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Technical paper
Crop residues and agro-industrial by-products in West Africa

The present publication focuses on the availability, access and utilization of crop residues and agro-industrial products in West Africa. It contributes to the efforts to strengthen mechanisms to establish and maintain feed assessments in West Africa. It is a first regional assessment attempt, based on literature review and fieldwork in...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Socio-economic perspectives of family farming in South America

Cases of Bolivia, Colombia and Peru
Family farming is very important because it is, among other types, the principal source of food and employment, especially in developing countries. Given the constant changes in the agrarian structure and environment, what are the prospects of family farming under current conditions in South America? To answer this question, we...
2014 - Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Conference paper
Intervenciones para los procesos de comercialización de pequeños y medianos productores de maíz, trigo y sus cultivos asociados: Experiencias, aprendizaje y enfoque desde MasAgro Productor

Esta presentación, desarrollada por Víctor López del Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT), describe al programa MasAgro Productor, su estrategia y casos de éxito.
2014 - Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT)

Supporting Serbia's Sour Cherry Production

The EBRD and FAO are working together to introduce geographical indication status for a range of food products in Serbia, beginning with the local sour cherry. This project is also supported by Luxembourg.
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Spotlight on the International Year of Family Farming

To celebrate the International Year of Family Farming, a panel composed of farmer leaders and IFAD-funded project beneficiaries and stakeholders from Brazil, Colombia, Mali, Philippines, Syrian Arab Republic and the United Republic of Tanzania will discuss opportunities and challenges facing family farming and share their visions for the future of...
2014 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Fish All Days: Home delivery from the fishing boat

Fish All Days allows customers to buy fresh fish straight from the boat – or have it delivered directly to their doorstep. By combining more traditional educational and promotional campaigns with the use of new technology and social media, a trawler from Molfetta has developed a loyal network of customers. The...
2014 - GAC Terre di Mare, Italy

Agricultura Familiar Campesina: alimentando al mundo, enfriando el planeta

En el marco del Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar, el Programa Regional de Desarrollo Rural de We Effect ha producido este audiovisual titulado “Agricultura Familiar Campesina: alimentado al mundo, enfriando el planeta”, retratando los principales rasgos de este modelo de producción en Latinoamérica. En el documental participan organizaciones campesinas de...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Guatemala - Nicaragua
2014 - We Effect

Cyprus Shami Goats

The Antoniades family farm was established in 1929. It is located to the south of the island of Cyprus near the village of Pissouri, some 35km from the city of Limassol. It is established on a low hill area (altitude 50m from sea level) and prevailing temperatures in the area...

Conference proceedings
Regional dialogue on family farming in the Near East and North Africa Region

 The main message from the consultation is that family farming plays a crucial role in the region’s agriculture, fisheries and food security, and therefore measures to support family farming should be an integral part of all agriculture development and food security strategies. The consultation highlighted the importance of policy measures...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Los desafíos que enfrentan las mujeres rurales para tener tierra

La experiencia de Nitlapan y Trócaire-ADDAC (Asociación para la Diversificación y el Desarrollo Agrícola Comunal) en Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Este informe es el resultado de la investigación sobre la experiencia de dos organizaciones nicaragüenses que tienen en común trabajar por sectores vulnerables, incluyendo a las mujeres rurales. facilitando tanto medios para el acceso y derecho a la tierra, como para producir de manera sustentable. Ambas organizaciones, han desarrollado iniciativas...

Conference paper
Programa de Mercadeo Solidario, Alimentación y Nutrición

Esta presentación, desarrollada por Álvaro Ureta de la Unión de Productores e Introductores de Hortalizas de la Central de Abastos (México D.F.), describe las cadenas de valor desde el punto de vista de los pequeños productores.
2014 - Unión de Productores e Introductores de Hortalizas de la Central de Abastos México D.F.

Attracting young people to professional fishing

Thanks to the combination of an apprenticeship project for young fishers and FLAG support to improve a local fishing business, 33 year old Tanja is now a successful fisherwoman and entrepreneur, selling her fresh and processed produce directly to consumers. Aging fishermen is among the main challenges of small-scale coastal and...
2014 - Åkerfelt’s Fish

Conference proceedings
Conferencia Mundial de Agricultura Familiar Foro Mundial de Agricultores Bilbao. Declaración Final

Nosotros, 200 hombres y mujeres líderes de organizaciones campesinas nacionales, regionales e internacionales, de grupos de la sociedad civil y movimientos sociales y de las principales instituciones académicas y de investigación de cuatro continentes del mundo –áfrica, América, Asia y Europa- nos hemos reunido en Bilbao, España, con motivo de...
2014 - Foro Rural Mundial (FRM)

Conference paper
MINGAlerías: Una experiencia de comercialización para productores indígenas, campesinos y afros del Norte del Cauca, Colombia

Esta presentación, desarrollada por Merlyn Johanna Hurtado de la Asociación de Cabildos Indígenas del Norte del Cauca (Colombia), describe a esta red de productores, su experiencia en mercados de venta directa y participación de pequeños productores. 
2014 - Asociación de Cabildos Indígenas del Norte del Cauca Colombia

Fact sheet
The Medium Term Cooperation Programme (MTCP2)

The Medium Term Cooperation Programme with Farmers’ Organisations in Asi and the Pacific, Phase II (MTCP2) aims to strengthen the capacities of farmers organizations in Asia and the Pacific to deliver better, improved and inclusive services to their members and to engage in effective dialogues with governments, thereby making FOs...
2014 - MTCP2

Studying fisheries sustainability

In cooperation with WWF and using MSC methodology, the ESKO FLAG coordinated a study for small-scale fishermen into the sustainability of their fishing activities. Questions had been raised in recent years about the sustainability of fishing activities in the Gulf of Finland. Indeed, WWF’s annual consumer guide blacklisted the main types...
2014 - Sepra Development Association (ESKO FLAG)

Working paper
Spatial price integration among selected bean markets in Malawi

A threshold autoregressive model approach
This research examines the extent of market integration among different bean markets across Malawi. Market integration is an indicator that efficiency exists within the flow of information between markets. The study focused on beans as they are a cheap source of protein affordable by the majority of rural smallholder farmers....
2014 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Magazine article
An action plan for organic production in Europe

Driven by steadily increasing demand, the number of organic producers has grown rapidly over the past decade. The new challenge for organic producers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors is to maintain growth without compromising consumer confidence in the sector. A new European Union Action Plan on the future of Organic Production...

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

Working paper
Direct seed marketing program in Ethiopia in 2013

An operational evaluation to guide seed-sector reform
In 2013 the Bureaus of Agriculture in the regional states of Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples of Ethiopia supported a program of direct marketing of certified seed by seed producers to farmers across 31 woredas (districts). This program stands in contrast to the dominant procedure for supplying...
2014 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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