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The Nature of Irish Farming

Farming in Ireland in recent decades has not escaped the trend towards intensification. But despite this, a large proportion of Irish farmland is still managed in a way that works with nature and the landscape. This type of farmland is referred to as High Nature Value (NHV) farmland. What the...

The Role of Agriculture in Central and Eastern European Rural Development: An Overview

Building on existing models for the role of agriculture in industrialized and developing countries, this chapter examines a number of critical aspects of agriculture’s role in Central and Eastern European (CEE) rural development. By reviewing the contributions of this proceedings volume, we focus on the perspectives of small farms, rural...
2004 - Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO)

Measures of Rural Development Policy in Russia

Russian rural areas (populated areas outside towns and cities) occupy two thirds of the country territory. Practically all Russian constituent regions have rural areas, though varying by their share in a region’s total area and by their population number. In the Southern and European Russia and Siberia the former reaches...
Russian Federation

Journal article
Linking ecologists and traditional farmers in the search for sustainable agriculture

For centuries, traditional farmers have developed diverse and locally adapted agricultural systems, managing them  with  ingenious  practices  that  often  result  in  both  community  food  security  and  the  conservation  of agrobiodiversity. This strategy of minimizing risk stabilizes yields, promotes dietary diversity, and maximizes returns using low levels of technology and limited...
2004 - The Ecological Society of America

Mercadeo de los productos orgánicos en Bolivia

El caso ASOPEC
De acuerdo con los análisis de la FAO y otras instituciones, la información de mercados (Market Information) ayuda a los agricultores en la toma de decisiones sobre aspectos importantes del proceso de mercadeo. Además contribuye a: la reducción del riesgo asociado con la comercialización; la selección de mercados convenientes para...
Argentina - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Brazil - Chile - Cuba - Ecuador - Honduras - Mexico - Peru - Uruguay
2004 - Università di Perugia

Conservación y abandono de andenes

Los andenes en el Perú son considerados un legado tecnológico ancestral a la producción agrícola ya que representan modelos de sistemas tradicionales de adaptación ecológica, por esta razón, se encuentran incluidos dentro de los Sistemas Ingeniosos de Patrimonio Agrícola Mundial (SIPAM).  En la presente publicación se presenta una revisión acerca...
2004 - Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM)

Agricultural Problems in Georgia and Strategic Policy Responses

Georgia is one of the poorest countries in the former Soviet bloc. Over half of its 4.7 million people live below the poverty line, second only to Romania among central and eastern European countries. The purpose of this paper is to describe the grassroots reality of the country’s agricultural sector...
2004 - Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Central and Eastern Europe

Conference paper
Viable Small Scale Farming in Norway

Norway, on Europe’s northern fringe, is characterised by small-scale farming. The choice of crops and their yields are limited by the Nordic climate. Farm policies promote decentralisation and a varied farm structure in order to secure rural settlement, food security, food safety, environmental quality and sustainability. Agriculture receives substantial public...
2003 - Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute

Journal article
Subsistence Agriculture in Development: it’s Role in Processes of Structural Change

Subsistence agriculture is closely linked to a low level of economic development. We find it both in today's less developed countries and in the early stages of industrialised countries. Typically, subsistence agriculture is characterized by a low-external input level and low productivity (per land and/or per labour). In these situations...
2003 - Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe

Journal article
Commercialisation of Subsistence Agriculture in Transition Economies: On Imperfect Competition, Market Development and Support Policies.

From the point of view of promises made ten years ago, the transition of the food sector of many Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) is considered weak and somehow disappointing (MACOURS and SWINNEN 2000). The development of the agricultural sector as the domestic raw material producer for food processing...
2003 - Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe

Rural development project for mountain zones in the north of the Wilaya of M'sila

This project, designed to reduce rural poverty, focused particularly on small farmers, unemployed young people and rural women. It was in line with the government's strategic development aims in mountain areas with a high incidence of poverty.  The project served as a platform for continuing policy dialogue with the government on...
2003 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Mountain fisheries in developing countries

Mountains of the world cover about one-fifth of the land surface, are home to one-tenth of the world's population, and provide livelihood to some of the poorest communities in the world. Mountain lakes and streams are a source of freshwater for countless riparian human communities, support industries, provide water for...

Towards a GIS-based analysis of mountain environments and populations

This report presents the results of work in progress. It applies GIS techniques and newly available geo-referenced data to understand conditions underlying poverty and hunger in the world, with special reference to mountain environments and populations. Following the system developed by the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring...

Agriculture de montagne : la lutte pour la survie

L’agriculture dans les Alpes peut assurer son avenir par la production et la commercialisation régionale de produits de qualité. La production de spécialités – viande, lait et légumes bio, etc. - permet d’exploiter des niches commerciales. Il convient pour ce faire de privilégier et de favoriser une exploitation des surfaces...
2003 - Commission Internationale pour la Protection des Alpes

Conference paper
Risk and De-Collectivisation: Evidence from the Czech Republic

Risk and De-Collectivisation: Evidence from the Czech Republic Bezemer, D. J. (2002), Proceedings of 2002 International Congress, August 28-31, 2002, Zaragoza, Spain The paper analyses the behavior of family farms socialist-style farms in the presence of risk, given the typical post-socialist environment in the Czech Republic.

Farm Transformation and Restructuring in Czech Agriculture – Ten Years After

Farm Transformation and Restructuring in Czech Agriculture – Ten Years After Doucha, T., Divila, E., Trávníček, Z., (2002) 13th International Farm Management Congress, July 7-12, 2002, Wageningen, The Netherlands. The development of the farms structure in the Czech Republic can be found for example in the article written by Doucha, Divila...

Technical paper
Cold water fisheries in the trans-Himalayan countries

The Trans-Himalayan region encompasses a number of countries situated in the midland and highland areas of the Himalayas, Karakoram, and in a broad sense also in Hindu Kush and Pamir. The mountains are characterized by a very low level of human development, with full exploitation or overexploitation of the natural...
Bhutan - China - India - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Myanmar - Nepal - Pakistan

Subsistence Farming in Bulgaria

Between Tradition and the Market
Present-day Central and Eastern European agriculture is characterized by a high incidence of small-scale farmers who are not producing for the market. This is partly the result of land reform procedures practiced in these countries. Post-communist land reforms predominantly restituted land to pre-communist owners, resulting in an extremely fragmented ownership...

Technical paper
Turkmenistan - An Assessment of Leasehold-Based Farm Restructuring

The Government of Turkmenistan has chosen a unique approach to land reform and farm restructuring unlike the procedures and mechanisms adopted by other former Soviet republics. The collective land holdings are divided into plots that are leased to families while retaining the overall collective structure and state ownership of all...
2001 - The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/THE WORLD BANK

Organic Farming in Cyprus

Agriculture has always been an important sector of the Cypriot economy. Following the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the occupation of 38 percent of the country’s territory, including Cyprus' most valuable land and water resources, an accelerated declining trend set in, which is still continuing today. Also, due to the...
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