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Guidelines for Setting up community-based sheep breeding programs in Ethiopia

Lessons and experiences for sheep breeding in low-input systems
These guidelines are designed for all those involved in planning and implementing sheep breeding activities with resource-poor farmers in developing countries. This includes research centers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers’ associations and livestock development projects, and government extension officials. The guidelines address the lack of generic direction on designing and implementing...
2011 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Journal article
Availability and Use of Modern Information and Communication Technologies among Farmers in Orumba South Lga of Anambra State, Nigeria

The study ascertained the availability and use of telecommunication/computer information and communication technologies among farmers in Orumba South L.G.A of Anambra State, Nigeria. The objectives of the study were to describe the demographic characteristics of the farmers in the study area, identify Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in telecommunication/computer available...
2011 - Michael Okpara University of Agriculture

Case study
In the protagonists' own words: the case of Peru

FORSANDINO project impact evaluation: Strengthening of high Andean Indigenous Organisations and recovery of their traditional products (2007-2011)
From the beginning, the project determined the need for and importance of conducting an impact evaluation to determine the project’s true achievements and impact once the intervention was completed. The impact evaluation, in fact, formed part of the Project Monitoring & Evaluation System. In keeping with that idea, it is...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Magazine article
Du système formation et visites au conseil à l’exploitation agricole familiale au Bénin : rupture ou continuité ?

Le conseil à l’exploitation agricole familiale (CEF) est souvent considéré comme un successeur prometteur en Afrique de l’Ouest du Système formation et visites (SFV) qui a été depuis les années 1980 le principal système de vulgarisation. Cet article présente une analyse comparative des CEF et SFV en s’appuyant sur l’expérience...
2011 - Cahiers Agricultures

Mujer Rural: Cambios y Persistencias en América Latina

En el texto que sigue se presenta un balance de la situación de las mujeres rurales en América Latina con especial atención a los cambios y persistencias. El documento fue elaborado a partir de investigaciones realizadas en Perú y América Latina y se han revisado balances y estudios de ONG...
2011 - Programa Democratización y Transformación de Conflictos, Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Fact sheet
Strengthening smallholder market linkages through contract farming

Zimbabwe’s economy is starting to turn around after almost a decade of recession characterized by macroeconomic and political challenges. During this time, the near collapse of formal marketing channels, as well as shortages and high prices of key agricultural inputs (fertilizers, seeds, crops and chemicals), resulted in steep drops in...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
Organic Agriculture. A step towards the Green Economy in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region

In the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region organic agriculture could play a catalyst role in green economy transformation by re-vitalizing the farm and food sector and creating employment that provides better returns on per unit of labor input all along the value chain. It could increase income...
Armenia - Republic of Moldova - Ukraine
2011 - United Nations Environment programme

Fishing for the Future

Fishing for the Future is a short film documentary elaborating one of components of the FAO European Union Food Facility Project activities in Cambodia. The film captures own-family-fish-pond culture which the project has been supported through provision of fingerlings, prawn larvae, lime and training to Cambodian farmers. The film also...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Magazine article
Sowing the seeds for organic produce in Slovakia

Organic agriculture has gained a significant foothold in Slovakia in recent years. ‘Some 7.05 % of total agricultural land is managed organically – 136 688 ha – with 22 613 ha in conversion,’ says Ms Lehocká. Ms Lehocká has coordinated a number of national projects to develop organic farming in Slovakia, and has...

