The informal food sector exists in all countries of the world. It has continued to flourish, even when illegal or state-oppressed. It offers autonomy and incomes to a wide variety of families in economic difficulties. It is thus unlikely to disappear. The convenience of purchasing food from informal vendors is[...]
Small-scale forestry – here meaning all activities related to forest ownership, management and enterprise – can contribute significantly to social and economic development when the circumstances are right. This issue of Unasylva examines the conditions and support that make it work. We don’t define “small” by numbers, but use the[...]
The case studies describe how socio-economic and demographic concerns are addressed in integrated coastal zone and community-based fisheries management in selected Caribbean countries – Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The results of a comparative study in Malaysia and the Philippines are[...]
Farm power is a vitally important component of small farm assets. A shortage of farm power seriously constrains increases in agricultural productivity, with a resultant stagnation in farm family income and the danger of a further slide towards poverty and hunger. Studies in SSA in 2003 and 2004 have revealed[...]
Globally, there are some 370 million Indigenous Peoples representing at least 5,000 different linguistic groups in more than 70 countries. Indigenous Peoples comprise about 5.5 percent of the world’s population, yet they are disproportionately represented among the poor and food insecure, in both developed and developing countries. Indigenous Peoples’ relationship[...]
The purpose of this study is to increase the understanding of the role of farm power and its implications for smallholder livelihoods in selected farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Farm power embraces all forms of power inputs into agricultural production, ranging from human inputs, to animal traction and engine-driven technologies,[...]
Los folletos sobre producción diversificada tienen el objetivo de sensibilizar y proporcionar informaciones referentes a oportunidades, en el nivel de finca o de comunidades, sobre la generación de ingresos para pequeños productores. Cada folleto analiza un emprendimiento o tecnología específica, agrícola o no, para la cual experiencias pasadas han demostrado[...]
Keeping poultry makes a substantial contribution to household food security throughout the developing world. It helps diversify incomes and provides quality food, energy, fertilizer and a renewable asset in over 80 percent of rural households. Small-scale producers are however constrained by poor access to markets, goods and services; they have[...]
Ces lignes directrices énoncent des principes généraux et des considérations de base pour ceux qui sont impliqués dans la fourniture de services de microfinance à la pêche et de l'aquaculture et pour ceux qui ont l'intention d'inclure la pêche et les communautés piscicoles dans le cadre de la base de[...]
Zero Tillage is the main element among several that make up what FAO terms Conservation Agriculture (CA). Although CA uses some specific practices, and may also use external inputs, it is in essence an agricultural concept that conserves and enhances soil fertility, improves the availability of soil moisture, and increases[...]
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