the small and marginal farmers in the South, eroding their livelihoods, affecting the environment adversely and leading to widespread losses of agrobiodiversity". With its focus on agro-ecological approaches, ileia attempts to identify agricultural technologies that are low on external inputs, and are, thus, environmentally sound and sustainable. Information dissemination is critical to such objectives, and, in this respect, the ileia website serves its purpose well. It features content, available in English and Spanish, on interesting topics from the magazine's previous issues, and a searchable electronic database of about 10, 000 records of ileia's documents. These apart, visitors are also offered the facility for taking part in discussions.

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