The proceedings of the regional workshop on the evolution of agricultural systems
Some 40 delegates representing governments, international oganizations and NGOs from Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Venezuela participated in a regional workshop on 13-15 July 2004 in Honduras, on the evolution of agricultural systems. Different agricultural systems were examined and proposals were made for innovative policies and strategies.
People-centred approaches: A brief literature review and comparison of types
The Livelihood Support Programme Working Paper Number 5 aims to give a concise overview of some people-centred approaches to rural development that are being used, or have been used, in different areas of the world. The approaches covered here are the sustainable livelihoods approach, as is being developed by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID); the land management approach (gestion de terroirs); the farming systems approach; and some approaches that have been emerging from Latin America, and in particular territorial planning approach (ordenamiento territorial). This review can be seen as simply a general overview of some existing literature on the different approaches and lessons that have been learned from them.
Farming Systems and Poverty
The book Farming Systems and Poverty: improving farmers' livelihoods in a changing world presents the results of a joint FAO and World Bank study published in 2001. Besides contributing to the updating of the World Bank Rural Development Strategy, the book addresses questions that are crucial for the wider community of experts working on SARD: what are likely to be the most successful strategies for small farmers in farming systems that are judged to have the greatest potential for poverty and hunger reduction and economic growth, and what sort of initiatives can best help farmers to realize them?
Renewable energy for sustainable agriculture and rural development in Honduras
This paper examines the collaborative efforts between FAO and national institutions in Honduras and illustrates how community demand led to the integration of renewable energy projects in the country's overall rural development programme.
Improving Access to Natural Resources for the Rural Poor: The experience of FAO and of other key organisations from a sustainable livelihoods perspective
This report identifies FAO’s activities concerning access to natural resources (ANR). It contains a brief overview of FAO’s ANR activities by department, with particular regard to those that are most relevant for sustainable livelihood approaches.
The Economics of Farm Animal Genetic Resource Conservation and Sustainable Use: Why is it important and what have we learned?
This is a Background Study Paper (Number 21) that was prepared by FAO for the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.