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Declaración COP20 del Encuentro Andino de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo

Este documento se suscribió en la ciudad de Machala, Provincia del Oro, República del Ecuador, a los veinte días del mes de noviembre, en el marco del Encuentro Andino de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo.
2014 - Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo (CLAC)

Working paper
Developing a typology of agricultural holdings for improved policy design

Developing a typology of agricultural holdings for improved policy design
In Malawi, where most of the population relies on agriculture and is considered “small farmers”, better characterizing the diversity of agricultural holdings and the drivers of their transformation is key to inform policy makers and design programs better fitted to the diverse needs and capacities. The World Agriculture Watch (WAW)...
2014 - World Agricultures Watch (WAW)

Illustration pour la mise en œuvre de la methodologie WAW

L’objectif du document est de fournir des éléments d'illustration pour la méthodologie de l’initiative internationale Observatoire des Agricultures du Monde (WAW en anglais World Agriculture Watch) à partir d’une étude de cas développée dans le cadre de l'ATP du CIRAD « Viabilité des systèmes productifs agricoles et alimentaires en appui...
2014 - World Agriculture Watch

Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland

Governments and international agencies frequently boast that small farmers control the largest share of the world's agricultural land. Inaugurating 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), sang the praises of family farmers but didn't...
2014 - GRAIN

Farmers' Congress Appeal 2014 and Press Release

On March 28, 2014 the Farmers’ Congress was held with the participation of Georgian farmers to voice out the problems and constraints in the field of agriculture. The Congress also addressed two global campaigns supporting the agricultural development: Oxfam campaign - “Food and Climate Changes 2014-2015” and UN/World Farmers Forum...
2014 - Biological Farming Association ELKANA

Book part
Organic agricultural practices among small holder farmers in South Western Nigeria

Organic farming represents a deliberate attempt to make the best use of local natural resources and is an environmental friendly system of farming. It relies much on ecosystem management which excludes external input, especially the synthetic ones. Ander son, Jolly and Green (2005) stated that organic farming is a production...

Journal article
Non-timber forest products utilization in Vietnam: Who collects, who consumes, who sells?

In this study was analysed collection and utilization of non-timber forest products in rural areas of central Vietnam. This is an important issue for better understanding of household-forest interactions in rural areas near natural reserves, particularly in developing countries with rapid economic growth. This research aim was to (i) document...
Viet Nam
2014 - Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Policy options to enhance markets for nutrient-dense foods in Tanzania

There is an urgent need to reduce alarming rates of undernutrition in Tanzania. This report analyses options for policies and interventions to improve the functioning of markets that deliver nutrient-dense foods. Currently, a set of constraints inhibit businesses from making nutrient-dense foods that reach the poor. These constraints affect businesses...
United Republic of Tanzania

Book part
Family farming in the European Union

Family farming is the most common operational farming model in Europe – representing 97 % of the European Union’s (EU) 12 million farms. Thus it is of great importance in the EU. It covers a diverse range of situations, including farms of all sizes. While there are obvious differences across...
Austria - Belgium - Croatia - Cyprus - Czechia - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Lithuania - Malta - Netherlands (Kingdom of the) - Poland - Romania - Slovakia - Slovenia - Sweden - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Blog article
Les exploitations agricoles familiales du Sénégal sont très productives

Etude de la productivité des exploitations agricoles familiales au Sénégal basée sur les données de l’Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie (ANDS) sur les zones de production et sur celles issues des enquêtes du projet de caractérisation et de typologie des exploitations agricoles familiales au Sénégal (EXFAM) menée...

Journal article
Reappraising the multiple functions of traditional agriculture within the context of building rural development investigative skills

The productivist and reductionist vision of industrial agriculture in the twentieth century prevented the analysis of the other multiple functions of traditional agriculture, such as those corresponding to the ecological and cultural dimensions. In the current rural crisis, which entails food insecurity, environmental uncertainties, deterioration of the social fabric, a...
2014 - Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Family farming in Jordan

In the Near East and North Africa, population growth, urbanization, a fragile resource base, climate change and low productivity exacerbate the fight against hunger and malnutrition. But the introduction of ‘Farmer Field Schools’ in the Jordan Valley and across the country has helped family farmers boost their production, income and...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
“No Tree, No Bee – No Honey, No Money”

The management of resources and marginalisation in beekeeping societies of South West Ethiopia
The paper analyses the impact of the two most prominent elements of a traditional societ y in South West Ethiopia: institutionalized traditional beekeeping as main cash income source and high segregation of a society through a caste system, which marginalizes especially a certain huntergatherer group. Beside the high ecological value...
2014 - United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

Association and Cooperation in Agriculture, Sustainable Development Way of the Rural Space in Romania

Analyzing the current situation of the agriculture in Romania, we can observe a fragmentation of the landed property, so that, the subsistence and the semi-subsistence farms hold 60% of the total agricultural areas utilized (13.2 million ha of agricultural land), and the commercial farms 40%. Concerning the number of farms,...
2014 - University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca

Las compras públicas

¿Una oportunidad para los pequeños productores?
El presente texto muestra los diversos esfuerzos que se realizan por lograr que los productores rurales accedan a la compra pública en Ecuador, Perú y Bolivia. El análisis se enfoca en los principales cambios normativos, el tipo de programas en marcha para la compra pública de alimentos, la efectividad de...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Ecuador - Peru
2014 - Agrónomos y Veterinarios sin Fronteras (AVSF)

Specialization or diversification?

Divergent perspectives on rice farming in three large dam-irrigated areas in the Sahel
This report is based on the main lessons and recommendations from three case studies analysing the strategies, aspirations and constraints of the various types of farmers living around the dams of Bagré (Burkina Faso), Sélingué (Mali) and Niandouba/Confluent (Senegal). This document aims to contribute to the reflections national and regional...
Burkina Faso - Mali - Senegal
2014 - International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Extensión rural y asistencia técnica en el sector campesino

Eperiencias del periodo 1997-2003, lecciones y propuesta
Uno de los principales mecanismos para enfrentar la carencia de asistencia técnica es el empleo de extensionistas o promotores rurales calificados. Para una población de 1,2 millones de unidades productivas en la zona andina, se calcula que se requerirían cerca de 12.000 extensionistas, como mínimo. Frente a esta demanda, sumando todos los extensionistas...
2014 - Soluciones Prácticas

Policy brief/paper
Roadmap per strengthening forest and farm producter organizations

Policy brief
The aim of this policy brief is to spread the word about forest and farm producer organizations and their increasing role in helping smallholders improve their economic and social well-being while managing their resources sustainably. The brief sets out a roadmap by which an international partnership can boost support for...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Smallholder farming and crop variety choice

Wheat variety choice in Pakistan
Zinc is an important nutrient for human health, especially for the growth of children (Caulfield and Black 2004). In 2011 Pakistan’s National Nutrition Survey found that zinc deficiency is high (47 percent) among children under-five years of age and women of child-bearing age. Nearly 42 percent of non-pregnant women, 48...
2014 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Technical paper
Action Plan for the future of Organic Production in the European Union

Organic production is an overall system of farm management and food production that combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources and the application of high animal welfare standards, and a production method in line with the preference of certain consumer for products using...
2014 - European Union - EU Commission
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