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Fact sheet
Preparation of Cyprus National Rural Network (CNRN)

The CNRN in cooperation with the Managing Authority of the Rural Development Program (RDP) 2007-2013, announced the initiation of Public Dialogue to discuss the future of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that will follow the year 2013. As a first step, agricultural groups and authorities as well as members of the...
2010 - The European network for Rural Development

Journal article
Marketing profits of cattle handmade cheese in family production units in Totoremo, Venezuela

In order to analyze the marketing channels and margins of commercialization of cattle handmade cheese, elaborated in family production units it was carried out a study in Totoremo community, Urdaneta Municipality, Lara State, Venezuela. There were identified the actors involved in the market, marketing channels and margins of commercialization and...
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
2010 - Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas Venezuela (INIA)

Gardens of biodiversity

Conservation of genetic resources and their use in traditional food production systems by small farmers of the Southern Caucasus
This book describes how farmers and rural people in the southern Caucasus maintain biodiversity and apply the ecosystem approach in their daily lives and agricultural practices. These practices contribute to their food security and livelihoods while also maintaining local genetic resources.This book does not claim to offer a definitive prescription...
Armenia - Azerbaijan - Georgia

Fact sheet
Public Debate on the Future of the CAP - Questions on the rural development aspects

In the light of the future challenges for agriculture and rural areas, what should be the objectives of the rural development policy after 2013? - To reach comparable conditions of all EU farmers starting with equalizing the level of direct payments without transfer period and level of national payments. Also taken...
2010 - The European network for Rural Development

Technical paper
Action Plan for Organic Farming

Organic farming (OF) and organic food production have more than 20 years of tradition in the Czech Republic. The longest established organic farms have proven that this precisely-defined agricultural system is viable without any need for synthetic pesticides, fertilizer or other intensification methods. The main driving forces in the development...

Journal article
Use of deep litters for fattening pigs fed with sugar cane molasses

In order to evaluate the deep bedding technology as alternative for fattening pigs in the rural sector, in Cuba. Two rearing cycles of 106 days with 108 animals each (castrated males and females), YL (Camborough) cross, of approximately 21,0 kg live weight and 75 days average age were used. The...
2010 - Instituto de Investigaciones Porcinas (IIP)

Fact sheet
Summary of the Danish public debate on the rural development policy after 2013

The Danish Network Unit for Rural Development opened, with a press release from the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries on the 10th of May 2010, a public debate in Denmark on the European Rural Development Policy after 2013. The deadline for submission of contributions to the debate was the...
2010 - The European network for Rural Development

Agricultural value chain finance

Tools and lessons
Agriculture remains an important means of alleviating poverty, but shortage of finance can constrain its development. At the same time, agriculture is evolving towards a global system requiring high-quality, comptetitive products, and is organized in value chains which often exclude smallholders. Value chain financing in agriculture offers an opportunity to...
Bangladesh - Brazil - Colombia - Costa Rica - India - Kenya - Malawi - Mexico - Myanmar - Nicaragua - Niger - Peru - Philippines - Republic of Korea - Serbia - United Republic of Tanzania

Fact sheet
Discussions on the CAP future in Estonia

The Estonian Ministry of Agriculture (Managing Authority) started discussions on the CAP future with economic and social partners in 2009. Discussions have been organized in cooperation with Estonian Rural Network Unit. The representative organizations participating in the ERDP 2007–2013 Monitoring Committee, members of the Rural Network Cooperation Chamber and Leader...
2010 - The European network for Rural Development

Tehov Farm

Of help for the farm in its tending towards the openness for the general public, leisure time activities and agro-tourism was the Rural Development Programme, Axis IV Leader. At the end of 2010, the project application was submitted under the Call of the LAG Říčansko o.p.s. and passed stringent evaluation...

Fact sheet
CAP post-2013 / summary of comments from Finnish rural network

The members of the monitoring committee of the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland, strategy group for rural development, working group on agri-environment payments, working group on animal welfare payments and guidance group on rural network and it's working groups and the local action groups were asked to state their...
2010 - The European network for Rural Development

Journal article
Risk factors for smallholder dairy cattle mortality in Tanzania

A retrospective cross-sectional study of mortality was conducted on smallholder dairy farms in 2 separate regions (Iringa and Tanga) of Tanzania during the period of January to April 1999. A total of 1789 cattle from 400 randomly sampled smallholder dairy farms (200 each from Iringa and Tanga regions) were included...
United Republic of Tanzania

Mobilizing the potential of rural and agricultural extension

This paper presents the position of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) on where agricultural extension stands today and where it needs to go in the future. The findings presented here are intended to better situate extension...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Cameroon - China - Guinea - Honduras - India - Kenya - Peru - Sri Lanka - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Sustainable crop production using hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth) to enrich soil fertility and conserve soil moisture for maize cropping in smallholder farming systems in Zimbabwe

Crop production in smallholder farming systems of Zimbabwe is limited by low inherent soil fertility, particularly N and P and available soil moisture. One of the major agricultural challenges in developing countries is the development of technologies that are able to sustain soil fertility and conserve soil and moisture. The...
2010 - University of Zimbabwe

Policy brief/paper
Producer organisations

Reclaiming opportunities for development
Producer organisations are widely heralded as leading contributors to poverty reduction and the achievement of food security. Following the withdrawal of state support as part of measures for liberalization, producer organizations in Africa have been in a process of transition, attempting to define appropriate strategies in a competitive open market...
Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Malawi - United Republic of Tanzania - Zimbabwe
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Revista ALASRU Nueva Época n° 5

La revista ALASRU, Análisis Latinoamericano del Medio Rural, es editada y publicada por la Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología Rural (ALASRU). Este número incluye los artículos: Hacia el VIII Congreso de ALASRU, "Acercamiento a los proyectos en disputa”. A sociologia rural na América Latina: produção de conhecimento e compromisso com a sociedade. Globalização e...
Argentina - Cuba - Ecuador
2010 - Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología Rural

Fact sheet
Contribution du réseau rural français au débat public européen sur l’évolution souhaitée de la politique agricole commune

Ce document synthétise la vingtaine de contributions reçues. Elle n'engage pas les services de l'état, ni l'intégralité des membres du réseau rural. La dizaine de contributions parvenue a mobilisé une vingtaine d’acteurs principalement régionaux (3 réseaux régionaux, 2 organismes consulaires, collectivités territoriales, acteurs divers,...). La synthèse de ces contributions a...
2010 - The European network for Rural Development

Africa’s smallholder farmers

Approaches that work for viable livelihoods
Most Africans depend on small-scale farming systems as the primary source of their livelihoods. Yet they are marginalized and often do not produce enough to enable their families to have sufficient food to eat throughout the year. Smallholder farmers are also particularly vulnerable to climatic and economic shocks. Despite these...
2010 - African Smallholder Farmers Group (ASFG)

Magazine article
Sheep farming – a cultural heritage

Sheep farming is practiced throughout Iceland, although it is most common in sparsely settled areas. About 2,000 farmers are engaged in sheep farming. Icelandic sheep are short-tailed and belong to a breed formerly common in north western Europe, but now only to be found in very few areas of the...
2010 - The Icelandic Lamb Marketing Board

Diverse Areas: Marine Protected Areas and Small-scale Fishing Communities - A collection of articles from SAMUDRA Report

In preparation for COP10 of CBD, ICSF compiled all articles from Samudra Report on MPAs and highlight the problems with top-down planning and implementation of MPAs, while drawing attention to positive examples of community-led initiatives in conservation and management. This dossier is a compilation of all articles on marine protected...
2010 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)
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