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Empowering rural women to engage in responsible agricultural investments (RAI) in Sierra Leone

FAO developed this manual, in collaboration with Solidaridad West Africa, to support trainers in preparing and delivering the training on empowering rural women to engage in responsible agricultural investments (RAI). The design of this training programme is based upon a specific methodology that meets the learning needs of rural women...
Sierra Leone
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Impact of participatory guarantee systems on sustainability outcomes: the case of vegetable farming in Vietnam

Sustainable food systems require mechanisms that assure consumers about the sustainability of agricultural production. Building on the existing literature on the impact of sustainability standards, this study is the first to assess the effectiveness of participatory guarantee systems (PGS) for the certification of organic produce. The study uses representative farm-level...
Viet Nam

Blog article
Agroécologie : une chercheure recommande la mise en place de politiques intégrées et systémiques

Laure Tall, directrice de recherche à l’Initiative prospective agricole rurale (IPAR), a suggéré, mercredi, à Dakar, la mise en place de politiques intégrées et systémiques pour relever les multiples défis liés au développement de l’agroécologie au Sénégal et en Afrique.  

Standards of practice to guide ecosystem restoration: A contribution to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030

The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030 (hereafter “UN Decade”) aims to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation and recover biodiversity, and ecosystem integrity; enhance human health and well-being, including sustainable delivery of ecosystem goods and services; and mitigate climate change. To create a shared vision of ecosystem restoration,...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Compendium of forgotten foods in Africa

A companion publication for Integrating Africa’s forgotten foods for better nutrition
The World Wide Fund for Nature defines a food system as “the complete set of people, institutions, activities, processes, and infrastructure involved in producing and consuming food for a given population.” (WWF, 2017). The food system has a bearing on human capital development, provision of jobs, industrial growth, structural transformation...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Family farming in climate change: Strategies for resilient and sustainable food systems

Family farming plays a pivotal role in ensuring household food security and bolstering the resilience of food systems against climate change. Traditional agricultural practices are evolving into context-specific, climate-resilient systems such as family farming, homestead gardening, and urban agriculture. This study examines the ways in which family farming can foster...

Blog article
Mêler agroécologie et résilience hydrique pour des systèmes alimentaires durables en Afrique

Comment accompagner l’engagement des territoires dans une trajectoire de développement agroécologique conciliant résilience hydrique, sécurité alimentaire et qualité nutritionnelle ? Coordonné par le Cirad et INRAE, le projet MAHDIA vise à articuler les enjeux agricoles, alimentaires, environnementaux et de santé des régions de Meknès au Maroc, Kairouan en Tunisie et...
Morocco - Senegal - Tunisia
2024 - CIRAD

Raising pigs with no smell and less work

The bad smell of pig waste undermines the health of your animals and your own health and can create tensions with your neighbours. Washing the dung and urine into waterways also pollutes the environment. By using deep bedding sprayed with good microorganisms you can avoid all of this. You can...
2024 - Access Agriculture

Record-keeping for integrated farming

As the number of enterprises on a farm increases, it becomes harder to keep track of the cost of inputs and the revenues earned. Keep detailed records to see how your farm evolves over time. By comparing different farms of similar size with fellow farmers, you can decide if changing...
2024 - Access Agriculture

Case study
A Qualitative Study Exploring Women’s Empowerment in Coffee Cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexico

This study presents findings from a qualitative research study conducted in Chiapas, Mexico that is one component of a larger activity funded by the Walmart Foundation and implemented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), titled Applying New Evidence for Women’s Empowerment (ANEW). ANEW seeks to generate evidence from...
2024 - e International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Sistema alimentar e da agricultura familiar

Projeto Boa Vista Acolhedora: um modelo de economia circular, regenerativa e inclusiva
O Projeto Boa Vista Acolhedora: um modelo de economia circular, regenerativa e inclusiva busca o fortalecimento da sociedade civil no processo de desenvolvimento equitativo, sustentável e inclusivo na região da Amazônia Legal, em contexto de multiculturalidade e recuperação pós pandemia COVID-19. Atua no fomento e na implementação de novos modelos de negócio baseados...
2024 - Fundación Avina

Mapping the diversity of land uses following deforestation across Africa

African forest are increasingly in decline as a result of land-use conversion due to human activities. However, a consistent and detailed characterization and mapping of land-use change that results in forest loss is not available at the spatial-temporal resolution and thematic levels suitable for decision-making at the local and regional...
2024 -

Blog article
Welcome to Access Agriculture’s new site!

Brussels, Belgium — Access Agriculture is proud to announce the launch of its upgraded, new-look video platform ( with improved functionality and navigation that allows visitors a more engaging way to explore its incredible array of over 4,000 quality farmer-to-farmer training videos across 100 languages.
2024 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
Cartographie de la diversité d’utilisation des terres dans toute l’Afrique après la déforestation

Grâce aux données satellites et aux méthodes d’apprentissage machine, les chercheurs ont identifié et localisé 15 formes d’utilisation des terres – de la culture de divers végétaux utiles tels que le caféier, le cacaoyer et l’hévéa, aux pâturages et à l’exploitation minière. C’est ce que démontre une étude publiée dans...

Newsletter article
Peru: We are artisanal fishers, not criminals

The small-scale fishers of a famous beach in Peru defend the ecosystem and its biodiversity through responsible and sustainable selective fishing
I am a small-scale fisherman working the beach of Bujama Baja. It lies in Mala district of the Canete province in Peru’s Lima department. I have been plying my trade for 34 years, fully engaged in the only livelihood I was given by God: the sea. I am registered with...
2024 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Food Waste Index Report 2024

To catalyse essential action towards reducing food waste and achieving SDG 12.3, it's imperative to grasp the extent of food waste. Measuring food waste allows countries to comprehend the magnitude of the issue, thereby revealing the size of the opportunity, while establishing a baseline for tracking progress. The Food Waste...
2024 - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Ríos resilientes: Gestión basada en cuencas hidrográficas de los bosques, el agua dulce y la pesca continental

Este curso, que se centra en los sistemas de agua dulce, inspira a administradores, científicos y miembros de la comunidad a trabajar con diferentes disciplinas y cuencas hidrográficas. El curso enseña a los alumnos a comprender y gestionar las cuencas hidrográficas, así como a hacer un seguimiento de las mismas,...
2024 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Blog article
o improve Africa’s soil health and plant nutrition, empower women farmers

This blog post is part of a special series on the global and regional food security implications of high food and fertilizer prices originally stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and now exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine war. 
2024 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Policy brief/paper
National Agroecology Strategies in Eastern and Southern Africa

Lighthouses for food system transformation
This document sheds light on the ongoing efforts in Eastern and Southern Africa to develop National Agroecology Strategies (NASs), aiming to transform agri-food systems through the promotion of agroecological production practices, and the development of markets, value chains, and consumer demand. The brief offers an unique insight into policy advancements...
Kenya - Malawi - Rwanda - South Africa - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2024 - Biovision Foundation

Blog article
Aperçu des politiques agroenvironnementales nationales

Aucune analyse ne peut être réalisée en l’absence de données. C’est dans cet esprit que des chercheurs de l’université de Bonn en Allemagne et de l’École polytechnique fédérale (ETH) suisse de Zurich ont publié une base de données contenant plus de 6 000 politiques agroenvironnementales, qui permet à leurs pairs...
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