Since 2009, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Self- Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India have been collaborating in an interactive and mutual learning process: the Exposure and Dialogue Programme (EDP). The EDP comprises a short home stay and a sequence of reflections and[...]
This document was prepared under the supervision of Nadia El-Hage Scialabba, as part of “Preparations and Follow-up to Rio+20”, a project of the FAO Natural Resources Management and Environment Department (NRD). It highlights the positions and common agenda of small-scale farmers´ organizations who participated in Rio+20 with the support of[...]
Smallholders are small-scale farmers, pastoralists, forest keepers, fishers who manage areas varying from less than one hectare to 10 hectares. Smallholders are characterized by family-focused motives such as favouring the stability of the farm household system, using mainly family labour for production and using part of the produce for family[...]
Agriculture has suffered and continues to suffer from long-term underinvestment at both the macro and micro levels (World Bank, 2007). The report on The State of Food and Agriculture (FAO, 2012a) confirms the low levels of capital in the hands of smallholders in low- and middle-income countries and its depreciation[...]
Numerous activities have been planned this year to celebrate the International Year of Quinoa, and we are now preparing for the International Year of Family Farming. Both events serve to raise awareness about the need to protect and strengthen Latin America’s traditional agricultural production systems and promote them among governmentsand international organizations to ensure they become a[...]
This series was developed as a response to this need and is intended to help extension workers provide support to farmers in dealing with the new challenges that arise from market-oriented farming. The aim is to contribute to building their capacity and skills in farm management and through them, the[...]
The year 2013 is of particular importance: it is the year we celebrate the International Year of Quinoa (IYQ), and we formally begin to prepare for the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) in 2014. Quinoa and Family Farming go hand in hand: both can contribute substantially toward the fight against hunger. However, to tap their[...]
El documento Panorama de la alimentación escolar y posibilidades de compra directa de la agricultura familiar en países de América Latina fue elaborado en el ámbito de la cooperación técnica ejecutada entre el Gobierno de la República Federativa de Brasil, a través de la Agencia Brasileña de Cooperación Técnica del[...]
This publication, Organic Agriculture: African Experiences in Resilience and Sustainability, demonstrates that organic management can benefit people, the economy and ecosystems and that this can be achieved in Africa, where hunger and degradation stubbornly persist, despite decades of development efforts. The work presented in this volume stems from the conference[...]
Despite the increasing attention given to organic supply chains over the past decade, there are still significant market opportunities to pursue. The demand for organic products in developing countries continues to grow and price premiums for organic certified products are available, albeit not comparable with those of a decade or[...]
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