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Report
Recognising the importance of South East European landscapes

FINAL SUMMARY REPORT (Bulgaria & Romania)
This report is produced as part of collaboration between the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP) and WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme (WWFDCP). Both organisations recognise the importance of certain farming systems for nature conservation. Between 2006 and 2008 a project was executed aiming at finding out at a local...
Bulgaria - Romania
2008 - WWF Danube-Carpathian Programm

Case study
Soberanía alimentaria y la descolonización del saber. "Vivimos criando la chacra"

La experiencia de Sablog Chico y Sablog San José, Guamote, Chimborazo
Sablog Chico y Sablog San José son dos comunidades andinas que viven auténticamente el ser campesinos. Su territorio es el lugar en donde las prácticas de sus abuelos y sus saberes locales, recobraron valor para continuar regenerando la vida comunera. Es el lugar donde cotidianamente se tejen relaciones de producción...
Ecuador
2008 - Fundación Heifer Ecuador

Website
Sociedad Científica Latinoamericana de Agroecología (SOCLA)

La Sociedad Científica Latinoamericana de Agroecología (SOCLA), es una organización regional dedicada a promover la agroecología como estrategia indispensable para alcanzar un desarrollo rural y sistemas alimentarios sostenibles en América Latina. Para lograr este objetivo, SOCLA realiza un congreso latinoamericano bianual, organiza cursos cortos en varios países y produce publicaciones sobre...
2007 - Sociedad Científica Latinoamericana de Agroecología (SOCLA)

Journal article
Evaluation of different traditional water management systems in semi-arid regions (case study from Iran)

In semi-arid regions, where rainfall is scanty, many water management systems were developed to provide irrigation water for agricultural through the centuries ago. In many part of Iran, the water requirements of most crops are not fully met by precipitation. Whereas, rural communities mostly subsist on farming and animal husbandry....
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
2007 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Fact sheet
Low input farming systems

This brochure that was produced within the framework of a contract for the Common research center of the European Commission presents the main principles underlying the concept of the "low input level farming system". “Low Input Farming Systems (LIFS) seek to optimise the management and use of internal production inputs...
2007 - Solagro

Book
Commercialization and livelihoods diversification of family farming

In a context of environmental stress due to the drought of 2005, economical crisis in function of the drop income of the occupations, and social crisis signalled by the decrease of population of an area producing of agricultural commodities, and considering the hypothesis that the rural development results of the...
Brazil
2007 - Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul (UFRGS)

Case study
The Process of Agroecological Transition – A Case Study from Southern Brazil

This is a participatory case study together with the Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Cetap (Centro de Tecnologias Alternativas Populares) in Brazil and the farmers in two of the groups with whom Cetap cooperates. The objective of the study is to describe and evaluate the process of agroecological transition with the...
Brazil
2007 - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Case study
Chiloé agro-biodiversity cultural system Chile Project Framework

This document presents the Chilean National Project Framework of a global initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) concerning Conservation and Adaptive Management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). Chile’s Chiloé agriculture is one of the pilot GIAHS, featuring the traditional agricultural practices and indigenous management systems of...
Chile
2007

Case study
Sistemas Ingeniosos de Patrimonio Agrícola Mundial de Machupicchu al Lago Titicaca

En el caso del Perú se ha definido el proyecto SIPAM en el espacio ubicado en los Andes Centrales, en la sierra sur del Perú, que incluye dos cuencas del río Vilcanota (Cusco) y del río Ramis (Puno) y se le denomina el sitio como “De Machu Picchu al Lago...
Peru
2007 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO)

Journal
Tirer le meilleur profit des procédés écologiques

AGRIDAPE (Revue sur l'agriculture durable à faibles apports externes), is a Magazine about Sustainable Agriculture with Low External Inputs. This notion refers to all those technological and social choices available to farmers that are willing to improve their production with an eye for a better environmental management. The French language magazine's focus is on the optimal use...
Bangladesh - Nepal - Western Sahara
2007 - Innovation environnement developpement (IED)

