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Agriculture, forestry and fishery statistics

Agriculture accounts for roughly 40% of the EU budget. It is the only policy almost entirely funded from the EU budget, where European spending is largely complementary to national spending. The new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014–20 demonstrates the central role of statistics and the need for a solid knowledge...
2014 - European Union

Magazine article
Empowering rural stakeholders in the Western Balkans

Experience in four countries
Taking part in the traveling workshops in Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro were a number of officials and NGO representatives from four other countries –  Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Turkey. Ministers or their representatives from these countries attended the Concluding Conference in Brussels on...
2014 - EU Agriculture and Rural development

Connecting Research and Practice in Agriculture and Rural Areas

On 14 January 2014, DG AGRI and the EIP-AGRI Service Point organised a workshop, which focussed on the practical aspects of the Horizon 2020 calls for multi-actor projects and thematic networks related to agriculture and forestry. The workshop was kicked off by DG AGRI director Jose Sousa Uva who gave...
2014 - Agriculture&Innovation

Adaptación en ecosistemas de montaña

Las montañas proporcionan diversos servicios ambientales como agua, energía, suelo y biodiversidad y son de vital importancia no solo para las poblaciones locales sino también para los ecosistemas y las poblaciones que se encuentran a menor altitud. Por consiguiente, el impacto del cambio climático en los ecosistemas de montaña está...
2014 - Soluciones prácticas

Case study
Sikkim Himalaya-Agriculture

Improving and Scaling up of Traditionally Managed Agricultural Systems of Global Significance the
The proposed GIAHS project, Sikkim Himalaya-Agriculture is a part of globally significant biodiversity hot spots of the world within the greater quadri-national junction of Khanchendzonga landscape in the Eastern Himalayas. The region is an assemblage of sacred landscapes called Demazong (the valley of rice) or the Shangrila (the hidden paradise...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
Realising the potential of peasant seeds

In the Ecuadorian provinces of Bolívar, Chimborazo and Cotopaxi, family farmers are building new capacities to conserve and use the biodiversity on their farmland. They are gaining greater access to and control over their biological resources, increasing their resilience and food sovereignty. The key: individual farmers who are passionate about...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2014 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Report part
Defining ecologically valuable grasslands

The CAP aims to address (regulate, support) the totality of EU agricultural activity and agricultural land. Agricultural land must fall into one of only three categories named by the policy, i.e. permanent crops; arable and permanent pasture (permanent grassland in the definition proposed in the reformed CAP Regulations, see Section...
2014 - European Commission

Family farming in Europe: challenges and prospects

In-depth analysis
This note discusses the definitions, challenges and future prospects of family farming in the EU. Some challenges, such as market volatility and climate change, are general for all EU farm structures, but some are specific to family farmers: their smallness, lack of power within the food chain, and intergenerational farm succession. However, family farming...
2014 - European Parliament

La agroecología está presente

Mapeo de productores agroecológicos y del estado de la agroecología en la sierra y costa ecuatoriana
La presente publicación es un esfuerzo de Heifer Ecuador para evidenciar la importancia de la agricultura campesina familiar, y de la agroecología en el Ecuador. En los cinco capítulos que conforman este trabajo, el lector viaja por las distintas encrucijadas que conforman el agro ecuatoriano, desde la perspectiva de los...
2014 - Fundación Heifer Ecuador

Future of Small Farms

Small farms have always been a cornerstone of agriculture in the EU. They play a significant role in supporting rural employment, contributing to territorial development. They are important for production, particularly in the form of local specialist products and provide important social, cultural and environmental services.  The last enlargements in 2004...

Journal article
Cross Country Analysis of Agriculture and Agricultural Policy of South-eastern European Countries in Comparison with the European Union

Agriculture in the South-eastern European countries (SEEs) is very diverse in terms of natural and structural conditions, development status, and the manifold production potentials. It carries prominent historical and social components and great economic importance to rural development. There are noticeable structural and technological deficiencies. Another significant factor is the...

Book part
Agriculture and Agricultural Policy in Albania

The future alignment of the Albania’s agriculture and rural development policy with the CAP requires a new vision for policymaking as well as a new approach to the design of policy measures, similar to the transformation carried by the new Member States before accession. In this context, understanding the diversity and...

Book part
Agriculture and Agricultural Policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is characterized by a complex government structure as a result of the General Framework Agreement for BiH, signed in late 1995 in Dayton. Under the agreement, BiH is a state consisting of two entities; namely the Federation of BiH (FBiH) and Republic of Srpska (RS), as...
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Book part
Agriculture and Agricultural Policy in Croatia

Even though Croatia is a small country (56 594 km2 ), it has very diverse topography; from Mediterranean, through Central European, mountainous and flat, to coastal and continental. It ranks as one of the top five European countries with regard to biodiversity, with some parts being among the richest areas...

Report part
Agriculture and Agricultural Policy in Kosovo

A long-term objective of the Kosovo Government is integration to the EU. In 2010, Kosovo established the Ministry of European Integration (MEI), which plays a key role in coordinating and implementing reforms for EU accession. After the European Commission appraised that Kosovo had met the short-term priorities identified in the...

Sustainability of organic grassland-based dairy production in Tyrol, Austria

In Austria, grassland accounts for more than 50 percent of agricultural land and is mainly located in mountainous regions. Consequently, 70 percent of all Austrian dairy farms, producing two thirds of all milk, are located in these areas. In the Alpine regions, organic farming has traditionally been very important and...

Magazine article
EU: Peasant Family Farming, a challenge to gain

In the EU, the peasant family agriculture is the major component of agricultural production, but it remains difficult to give an exact definition. A clear reference - not exclusive and must be applied in a specific way in each country - is the economic and territorial dimension of a farm....
2014 - foodsovereignty

The Future of Small Farms in Asia

Farms throughout Asia are predominantly small and family-based. In the past, small farms in tropical Asia achieved significant improvement in the yield of cereal crops, such as rice and wheat, which is dubbed the Green Revolution. As a result, grain production increased much faster than population growth, thereby contributing to...

Adaptación al cambio climático en zonas de montaña

Las montañas proporcionan diversos servicios ambientales como agua, energía, suelo y biodiversidad y son de vital importancia no solo para las poblaciones locales sino también para los ecosistemas y las poblaciones que se encuentran a menor altitud. Por consiguiente, el impacto del cambio climático en los ecosistemas de montaña está afectando a grandes zonas geográficas...
2014 - Soluciones Prácticas

Blog article
Redar Perú presentó con éxito el Panel de Resiliencia Andina frente al Cambio Climático

Respondiendo a la necesidad de resaltar la importancia del desarrollo rural del país, la Red de Agroindustria Rural del Perú (Redar Perú) expuso cinco casos de éxito en nuestro país, iniciativas que a su vez viene apoyando con capacitaciones. La Dra. Sonia Salas Domínguez, presidenta de esta organización, fue la encargada...
2014 - Red de Agroindustria Rural del Perú (REDAR-Perú)
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