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Newsletter article
Comercio Justo y Agricultura Familiar, convergencia y complementariedad

La “Cooperativa de Produtores de Café Especial de Boa Esperança” es una cooperativa de pequeños productores de comercio justo de Brasil. Su Gerente, André Luiz Reis, además, es el actual presidente de BRFAIR, “Associação das Organizações de Produtores Fairtrade do Brasil”, la coordinadora de pequeños productores de comercio justo socia...
2015 - Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores y Trabajadores de Comercio Justo (CLAC)

Magazine article
Using the internet to put local food first

La Ruche Qui Dit Oui was set up in 2010 in France to provide a web platform for farmers, producers and consumers who want to buy and sell agricultural produce. La Ruche Qui Dit Oui means “The beehive that says yes” which is what the system (or beehive) aims to...
2015 - Friends of the Earth Europe

Photo gallery
Serbia Rallies to Grow Again - FAO and the European Union help farming families recover from 2014's devastating floods

After last spring’s record rainfall in Southeast Europe, Serbia watched historic floods submerge towns and overrun the countryside. Rural villages and farms took the brunt of the impact, as high water and landslides drowned livestock, destroyed crop seed and animal feed supplies, and washed away newly sown fields along with...
2015 - FAO Europe and central Asia

Sustainability and quality of organic food

Is quality one aspect of sustainability or is quality an all-encompassing term? This dossier provides a contemporary, holistic concept for the assessment of food quality and highlights the differences between organic and conventional food based on selected aspects of sustainability and various examples. The expectations regarding organic food are high: organic...
2015 - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL),

Journal article
How can public policy support small-scale family farms

The International Year of Family Farming, launched under the auspices of the United Nations in 2014, has underscored the important role played by small agricultural holdings in « feeding the World and Europe ». 2014 was also the year when the new CAP  was implemented, coinciding with a newly elected...
2015 - European Coordination Via Ca

Blog article
Femme dans l’agriculture:les associations villageoises d’épargne et de crédit (AVEC) au Bénin

Connu sous le nom de Mata Masu Dubara au Niger, le modèle AVEC (association villageoise d’épargne et de crédit) a été repris et développé au Bénin. Les associations villageoises ont pour mission de servir les plus pauvres dont les femmes rurales, ceux dont les revenus sont irréguliers et moins fiables...
2015 - Agrifam agriculture familiale et sécurité alimentaire

Newsletter article
Asunción impulsa huertas urbanas para valorar el trabajo agrícola

La capital paraguaya vuelve la vista hacia el campo con un proyecto de huertas urbanas en terrenos vacíos de la ciudad, una iniciativa que, según sus organizadores, quiere valorar el trabajo agrícola y recuperar los espacios públicos. La llamada "huerta piloto" de este plan, ubicada en Lambaré, en el Gran Asunción,...
2015 - Terra

Addressing Tenure Issues in the Context of Natural Disasters

One of the impacts of climate change is an increase in the incidence, severity and unpredictability of natural disasters. This e-learning course explains how livelihoods and tenure rights are affected by natural disasters, and illustrates how responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests can support a disaster management...
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Policy brief/paper
WFP Gender Policy 2015–2020

This gender policy builds on WFP’s many successes in the field, where its gender transformative approach to food assistance programmes and policies helps bridge the gender gap in food security and nutrition. As the product of broad consultations with WFP stakeholders, the policy reflects the collective voice of WFP.
2015 - World Food Programme (WFP)

Status of the World's Soil Resources

The SWSR will constitute the reference document on the status of global soil resources with a strong regional assessment on soil change. The information is based on peer-reviewed scientific literature, complemented with expert knowledge and reliable project outputs (mainly FAO ones). It provides a description and a ranking of ten...
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Africa's Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in Africa by 2025

The FAO Regional Initiative, “Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in Africa by 2025”, seeks to assist countries in strengthening their efforts and capacity to deliver programmes that contribute to eradicating hunger. It aims to add value to ongoing work at country level by sharpening the programmatic focus on food security...
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Magazine article
Agri-tourism boarding house, a finality of the investment in animal husbandry

The history of the farm begins immediately after the Revolution, when Sándor Kálmán claimed the land belonging to his family, which was collectivized at that time. “I received back 7.5 hectares, and in 1991, I bought the first tractor. It was then when I started working in agriculture. I was...
2015 - Romanian Rural Development Network

Policy brief/paper
Smallholders and land tenure in Ghana

Aligning context, empirics, and policy
For decades, policymakers and development practitioners have debated benefits and threats of property rights formalization and private versus customary tenure systems. This paper provides insights into the challenges in understanding and empirically analyzing the relationship between tenure systems and agricultural investment, and formulates policy advice that can support land tenure...
2015 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Newsletter article
Comparten buenas prácticas de gestión de territorio y gobernanza forestal

Con el propósito de examinar, difundir, visibilizar y aprender de las buenas prácticas y experiencias de distintos grupos de base comunitaria en materia de gestión de territorio y gobernanza forestal, fue inaugurado el Taller Internacional sobre “Gestión del Territorio, Gobernanza Forestal y Vinculación con Mercado por Comunidades y Pequeños Productores”:...
2015 - MiMorelia

Blog article
Expo Milano 2015: ICARDA’s take on global food security challenges in dry areas

Speaking at the pre-ICAE (International Conference of Agricultural Economists) event organized by the European Commission, the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC), on 7 August, at the Expo Milano 2015, Dr. Mahmoud El Solh, Director General of ICARDA, presented innovative techniques for enhancing...
2015 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Magazine article
Exigen a los países más ricos apoyar a la agricultura familiar

El reto de promover la agricultura familiar (AF) en el mundo no se encuentra solo en manos de los países en vías de desarrollo —que es en donde principalmente se realiza esta importante actividad—, sino también en los llamados países industrializados. Cada vez más, muchos de sus gobiernos están reconociendo...
2015 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Journal article
Les performances des petites exploitations irriguées de la basse vallée de la Medjerda en Tunisie

Malgré les efforts de la recherche et les multiples interventions des États, la productivité des ressources en eau, terre et capital, reste souvent limitée, notamment en Tunisie. Cette étude présente un cadre d’analyse des performances des exploitations agricoles irriguées. Elle vise à étudier le niveau et les déterminants effectifs de...

Magazine article
Bringing local food to the city

The first farmers’ market (farmářský trh in Czech) in the Czech capital, Prague, was held in 2009 and since then demand for fresh locally-grown produce has continued to increase. Within two years, there were more than 13 farmers’ markets in the capital. Jana Spilkovà, an Assistant Professor of Social Geography...
2015 - Friends of the Earth Europe

Food & Farming - Focus on Jobs and Growth

Farming and food are “big business” in the EU – even though they involve players both large and small. On the one hand, agriculture itself is restructuring and slowly taking a lower share of total employment in the EU – as new knowledge and smart techniques make farm workers more...
European Union
2015 - European Commission

Conference proceedings
Encuentro de Aliados por la tierra y territorio: Acceso y consolidación de territorios colectivos en Bolivia

Este documento sinteza las acciones realizadas durante el evento realizado en octubre de 2015 en Macharetí, Bolivia, mismo que convocó a los aliados del Movimiento Regional por la Tierra y el Territorio con el objetivo de establecer un espacio de reflexión e intercambio de experiencias en relación a los casos sistematizados, con especial énfasis sobre las...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2015 - Movimiento Regional por la Tierra
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