Journal article
Potential for rural tourism in company Paso Jhú of the Piribebuy district, Department of Cordillera, Paraguay

The rural tourism generates a set of human relations resulting from the visit of tourists to rural communities, to enjoy the environment, natural, cultural and productive values. In this context, tourism is seen as a natural way for the development of rural areas, especially the most disadvantaged, taking advantage of...
2011 - Universidad Nacional de Asunción

Policy brief/paper
From Subsistence to Smallholder Commercial Farming in Malawi: a Case of NASFAM Commercialisation Initiatives∗

A Case of NASFAM Commercialization Initiatives
This paper investigates the relationship between food security and commercialisation using data from a household survey in National Smallholder Farmer Association of Malawi (NASFAM) operated areas. NASFAM promotes commercialisation of agriculture by introducing the principle of farming as a business among its members who are largely smallholder subsistent farmers. The...
2011 - Future Agricultures Consortium

Journal article
Plantas alimenticias, medicinales y biocidas de las comunidades de Muñani y Suatia, provincia de Lampa (Puno, Perú)

Las comunidades nativas están compuestas por grupos de familias que conservan un conocimiento ancestral de producción, así como, de medicina tradicional.  La presente investigación científica es un estudio descriptivo en donde se identifican las plantas alimenticias, medicinales y biocidas en las comunidades nativas de Muñani y Suatia de la provincia...
2011 - Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM)

Fact sheet
Bolivia Food Security Country Brief

In recent months wheat prices in La Paz stabilized, but remain at high levels and nearly double the international prices. The highest increase was recorded for yellow maize in Santa Cruz. Different agencies report a worrisome situation of food security and hunger with a high prevalence of undernourishment. Heavy rains...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Magazine article
Project - Leader valorises local food products: Pioneering Portuguese project proves the development potential of social media

Portugal’s ‘PROVE’ project (PROmover e VEnder – which translates to ‘Promote and Sell’) stems from a bottom-up initiative involving eight of the country’s mainland LAGs. PROVE has been busy connecting local producers in these LAG territories within a joint marketing scheme for fresh locally-sourced fruit and vegetables. The project is...

Journal article
Agricultura familiar en el agro argentino

Una contribución al debate sobre el futuro del campesinado
El debate académico sobre la agricultura familiar en Argentina, se ha concentrado casi exclusivamente en la región pampeana y tiene como preocupación central los cambios y dinámicas que ha experimentado la explotación familiar en el marco de los procesos de transformación agraria. La información censal indica para la región pampeana...
2011 - Centro de Estudios y Documentación Latinoamericanos

How can African agriculture adapt to climate change?

Insights from Ethiopia and South Africa
During the coming decades, global change will impact food and water security in significant but highly uncertain ways. There are strong indications that developing countries will bear the brunt of the consequences, particularly from climate change. In Sub-Saharan Africa, agriculture—the mainstay of rural livelihoods—is particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts...
Ethiopia - South Africa
2011 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Journal article
Contribución de la avicultura campesina en la disponibilidad alimentaria de familias indígenas del sureste mexicano

El objetivo de este estudio fue analizar la contribución de la avicultura campesina en la disponibilidad alimentaría de las familias indígenas del municipio de Santo Domingo Tepuxtepec Mixe, Oaxaca, México. Se utilizó el estudio de caso, se consideraron variables relacionadas con la tecnología de producción tradicional, rendimiento productivo, objetivos de...
2011 - Universidad de Guanajuato

National Network of Educational Farms

The National Network of Educational Farms is coordinated by the Agricultural Advisory Headquarters. Voivodeship Agricultural Advisory Centres have also been very much involved in the provision of training, advisory services and in spreading the idea of teaching farms in the regions. On 28-29 November 2013 there was organised the 1st...

Dairy development in Argentina

Over the last five decades the global dairy sector has seen substantive changes with major intensification, scaling-up and efficiency of production driven by demand from a growing human population and disposal incomes. This growth was achievable through the developments in animal breeding, nutrition, feed efficiency, animal health, housing and automation...

Is farming enough in mountain areas? Farm diversification in the Pyrenees

The continuity of farming in mountain areas in Europe is at severe risk and its future faces manifold uncertainties. Mountain farms are immersed in a long-term process of reorganization. Farm diversification plays a prominent role in this process of adjustment and reallocation. However, little work has been done explicitly on...
France - Spain
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