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Legal aspects of Livestock Keepers’ Rights

Report of a workshop held in Kalk Bay, South Africa, December 2008.

05.06.2012

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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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The Right to Food and Access to Natural Resources

In the rural areas of many developing countries, natural resources are an important source of food, both through direct consumption and through providing the basis for incomegenerating activities (e.g. cash crops, forest products) that enable people to purchase food. Because of this, measures to improve access to resources are an important element of strategies for the progressive realization of the right to food. Yet, for a long time, human rights and resource-access literatures and practitioners operated in a compartmentalized way. Human rights arguments were the reserved domain of lawyers and human rights campaigners, and prioritized civil and political rights like freedom from torture or freedom of expression. Resource-access issues were traditionally tackled through diverse combinations of technical interventions and political mobilization — more rarely through human rights arguments.

05.06.2012

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Making the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy coherent with development goals

ODI Briefing Paper
The EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) aims to promote agriculture throughout the EU by increasing farmers’ incomes and supporting the provision of public goods such as the environment. It is funded from the European Commission (EC) budget and accounts for roughly 40% of total EC expenditure. It is divided into two pillars. Pillar 1 includes both direct payments to farmers and market management measures. Pillar 2 focuses on improving the structural and environmental performance of agriculture and on promoting local/rural development. Pillar 2 requires Member State co-financing.
The EU has recognised that making development policy in isolation is not sufficient. Its commitment to Policy Coherence for Development seeks to ensure that all policies, not only development assistance, promote growth in developing countries. Any decision on CAP reform options must, therefore, be analysed against development goals.

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Legal aspects of Livestock Keepers’ Rights

Report of a workshop held in Kalk Bay, South Africa, December 2008.

31.05.2012

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UN High-Level Task Force on Global Food Security - "Food and Nutrition Security: Comprehensive Framework for Action"

The United Nations System High Level Task Force on Global Food Security released a summary version of its Updated Comprehensive Framework for Action (UCFA). The UCFA is the UN system-wide coordinated approach for supporting country and regional actions that lead to sustainable and resilient rural livelihoods and food and nutrition security for all. The summary version of the UCFA has been prepared as an easy-to-read concise document that highlights the concepts supporting the approach and presents its ten key principles for action. For further information on the work of the High Level Task Force and its Updated Comprehensive Framework for Action, please visit the website http://www.un-foodsecurity.org/

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Climate‐responsive Social Protection

In the years ahead, development efforts aiming at reducing vulnerability will increasingly have to factor in climate change, and social protection is no exception. This paper sets out the case for climate‐responsive social protection and proposes a framework with principles, design features, and functions that would help SP systems evolve in a climate‐responsive direction. The principles comprise climate‐aware planning; livelihood‐based pproaches that consider the full range of assets and institutions available to households and ommunities; and aiming for resilient ommunities by planning for the long term. Four design features that can help achieve this are: scalable and flexible programs that can ncrease coverage in response to climate isasters; climate‐responsive targeting systems; investments in livelihoods that build community and household resilience; and promotion of better climate risk management.

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Impacts of Bioenergy on Food Security

FAO’s Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project has developed a set of indicators that be used to assess the impacts of bioenergy on food security at both national and levels.

31.05.2012

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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"

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Homestead Vegetable Gardeding

This paper presents nine models of homestead vegetable/fruit production for the resource poor farmers of different agro-ecological regions developed by the On-Farm Research Division (OFRD) of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) under its Integrated Farming Systems Program.