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A Review of Women's Access to Fish in Small-Scale Fisheries

Women play a critical role in every link of the value chain in small-scale fisheries, although their best-known roles are in processing and marketing of fish and other fishery products. This perception of the highly gender-segregated division of labour (men fishing / women processing) has shaped the generalized approach in...
Bangladesh - Cambodia - Ghana - Malawi - Mozambique - Nigeria - Solomon Islands - South Africa - Thailand - Tunisia - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Youth and agriculture

Key challenges and concrete solutions
This publication provides real life examples on how to re-engage youth in agriculture. It shows how tailor-made educational programmes can provide rural youth with the skills and insights needed to engage in farming and adopt environmentally friendly production methods. Many of the initiatives and approaches reported in this study originate...
Bahamas - Bangladesh - Brazil - Burkina Faso - Cambodia - Canada - China - Colombia - Ethiopia - France - Ghana - Grenada - Kenya - Madagascar - Mexico - Pakistan - Philippines - Republic of Moldova - Rwanda - Togo - Uganda - United States of America - Zambia


迄今为止,孟加拉是世界上同等大小国 家中人口密度最大的,其人口密度超过一千 人每平方公里。并且,该地区土地稀缺和洪 水泛滥的情况正在逐年恶化。在这样的背景 下,农民们找到了一种利用新兴季节性岛屿 和漂浮菜园种植作物的新方法,尽管这样的 方法可能会威胁作物的生长。
2014 - LEISA China

Family Farming website

The website about family farmers and their farms, begun in 2014 to show the diversity of family farmers ‘Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth‘ by a collection of first hand experiences (snapshots) as an educational resource for anywhere in the world. The concept of this comes from the  International...
Afghanistan - Albania - Algeria - American Samoa - Andorra - Angola - Anguilla - Antarctica - Antigua and Barbuda - Argentina - Armenia - Aruba - Australia - Austria - Azerbaijan - Bahamas - Bahrain - Bangladesh - Barbados - Belarus - Belgium - Belize - Benin - Bermuda - Bhutan - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Botswana - Bouvet Island - Brazil - British Virgin Islands - Brunei Darussalam - Bulgaria - Burkina Faso - Burundi - Cabo Verde - Cambodia - Cameroon - Canada - Cayman Islands - Central African Republic - Chad - Channel Islands - Chile - China - China, Hong Kong SAR - China, Macao SAR - Christmas Island - Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Colombia - Comoros - Congo - Cook Islands - Costa Rica - Croatia - Cuba - Curaçao - Cyprus - Czechia - Côte d'Ivoire - Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Denmark - Djibouti - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - Egypt - El Salvador - Equatorial Guinea - Eritrea - Estonia - Ethiopia - Faroe Islands - Fiji - Finland - France - French Guyana - French Polynesia - French Southern Territories - Gabon - Gambia - Georgia - Germany - Ghana - Gibraltar - Greece - Greenland - Grenada - Guadeloupe - Guam - Guatemala - Guernsey - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Guyana - Haiti - Heard and McDonald Islands - Holy See
2014 - Family farms.enviroed4all

Farmers’ organizations in Bangladesh

A mapping and capacity assessment
Farmers’ organizations (Fos) in Bangladesh have the potential to be true partners in, rather than “beneficiaries” of, the development process. Fos bring to the table a deep knowledge of the local context, a nuanced understanding of the needs of their communities and strong social capital. increasing the engagement of Fos...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Improving diets and nutrition

Food-based approaches
This book discusses the policy, strategic, methodological, technical and programmatic issues associated with food-based approaches, proposes “best practices” for the design, targeting, implementation and evaluation of specific nutrition-sensitive, food-based interventions and for improved methodologies for evaluating their efficacy and cost-effectiveness, and provides practical lessons for advancing nutrition-sensitive food-based approaches for...
Bangladesh - Cambodia - China - Mexico - Nepal - Philippines

Case study
Biotechnologies at work for smallholders

Case studies from developing countries in crops, livestock and fish
This book documents a unique series of 19 case studies where agricultural biotechnologies were used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries. They cover different regions, production systems, species and underlying socio-economic conditions in the crop (seven case studies), livestock (seven) and aquaculture/fisheries (five) sectors. Most of the...
Argentina - Bangladesh - Brazil - Cameroon - China - Colombia - Cuba - Ghana - India - South Africa - Sri Lanka - United Republic of Tanzania
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Mechanization for rural development

A review of patterns and progress from around the world
Agricultural mechanization is a crucial input to agricultural crop production. It is frequently very capital intensive, compared to other (usually annual) inputs and it has repercussions on the efficiency of all other inputs used in crop production, including seeds, fertilizer, water, and time/labour. It is also much more complex in...
Bangladesh - Brazil - China - India - Nepal

Conference proceedings
The Bangladesh model and other experiences in family poultry development

