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Blog article
Incorporar y visibilizar la agricultura familiar en las universidades argentinas

La Secretaría técnica de la Reunión especializada de agricultura familiar del Mercosur (REAF) participó en el II Congreso de Universidades Nacionales para la Agricultura Familiar que se desarrolló durante los días 17 y 18 de septiembre en San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, sumándose al objetivo de fortalecer la integración entre las...
2015 - Reunión Especializada sobre Agricultura Familiar de MERCOSUR (REAF)

Case study
Farming for healthy urban tap water

New York City's water is kept safe and clean by an innovative cooperative agreement with farmers that benefits both the city and rural communities. The programme demonstrates that water utilities can go beyond applying traditional engineering solutions and pioneer innovative governance, management and financial arrangements with upstream farming communities.
United States of America
2015 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Journal article
World Food Day 2015

Female farmers hold the key to food security and ending poverty
This news article refers to Women as the cornerstone of the rural economy, especially in the developing world. They bear the greatest responsibility for food production, producing more than half of all food in the world and growing 80-90% of the food in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet despite this, women are all...
2015 - International Business Times (IBTimes)

Blog article
Buscan innovadores en agricultores familiar

El Fondo Regional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (FONTAGRO) lanzó ayer su Concurso de Casos Exitosos de Innovaciones 2015 para la adaptación al cambio climático de la agricultura familiar.Con el concurso, Fontagro busca difundir experiencias exitosas de productores y otros actores innovadores a lo largo de las cadenas agroalimentarias para adaptarse al...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Sustainable Soil Management: Key to food security and nutrition in Africa

This edition of Nature & Faune journal will be a special Issue to mark the International Year of Soils. It is planned to be issued during the Conference of the African Soil Society taking place in Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso from 2nd to 10th December 2015. The special edition of...
Burkina Faso - Cabo Verde - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Gambia - Ghana - Mozambique - Niger - Nigeria - South Africa - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
How We’re Using Data to Empower Smallholder Farmers

This article defines the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), and how mobile data collection is empowering Smallholder Farmers
2015 - Clinton Foundation

Revista Mundo Rural n°11, septiembre 2015

Este número de Mundo Rural incluye artículos sobre: INDAP y la Nueva Plataforma de Servicios Desde Atacama a Chiloé: la embajada campesina en la Expo Milán 2015 En medio de los riesgos, una cultura del aseguramiento Desarrollo colaborativo, plural y organizado: todos remando para el mismo lado Almacenar el agua para no perderla en el...
2015 - Instituto de Desarrollo Agropecuario (INDAP)

Report part
EU Commission: Organic farming ‘not enough’ to address food security

Global population is expected to rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to UN projections, meaning food production will have to double to meet nutritional needs. In an effort to rise to this challenge, the new CAP for the period 2014-2020 is focused on innovation as...
2015 - EurActiv

Homestead gardening brings hope as Lesotho seeks to adapt to climate change

FAO is working with the Government of Lesotho, non-governmental organizations and other United Nations agencies on a resilience strategy to help adapt the country's farming system to changing climate conditions such as erratic rain patterns and higher temperatures. The initiative includes promoting homestead gardening and adopting innovative techniques such as...
2015 - FAO

2014-2020 A network of opportunities

Local development in EU coastal and fisheries areas is entering a new and exciting period. The implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) present new challenges and new opportunities for coastal and fisheries communities. Greater coordination between the European Structural and...
European Union
2015 - FARNET

Case study
Water harvesting

Nourishing the land, body and mind
Bouwas Mawara and his wife Nyengeterai, small scale farmers in the semi-arid Zvishavane district of Zimbabwe, are renowned for their innovation in water harvesting for crop and animal production, and for setting up local structures and systems to spread innovations amongst fellow farmers. Today at least 160 farming families in...
2015 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Fact sheet
Counting on agroecology

Today’s farms and ranches produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel, yet many also contribute to air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health problems, and other societal challenges. Agroecology promises solutions, but this science of managing lands to boost the health of farms, ranches, and surrounding environments is...
United States of America
2015 - Union of Concerned Scientists

Blog article
Increased local capacities benefit rural communities in Mali

Improving livelihoods using the learning-by-doing approach of FAO’s farmer field school programmes.
Established in 2001, FAO’s Integrated Production and Pest Management (IPPM) programme is a multi-donor initiative that aims to improve farming skills, and raise smallholder farmers’ awareness of alternatives to toxic chemicals using the farmer field school (FFS) approach. Initially focusing on West Africa, the programme has implemented activities in nine...
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Can The (New) CAP Deliver on Sustainability?

The new CAP includes a “crisis reserve”, which can be drawn on in case of need. Worth roughly a noncumulative €400 million a year, the reserve is financed by the cut of Direct Payments exceeding the €2,000 per year threshold. For this very reason though, the institutions are unwilling to...
2015 - EurActiv

Taller regional: Producción sostenible de algodón y el suelo como base para su desarrollo

El compromiso establecido entre la FAO y la Agencia Brasileña de Cooperación (ABC/MRE) para desarrollar de forma sostenible económica, social y ambientalmente el sector algodonero de los países asociados está siendo impulsado a través del Proyecto Regional “Fortalecimiento del Sector algodonero pro medio de la Cooperación Sur-Sur”, que articula conocimientos...
2015 - Programa de Cooperación Internacional Brasil-FAO

Grow Food, Fight Climate Change!

The current food system is responsible for at least a third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In fact, when it comes to GHG emissions, the agricultural sector is second only to the energy sector. This video talks about the causes of this and how shifting to Organic Agriculture can...
2015 - IFOAM - Organics International

Appui de la Fao à la résilience des populations du Tchad

Dans le cadre du renforcement de la résilience des populations victimes de la crise Centrafricaine, un certain nombre de projets avaient été mis en œuvre par la FAO à travers les partenaires techniques dans le Sud du Tchad précisément dans les régions du Moyen Chari et du Mandoul. Le Tchad fait...
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Cómo Cultivar Acelga Orgánica en tu Casa

Las acelgas son un cultivo muy productivo que puede cultivarse durante todo el año, ya que son resistentes a un gran rango de temperaturas. Entre sus múltiples propiedades, las acelgas son una excelente fuente de minerales y vitaminas A, C y K, por lo que es un cultivo muy valioso...
2015 - Vía Orgánica

Journal article
L’agriculture familiale dans les pays du sud et de l’est de la Méditerranée

Les travaux sur l’Agriculture familiale sont nombreux. Un certain nombre d’entre eux se sont intéressés aux pays méditerranéens. Dès 1984 en effet le Réseau Agricultures Familiales Comparées (Rafac) était créé à Montpellier, à l’Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen, du Centre International des Hautes Etudes Méditerranéennes1.Les publications du Rafac sur l’agriculture familiale furent...

Magazine article
Ecological vineyards gain ground on the Hungarian southern side of the Danube

Business experience, personal interest in developing sustainable agriculture and the non-reimbursable support obtained through Measure 123 helped one of the most renowned experts in the wine-growing field in Hungary establish an ecological wine-growing unit south of the Danube. The techniques used in the farm respect the true character of grapes...
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