This Working Document provides practical guidelines for upgrading agricultural retail markets in rural areas and analyses the strategic potential of upgrading as an important component of rural development. This document presents methodological steps for the design and implementation of appropriate programmes, rather than a single model to replicate. The objective[...]
Today, the spectre of hunger has returned to many developing countries. The number of undernourished people has risen above one billion, or one sixth of humanity. The international community faces other daunting challenges, including the global economic downturn, plummeting levels of trade and investment, growing scarcity of natural resources, and[...]
There is a pressing need to liberate smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from the back-breaking yoke of hand-hoe cultivation. Currently about 65 percent of the agricultural land in SSA is worked with hand labour and the hoe is the principal tool used, while in southern Asia this rate is[...]
This examines the role of agricultural mechanization in the agricultural and economic development of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The paper argues that the time is ripe to reconsider the potential of mechanization and the priority that needs to be given to it by African governments and developmental agencies. If efforts to[...]
Recent increases in the levels and volatility of food prices have created significant challenges to efforts to reduce levels of food insecurity both at national and household levels. As a result, significant political attention has been given to the promotion of improvements in food staples productivity in developing countries, both[...]
The objectives of this Technical Paper are to highlight the contribution that inland and coastal small-scale fisheries can make to poverty alleviation and food security and to make practical suggestions on ways that this contribution can be maximized. This paper is organized into three main sections. The first section discusses[...]
The goals of the National Workshop on Micro-enterprise Development in Coastal Communities in the Philippines were to exchange experiences and good practices and identify financial and institutional support services and facilities to sustain livelihoods and micro-enterprises in coastal areas. The discussions at the workshop showed that livelihoods diversification and the[...]
The document begins by providing a background and an outline of study objectives. This is followed by the study methodology which presents the case study projects and goes on to discuss the objectives and target clients. The document then provides a detailed outline of each of the case study programmes,[...]
This manual has been prepared by the Group on Agriculture of the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of this work is to spread the basic concepts of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in order to: guide the production systems towards a sustainable agriculture and ecologically[...]
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