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Investing in the transition to sustainable agriculture

Ecological impacts of industrial agriculture include significant greenhouse gas emissions, loss of biodiversity, widespread pollution by fertilizers and pesticides, soil loss and degradation, declining pollinators, and human health risks, among many others. A rapidly growing body of scientific research, however, suggests that farming systems designed and managed according to ecological...
2016 - Elsevier Ltd


2016 - 合肥都帮生物制药有限公司

WFF-WFFP-ICSF-CIC: National Workshop on Capacity-building for the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines), 21 and 22 March 2016 Multi-Purpose Hall, India International Centre New Delhi, India:

The report of the proceedings of the New Delhi workshop on the SSF Guidelines (Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication). The workshop brought together 95 participants from 13 states representing civil society organizations. governments, FAO, and fishworker organizations from both...

Blog article
Empowering women in Africa

The only way to achieve food security
Girls and young women represent a crucial invisible labour force in the developing world, as Carmen Torres explains in her recent article for the Girls Rights Gazette. They play a key role as producers of food, managers of natural resources, income earners, and main caregivers of their families and communities....
2016 - European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Bluefin Tuna: A Fair Quota for Small Scale Low Impact Fishers

LIFE staff and members will meet with DG Mare services on 19th October in a multi-stakeholder consultation ahead of the ahead of the 20th Special Meeting of ICCAT in Portugal, November 14 to 21. Ahead of the stakeholder meeting, LIFE sent a letter to Commissioner Vella calling for a dedicated small scale fishing quota.
European Union
2016 - Low Impact Fishers of Europe

Conference proceedings
Agricultural Policy Forum 2016 - Tirana Agenda

The 16th Agricultural Policy Forum (APF), held in Tirana, Albania on 12 – 13 October 2016, brought together around 110 diverse stakeholders from 19 different countries/territories representing relevant international and regional institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations and academic establishments. The main theme of the APF this year was Evidence – Based...
2016 - SWG RRD

Journal article
Les leçons du fontionnement du financement informel en Algérie

Dans les pays en développement, le crédit agricole ne s’est pas développé pour répondre aux besoins des agriculteurs. En Algérie, seuls 2,2 % d’entre eux ont bénéficié de crédit bancaire en 2015. L’étude des pratiques informelles de financement — largement développées — peut-elle inspirer la mise en place de systèmes de...
2016 - Inter-réseaux Développement rural

The contributions of livestock species and breeds to ecosystem services

Livestock play a special role in the provision of ecosystem services and are an essential part of many agro-ecosystems. They do so by: (1) transforming feeds unsuited for human consumption into nutritious foods and useful products, for example, by converting grass into milk or meat; (2) interacting directly with ecosystems...
2016 - FAO


In adopting its Multi-Year Programme of Work at its Eleventh Regular Session in 2007, FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Commission) agreed to the preparation of a report on The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture (the Report). The Commission stressed that the...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Journal article
Redeeming Small-scale Fishers

Greater visibility and recognition of inland fi reater visibility and recognition of inland fi sheries could redeem small-scale fi sheries could redeem small-scale fi shers and fishworkers from being amongst the most impoverished class of community
2016 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Blog article
Latest news from family farming national committees in Eastern Europe

During the World Rural Forum representative Laura Lorenzo’s visit to Hungary, the National Committee on Family Farming showed great interest in providing continuity for the International Year of Family Farming through various action strategies such as the Directives on Family Farming. Using this approach, the National Committee is already working...
Czechia - Hungary - Slovakia

Practice of Conservation Agriculture in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Agriculture is an important part of the economy in Central Asia and contributes significantly to the food security of the majority of population. Sustainable development of agriculture, increase of production and improvement of population welfare largely depend on soil condition and its fertility. Over the past decade, the agricultural lands,...
Azerbaijan - Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Case study
Permaculture/Agroecology system in Timor-Leste National School Curriculum for Basic Education

Timor-Leste is a half Island country with a total population of 1.2 million people; it is geographically situated between Asia and the Pacific region. It is a tropical country and 80 per cent of its population live in rural areas. Agriculture, fishery and forestry are the main economical mainstays. In 2013,...
2016 - Permaculture Timor-Leste

Entwicklung des Gemüsebaus in Deutschland von 2000-2015: Anbauregionen, Betriebsstrukturen, Gemüsearten und Handel

Vegetable production is the most important horticultural sector in Germany, as measured by production area and gross value added. During 2015, open field vegetable production included 115,500 hectares. The annual per capita consumption of vegetables in Germany has increased significantly over the past decades from only 64 kg in the...
2016 - Thünen-Institut

Elaboración de figuras de cera de abejas

La cera de abejas puede ser también utilizada para la confección de diferentes accesorios decorativos muy llamativos dentro de los como velas y figuras. Las figuras de cera de abejas son una forma de dar uso a los excedentes de cera más vieja utilizada en las colmenas, que también permite...
2016 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO TECA

Journal article
La société civile appelée à contribuer au développement de la pêche et de l'aquaculture

La priorité actuelle c'est la protection du métier de la pêche artisanale que beaucoup de gens quittent en raison du manque de la ressource et des conflits d'intérêts en mer entre les grands bateaux de pêche et les petits

Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas en el Cultivo de Café para reducir el impacto del cambio climático

Una de las principales actividades económicas que se realiza en estos países es la producción de café, que además de representar un ingreso para los hogares, es un patrimonio natural y cultural en la región. El café es uno de los productos que más aporta al Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) en...
2016 - Instituto Interamericano para la Investigación del Cambio Global (IAI)

Desarrollo de un sistema de monitoreo ambiental para mejorar la prevención y capacidad de adaptación al cambio climático de las comunidades pesqueras y acuícolas

Caso de estudio estero real Nicaragua
Este documento describe el proceso para diseñar un sistema de monitoreo ambiental integrado en el Estero Real, Chinandega, Nicaragua entre el 2012 y 2014, tendiente a prevenir los efectos del cambio climático en las comunidades pesqueras y acuícolas más vulnerables y poner en práctica un sistema de alerta temprana ante...
2016 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Farmer Field School Guidance Document

Planning for Quality Programmes
This FFS Guidance Document focuses on the process and critical decisions that are necessary when starting a new FFS programme, and guides the reader through the essential steps required to establish a solid basis for such programmes, in tune with the specific local conditions. It also defines the essential elements...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Call for articles: Strengthening pastoralist societies through improved governance

The December issue of Farming Matters aims to inform pastoralist communities, practitioners, researchers, civil society, policy makers and others about the practices and policies best fitted to strengthen pastoralist societies. Articles should be submitted before September 1. Pastoralist communities provide meat, hide, dairy, and manure fuel, supporting about 200 million households...
2016 - ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
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