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Soil conservation and water harvesting to improve community livelihoods and fight land degradation in the mountains of Syria

In the mountainous and arid regions of northwest Syria, water and land resources are under pressure from natural and human-induced forms of land degradation. This has resulted in lower incomes for families dependent on olive farming. This study explores the impact of natural resource management, supported by a micro-credit system,...
Syrian Arab Republic
2013 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Parcela demostrativa de cultivares de zapallo anco (Cucurbita) en una huerta de la localidad de Los Cisnes

La experiencia se realiza en la huerta de Esteban Antonio Zárate (promotor del Proyecto Integrado Pro-Huerta), ubicada en zona urbana de la localidad de Los Cisnes. Destino de la producción: consumo propio y venta en chacra y a domicilio. Con apoyo de la Cooperativa local (Colevisep) adquirió un rotocultivador y produce lombricompuesto aprovechando...
2013 - Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)

East African agriculture and climate change: A comprehensive analysis

The second of three books in IFPRI's climate change in Africa series, East African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis examines the food security threats facing 10 of the countries that make up east and central Africa - Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda...
Burundi - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Eritrea - Kenya - Madagascar - Rwanda - Sudan - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Family farmers for sustainable food systems

A synthesis of reports by African farmers' regional networks on models of food production, consumption and markets
Family farming is the basis for modern food provision in Africa, today and tomorrow. Its multifunctionality and sustainable productive potential is supported by extensive research evidence. Family farming and small-scale food production generates food and well-being for the majority of the population and the wealth of the region, and conserves...
Cameroon - Kenya - Mali
2013 - EuropAfrica Consortium

Relevamiento y sistematización de problemas de tierra de los agricultores familiares en la Argentina

Este estudio tiene como objetivo identificar, relevar y sistematizar problemas vinculados al acceso, tenencia (garantía de la tenencia actual y regularización dominial) y distribución de la tierra, así como los conflictos que ellos generan. La finalidad perseguida es ofrecer información necesaria a técnicos y decisores políticos para establecer líneas de...
2013 - Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de la Nación - PROINDER, Proyecto de Desarrollo de Pequeños Productores Agropecuarios.

Women in family farming at the semiarid of Northern Minas Gerais

Social division of labor and gender in jaíba project
This work deals with the situation of women’s life and work in family farming in the North of Minas Gerais semiarid, focusing on the work social division and gender in the Jaíba Project. In this context the Step I was chosen inthis project in the area A: NS1 and NS2...
2013 - Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Journal article
La agroecología como un enfoque transdisciplinar, participativo y orientado a la acciónn

Este artículo examina las múltiples direcciones en la evolución de la agroecología, desde su temprano énfasis en los procesos ecológicos de los sistemas agrícolas, hasta su desarrollo como planteamiento multidimensional amplio, y orientado hacia los sistemas agroalimentarios. La publicación de esta edición especial es muy oportuna, pues la agroecología se...
2013 - Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group (ARLG)

The qualification and the professional identity formation of the family farmers at Januária Region - Minas Gerais

This  study  thesis  proposes  a  discussion  on  the  connections  between  the  professional qualification  courses,  gestated  by  government  programs  PLANFOR and  PNQ,  and  the formation  of  professional  identity  of  the  farmers  in  the  region  Januária  -  MG.  These programs, gestated in the early 1990s, in a context of profound changes in...
2013 - Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

River of milk: Afghan dairy farmers prosper

The dairy sector in Afghanistan is thriving. Thousands of small farmers are benefiting from an FAO project funded by Italy that is improving the collection, processing and marketing of their milk. Women control almost 90 % of the profits. Milk producers are organized into cooperatives. Demand for milk products is...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Instrumentos de Gestión para el desarrollo económico local en la promoción alpaquera

Proyecto: Organización de un sistema local de innovación y extensión agraria para el desarrollo sostenible de la actividad alpaquera, en la macro región Apurímac-Ayacucho
Soluciones Prácticas y REMURPE a través de la implementación del Proyecto PAQOCHA presenta este documento “Instrumentos de Gestión para el Desarrollo Económico Local en la Promoción Alpaquera”; que parte de la necesidad estratégica de las autoridades y funcionarios de los gobiernos regionales y de las municipalidades provinciales y distritales, quienes...
2013 - Red de Municipalidades Urbanas y Rurales del Perú (REMURPE)

Unlocked credit lines allow poor Tanzanian farmers to invest in vineyard

In Dodoma, Tanzania, a group of poor smallholder farmers is planting grapes and setting up a vineyard in a bid to pull themselves out of poverty. It's a project they hope will ensure they and their families have an income for the next 30 years. To get started, they needed...
United Republic of Tanzania
2013 - World Food Programme (WFP)

Highlights of IFPRI's partnerships and impacts in China 2013

In the wake of the food crises of the early 1970s and the resulting World Food Conference of 1974, a group of innovators realized that food security depends not only on agricultural production, but also on the policies that affect food systems from farm to table. In response, the International...
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Case study
Apple-Producing Family Farms in South Tyrol

In Northern Italy, the autonomous province of South Tyrol has the biggest single area producing apple trees in Europe. The 19 000 ha of apple production area in South Tyrol supplies up to 50% of the national Italian apple market, 15% of the European and 2% of the global apple...

The inclusion of small producers in national innovation systems in Peru and Colombia

A comparative analysis of the coffee and dairy sectors
The report specifically analyses the NIS in Peru and Colombia in the coffee and dairy sectors due to their economic importance for both countries and the large percentage of small producers in these sectors. In order to analyse the NIS, we have utilised an innovations systems approach to form the...
Colombia - Peru
2013 - The London School of Economics and Political Science

Magazine article
The policy context: innovation & rural development policy

The importance of innovation in agriculture and rural development has been recognised by the European Union over successive reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), but there is widespread agreement that agricultural knowledge and innovation systems need to be   reinvigorated. The innovation priority in rural development programmes (RDPs) for 2014-2020...

Tenure of indigenous peoples territories and REDD+ as a forestry management incentive

The case of Mesoamerican countries
Programmes to reduce emissions from deforestation and ecosystem degradation, such as REDD+ and other forestry incentive programmes, including Payment for Environmental Services (PES), could represent an opportunity to strengthen processes of conservation, sustainable usage and poverty reduction in the Mesoamerican region, particularly in indigenous territories and communities. Analysing the context...

Conference proceedings
Sustainable agricultural development of highlands in Central, West Asia and North Africa

Synthesis of Regional Expert Meeting on Highland Agriculture
The objective of this report is to review the current status, constraints and potential of   highlands in Iran, Morocco and Turkey and to define elements of a research strategy and ICARDA’s research priorities for sustainable agricultural development in the highlands of the Central and West Asia and North Africa...
Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Morocco - Türkiye
2013 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Sistemas agroecológicos ecológicamente eficientes

Video presentación del 8 de setiembre del 2013 en el Curso Internacional Agroecología, Resiliencia y Seguridad Alimentaria. Evento previo al IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Agroecología SOCLA 2013.
2013 - LEISA agroecología

Conference paper
Governance of agriculture and rural development in Egypt

Agriculture is a major economic issue in Egypt, although its contribution to the GDP is gradually diminishing. It is evident that rural and agriculture growth is the key element towards reducing poverty, achieving food security and increasing demands for labor. Egypt is facing great challenges regarding its economy in general,...

Indigenous methods of food preparation: what is their impact on food security and nutrition?

This online discussion on indigenous methods of food preparation held an interesting previous discussion on how indigenous knowledge systems can be used to improve agricultural productivity and food security among rural poor communities. However, we did not touch on how communities use this knowledge that is passed from generation to...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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