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Magazine article
Editorial - Co-creation in the practice, science and movement of agroecology

Knowledge building is central to agroecology rooted in family farming. But why? What type of knowledge, and whose knowledge is mobilised? This issue of Farming Matters explores what we really mean by co-creation of knowledge in agroecology, why it is so essential for today’s challenges, and how it takes place around the world.
In agroecology, farmers continuously build situation-specific knowledge that allows them to develop under unpredictable and changing circumstances. There are no  fixed prescriptions in agroecology about how to produce, process, market or store food, feed, medicine and fibre. Rather, different practices work in different ways depending on each specific context and ecosystem....
India - Mexico - Netherlands (Kingdom of the) - Rwanda
2016 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Working paper
Farm Transition and Indigenous Growth

The Rise to Medium- and Large-Scale Farming in Ghana
This paper characterizes the transition from small-scale farming and the drivers of farm size growth among medium- and large-scale farmers in Ghana. The research was designed to better understand the dynamics of change in Ghana’s farm structure and contribute to the debate on whether Africa should pursue a smallholder-based or...
2016 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Conference paper
Small-scale Farmers and Women Empowerment in the Near East and North Africa Region

In the framework of the 33th FAO's Regional Conference for the Near East, this  discussion paper is dedicated to small-scale agriculture.  The majority of agricultural activities in the NENA region involves small-holders (small-scale farmers, pastoralists, forest keepers, fishers and aquaculture farmers) who produce the bulk of fresh food supply. The paper analyses the...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Economics of land degradation and improvement

This book on Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement provides with valuable knowledge and information both at the global, regional, and national levels on the costs of land degradation and benefits of taking action against land degradation. A key advantage of this book is that it goes beyond the conventional...
Argentina - Bhutan - China - Ethiopia - India - Kenya - Malawi - Niger - Russian Federation - Senegal - United Republic of Tanzania - Uzbekistan
2016 - Springer International Publishing

IYFF+10: Global Action for Family Farming

After the remarkable results of the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014, celebration preceded by intense global campaign coordinated by the World Rural Forum, the central objective of the IYFF+10 initiative will remain improving public policy in favor of Family Farming. This campaign, recently launched by the FRM, will have,...
2016 - World Rural Forum

Blog article
Good agricultural practices in Mashreq

Good agricultural practices emerged as a common priority in Egypt and Lebanon during the initial meetings that were held as part of the ENPARD South Support Programme. Following which, there was a mutual agreement between ENPARD, the Egyptian and Lebanese think tank to organise in each country a national workshop...
Egypt - Lebanon
2016 - European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD)

Magazine article
Valuing un-cultivated foods

Commodification of forests in an era of climate crisis has reduced them to mere ‘carbon stocks’. Forests are also food reservoirs and many rural poor communities depend on forests for meeting their food needs. Given the right support, uncultivated foods can be a solution for addressing the issue of food...
2016 - Leisa India

Resilience analysis in Sudan

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been on the front line of resilience measurement since 2008. Together with other key partners, FAO has been pioneering resilience measurement and analysis with respect to food insecurity through the Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis (RIMA) (FAO, 2015) model....
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI) Project Launch

This project specifically aims at increasing local value-added of Armenian organic products as well as assisting higher efficiency of relevant public and private institutions. It will support the RA Ministry of Agriculture with creating a clear and enabling legal environment for organic producers and processors in line with international standards....
Armenia - Austria
2016 - Austrian Development Agency

Policy brief/paper
Engaging with farmers’ organizations for more effective smallholder development

How to do
Smallholder farmers use different strategies to improve their market presence and to capture more value added in the agricultural sector. These strategies include the creation of cooperatives and other farmers’ organizations (FOs). FOs exist today in all countries and in most rural areas, although at different levels of development and...
2016 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Technical paper
Review of Agricultural Support Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

This technical note presents a review of the main agricultural support indicators available in the IADB Agrimonitor Database as of December 2015 and represents a synthesis of agricultural support policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The contents of this technical note are expected to be updated annually, taking into...
2016 - Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Blog article
FAO Egypt and Ministry of Agriculture, Launch the Project “Support to Cooperatives Reforms in Egypt”

Under the auspices of H.E. Dr Essam Fayed, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR), FAO launched the project entitled “Support to the Reform of the Law Governing the Agricultural Cooperatives in Egypt” in Ain Sokhna. The project is one of many initiatives undertaken by FAO in cooperation with the Egyptian...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

SEAVEG 2016: Vegetables for Improved Nutrition and Livelihoods

The third in the pace-setting series of symposia, SEAVEG 2016 will focus on improved nutrition and livelihoods, and will be held at the Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 6-8 September 2016. This symposium will highlight the critical importance of vegetables in Southeast Asia and identify technologies for increased vegetable production,...

The Third European Meeting of CSA in Ostrava: From Farm to Fork or How to Shorten the Food Chain

Between September 16 and 18, 2016 the North Moravian City of Ostrava will play host to a meeting of the European organizations and communities involved in the project of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The purpose of this gathering that will be attended by over a hundred people from all over...
2016 - URGENCI

Policy brief/paper
Bass Management Measures 2017

Recommendations from LIFE
Meeting in Lille, France, over two days (19-20/09/2016) member organisations from the Netherlands, France and the UK representing small scale fishers reliant on Bass, discussed and agreed a LIFE position for transmission to the European Commission and Member States.
France - Netherlands (Kingdom of the) - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2016 - Low Impact Fishers of Europe

Consulta Ciudadana de la Propuesta de Reglamento de la Ley de Promoción y Desarrollo de la Agricultura Familiar, Ley Nº 30355

En esta sección del sitio web, encontrará todos los antecedentes referentes a la consulta, como también pueden descargar la ley y el documento de Reglamento para su análisis y participación de este proceso. Cabe señalar que el Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego, en coordinación con la Comisión encargada de fiscalizar la...
2016 - Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego

Assessment of the water harvesting sector in Jordan

Final report
The purpose of this report is to provide a first assessment of the current status of water harvesting in Jordan, using an illustrative example from the Al Mafraq region. This assessment will subsequently serve as an important input into the development of a sub-sector strategy for water harvesting. The assessment...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Organic Regulation review: Commission focuses on ‘substance over speed’

Since the autumn of 2013, the Commission has worked on a proposal for a new law to replace the current Organic Regulation. There is an ongoing trialogue process which is proceeding at a pace agreed on by the three EU institutions at the beginning of the Slovak Presidency,
European Union
2016 - EurActiv

Blog article
Inspirational ideas: Innovation brokerage and support for Operational Groups

Operational Groups can include partners from very different backgrounds such as farmers, foresters, advisers, researchers, industry representatives and more. 'Innovation support services', and in particular 'innovation brokering', can play a crucial role in getting worthwhile projects off the ground by bringing people together. Many individuals and organisations across Europe are offering...
2016 - EIP-Agri

Blog article
Support for Small Farmers

The Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI), a project funded by the European Union and co-funded and implemented by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), aims at further developing organic agriculture in Armenia. The initial success of the organic products on domestic and...
Armenia - Austria
2016 - Austrian Development Agency
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