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News from the CSA Network in Australia and New Zealand

Another international CSA network has evolved in the South Pacific to serve and develop a growing food movement. The Community Supported Agriculture Network Australia and New Zealand (CSAAUSNZ) is an advocacy group dedicated to highlighting, growing and supporting CSAs in Australia and New Zealand....
Australia - New Zealand
2018 - Urgenci

Case study
“The Regenerators” - New Zealand Farmers leading a progressive transition towards agroecology

The profile features farmers in New Zealand who came to the idea of regenerative agriculture due to an awareness of the ecological limits being breached by New Zealand agriculture. They believe that while farming is responsible for many of the environmental problems faced by their country, they also believe that better...
New Zealand
2017 - Greenpeace New Zealand

Agricultura familiar en España

Anuario 2014
El documento realiza un repaso de la situación de la agricultura familiar en el mundo y destaca que de los 570 millones de explotaciones que existen en el mundo, más de 500 millones son explotaciones agrícolas familiares, que, a su vez, son responsables de más del 70 % de la...
Brazil - Egypt - Japan - Mexico - Mozambique - New Zealand - Spain - United States of America
2014 - Unión de Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos (UPA)

Deep roots

The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) has uncovered well-grounded resolve to place family farmers as protagonists in addressing a number of challenges we face, from eradicating hunger and poverty to conserving natural resources. Nothing comes closer to the sustainable food production paradigm than family farming. The diverse set of...
Albania - Australia - Brazil - Canada - Chile - China - Costa Rica - Croatia - Finland - France - Hungary - India - Japan - Kenya - Madagascar - Malaysia - Nepal - Netherlands - New Zealand - Norway - Philippines - Senegal - Serbia - Slovenia - South Africa - Thailand - Uruguay
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Conversion of Family Farms and Resilience in Southland, New Zealand

The well-known deregulation of New Zealand agriculture prompted the growth of dairy farming, particularly in the region of Southland. The formation of the giant cooperative Fonterra only exacerbated the conversion of sheep farms into dairy farms that challenged both farmers’ and the region’s traditional identity as a sheep country. Interviews...
New Zealand

Conference proceedings
Forage resources and ecosystem services provided by mountain and Mediterranean grasslands and rangelands

In constrained environments such as mountainous and Mediterranean areas the sustainable use of forage resources by domestic herbivores has to combine production, conservation of high environmental value areas and product quality. The sustainability of animal production systems relies on their ability to reconcile economic performance based on the added value...
Algeria - Egypt - France - Greece - Italy - Morocco - New Zealand - Norway - Portugal - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Tunisia - Uruguay

The New Zealand Farming Story: Tackling Agricultural Emissions

This film is the product of years of research into how New Zealand can reduce our agricultural greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to reduce climate change. It covers the basic science along with current and potential future technological solutions. With a range of views from farmers to scientists to economists, the...
New Zealand
2012 - MotuResearch1

Case study
Fisheries in Transition

50 Interviews with the Fishing Sector
This report provides 50 interviews from fisheries that are moving towards sustainability. It takes the approach of speaking to those who are directly involved in fishing, earn their livelihoods on a daily basis from fishing and often work at the sharp end in dangerous conditions. These are the people, together...
Australia - Bahamas - Canada - Chile - Colombia - Denmark - Ecuador - Fiji - France - Gambia - Iceland - India - Indonesia - Isle of Man - Japan - Madagascar - Mexico - Mozambique - Namibia - Nauru - New Zealand - Norway - Peru - Philippines - Russian Federation - Seychelles - Sierra Leone - South Africa - Spain - Suriname - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - United Republic of Tanzania - United States of America - Viet Nam
2012 - Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit

Technical paper
Cultural indicators of Indigenous people’s food and agro-ecological systems

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...
Australia - Cameroon - Guatemala - New Zealand - Nicaragua - Panama
2006 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

In search of excellence

Exemplary forest management in Asia and the Pacific
This publication reflects the outcome of an ambitious initiative to identify instances of exemplary forest management in the region and examine the core components of high quality forest management in an effort to illustrate good forest management to a wide audience and encourage others to take up some of the...
Australia - Cambodia - China - Fiji - India - Indonesia - Japan - Lao People's Democratic Republic - Malaysia - Nepal - New Zealand - Philippines - Republic of Korea - Sri Lanka - Vanuatu - Viet Nam
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Rural Smallholdings in the Wairarapa: Desirability and Land Use Issues

The topic of land use planning has featured on a number of occasions in this series of Natural Resource Economics Discussion Papers. Within the wider topic of land use planning, the issue of rural smallholdings has received attention in Discussion Papers Nos. 3, 5 and 8. This ninth Discussion Paper...
New Zealand

Technical paper
A survey of studies on rural smallholdings (1970-1983)

In New Zealand, as in other industrialized western countries, important changes in community values are taking place. There is increasing interest in the quality of life. The expansion of cities which took place post World War II often resulted in a deterioration of urban living conditions. As people became dissatisfied...
New Zealand
1984 - Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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