TECA - Technologies and Practices for Small Agricultural Producers

TECA Resources

Publications

 

Good beekeeping practices:
Practical manual on how to identify and control the main diseases of the honeybee (Apis mellifera)

This is a practical tool to help beekeepers, veterinarians and beekeeping advisory services to properly identify main honeybee diseases and to take the most appropriate actions in the apiary to control and/or prevent disease outbreaks. This publication follows the TECA publication Main bee diseases: good beekeeping practices (2018) which provided a more general overview of good beekeeping practices for bee diseases. The manual’s overall objective is ultimately to support a more sustainable beekeeping sector.

 

Unlocking the potential of agriculture innovation for family farmers
A thematic catalogue of successful innovations

The technologies presented are concrete actions that have solved specific development challenges and promote sustainable and inclusive rural transformations. The technologies and practices are designed following the FAO-TECA platform standards and have been tested and refined in the field. Each practice supports smallholder farmers and those providing advisory services to agricultural producers, to identify specific needs, select the correct practices and to implement technologies adequately. 

 

Main bee diseases: Good beekeeping practices
Thematic catalogue for smallholder farmers to promote innovation

In an effort to support beekeepers in the sustainable production of good quality beehive products, FAO TECA platform, Apimondia (International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations), Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Lazio e della Toscana (IZSLT) “M. Aleandri”, Rome, Italy, and the BPractices project, have worked together, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Animal Health Service, to develop and publish on TECA, a set of 11 “TECA technologies” on the main bee diseases and bee health.


Webinars

TECA is providing a webinar area for smallholder farmers and others stakeholders to share ideas, challenges and solutions within the agricultural and food security areas while meeting the urgent challenges. Practices and technologies options for now and after COVID-19.

La ruche Fonge: échange virtuel avec ses concepteurs et ses utilisateurs

10 September 2020 
Language: French 

The webinar was an exchange around a farmer innovation:  the Fonge hive model.  The hive model was designed in Cameroun by beekeepers to address some specific issues. The hive model was documented on TECA (http://www.fao.org/teca/new-search-result/technology-detail/en/?uid=8834) and later promoted by one of the TECA partners in other French speaking countries in Africa.  The webinar was a follow-up to a moderated discussion held on the TECA Groupe d’échange sur l’apiculture and offers an opportunity to exchange with the inventors of the hive on use, technical aspects, etc.
The webinar was organized by Beekeeping Network North-South (BNNS).

  • The recording of the webinar is now available here
  • The presentations and links shared as well as questions raised during the webinar and the answers are available (in French) here

Technologies and Practices for the development of sustainable agriculture:
Experiences and examples from Madeira Island, Portugal

6 July 2020

The main aim of the webinar was to show examples and experiences from Madeira Island, Portugal to maximize the use of endogenous resources, conserve soil and its productivity, capture, conserve and use sustainably. The webinar also highlighted practices addressing the challenges of available water resources, collecting rainwater or other, reuse waste and organic matter from the farm to promote the nutrient cycle and productivity. It  also included a discussion on challenges, applicability and other existing solutions and approaches concerning the efficient use adoption of these practices.