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Save and Grow: Cassava - A guide to sustainable production intensification

This guide is the first on the practical application of FAO’s “Save and Grow” model of agriculture to specific smallholder crops and farming systems. It comes as cassava production intensificies worldwide, and growers shift from traditional cultivation practices to monocropping,...[more]

FAO Wheat Rust Diseases Global Programme

Wheat is a source of food and livelihoods for over 1 billion people in developing countries. A major staple food crop in many countries, it is an important source of nutrition while drought, floods and diseases severely affect wheat production. Wheat production in Northern and...[more]

Guidance on weed issues and assessment of noxious weeds in a context of harmonized legislation for production of certified seed

Noxious weeds are a threat to sustainable crop production intensification. For this reason, crop seeds in general, and certified seeds in particular, should be free of weed propagules. Nearly zero tolerance is the rule for noxious weeds, which are weeds specified by law as being...[more]

Supporting Communities in Building Resilience through Agro Pastoral Field Schools

Building resilience of vulnerable communities to the vagaries of climate change (CC ) is not business as usual but, rather calls for more transformative approaches that can organically evolve to suit the dynamic and unique needs of different farming systems. However, most of the...[more]

Mechanization for Rural Development: A review of patterns and progress from around the world

Farm mechanization is a crucial input for agricultural production. Without farm power and the appropriate complementary tools, implements and machines, farmers would struggle to emerge from subsistence production. With demands being exerted on the planet’s natural capital by...[more]

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