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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

Newsletter article
Indonesia: A Top-Down Mirage

The Indonesian government’s increasing focus on the Blue Economy should not be at the cost of the knowledge gained from long years of customary or traditional management, says Susan Gui of the conservation NGO KIARA
On KIARA’s current work KIARA still does advocacy. The Indonesian government is focusing on the Blue Economy, with emphasis on massive expansion of production from marine resources, affecting the community. We have also been working on the climate crisis, especially as it relates to the sinking and drowning villages in...
2024 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

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)

Blog article
Appropriation du numérique dans l’agriculture ouest-africaine, quelles réalités derrière les promesses ?

Comment les productrices et producteurs d’Afrique de l’Ouest s’approprient-ils les outils numériques ? Pendant 2 ans, le projet Fracture numérique a étudié trois filières dans trois pays. La présente fiche rend compte de l’influence du numérique sur la gestion de la cacaoculture dans les exploitations familiales en Côte d’Ivoire. Les résultats...
2024 - CIRAD

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

Newsletter article
Vietnam: Adapt and Reap Rewards

By promoting gender equality in shrimp farming, some provinces of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta are finding innovations for adapting to climate change
Vietnam’s largest deltaic region, the Mekong Delta offers great potential for rice production and aquaculture. With an area of 747,000 hectares in 2022, it is the country’s largest shrimp-producing area. The shrimp-rice area covers nearly 190,000 hectares, accounting for 26.8 per cent of the total shrimp farming area in the...
Viet Nam
2024 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

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

Newsletter article
Japan: Old Values, New Challenges

Associations of fisheries co-operatives have a great past in protecting and supporting Japan’s fishers and fishing communities. They are now preparing for the future
Every corner along Japan’s long coast has a fishing port. Where there are fishing ports, there are fishing communities working diverse small-scale and coastal fisheries daily. Its beautiful coastal landscape is Japan’s identity. It is no exaggeration to say that the Fisheries Co-operative Association (FCA) system has supported such an...
2024 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

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)

Newsletter article
Peru: Seeking Refuge

Only proper implementation of Peru’s General Fisheries Law will reduce fishing pressure in coastal waters. It will also protect the resources and provide fishers better income and food security
The Humboldt Current drives northwards along Peru’s Pacific coast. The upwelling it generates in the tropical waters of the country’s northern shores has immense value for fisheries. Its vast relevance is not new to this publication; a previous article dwelt on the extraordinary diversity of fishing techniques, especially in coastal...
2024 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

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)

Journal article
Cost-effectiveness and income effects of alternative forest conservation policy mixes for the Peruvian Amazon

To reduce deforestation and mitigate climate change, the Peruvian government proposed and partially implemented incentive- and disincentive-based forest conservation policies, especially in the Amazon, where most of the country’s deforestation occurs. However, to date, little is known about the magnitude of the trade-offs between cost-effectiveness and welfare effects of such...
2024 - Science Direct

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

Newsletter article
Chile: Undoing a Great Wrong

Small-scale fishing communities in Chile are up in arms against the imposition of a new fisheries law and the neoliberal paradigm
Chile stretches along the southeast rim of the Pacific Ocean. The seas off South America’s southwestern coast are one of the five most productive and biodiverse marine areas on Earth. After 50 years of applying an orthodox neoliberal economic model, fishing and aquaculture comprise the second largest sector of the...
2024 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

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...

Guidance on developing forest education programmes for primary schools

Forest education builds the knowledge, skills, and shared values that underpin sustainable forestry and its contributions to sustainable development goals, such as those set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In recent years, however, international forums have expressed concern that, in most countries, forest-related education is insufficient and...
2024 - FAO
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