Stimulated by work pioneered in Bangladesh, the paper outlines a conceptual framework for using poultry as a tool in poverty alleviation. There is now evidence from several coun- tries that small poultry enterprises with adequate institutional support targeting the poorest rural women and their families can help them take the...
Bangladesh - Benin - Burkina Faso - Kenya - Morocco - Mozambique - Uganda - Viet Nam
2013 - International Network for Family Poultry Development (INFPD)

Facing the challenges of climate change and food security

The role of research, extension and communication for development. Occasional papers on Innovation in Family Farming
In line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this study defines climate change as any change in climate over time, whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activity. The study report is based on case studies from Bangladesh (Sulaiman, 2010), Bolivia (Pafumi and Ulloa, 2010),...
Bangladesh - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Congo - Ghana
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
The Status of Food Security in the Feed the Future Zone and Other Regions of Bangladesh

Results from the 2011–2012 Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey
This report presents results of analyses of the IFPRI household survey data on various topics that, combined, represent the current food security situation in Bangladesh. Specifically, the study examines how that situation varies between the FTF zone of influence in the southern region and other regions throughout the country.
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

The Quiet Revolution in Staple Food Value Chains

Enter the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Tiger
This book presents findings from a detailed study of how domestic staples value chains are structured and performing in Asia after the food price hike of 2007–2008. Three questions are asked in the study: (1) Are staples value chains transforming structurally? (2) Is the conduct of staples value chains’ actors...
Bangladesh - China - India
2012 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Fact sheet
Working together to eradicate poverty

Partnerships are IFAD’s main mode of operation. The Fund is, in fact, a unique partnership of members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), other developing countries, and member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). IFAD works with developing country governments, poor rural people’s...
Bangladesh - Jordan - Pakistan - Senegal - Sudan - Turkey
2011 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Blog article
Community radio and rural communication services in Bangladesh

The FAO project “Enhancing Rural Communication Services for Agricultural Development through Community Rural Radio” encouraged the participation of agricultural stakeholders in Bangladesh at the national, upazila and village level and spearheaded the establishment of Krishi Radio, the first community rural radio of the country. The project used the principles of Communication for Development and the Participatory Rural...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Agricultural value chain finance

Tools and lessons
Agriculture remains an important means of alleviating poverty, but shortage of finance can constrain its development. At the same time, agriculture is evolving towards a global system requiring high-quality, comptetitive products, and is organized in value chains which often exclude smallholders. Value chain financing in agriculture offers an opportunity to...
Bangladesh - Brazil - Colombia - Costa Rica - India - Kenya - Malawi - Mexico - Myanmar - Nicaragua - Niger - Peru - Philippines - Republic of Korea - Serbia - United Republic of Tanzania

Working paper
A guide to upgrading rural agricultural retail markets

This Working Document provides practical guidelines for upgrading agricultural retail markets in rural areas and analyses the strategic potential of upgrading as an important component of rural development. This document presents methodological steps for the design and implementation of appropriate programmes, rather than a single model to replicate. The objective is to propose...
Bangladesh - Ethiopia
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Farmers’ use of integrated soil fertility and nutrient management practices for sustainable crop production:

A field-level study in Bangladesh
Problem statement: The most pressing problem for Bangladesh agriculture is the current state of gradual decreasing of soil fertility, stagnating crop yields and declining productivity in a range of food crops. According to crop production scientists, Integrated Soil Fertility (ISF) and Nutrient Management (NM) is an advanced approach that can...

Technical paper
Increasing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to poverty alleviation and food security

The objectives of this Technical Paper are to highlight the contribution that inland and coastal small-scale fisheries can make to poverty alleviation and food security and to make practical suggestions on ways that this contribution can be maximized. This paper is organized into three main sections. The first section discusses...
Bangladesh - Brazil - Cambodia - India - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Malawi - Philippines - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2007 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Business services in support of farm enterprise development

case studies
In recent years the development of rural enterprises has increasingly attracted attention amongst the development community owing to the broadening of opportunities for the commercialization of smallholder agriculture. Despite this interest, there are several factors that continue to limit the capacity of farmers and rural entrepreneurs to make an effective...
Bangladesh - Burkina Faso - India - Nepal - Rwanda - Sri Lanka - Uganda
2007 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Promises and challenges of the informal food sector in developing countries

This publication provides an overview of recent literature on the potential of the informal food sector (IFS) to facilitate an affordable supply of food to urban areas and generate income for low-income households. The goal is to identify global patterns, topics for further research, and policy suggestions. It also draws...
Bangladesh - Chile - Côte d'Ivoire - Cuba - Ecuador - Fiji - Guatemala - India - Malawi - Mozambique - Nicaragua - Nigeria - Philippines - Sierra Leone - Thailand - Trinidad and Tobago
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