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Challenges and opportunities: Smallholders and school feeding

Procurement governance for home grown school feeding project
Because developing good programs requires good data, SNV has conducted research to further explore the linkages between smallholder farmers (SHF) and government-led school feeding programs. This report takes a closer look at these linkages in several parts of three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where SNV is implementing pilots for the...
Ghana - Kenya - Mali
2012 - SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

African leafy vegetables for urban supply and sustainable diets

Local leafy vegetables have long been an important part of people's diets in Africa - nutritious, affordable and adapted to local growing conditions and cultural traditions. They are cheap, readily affordable and rich in different micro-nutrients and are therefore crucial for the food and nutrition security of poor families in...
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Localización y relocalización de lo rural

Este ensayo busca reflexionar acerca del cómo y del qué desvelar frente a la situación de los entornos rurales en la actualidad, proponiendo como eje central la materialidad de la existencia. Bajo este prisma se valoran las narrativas que dibujan una revalorización de lo rural y aquellas que aluden a...
2012 - Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Mission Report for Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific Islands

The mission to Palau and Guam, carried out under the project TCP/PAL/3301, was part of the initiative of FAO to establish a subregional aquaculture network in Micronesia. It was the latest activity in a process that drew impetus from a meeting called “Building on Progress: An Evening on Pacific Aquaculture”...
Guam - Palau
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Strategies for combating climate change in drylands agriculture

Synthesis of dialogues and evidence presented at the International Conference on food security in dry lands, Doha, Qatar, November, 2012
The evidence presented in this report shows that many of the most effective climate change interventions have their roots in agriculture. Targeted agricultural investment in spreading the technologies and practices described here, and backed up by robust policies, can reduce the vulnerability of farming communities to drought and climate change...

Conference proceedings
Strategies for combating climate change in drylands agriculture

The aim of this report is to examine the problem of changing climate patterns in dry land areas and its effect on rural populations and offer some practical solutions, as input the Conference of Conference of the Parties (COP18) United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) It has been...

Conference paper
Work, family and farm: new forms, new adjustments? Liveability in the dynamics of livestock farming systems

Farming has been undergoing profound changes as not only agriculture, but also work patterns and family dynamics have evolved. The continuity of farm businesses depend not only on technical and economic performance, but also on the life conditions the system offers farmers and their families. Here we define the liveability...
2012 - HaL Archives Ouvertes

Working paper
Poverty and gender effects of smallholder organic contract farming in Uganda

The objectives of this study were, first, to examine the impacts of certified organic contract farming on the food security of the smallholder farm households participating in such arrangements, and second, to assess the role of gender relations in these dynamics. In particular, the study considered how the costs and...
2012 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Case study
Linking smallholder pastoralist milk producers and agro-industries in the greater Bamenda area of Cameroon

Over 95% of pastoralist women in the North West Region of Cameroon depend exclusively on milk production for their income. The overall decline in pastoral resources in the past decades has affected milk productivity, drawing attention and technical support from public and non-governmental partners. However, this did not lead to...
2012 - SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Catálogo de Hortalizas Nativas de Guatemala

Con el fin de contribuir a la popularización del conocimiento sobre las hortalizas nativas subutilizadas, de cuyo centro de origen forma parte nuestro país, se presenta éste catálogo que fue generado como producto de la recopilación de información existente en la literatura especializada y experiencias de investigación realizadas por el...

Magazine article
Transhumance in Spain

A Safe Bet for Regional Development and Biodiversity
The Spanish NRN promotes the revitalisation of transhumance, a practice that is crucial to the preservation of Spain’s natural and cultural heritage, which after decades of decline and neglect is now designing its future in the ‘White Book on Transhumance’. As a result of the physical makeup of Spain, Europe’s...

Journal article
Caracterización y evaluación de la sustentabilidad de fincas en el Alto Urubamba, Perú

En el establecimiento de sistemas agropecuarios eficientes es fundamental su caracterización en relación a dimensiones de nivel agronómico, ecológico, técnico, productivo y, socioeconómico.  Esta caracterización permite obtener información relevante en la identificación de las limitaciones del sistema de producción a fin de establecer medidas que permitan desarrollar la finca en...
2012 - Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM)

Policy brief/paper
Building an effective advocacy movement for sustainable and equitable agricultural development in Africa modernisation of smallholder agriculture and policy making in Uganda

Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda’s economy and an important driver of economic development and poverty reduction. Approximately 73% of Ugandans depend on agriculture. However, the sector currently faces many multifaceted challenges which include land degradation, inadequate market access, unreliable weather and civil strife. Agricultural growth is also affected by...

Develop methodologies to improve soil, agronomic, irrigation water and drainage management for salinity control

This technical report series captures and documents the work in progress of the Iraq Salinity Project, in its seven research themes, working at the regional, farm and irrigation system scales. Technical reports feed into the Iraq Salinity Assessment, a synthesis and solutions to solving the problem: Situation Analysis (Report 1);...
2012 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Magazine article
Local food systems, short supply chains and rural development in France

Short supply chains have existed in France for a long time, however, new and different forms have recently emerged delivered by new actors who are looking beyond the simple economic dimensions of local food. In particular, it is obvious that short supply chains have the potential to work as an...

Technical paper
Current best practice farmers and their techniques

This technical report series captures and documents the work in progress of the Iraq Salinity Project, in its seven research themes, working at the regional, farm and irrigation system scales. Technical reports feed into the Iraq Salinity Assessment, a synthesis and solutions to solving the problem: Situation Analysis (Report 1);...
2012 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Assessing the Sustainability of Small Farmer Natural Resource Management Systems. A Critical Analysis of the MESMIS Program (1995-2010)

Sustainability assessment oriented to improve current systems and practices is urgently needed, particularly in the context of small farmer natural resource management systems (NRMS). Unfortunately, social-ecological systems (SES) theory, sustainability evaluation frameworks, and assessment methods are still foreign not only to farmers but to many researchers, students, NGOs, policy makers/operators,...

Report of the workshop on the social and economic aspects of fisheries in the RECOFI region

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 22–24 April 2012
The RECOFI Workshop on Social and Economic Aspects of Fisheries in the RECOFI region was held in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain from 22 to 24 April 2012, following the agreement at the sixth session of the Regional Commission for Fisheries held in Rome from 10 to 12 May 2011. The...
Bahrain - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Iraq - Kuwait - Oman - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - United Arab Emirates
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Researching the Future of Pastoralism in Central Asia’s Mountains

This paper synthesizes research findings on contemporary mountain pastoralism in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, based on a longer review characterizing mountain agropastoralism in Central Asia. The focus is here on the principal issues that have been emphasized over the past two decades in policy, programs, and projects regarding pastoralism in Central...
Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan

Book part
Características y evolución de la pobreza, la desigualdad y las políticas públicas en zonas rurales de América Latina

A fines de la década de 1980, en un estudio sobre la pobreza rural a nivel regional, la FAO advertía que la “crisis económica de años recientes ha intensificado los problemas relacionados con la pobreza de un gran número de personas en zonas urbanas y rurales” (…) “No solo ha...
2012 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)
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