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Magazine article
“Agroecology is an epistemological revolution”

Victor M. Toledo is a Mexican ethno ecologist and social activist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His work focuses primarily on the study of agro ecological and knowledge systems. In this interview, Toledo explains why co-creation of knowledge is an integral part of agroecology and discusses the changes...
2016 - Leisa India

Beneficial insects and the cotton pests they control

This technology gives an overview of the beneficial insects that might appear in cotton fields in Western Africa. Knowing the pests and beneficial insects present on a cotton plant is a crucial decision-making tool for applying Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
2016 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO TECA

Qui Sont Les Agriculteurs Familiaux ?

Toute réalité, en tant que sujet d'étude, est abordée à l'aide de catégories qui sont le résultat de l'expérience de travaux antérieurs mais il arrive qu’il soit nécessaire de les adapter à des réalités diverses, ce qui peut conduire à la création de nouvelles catégories, lesquelles ne seront pas des...
2016 - FranceAgriMer

Keeping Seeds in Peoples’ Hands

A staggering 70% of the food we consume worldwide is produced by smallholders. Peasant and indigenous communities, who produce a great deal of this food, have been developing and saving seed for millennia—from Guatemala through Senegal to Nepal. However, today seeds are under threat everywhere. Laws are increasingly limiting what...

Policy brief/paper
Reducing rural women’s domestic workload through labour-saving technologies and practices

Gender, targeting and social inclusion
Rural women of all ages spend much of their day engaged in domestic chores, including collecting water and firewood, processing and preparing food, travelling and transporting, and caregiving. These tasks are unpaid and restrict a woman’s time and mobility. Moreover, the drudgery can cause poor health and nutrition for a...
2016 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Blog article
Relação de confiança promove grandes mudanças no Rio Grande do Sul

Até pouco tempo, a renda do Luiz Carlos saía toda da plantação de tabaco. Por conta da cultura em produzir o fumo, o agricultor não enxergava outras oportunidades. Mas tudo mudou depois de um trabalho forte de Ater na região, que mostrou que seria possível diversificar a produção. Mesmo ainda...
2016 - Secretaria Especial de Agricultura Familiar e do Desenvolvimento Agrário (SEAD)

McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation, a family foundation based in Minnesota, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Its teams work in a diverse range of areas toward a shared mission of improving lives.
2016 - McKnight Foundation

Soluções tecnológicas e inovação

Anuário Brasileiro da Agricultura Familiar 2016
O Anuário Brasileiro da Agricultura Familiar 2016 é uma publicação que fornece informações sobre políticas públicas e tecnologias voltadas à área rural com o objetivo de auxiliar técnicos e produtores.  Em sua quinta edição, foram incluídas duas ações em agroecologia desenvolvidas pela Embrapa Meio Ambiente (Jaguariúna, SP). Sistema agroflorestal em assentamento paulista: Aborda a...
2016 - Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária, Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (EMBRAPA)

Fishing livelihoods as key to marine protected areas: insights from the World Parks Congress

Marine protected areas (MPAs) have become a widely used tool for marine conservation and fisheries management. In coastal areas, it has become clear that the success of MPAs, and the achievement of sustainable fishery production, requires a combination of effective management and conservation frameworks, maintenance of decent fisheries livelihoods, and...

Central Asia Climate Smart Agriculture Workshop

Although relatively new, Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is attracting increasing interest and attention in various parts of the world including in Central Asia. FAO and other partners have a number of on-going and forthcoming projects which deal with different aspects of the CSA approach. Given the importance of conceiving and...
Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations

FoSHoL seed initiative: smallholder farmers and access to market

The article describes a community based seed enterprise for rice seeds, set up as part of a project in the Kurigram region of Bangladesh. The enterprise generates income for the seed growers, processors and traders, but the seed is also cheaper than other seed on the market because of the...

Policy brief/paper
Managing food security risks and intra-regional trade in Africa

The role of intra-regional trade in managing food price risks in Africa is being discussed in various fora. In response to high food prices, many countries adopted ad-hoc measures to restrict and/or prohibit trade with neighbouring countries. With policy makers, civil society organizations, development partners and other stakeholders as target...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Potentially Important Food Plants of South Africa

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...
South Africa
2016 - Food Plant Solutions

Integrated approach against fruit flies

Fruit flies inject their eggs in fruit. A single fruit fly can lay hundreds of eggs, which turn into white worms that eat the inside of fruit. If no action is taken, fruit flies quickly increase in numbers and can destroy your entire crop. Always combine different methods: • Place...
Benin - Ghana
2016 - Access Agriculture

Policy brief/paper
Securing women's land rights and agrarian empowerment in Zimbabwe

Within and beyond the Constitution
The status of women's land rights in Zimbabwe is the result of various legal interventions and historical, social, economic, demographic and climatic processes within and outside the country. The interventions produced diverse tenure types, cultural practices and resistance that mediate the way in which the processes impact on the specific...

Blog article
Governo Federal destina R$ 52 milhões para entidades públicas de Ater de todo Brasil

Agricultores familiares e extensionistas de todo o país vão ter mais estrutura e condições para o desenvolvimento sustentável no campo. O Governo Federal, por meio da Secretaria Especial de Agricultura Familiar e do Desenvolvimento Agrário (Sead), vai destinar R$ 52 milhões para fortalecer o serviço de Assistência Técnica e Extensão...
2016 - Secretaria Especial de Agricultura Familiar e do Desenvolvimento Agrário (SEAD)

Fact sheet
Organic Agriculture & Food Security

The document explains how organic agriculture supports and enhances ecologically sound systems of food production that can achieve food security.
2016 - IFOAM Organics International

Technical paper
Desarrollo Territorial, Innovación y Comunicación Rural

Hacia un enfoque integrado en apoyo a la agricultura familiar
El Foro Latinoamericano sobre Desarrollo Territorial, Innovación y Comunicación Rural fue una iniciativa de carácter regional liderada por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) y organizada en colaboración con la Empresa Brasileña de Investigación Agropecuaria (Embrapa), el Ministerio de Desarrollo Agrario (MDA) y...
2016 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
The impact of agricultural extension services in the context of a heavily subsidized input system

The case of Malawi
This paper aims to test this hypothesis and to contribute to better understanding of strategies to revitalize the agricultural extension system in Malawi. Specifically, it examines the interplay between the fertilizer subsidy and access to extension services, and their impact on farm productivity and food security in Malawi. Results show that...
2016 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Perspectivas de la agricultura y del desarrollo rural en las Américas

Una mirada hacia América Latina y el Caribe 2015-2016
Esta edición del documento “Perspectivas de la agricultura y del desarrollo rural en las Américas (2015-2016)” se divide, de conformidad con la estructura de los cinco informes anteriores, en los siguientes cuatro capítulos: Capítulo I: Contexto macroeconómico: Se analizan la evolución y las perspectivas de los mercados financieros y macroeconómicos,...
2016 - Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL)
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