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Agriculture and Agricultural Policy in Kosovo

A long-term objective of the Kosovo Government is integration to the EU. In 2010, Kosovo established the Ministry of European Integration (MEI), which plays a key role in coordinating and implementing reforms for EU accession. After the European Commission appraised that Kosovo had met the short-term priorities identified in the...

Blog article
Как открыть фермерское хозяйство

Реализация ряда государственных программ по поддержке фермерских хозяйств, а также введение налоговых льгот привели к тому, что ручной фермерский труд стал перспективным видом бизнеса.
Russian Federation
2014 - Businesstimes

How can agriculture and food system policies improve nutrition?

Centered around a food environment capable of providing diet quality—described as diversity, adequacy and safety—the authors detail policies influencing agricultural production, markets and trade systems, consumer purchasing power and food transformation/consumer demand.    
2014 - Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

Conference proceedings
Investing in stallholder family farmers for the future we want

Participants in the Governing Council, including Governors, representatives from the private sector as well as academia, IFAD staff and other development practitioners, broadly agreed that investing in smallholder family farmers brings important development and poverty-reducing gains. As such, this strategy is central to addressing the global challenges that the world...
2014 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Journal article
Gutshof Trieb

From 1867 to 1962, 95 Ha Gutshof Trieb was primarily a dairy farm, while from 1962 to 1970 it specialised in poultry and laying hens. Since 1970 it has been a solely arable, grain-producing farm. Until 2011 this agricultural production remained under family management, but today all agricultural land (60...

Case study
Nutrition from innovation and taste from waste

From a situation of widespread undernutrition, consuming fresh vegetables all year round has now become a reality for many Nepali households thanks to their expanding home gardens. But the stories they tell show that the benefits of home gardens are not limited to improving household nutrition. The gardens also help...
2014 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Conference paper
Final Communiqué of the GFFA 2014

Empowering Agriculture: Fostering Resilience – Securing Food and Nutrition
2014 - Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Sustainability of organic grassland-based dairy production in Tyrol, Austria

In Austria, grassland accounts for more than 50 percent of agricultural land and is mainly located in mountainous regions. Consequently, 70 percent of all Austrian dairy farms, producing two thirds of all milk, are located in these areas. In the Alpine regions, organic farming has traditionally been very important and...

Policy brief/paper
La innovación en la agricultura

un proceso clave para el desarrollo sostenible
El Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura ha desarrollado este texto explicando la innovación en el contexto de la agricultura de las Américas Para comprender la dimensión del concepto de innovación, se presentan algunos elementos básicos: definición, tipos de innovación, actores que las implementan y sus objetivos.
2014 - Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura

Policy brief/paper
Limited access of small-scale food producers to markets in Africa

What should be changed?
This paper describes why small-scale food producers have so many difficulties to get to markets, delineates types of agricultural markets and main players, defines main challenges and constraints that small-scale food producers face in relation to food production and access to markets, shows cases of good practices and presents solutions...
2014 - Prague institute for global policy – Glopolis,

Dimitra Newsletter: South-South Cooperation and family farming

This edition opens with a report of the last session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which has helped to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment feature prominently in the post- 2015 Development Agenda. This will take over from the Millennium Development Goals, whose 2015 deadline...
Burundi - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ghana - Niger
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Promotion of underutilized indigenous food resources for food security and nutrition in Asia and the Pacific

The product of a two-year collaborative effort among Khon Kaen University, Thailand, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and other partners, this publication sheds light on the need to promote underutilized and indigenous food sources for overcoming malnutrition and hunger in the Asia-Pacific region. I sincerely hope...

Journal article

Albacete, La Mancha, Spain
This very large family farm and business near Albacete, Spain was brought together to form a Limited Company with the marriage of the parents of the current part-owner and manager. The property on the paternal side of this arrangement has been within the same family for 200 years. Today the...

Boletín informativo de la Fundación REDDOM

El boletín correspondiente a noviembre de 2014 de la Fundación Rural Economic Development Dominicana (REDDOM) desarrolla noticias atingentes a República Dominicana, relacionadas a nutrición, comité nacional del año de agricultura familiar, panel de comercio sobre frutas y vegetales, potabilización de agua y seguro de sequía.
Dominican Republic
2014 - Fundación Rural Economic Development Dominicana (REDDOM)

Working paper
Grazing rights in Namibia’s communal areas

A case study of a local land grabbing dispute in Western Kavango region
While conflict and competition over land is a major trend in Africa, and there are allegations of ‘land grabbing’ of large areas of land from local people, usually by foreign companies, other more localised forms of competition over land are less well understood. This paper presents the case of disputes...
2014 - Future Agricultures Consortium

Magazine article
Évolution des variétés de mil au Niger en réponse aux variations du climat Évolution des variétés de mil au Niger en réponse aux variations du climat

Article relatant les résultats d'études qui démontrent la capacité d’adaptation du mil aux variations du climat, dans les systèmes agricoles dominés par des exploitations familiales au sein desquelles des variétés cultivées présentent une forte diversité génétique.
2014 - Agropolis International

Case study
Finding a way out of the maize

Recurring drought and crop failure in many parts of the world have led to food and nutrition insecurity, and a dependence on food aid. But recently, some farmers in Kenya have been developing their own sustainable way to secure enough nutritious food along with extra income so that they can...
2014 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Magazine article
EU: Peasant Family Farming, a challenge to gain

In the EU, the peasant family agriculture is the major component of agricultural production, but it remains difficult to give an exact definition. A clear reference - not exclusive and must be applied in a specific way in each country - is the economic and territorial dimension of a farm....
2014 - foodsovereignty

Family Farming: Regional Perspective from the Asia-Pacific region

The International Year of Family Farming was launched as part of a global campaign to reinforce awareness and support for small scale and family farmers around the world. The move to focus on family farmers for the international year was driven by strong advocacy from civil society, mainly the World...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Specialized Meeting on Family Farming of MERCOSUR (REAF)

The Specialized Meeting on Family Farming of MERCOSUR (REAF) is a meeting place for family farmers, rural organizations and institutions in the region, operating since 2004 with the aim of creating a framework of regional public policies for family farming. It is recognized as one of the most dynamic areas of...
2014 - Specialized Meeting on Family Farming of MERCOSUR (REAF)
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