In the framework of a case study in Lempira Sur and Santa Bárbara (Honduras) managed by the FAO SARD Farming Systems Evolution Project, PASOLAC and SAG (Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería), a document has been published entitled "Participatory policy development for the maize-based farming system - a case study of Honduras".
To achieve sustainable agriculture and rural development, the document highlights the importance of efficient and adapted policies and strategies that take into consideration the institutional capacities and resources of national and local governments as well as concerned stakeholders.
Problems are more accentuated in developing countries characterized by dwindling resources and demands to increase food security, reduce poverty and conserve natural resources and the environment.
This publication analyzes the situation proposing tools, instruments and adequate orientations through case studies at national and local levels. It strengthens the national capacity to formulate and implement SARD policies and reinforce the participation of interested and affected key players in the country.