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Making Small Scale Farming Work in Sub-Saharan Africa

Small scale farmers are among the poorest and the hungriest in the world and yet small scale farming is supposed to pave the way to ending poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. It even appears as if efforts by governments and the development community at large to support small scale farming in sub-Saharan Africa are not yielding significant results. Poverty is deepening and the number of the hungry is going up not down. In the light of the global recommitments to agriculture, calls are being made wherever possible to invest in small scale agriculture but different results cannot be expected if the same strategiesare used.
This article reiterates and proposes some ideas to make agriculture work for development in sub-Saharan Africa. New strategies and investments in small scale farming must take cognizance of some key facts, that market access is key to small scale food production systems as such efforts to increase agricultural productivity can only be effective if they are linked to an appreciation of market potential. As much as small farmers require assistance to be able to produce more food, they equally require assistance to be able to sell Africa’s food and this requires serious reconsideration of post-production systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Also, that there is a need for strategies that will seek to end the way interventions in the agricultural sector are de-linked from each other and promote an integrated approach of supporting the full continuum of production, processing and marketing of food.

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Gender in agriculture sourcebook

With contributions from more than 100 specialists in gender, agriculture and rural development. Combines descriptive accounts of national and international experiences in agricultural investment with practical guidance on designing strategies that capitalize on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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The urban producer's resource book

A practical guide by FAO's "Food for the Cities" Project for working with Low Income Urban and Peri-Urban Producers Organizations. These guidelines set out the main problems and issues related to low income Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UPA). Suggestions are provided for each issue to show how UPA producers can work together and with other stakeholders for the benefit of all.
Improving the capabilities of producer groups and organizations can lead to higher incomes for producers, safer food production for the cities and an increased overall contribution of UPA to a better city environment.

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Notes Techniques sur le maraîchage à l'usage des écoles

La culture des légumes révèle un caractère très important dans nos écoles primaires. Les légumes apportent un plus nutritionnel. Chez les enfants, le régime alimentaire adéquat est celui composé par des légumes. Ils sont presque tous riches en carotène et en vitamine C et également de fer, de calcium et d’autres minéraux. La carence en éléments minéraux tels que la vitamine A fréquente chez les enfants, pourrait être réduite par la consommation de feuilles vertes et d’autres légumes. Ce document comprend les techniques utilisées au maraîchage. Il est écrit dans un style simple en vue de permettre aux écoliers d'acquérir des connaissances et les techniques utilisées dans les travaux agricoles spécialement le maraîchage. Le document a été réalisé comme un outil de formation dans le cadre d'un projet d'urgence conduite en Centrafrique OSRO/CAF/501/SWE " Appui au développement des jardins potagers dans les écoles des zones les plus affectées par la crise"