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Inclusive business models in agriculture?

Learning from smallholder cane growers in Mozambique
Amidst the increasing corporate investment in African farmland the term ‘inclusive business model’ has become a catchphrase touted as an opportunity for incorporating smallholder farmers alongside large-scale commercial farming projects. Inclusive business models require an enabling institutional and regulatory framework. Such frameworks now exist at the international level: the African...
2014 - Future Agricultures Consortium

Family poultry nutrition and feeding - The free range system

The video explains the feed resources and feeding practices in the free range poultry production system. Suggestions are made for increasing the feeding opportunities of free range poultry and the importance of proper protein and fiber supply for preventing feather pecking is highlighted. Ensuring sufficient protein and fiber supply will...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Smallholder farmers’ decision and level of participation in the potato market in Uganda

Smallholder potato farmers in Uganda face many production and marketing challenges including limited access to markets and low surpluses for sale into the market. This study sought to underscore the factors that influence smallholder farmers’ decision to participate in the potato market and level of participation in such markets. Data...

Working paper
Small farms and short supply chains in the European Union

Small farms are an important rural reality in Europe. With an average area of 14 hectares, small holdings remain the ruling type of farms in the EU27. They represent richness by its multifonctionality” for the farming economy and the whole society in terms of territories occupation, maintaining biodiversity maintaining, landscapes,...
2014 - European Coordination Via Campesina

Building Resilience in Rural Communities in Southern Africa

This video shows some of the activities that FAO is implementing in the field to support rural communities in areas that are periodically affected by natural hazards in Southern Africa, mainly droughts, floods and cyclones. While these natural hazards will happen again in the future, and, as a result of...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Rainwater harvesting systems for tomato growing in Uganda

This technology describes utilizing rooftop water harvesting facilities to increase the availability of water for domestic use and irrigation of backyard tomato gardens. This measure allows small-scale farmers to harvest rainwater from roofs and store it in tanks, ensuring tomato production also during the dry season, when it would be otherwise...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article

在现行的农业制度下,专业种子育种者、农 业企业和政策制定者在种子领域中占主导地位, 是他们决定了好品种的标准,出台什么样的法律 法规来保护种子。这些标准、法律法规使得一些 品种,尤其是地方品种,被排除在外。不用说, 现有的种子选择和分配体系将会长期存在,而农 户的地位将越来越弱化。在巴西的帕拉伊巴州, 以半干旱农业为主,农民组织开展了一系列的社 会活动,以保障农民的权利、扩大农民的影响。 在农民组织的影响下,政府部门越来越多地将农 民的种子系统与公共种子政策结合起来,更好地 促进种子体系的发展。
2014 - Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge

Sustainable Food Security

The contribution of family farms and in particular smallholder farms to food and nutrition security (FNS) has been gaining global attention, both in Europe and in the context of less developed countries. While small farms, as well as other small and micro-sized food businesses, have an important role to play...

Nourrir les familles de mineurs par l'agriculture familiale locale

Eau Vive accompagne le développement des activités de maraîchages situées à proximité des mines de Makalondi, au Niger, qui depuis quelques années, fait face à un afflux de population venue exploiter des gisements d’or , donnant lieu à une urbanisation  anarchique et à un accès aux services de base inexistant....
2014 - Alimenterre

Differences between Family Farming and Other Types of Farming in the EU

There are many different combinations such as partnerships (GbR, OHG, KG), registered cooperatives (eG), limited liability companies (GmbH), investment companies, producer groups, purchasing groups, joint management, even cooperatives that concentrate on urban farming and other – with and without family farmers. There are many more differences between the legal basis...

Journal article
Cross Country Analysis of Agriculture and Agricultural Policy of South-eastern European Countries in Comparison with the European Union

Agriculture in the South-eastern European countries (SEEs) is very diverse in terms of natural and structural conditions, development status, and the manifold production potentials. It carries prominent historical and social components and great economic importance to rural development. There are noticeable structural and technological deficiencies. Another significant factor is the...

The story of three generations of farmers

All families have stories. This is ours. It covers the last 50 years – hard times to start with, but better now. Farmers were almost a dying breed. Europe came to our rescue. The EU gave us incentives and provided a financial safety net. But we have earned every cent...
European Union
2014 - European Commission

Perspectivas de la agricultura y del desarrollo rural en las Américas 2014

Una mirada hacia América Latina y el Caribe
En este quinto número del documento “Perspectivas de la agricultura y del desarrollo rural en las Américas”, la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)...

Case study
Farmers in focus: Nutrition from diversity

The many plants in Laxmi Acharya’s farm means that it is often mistaken for a miniature botanical garden. She needed more food for her family. But with so little land, she chose diversity.
2014 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Family poultry nutrition and feeding - The scavenged based system

The video explains the feed resources and feeding practices of scavenged based poultry production system. The concept of the scavengeable feed resource is introduced and its assessment through estimation of the scavengeable feed resource inventory and the scavengeable feed resources harvest is explained. Suggestions are made for optimum use of...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Community listeners’ clubs empower rural women and men

Working with community radio stations, the listeners’ clubs empower their members to become actors in their own development.
Thanks to improved access to information and a powerful participatory communication approach, villagers in isolated communities across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Niger are making strides to improve gender equality and empower women. FAO Dimitra community listeners’ clubs are helping rural populations participate in the development of...
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Niger
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Agritourism’s Expansion into Romania: Food, Fun & Knowledge

Agritourism is picking up steam in Romania. From humble beginnings, this economic activity is steadily growing and helping the rural population keep their agricultural traditions and culture alive. It is important to take a moment to differentiate between ecotourism and agritourism. Ecotourism usually focuses on visiting pristine and relatively undisturbed natural...
2014 - Agricultural and rural convention 2020

Tendencias, diagnósticos y prospecciones

Caracterización y diagnóstico de la cadena de valor de la quinua en la Argentina
El presente trabajo tiene como objetivo caracterizar y diagnosticar la cadena de valor de la quinua en la Argentina, atendiendo específicamente a:  la estructura económica y socio-productiva del eslabón primario; la tipificación de los actores que participan en el eslabón secundario y terciario y el análisis de sus interacciones; la...
2014 - Ministerio de Agroindustria

Family farms in Dutch agriculture and horticulture

Analysis of statistical information on family farms in The Netherlands, 1980-2013
Netherlands (Kingdom of the)

Technical paper
Programas y Proyectos de Inversión Pública en Infraestructura, Desarrollo Productivo y Competitividad

La Unidad para el Cambio Rural (UCAR) gestiona la cartera de programas y proyectos con financiamiento externo del Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de la Nación, promoviendo y facilitando el desarrollo equitativo en las áreas rurales. La UCAR tiene como misión la coordinación y articulación territorial de estos programas...
2014 - Unidad para el Cambio Rural (UCAR) - Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de la Nación Argentina
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