Policy brief/paper
Development domains for Ethiopia

Capturing the geographical context of smallholder development options
The choices that smallholder farmers are able to make are strongly conditioned by the geographic conditions in which they live. The importance of this fact for rural development strategy is not lost on policy makers. For example, the government of Ethiopia frequently frames policy discussions by broadly different geographical conditions...
Ethiopia
2006 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Book
El mercado local como relacionamiento de actores sociales

Una propuesta desde la agroecología
Las Copartes de Intermon-Oxfam son organizaciones de agricultores familiares y organismos técnicos que se propusieron desarrollar un proceso de capacitación, mediante el intercambio de saberes y experiencias, orientado a la formulación de una propuesta de mercado frente a la realidad actual de la Agricultura Familiar Campesina (AFC), caracterizada por los efectos del modelo económico agroexportador....
Paraguay
2006 - Centro de Capacitación de Desarrollo Agrícola (CCDA)

Report
Acondicionamiento de la chacra productiva sustentable en las cuencas de Cajamarquino y del Jequetepeque

 Desde hace más de 25 años, la Asociación para el Desarrollo Rural de Cajamarca (Aspaderuc), viene trabajando en hacer una propuesta para generar un sistema de gestión productiva del agua, del clima y del suelo, aplicando la estrategia de cosecha de agua y del sistema silvoagropecuario, que consiste en cubrir...
Peru
2006 - Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP)

Report
Agroecology and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty in the Americas

Across the Americas, small farmers are continuing a long tradition of sustainable agricultural practices with support from international organizations and university researchers. But these farmers face tremendous economic pressures from abroad. With cheaper food imports underselling locally produced goods and national economies stumbling under crushing foreign debt, markets for local...
2006 - International Institute for Environment and Development ((IIED)

Journal article
Small ruminant production systems in north Lebanon: technical and economic analysis

 study was conducted to evaluate small ruminant production systems and productivity in the northern area of Lebanon. Fifty-one small ruminant holders were monitored over two years focusing on the technical and economic situation of the herd. Another 19 farmers were covered by a technical and economic questionnaire of analysis in...
Lebanon
2006 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Journal article
On-farm conservation practices of the Tiwali indigenous people in Kiangan, Ifugao

Ifugao farmers for generations have been preserving crop diversity by blending cultural traditions and beliefs into a farming system which is based mainly on the world-famous Ifugao rice terraces. More than its aesthetic value, the Ifugao rice terraces is also a 'very functional agricultural and ecological masterpiece' which have been...
Philippines
2005

Article
Finnish resolve: efficient farming in extreme conditions

Farming couple Anu and Esa Immonen run Esa's family estate in Nilsiä in the province of Savo, a good 400 km north of Helsinki. These are the northernmost farmed areas in the world. The crops that grow in these latitudes comprise a small selection of cereals, vegetables, berries and grass...
Finland
2005

Journal
Écoagriculture

Biodiversity plays a key part in maintaining healthy and functioning ecosystems. However, in many instances, modern agricultural practices neglect the environmental aspect, prioritizing higher rates of production and economic benefits. This issue of AGRIDAPE looks at how agroecology can help maintain biodiversity while achieving satisfying yields.
Western Sahara
2005 - IED Afrique

Report
The scope of organic agriculture, sustainable forest management and ecoforestry in protected area management

Reconciling food production and nature conservation is a challenge shared by all. This document stresses the need to maximize the contribution of protected areas to food security and poverty alleviation through soundlymanaged agriculture. Farmers and forest dwellers, including a large proportion of indigenous people, are the main inhabitants and users...
2004 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Prospects and challenges of biodiversity in small-holder systems

There is a wide diversity of cultivated banana (Musa spp.) found growing in small-holder systems around the world. The main types of bananas that are important for small-holders differ from region to region. Diversity is important for small-holders for many reasons. Diversity-rich production systems help to ensure a continuous supply...
2004
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