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Argentina. Ingresos, gastos y niveles de vida de los hogares rurales

Un análisis a partir de las Encuestas de Niveles de Vida y Producción
La Subsecretaría de Agricultura Familiar hace conocer, a través de este documento, información reciente y de utilidad para aquellos interesados en la temática agraria y rural de nuestro país y quienes intervienen en la formulación y ejecución de políticas públicas. Se aborda en este trabajo la problemática del ingreso y...
2011 - Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de la Nación

Technical paper
Fishing with beach seines

This document provides a global overview of beach seine fisheries and identifies key issues relevant for the responsible use of beach seines and the sustainable livelihoods of beach seine fishers. It also gives guidelines for fisheries managers and other stakeholders on how best to address the issues of management processes...
Benin - Gambia - Ghana - India - Kenya - Mozambique - Peru - Sri Lanka - Togo
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

L'agriculture familiale peut-elle nourrir le Sénégal?

Ce film court présente d'une façon didactique et concrète les contraintes et difficultés des exploitations agricoles familiales au Sénégal (accès à la terre, aux intrants, à l'eau et au crédit), en insistant sur les différents types d'exploitations et sur les revendications des organisations paysannes. Les cartes et données chiffrées permettent...

Introduction to Social Safety Nets

The course provides an overview of Social Safety Net programmes and systems and how they are used and customized according to different contexts. It also introduces the key processes for designing and implementing Social Safety Net programmes. 
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Report on Fisheries Livelihoods Baseline Survey in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste baseline survey for the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme, against the five RFLP national level outputs namely co-management, safety at sea and vulnerability reduction, post-harvest and marketing, livelihoods enhancement and diversification and micro-finance services
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Centro de Educación, Capacitación y Tecnología Campesina (CECTEC)

El CECTEC es una organización civil, sin fines de lucro, que orienta su acción formativa a productores campesinos, a sus familias y comunidades. Las líneas de trabajo del CECTEC intentan responder a problemas concretos que afectan a la unidad familiar campesina y, en particular, a la juventud.
2011 - Centro de Educación, Capacitación y Tecnología Campesina (CECTEC)

La Guía Descalza 2

Prácticas de Aprendizaje para Organizaciones y Cambio Social
Este es un recurso práctico para líderes, facilitadores y profesionales que quieren mejorar y enriquecer sus procesos de aprendizaje. Está dirigida a individuos y organizaciones y a la práctica del cambio social en el terreno. No es sólo otro libro sobre cambio social y aprendizaje organizacional. Es diferente porque no ha...
2011 - Colectivo Descalzo

Journal article
An assessment of livestock production sustainability in the Maghreb irrigated schemes

In the Maghreb countries, because of structural drought, recent livestock production policies have relied heavily on irrigation. This aimed to secure animal protein supply by using water to grow fodder. Such choices have led many smallholder farms to rear cattle in typical dual purpose (both milk and meat) systems. In...
Algeria - Morocco - Tunisia
2011 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Conference proceedings
Opportunities of poultry breeding programmes for family production in developing countries: The bird for the poor. Proceedings of an e-conference held 24 January-18 February 2011

The International Network for Family Poultry Development (INFPD) is a network of researchers, policy makers, educationists, students and development workers. It was established with the assistance of FAO to promote and facilitate the development of the small scale poultry sector in developing countries. With the support from the International Fund...
2011 - International Network for Family Poultry Development (INFPD)

Journal article
La agricultura familiar como elemento de sustentabilidad en los sistemas ganaderos de doble propósito

Los sistemas de producción con vacunos de doble propósito, representan una invalorable alternativa en el trópico para la obtención de leche y carne, infiriendo que esta actividad a su vez genere bienestar en las comunidades rurales. Dentro de sus ventajas, aparece una importante utilización de la mano de obra familiar,...
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
2011 - Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas (INIA)

Journal article
Performances de production et qualité des produits de deux systèmes de production caprine au Nord du Maroc

Deux systëmes de production caprine, líun extensif, basè sur líutilisation des parcours forestiers (p) et líautre intensif, en stabulation permanente (s) ont ètè èvaluès pour leurs performances de production et la qualitè de leurs produits. un suivi mensuel des performances de production a ètè rèalisè auprës de 4 èlevages. des...
2011 - Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM)

Journal article
The role of women in agriculture

Agriculture can be an important engine of growth and poverty reduction. But the sector is underperforming in many countries in part because women, who are often a crucial resource in agriculture and the rural economy, face constraints that reduce their productivity. In this paper we draw on the available empirical...

Nature & Faune: The forest sector in the green economy in Africa

The present edition highlights the significance of the forestry sector to the overall economy and its importance overall in the region’s land use, demonstrating its potential to make a difference in improving (or worsening) an economy’s green credentials. It is an important message about forestry and greenness.
Cameroon - Liberia - Nigeria - Rwanda - South Africa - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

De la huerta a la mesa

Promoción del consumo de frutas y vegetales a partir de huertas familiares
Los autores invitados en esta oportunidad intentan expresar diferentes puntos de vista en cuanto a los componentes de promoción del consumo de frutas y vegetales al interior de las huertas familiares. El primer capítulo nos plantea una versión positiva en cuanto la promoción del consumo de este grupo de alimentos,...
2011 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Fact sheet
Working together to eradicate poverty

Partnerships are IFAD’s main mode of operation. The Fund is, in fact, a unique partnership of members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), other developing countries, and member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). IFAD works with developing country governments, poor rural people’s...
Bangladesh - Jordan - Pakistan - Senegal - Sudan - Türkiye
2011 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Journal article
Goat production systems in a mountainous community of the Middle Atlas, Morocco

A survey of 70 goat herders from Aït Bazza rural commune in the eastern part of the Middle Atlas Mountains has been carried out. Its aim was to characterize goat production systems. The survey was part of a research-development study on meat goats. Using a purposive sampling framework, all 11...
2011 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Food Sovereignty Brief

Less than one year away from the next United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development scheduled for June 2012 in Rio (Rio+20), the international community is mobilizing to ensure that tomorrow’s major challenges are on the agenda. Among these subjects, the issue of global food security and new challenges governing current...
2011 - Inter-Réseaux Développement Rural

Strategies to reduce the emerging wheat stripe rust disease

Synthesis of a dialog between policy makers and scientists from 31 countries at: International Wheat Stripe Rust Symposium, Aleppo, Syria, April 2011
Aggressive new strains of wheat rust diseases – stem rust and stripe rust – have decimated wheat yields in recent harvests. Key areas affected are East Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Rust diseases have reduced the wheat harvests is in Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya...

Working paper
Enhancing farmers’ access to markets for certified products

A comparative analysis using a business model approach
Certified products are those differentiated on the basis of specific quality attributes that can be certified under various schemes. Participation in markets for certified products can represent a good income generation opportunity for small farmers in developing countries. However, to avail of this opportunity they would have to comply with...
Argentina - Chile - Colombia - India
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Right to survive: Turtle conservation and fisheries livelihoods

Each year, the eastern coast of India witnesses a truly spectacular occurrence of nature– the arrival en masse of hundreds of thousands of olive ridley turtles in the coastal region of the State of Orissa. Last year, for instance, an estimated 240,000 adult olive ridleys congregated at Rushikulya on the...
2011 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)
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