Enhancing access to natural resources and local governance; Facilitating access to productive assets and markets; Providing access to information and knowledge; Increasing political capital
Why producer organizations and cooperatives are critical for competitive and sustainable family farming?
Family farming in some Latin American and Caribbean countries represents more than 80% of all farm activities, more than 60% of food production and overall farmlands, and more than 70% of farm jobs. Not only does family farming provide food for cities, create jobs and generate income for the poor,[...]
Contract farming can be defined as an agricultural production system carried out according to an agreement between a buyer and farmers, which establishes conditions for the production and marketing of a farm product or products. Typically, the farmer commits to providing agreed quantities of a specific agricultural product. This should[...]
FAO piloted a number of microeconomic and firm-level analyses (smallholder supplier to buyer) to identify countryspecific, industry-specific, time-specific and mostly institution-specific solutions across local contexts and commodity markets dependent on smallholder supplies. In this regard, in collaboration with local service providers, activities were carried out across 14 countries, linking approximately[...]
This document provides a global overview of beach seine fisheries and identifies key issues relevant for the responsible use of beach seines and the sustainable livelihoods of beach seine fishers. It also gives guidelines for fisheries managers and other stakeholders on how best to address the issues of management processes[...]
E-conference of the International Network for Family Poultry Development in collaboration with FAO and supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 24 January - 18 February 2011
Agriculture can be an important engine of growth and poverty reduction. But the sector is underperforming in many countries in part because women, who are often a crucial resource in agriculture and the rural economy, face constraints that reduce their productivity. In this paper we draw on the available empirical[...]
This book deals with the Zero Hunger Program, reflecting on its formulation and implementation, the public instruments that have been jointly mobilized, the strategic role of family farming in the process, and some of its results. More importantly, it also contains valuable recommendations for countries that are studying this issue[...]
Certified products are those differentiated on the basis of specific quality attributes that can be certified under various schemes. Participation in markets for certified products can represent a good income generation opportunity for small farmers in developing countries. However, to avail of this opportunity they would have to comply with[...]
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