Technical Documents


Agriculture and rural development with a territorial focus (document in Spanish)
This document presents the elements incorporated in the promotion of rural development from a territorial approach, including actions that go beyond the increase in production and productivity and the provision of basic services for the population. This approach is based on the premise that "in the relationship between society and nature, the territory is the main dimension of analysis of economic, natural and political phenomena that occur in a space."  


Strengthening and development of Family Agriculture in El Salvador (document in Spanish)
This document presents a set of suggestions for the various steps that can be implemented in the development and strengthening of family agriculture and the strategies for promotion, including the need for well-defined areas of intervention at local level, as well as a section on methodologies tested.


Methodological guidelines for theFarmer Field School (document in Spanish)
The Farmer Field Schools (FFS) are developed by FAO in Asia as a response to the tragic losses of rice, caused by problems in the management of defoliating pests. For its effectiveness, the extension methodology is replicated in many developing countries of Latin America and the world, especially small-scale production of the population in poverty. This guide provides basic information to understand and apply the FFS methodology.  


Methodological guidelines for implementing Family Agriculture among Demonstrating and Irradiated families (document in Spanish)
The Demostrative Family methodology is in itself a horizontally extension support to facilitate the organization of families and the development of a social net to strengthen the process of transferring knowledge and technology both at home and on the farm.


Family Agriculture and Value Chains (document in Spanish)
Despite the efforts to reactivate Family Agriculture (FA), it has not been possibe to dynamize due to the fact that it continues to show low profitability in rural areas. This paper discusses how, based on the case of FA in El Salvador, its problems and challenges, we can construct the path to insert and hold the value chain to develop profitable businesses that contribute to improve the quality of life of rural families.


  Cuilapa Watershed Management Plan (document in Spanish)
This watershed has low productivity levels and the natural resources base is seriously compromised. The main activity is subsistence agriculture, with staple crops associated to permanent crops. To increase the potential for development, the plan proposes the creation of an organization to improve the management of natural resources in a coordinated way to include all local actors.


 Las Lajas Watershed Management Plan (document in Spanish)
In the Las Lajas watershed there is a high percentage of families living in poverty that need to increase the competitivity of their production. For this, this management plan proposes the asociativity of families with a vision for agro-business to improve their access to production and to the market.


 Texispulco Watershed Management Plan (document in Spanish)
This watershed is located in the Canton of Texispulco, in the municipality of San Pedro Puxtla, department of Ahuachapán. The main agricultural activities involve the production of maize, beans, sorghum and apiculture. Most of these products are consumed by the same families that produce them and are not sold on the market. This plan proposes solutions to reduce the risks of natural disasters and alleviate the poverty in the department of Ahuachapán by increasing the capacities for competitive rural production among families.  


last updated:  Tuesday, February 12, 2013