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Contribution of the forestry sector to national economies, 1990-2011

This paper is the second update of FAO’s original report on this topic, presenting information about the contribution of the forestry sector to national economies. The study presents the status and trends of the forestry sector’s contribution (total employment, value-added and export earnings) in the sector and analyses the driving forces behind these trends, updating the data and analyses to the year 2011.

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When the law is not enough - Paralegals and natural resources governance in Mozambique

Mozambique land law provides statutory recognition of customary land rights and is considered one of the most progressive legislations in Africa. However, the law continues to face implementation challenges, including the realization of equal rights for women and institutional reform. Simply having a progressive law ‘is not enough’ to bring about transformative change in a country.  As a result FAO has developed a program to support the legislation through the capacity development of both direct beneficiaries and those responsible for implementing the law.

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Success factors in aquaculture enterprises in the Pacific

Four enterprises in different Pacific Island countries provide the information for this case study. The relevance of each enterprise is considered in the light of the Pacific Region context by crosschecking their attributes and the lessons that they provide against relevant regional issues and aspirations for aquaculture development. One regional as well as global issue is the compatibility of the goal of food security and profitability; the study shows evidence they are not incompatible and that they can in fact complement each other. The cases also demonstrate business models and government interventions that provide economic incentives to farmers to continue to farm without depending on gratuities and market-distorting subsidies that tend to reduce self-reliance of farmers.

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Rice in the Shadow of Skyscrapers - Policy Choices in a Dynamic East and Southeast Asian Setting

These policy notes seek to contribute to ongoing policy debates about rice and food security in East and Southeast Asia towards more informed decision- making. The aim of this compendium is to synthesize a large body of recent literature into a readily-accessible format for public officials, business leaders, members of civil society and other stakeholders in the policymaking process. While the focus of the publication is on the rice sector in East and Southeast Asia, many of its key findings and conclusions will also be of interest to policymakers addressing similar challenges associated with staple foods in other regions.

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Review of current fisheries management performance and conservation measures in the WECAFC area

This technical paper provides an inventory of, and describes trends in existing legal, administrative and management frameworks for managing marine capture fisheries in the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) area. This review includes 16 countries and overseas territories and is part of an ongoing process initiated by FAO to report on the state of world marine capture fisheries management.

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Talking about forests and family farms: growing relations on fertile ground. A conversation between forest and farm producers and governments at the "Family Forestry is Family Farming" event, Thursday 26th June 2014, World Forest Week, FAO, Rome

This publication summarizes the conversation that took place at the “Family Forestry is Family Farming” event co-organized by the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) and the International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA). As part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the conversation testifies to the power of cooperation between forest-and-farm families and governments towards achieving sustainable development.

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