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Journal article
The expansion of agriculture has shaped the recent evolutionary history of a specialized squash pollinator

The expansion of agriculture is responsible for the mass conversion of biologically diverse natural environments into managed agroecosystems dominated by a handful of genetically homogeneous crop species. Agricultural ecosystems typically have very different abiotic and ecological conditions from those they replaced and create potential niches for those species that are...

Guide on digital agricultural extension and advisory services

Use of smartphone applications by smallholder farmers
Digital agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS) have a great potential to enhance accessibility, delivery, transparency, scope and impacts of information and services for smallholder farmers. However, this potential is often unfully harnessed and the benefits of digital AEAS unequally distributed due to an evident, widening digital divide between rural...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Fact sheet
FAO Reference Centres for Antimicrobial Resistance and Aquaculture Biosecurity

This brochure contains info about the newly designated FAO Reference Centres on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Aquaculture Biosecurity and historical information on FAO work on aquatic AMR.
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Agroforestry: Combining fruit production and poultry farming (BIOFRUITNET Video)

Fruit growers have to deal with a lot of hazards in terms of climate change or phytosanitary constraints which is why many seek to diversify their farms.
2023 - INRAE - National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment

Journal article
How agro-environmental and climate measures are affecting farming system performances in Guadeloupe?: Lessons for the design of effective climate change policies

Relatively a few studies assess the impact of climate change (CC) policies on effective farmers’ agronomic practices and associated agro-technical performance. This study aimed at characterizing how CC policies can help farmers to combine CC with other environmental issues to support the design of more effective policies at the farm...
European Union
2023 - International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability

Alternative Crops for Degraded Lands in the UAE

This course targets everyone who is interested to learn about the limitations, stresses, and opportunities for alternative cropping systems in desert environments. A variety of crops are described as potential solutions for enhancing food and feed production in degraded lands.
United Arab Emirates
2023 - International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

Blog article
Aider financièrement les petits exploitants pauvres a des avantages pour le climat et l’environnement

Un nouveau rapport, publié aujourd’hui par le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA), un organisme des Nations Unies, et le Fonds pour l’environnement mondial (FEM), montre que les investissements conjoints dans l’agriculture à petite échelle des pays en développement améliorent non seulement la capacité des populations rurales vulnérables à faire...

Informing the design of a multistakeholder platform in Ghana using stakeholder analysis and social network analysis

The fertiliser value chain in Ghana faces many challenges that limit its potential contribution to food production and food security in the country. This has necessitated discussions on the need to establish a multi-stakeholder platform to address existing value chain challenges. In preparation for this platform, this study conducted 31...

Terminal evaluation of the project “Strengthening capacities of agricultural producers to cope with climate change for increased food security through the Farmer Field School approach in Mozambique”

Project code: GCP/MOZ/112/LDF - GEF ID: 5433
Mozambique is a low income country, with almost 70 percent of the population living in rural areas. Farmers suffer from lack of access to technology and qualified technical services. The country is also extremely vulnerable to increasingly prevalent natural phenomena, such as cyclones Dineo, Idai and Kenneth, which destroyed crops...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Technical paper
Food systems emissions in Kenya and their reduction potential: A country profile

The global food system accounts for 23 – 42% of total net anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This share is expected to increase. Therefore, rapid and effective transformations are required in food systems to achieve the Paris Agreement targets. The Initiative on Low-Emissions Food Systems (Mitigate+) aims to offer a...

AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative)

AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative) is a country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) is the process of regaining ecological functionality and enhancing human well-being across deforested or degraded forest landscapes. Restoration is about more than...
2023 - AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative)

Global assessment of soil carbon in grasslands

From current stock estimates to sequestration potential
Soils contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through carbon sequestration. By enhancing soil health and fertility, soils can play a crucial role in climate action, land degradation neutrality, and alleviating hunger. The present study provides a spatially explicit report on the state of grassland soils and...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Fruit and Nuts of Vietnam - Vietnamese

Formed in 2007, Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group (FPS) creates science-based educational materials, which: identify highly nutritious local food plants, explain how to grow them in a sustainable, agroecological way, detail the nutritional value of the plants and describe why human bodies require those nutrients. The resources created by FPS allows people to better...
Viet Nam

LIFE TransilvaCooperation

Project Objectives GOAL Demonstrate how landscape-scale cooperation can improve conservation management of Habitats Directive grassland habitats of farmland N2000 sites in Transylvania, and improve effectiveness of agri-environment measures, halting the loss of species and habitats of European importance.   OBJECTIVES Develop habitat, species, land use maps for Angofa and Viscri valleys including landscape features. Develop local management plans in...
2023 - EU’s LIFE programme

Blog article
Rural innovation synergies benefit Spanish cherry producers

Synergies between rural innovation engines in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are possible, as shown by the success of LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) cooperation with a European Innovation Partnership Operational Group (EIP OG) focused on improving the competitiveness of cherries from mountain areas in Spain. Around 4 000 small farms...
European Union
2023 - EU CAP Network

Journal article
Farmers’ willingness to pay towards the sustainability of plant clinics: evidence from Bangladesh, Rwanda and Zambia

Fee-based agricultural extension programmes have been proposed in response to the constraints of funding public extension services. This has piqued researchers' interest in determining farmers' willingness to pay (WTP) for extension services in recent decades. The current study examines farmers' WTP to ensure the sustainability of plant clinics. Smallholder farmers...
2023 - International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability

Technical paper
Youth and Jobs in The Era of Climate Change, Conflict and Crisis: An Evidence and Gap Map

This evidence and gap map (EGM) plots studies on the effectiveness of interventions for youth employment in developing countries in the context of climate change, conflict and crisis, demonstrating where evidence exists and where it is lacking. The EGM is based on a comprehensive and systematic search of academic databases and...
2023 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Beef cattle production systems and constraints among subsistence farmers across the Fijian windward–leeward divide

The objective of the study was to describe beef production systems and constraints among subsistence farmers across the Fijian windward–leeward divide. Data were collected from a total of 200 beef cattle owners from windward and leeward locations (100 each) using a structured questionnaire. In both geographical regions, the heads of...

The East and Southern Africa Forest Observatory (OFESA)

OFESA Is a regional initiative that aims to improve forest monitoring and management in the region. It covers five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda). The objective of the East and Southern Africa Forest Observatory (OFESA) is to produce a comprehensive and harmonized regional dataset on the latest trends and threats...
Ethiopia - Kenya - Mozambique - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2023 - The East and Southern Africa Forest Observatory (OFESA)

FFKP Mothly digest #2 - March 2023

The Family Farming Knowledge Platform (FFKP) Monthly Digest showcases the latest contents uploaded in the FFKP to provide its readers with relevant and up-to-date information on family farming main themes such as agroecology, small-scale fisheries, pastoralism, indigenous people, and more.
2023 - FFKP Team
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