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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)

Conference paper
Livestock sector in the region, policy in relation to food production and efficiency

Livestock production is the most important agricultural branch in terms of value, in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Macedonia
Croatia - Serbia - Slovenia - North Macedonia

Agricultural Policy and European Integration in Southeastern Europe 2014

The countries of the Southeastern European (SEE) region pronounced their intention to move towards integration with the European Union (EU) in order to create a stable, united, and more prosperous region. The EU integration process should foster political stability and socio-economic and sustainable development in the region. The SEE candidate...

Policy brief/paper
Plan of action: Jordan 2014–2018

Resilient livelihoods for agriculture and food and nutrition security in areas of Jordan affected by the Syria crisis
In November 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) fielded an agriculture programme development mission to Jordan with the objectives of updating and expanding its “Agricultural Livelihoods and Food Security Impact Assessment and Response Plan for the Syria Crisis in the Neighbouring Countries of Egypt, Iraq,...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa

Conservation of fruit tree diversity in Central Asia: An analysis of policy options and challenges

The five independent republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan cover a vast territory in Central Asia, almost 4 million hectares, which is just a little smaller than the whole of Western Europe. Very different ecoregions are represented in this territory: grassland plains (steppes), riparian forests (tugai), boreal forests...
Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan

Working paper
Developing a typology of agricultural holdings for improved policy design

Developing a typology of agricultural holdings for improved policy design
In Malawi, where most of the population relies on agriculture and is considered “small farmers”, better characterizing the diversity of agricultural holdings and the drivers of their transformation is key to inform policy makers and design programs better fitted to the diverse needs and capacities. The World Agriculture Watch (WAW)...
2014 - World Agricultures Watch (WAW)

Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland

Governments and international agencies frequently boast that small farmers control the largest share of the world's agricultural land. Inaugurating 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), sang the praises of family farmers but didn't...
2014 - GRAIN

Farmers' Congress Appeal 2014 and Press Release

On March 28, 2014 the Farmers’ Congress was held with the participation of Georgian farmers to voice out the problems and constraints in the field of agriculture. The Congress also addressed two global campaigns supporting the agricultural development: Oxfam campaign - “Food and Climate Changes 2014-2015” and UN/World Farmers Forum...
2014 - Biological Farming Association ELKANA

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Family farming in the European Union

Family farming is the most common operational farming model in Europe – representing 97 % of the European Union’s (EU) 12 million farms. Thus it is of great importance in the EU. It covers a diverse range of situations, including farms of all sizes. While there are obvious differences across...
Austria - Belgium - Croatia - Cyprus - Czechia - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Lithuania - Malta - Netherlands (Kingdom of the) - Poland - Romania - Slovakia - Slovenia - Sweden - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Structure and dynamics of EU farms: changes, trends and policy relevance

12 million farms, 172 million hectares of agricultural land, 25 million people involved in agricultural production – these are some of the key data for the EU farming sector in 2010; but what about the situation of individual farms and how do things differ between Member States and as compared...
Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Cyprus - Czechia - Denmark - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Malta - Netherlands (Kingdom of the) - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Sheep Farming in Hungary

It is proved that the Hungarian is a stock It is proved that the Hungarian is a stock-breeding and also a sheep breeding people breeding and also a sheep breeding people for more than 1000 years now The main Hungarian sheep species are the following: Racka, Cigája and Cikta. Hungary...
2013 - Foundation of Knowledge

Crop and Livestock Production

We support both the tradition and the development of agricultural production Along with the associated food production industry; agricultural production is one of the major traditional sectors of the economy. In the area of crop production, the predominant activity is the cultivation of cereals and oilseeds. Legumes, sugar beet, potatoes,...

Tecnologías de adaptación al cambio climático

Sector agropecuario
La presente guía ofrece información sobre veintidós tecnologías y opciones para adaptación al cambio climático en el sector agropecuario. Describe qué deberían tomar en cuenta los responsables de políticas, planificadores del desarrollo, expertos y otros actores de los diversos países al momento de determinar el camino que seguirá el desarrollo...
2013 - Soluciones Prácticas
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