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Lutte agroécologique contre les ravageurs des cultures de haricot katché et toura (niébé) dans la région de Djougou (Bénin)

Au hameau de Kpayéroun, situé au Nord du Bénin (Commune de Djougou), les cultures principales sont l’igname,le manioc, le  haricot africain (Vignaunguiculata) et le sorgho. Fondée en 2009, l'association ORAD (Organisation des Ruraux pour une Agriculture Durable) est composée d’agriculteurs du hameau (autour de 45 adhérents) qui ont constaté les...
2014 - Fondation Sciences Citoyennes

Fact sheet
Family Farmers: Feeding the world, caring for the earth. Why is family farming so important?

The following infographic presents data on the importance of Family farming and its inextricably link to national and global food security. Family farming is a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production which is managed and operated by a family and predominantly reliant on family labour, including both women’s...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Haciendo Agroecología

En el marco del movimiento campesino internacional, la Agroecología se ha convertido en una estrategia de trabajo que enfrenta las consecuencias que impone el agronegocio y las políticas que lo sustentan, al defender la posición de que sólo este modelo de agricultura es capaz de enfriar el planeta. Durante más de...
2014 - Instituto de Investigaciones Fundamentales en Agricultura Tropical (INIFAT)

2014 Global hunger index: The challenge of hidden hunger

With one more year before the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the 2014 Global Hunger Index report offers a multifaceted overview of global hunger that brings new insights to the global debate on where to focus efforts in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The state of...
2014 - Welthungerhilfe

The role of extension and advisory services in building resilience of smallholder farmers

The assumption underlying this hypothesis is that farmers lack the knowledge, resources, or both to adequately prevent, anticipate, prepare for, cope with, and recover from shocks. Extension and advisory services may be able to rectify this information asymmetry, or knowledge inequality, by providing or facilitating access to a variety of...
2014 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Journal article
Conversion of Family Farms and Resilience in Southland, New Zealand

The well-known deregulation of New Zealand agriculture prompted the growth of dairy farming, particularly in the region of Southland. The formation of the giant cooperative Fonterra only exacerbated the conversion of sheep farms into dairy farms that challenged both farmers’ and the region’s traditional identity as a sheep country. Interviews...
New Zealand

Forest and family farm together sustaining livelihoods and landscapes

This Infographic illustrates the interconnection of the forest and farm in one landscape, and the services and benefits together they provide to people. It also highlights the advantages that producer organizations give to the forest and farm producers.
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Family farming

Family farming represents the social base for most developing countries and constitutes the main form of agricultural organisation worldwide. It contributes to both domestic and international markets. Family farming thus accounts for almost 80% of global food production, 98% of food production in Sub-Saharan Africa and almost all cotton, cocoa...
2014 - Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Soil Association

The Soil Association was formed in 1946 to create a better world – one where we farm responsibly, eat healthily and live in balance with the environment. We support farmers and growers to research and tackle the most serious food and farming challenges, through projects such as Innovative Farmers. And we...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2014 - Soil Association

Aprendizajes de las transformaciones de los sistemas de extensión y transferencia tecnológica de El Salvador

Una propuesta de lineamientos de política para el futuro
Los sistemas de extensión agrícola de la región de América Latina y el Caribe han experimentado un proceso evolutivo en los últimos años. Esta transformación ha generado cambios en la forma de “aprender y adaptarse” al entorno con el fin de prosperar. Lo que en algún momento fuera un proceso...
El Salvador
2014 - Organización de la Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

The Voice of a Female Farmer from Uganda, with Rose Akaki

Interviewed onsite at The Economist Feeding the World Summit 2014, Rose Akaki tells Farming First the key challenges faced by female farmers in Uganda and offers her recommendations for improving agriculture in her country.
2014 - FarmingFirst

Working paper
Solutions through Stewardship: Managing Pesticide Residues in Farm Produce

Globally, agriculture is facing enormous pressure to produce more food for growing population while it is increasingly getting affected by shrinking cultivable land area, water availability and climate change. With impressive economic growth, homogeneity of diets across countries has increased in the last 50 years and is pushing more and...
2014 - CropLife Asia

Magazine article
Maintaining the costs of the farm by investing in green energy

Promoting renewable energy sources is a central theme on the European level and stimulating the purchase of equipment for producing renewable energy mainly for ensuring the energy demand in farms was a priority for the Rural Development Programs during 2007-2013, inserted in 2009, through the European Economic Recovery Plan. This...

ICARDA annual report 2014

As part of our larger strategy to adapt smallholders in drylands to climate change, ICARDA’s science has sharpened its focus on producing more with less in irrigated and agropastoral systems, and sustainably intensifying cereal-based rain-fed production systems through research platforms in Egypt, Ethiopia and Morocco.
Afghanistan - Egypt - Ethiopia - India - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Jordan - Morocco - Pakistan - Sudan - Türkiye
2014 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Aprendizajes de las transformaciones de los sistemas de extensión y transferencia tecnológica de Guatemala

Una propuesta de lineamientos de política para el futuro
El Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación (MAGA), con el apoyo técnico de la FAO, formuló el Programa de la Agricultura Familiar para el Fortalecimiento de la Economía Campesina, iniciativa basada en el Plan para Activar y Adecuar la Política Nacional de Desarrollo Rural Integral (PNDRI). La PNDRI toma como...
2014 - Organización de la Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Blog article
Caribbean family farmers neglected in development policy, says experts at CWA 2014

Organisational leaders, Dr John R Deep Ford (FAO) and Dr Michael Hailu, CTA director, are urging increased attention, investment and policy interventions to improve the economic capacity of family farmers in the Caribbean who they say have largely been neglected by policymakers.
2014 - Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

Reunión especializada sobre agricultura familiar del mercosur

10 Años cambiando realidades
Este librillo contiene información resumida sobre la REAF y su importancia.

The changing role of women in the economic transformation of family farming in Asia and the Pacific

Asia and the Pacific is a very socially, culturally and economically diverse region. Trade liberalization and foreign investments have contributed to rapid economic, human capital and agricultural growth, and decreased price distortions. However, the benefits have been unevenly shared among and within countries and between men and women. Export-oriented policies...
2014 - International Fund for Agricultural Development

Journal article
Implications of sustainable agricultural intensification for family farming in Africa

Anthropological perspectives
In this paper, we will explore the ways in which sustainable intensification interventions often overlook fundamental social dynamics in rural landscapes. We provide evidence of the underlying social, political and environmental contexts that affect farmers’ land-use decisions. While there are numerous initiatives to promote a Green Revolution for Africa, many...
Ethiopia - Ghana - United Republic of Tanzania
2014 - International Center for Tropical Agriculture

Formación para la gestión del desarrollo de los territorios rurales

Esta publicación y el portal web asociado a ella [http://www.] son el resultado de varios años de trabajo colectivo en formación de capacidades para la gestión del desarrollo de los territorios rurales en los planos regional, nacional y territorial, en apoyo a la ejecución de la Estrategia Centroamericana para...
2014 - Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA)
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