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Precision agriculture in seedling production in Albania
Good practice series - Digital agriculture

The focus of this good practice fact sheet is the experience of a farmer from Albania who has introduced new technologies for the production of vegetable seedlings grown in greenhouses. The document traces the farmer’s journey, from his efforts to research precision agriculture technologies to their practical application on his farm. It also explores the impact of this innovation on his output and revenue, while describing how some other farmers in Albania have begun to replicate the practice.

2021. 4 р.

Food safety at small scale - developing a hygiene practice guide for smallholder producers in Hungary Good practice series - Food safety

As an alternative to long globalized food chains, short food supply chains involve shorter physical distances and\or fewer actors between the producer and the consumer. Hygiene regulation is crucial for enabling small-scale producers and retailers to access markets via short food supply chains. To serve consumers and the needs of small-scale producers, the European Commission has introduced flexibility in its hygiene legislation through a Hygiene Package, which sets out exclusions, derogations and adaptations of the rules. .

2021. 4 р.

Training is key to a bright future in farming – experience from the Russian Federation
Good practice series – Agricultural extension

Agribusiness is a profitable sector in the Russian Federation, which is rapidly gaining in popularity. The increased interest in this career path has highlighted the need for more effective training, which prepares learners in every aspect of farming as a business. An experience capitalization process conducted in 2020 has pinpointed a number of areas that would benefit from improvement. These include better documentation and analysis of feedback from previous farmer trainees – examining how they have used their skills, and adjusting the training to address any shortcomings.

2021. 5 р.

Towards gender equality in Tajikistan's extension services
Good practice series - Agricultural extension

 

An assessment organized to identify gender-related issues in Tajikistan’s rural advisory system revealed a relatively low level of understanding of gender norms and their effect on agriculture, even among extension providers themselves – both women and men. Based on group discussions, it also exposed a hidden barrier in the form of elderly women, who were seen as one of the strongest obstacles to young women accessing agricultural services and resources.

2021. 4 р.

  

Performance-based training for smallholder producers in Ukraine
Good practice series – Agricultural extension

In an effort to improve the often-inadequate standard and impact of training for small-scale agricultural producers, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Ukraine has developed a two-pronged strategy that involves conducting performance-based training and evaluation to analyse how effective it is.

2021. 4 p.

  

An online mentoring service for small-scale livestock farmers in Benin
Good practice series - Digital agriculture

An online advisory and problem-solving service is helping livestock farmers to overcome challenges and increase production in Benin and other parts of West Africa. Advice is delivered via social media channels, as well as through email communication. The service has proved particularly popular with younger farmers. The initiative shows that even small-scale ICT-based agricultural solutions can be effective, using basic digital tools and resources.

2021. 4 р.


Blended public-private extension provision increases farmer revenue in Uganda
Good practice series - Agricultural extension

This good practice fact sheet aims to share the experience behind an initiative to test and compare different models of extension provision in Uganda. The document highlights the scope for using a mix of private and public service providers to advise and support small-scale producers engaged in Uganda’s vegetable oil sector, and the lessons learned regarding what methods are most effective. It also sets out to explore how this blended approach could be scaled up and replicated, and which prerequisites should be in place to ensure success. 

2021. 5 р.


A manifesto to ensure a voice for farmers in Uganda
Good practice series - Advocacy

This good practice fact sheet describes an initiative to canvas the views and demands of Uganda’s smallholder farmers on measures required to boost the country’s agricultural performance as a driver of both the national economy and for raising incomes among agricultural value chain players. The creation of a Farmers’ Manifesto, and its presentation to political parties in the run-up to a general election, may be an experience relevant to other developing nations as an advocacy process, where agriculture plays an important role in generating gross domestic product (GDP), but receives insufficient funding and attention for it to achieve its full potential.

2021. 5 р.

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