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World Water Day 2024: Invest in women for peace and water security

This year's World Water Day theme, "Water for Peace," is particularly relevant given the global water, food, and humanitarian crises. These crises, exacerbated by conflicts, disproportionately affect women and girls, highlighting the urgent need to empower women in water management and crisis response. Investing in women not only enhances peace...
2024 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI)

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Information brief

The wildlife–livelihoods–health nexus: challenges and priorities in Asia and the Pacific
The interplay between infectious diseases and wildlife, people and their livelihoods has always been an intrinsic part of human existence. Until recently, however, this nexus has been minimally considered in research and policy. The need for change is increasingly recognized following the emergence of zoonotic diseases such as severe acute...
2024 - FAO

The Agri-Food Systems Transformation Protocol-Mapping Agents and Drivers of Transformation

There is a broad consensus that agri-food systems need to be transformed to address the mounting global challenges including food and nutrition security, environmental degradation, and socioeconomic inequities. However, agreement is lacking on what is needed to drive this transformation. This report builds on a sustainability analysis of different proposed...
2024 - Think Tank for Sustainability TMG Research gGmbH

Policy brief/paper
Mainstreaming agroecology in agricultural education

Regional brief 2
Agroecology is a promising approach that is transforming agrifood systems across the Asia-Pacific Region. Indeed, there is increasing evidence of positive results with the transition to agroecology, and these include stable yields, crop resilience, higher incomes for farmers, fishers and producers, improved nutrition and food security and enhanced biodiversity (Global...
2024 - FAO

Blog article
A revolution for our soil

Degraded soil can be repaired, and replenished with nutrients, until it produces abundant harvests at lower costs, while removing carbon from the atmosphere, and putting it back into the ground. This is the optimistic message of David Montgomery’s book, Growing a Revolution.
United States of America
2024 - Access Agriculture

Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics – Yearbook 2021

The FAO Yearbook of Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics, prepared by the Statistics Team of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, offers a synthesis of the major trends in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Statistics are presented in eight main thematic chapters, covering statistics of production (total, aquaculture, capture fisheries), employment,...
2024 - FAO

LEY Nº 14.828, DE 20 DE MARZO DE 2024

Esta Ley cual modifica la Ley nº 11.326, de 24 de julio de 2006 (Ley de Agricultura Familiar), para ampliar el alcance de la planificación y ejecución de las acciones de la Política Nacional de Agricultura Familiar y Empresas Familiares Rurales.
2024 - Presidência da República, Casa Civil, Secretaria Especial para Assuntos Jurídicos

Resultados económicos de modelos productivos porcinos. Informe Nº 91. Febrero 2024

Este documento elaborado en el marco del Proyecto “Caracterización de gestiones económicas de sistemas de producción agropecuarios de pequeña y mediana escala” (vigente desde enero del 2020) presenta estimaciones sobre comportamientos de resultados económicos de modelos productivos y tiene como propósito aportar información que favorezca la inclusión de productores, mejore...
2024 - Centro de Información de Actividades Porcinas (CIAP)

The Costs to Smallholders of AfDB’s Feed Africa Initiative: A Closer Look at the 40 Country Compacts

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) today unveiled a comprehensive report critically examining the African Development Bank’s ambitious Dakar II initiative, part of the broader Feed Africa program. This initiative, titled ‘Feed Africa: Food Sovereignty and Resilience’, aims to revolutionize African agriculture with a focus on turning the...
2024 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Seminario Internacional Agricultura Familiar: Retos y perspectivas 10 años después del año internacional de la agricultura familiar 2014

La Universidad Federal de Rio Grande Do Sul (RS, Brasil), el CIRAD, la Red PP-AL (Políticas Públicas y Desarrollo Rural en América Latina), el Ministerio de Desarrollo Agrario de Brasil (MDA), y el IICA se han asociado para organizar un seminario internacional sobre agricultura familiar en Porto Alegre, Brasil, del...
2024 - Universidad Federal de Rio Grande Do Sul (RS, Brasil)

Planting banana and plantain

Banana plants have superficial roots. Proper spacing, planting, and mulching will yield better and more fruit. You can also intercrop your banana and plantain plants with food crops, medicinal plants and other trees to provide additional sources of income and create a suitable micro-environment.
2024 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
Reviving Resilience: Chimanimani’s Journey from Cyclone Devastation to Sustainable Recovery

Five years after the catastrophic Cyclone Idai hit Chimanimani District in Zimbabwe, claiming over 500 lives and causing extensive destruction, the community's journey towards recovery and resilience offers a beacon of hope. This article by John Willson delves into the heart of Chimanimani's efforts, showcasing how the district is confronting...
2024 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Battle for Biodiversity: AfCFTA’s Intellectual Property Protocol Unveiled

The African Union is in the process of finalizing a draft protocol on intellectual property rights under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), sparking concerns among civil society organizations about the potential impacts on seed systems and the rights of smallholder farmers. While the AfCFTA, enacted in May 2019,...
2024 - Food Tank

Enriching soils with a mixed green manure

Different crops and tree leaves provide different levels of micro and macro-nutrients when incorporated into the soil. This adds organic matter, boosts beneficial soil micro-organisms and enhances soil fertility.
2024 - Access Agriculture

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World Pulses Day: Slow Food’s Planting the Future

How our diet can protect the planet
On February 10th we celebrate the World Pulses Day 2024, whose topic is nourishing soils and people. Slow Food addresses the topic, supported by the recently presented Plant the Future report, and by the international Planting the Future challenge organized with the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN). The challenge will be running over the month of...
2024 - Slow Food

Empowering rural women to engage in responsible agricultural investments (RAI) in Sierra Leone

FAO developed this manual, in collaboration with Solidaridad West Africa, to support trainers in preparing and delivering the training on empowering rural women to engage in responsible agricultural investments (RAI). The design of this training programme is based upon a specific methodology that meets the learning needs of rural women...
Sierra Leone
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Raising pigs with no smell and less work

The bad smell of pig waste undermines the health of your animals and your own health and can create tensions with your neighbours. Washing the dung and urine into waterways also pollutes the environment. By using deep bedding sprayed with good microorganisms you can avoid all of this. You can...
2024 - Access Agriculture

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

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

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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
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