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Semillas que germinan

Experiencias comunitarias en la costa
El presente documento recoge de manera sintética los criterios y procesos expuestos y descritos con mayor detalle en los informes de seguimiento (6), en los talleres de evaluación e intercambio de experiencias (2), en las diferentes jornadas de capacitación y en las actividades desarrolladas en torno al congreso-feria de proyectos...
2005 - Programa de Pequeñas Donaciones - PNUD/FMAM

Journal article
The advent of organic farming models: analysis of the current situation and perspectives in Brazil

This text analyses the development o f organic farming in Brazil.  Itfshows the great variability of social models of organic production recognised by Brazilian Law:  organic, agroecological, ecological or biodynamic agriculture, pcrmaculturc etc. It dcpicts how the political and social concerns in the spheres of family farming and environment caused...
2005 - EMBRAPA Meio Ambicnt

Technical paper
Contribution of farm power to smallholder livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa

Rural livelihoods in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa are under considerable stress. Economies and the political environment are experiencing a period of significant transformation, and poverty is endemic. Agriculture remains at the core of rural livelihoods and farm power (from human, draught animal and tractor sources) is a crucial input...
Ethiopia - Ghana - Malawi - Nigeria - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Increasing the Contribution of Small-Scale Fisheries to Poverty Alleviation and Food Security

Poverty is a complex phenomenon involving failure to meet a range of basic human needs and the denial of options that have consequences for opportunities to live long, healthy and creative lives. Poverty in fishery-dependent communities, therefore, is not solely related to the abundance of the catch, market opportunities or...

Journal article
Determinants of agricultural credit supply to farmers in the Niger Delta Area Of Nigeria

For effective administration of agricultural credit, financial institutions while granting credit to farmers for agricultural purposes consider a number of factors. This paper focused on the evaluation of the critical factors that are considered by financial institutions in disbursement of credit to farmers in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria....

Conference paper
Uso de cerdas rústicas en sistemas de producción familiar

Artículo presentado en el VIII Encuentro de Nutrición y Producción de Monogástricos, en Venezuela en el año 2005, destaca beneficios del sistema al aire libre y la utilizacion de razas rústicas como la pampa-rocha en Uruguay con las bondades que poseen al ser utilizadas en este sistema de pequeños y...
2005 - Facultad de Agronomía. Universidad de la República de Uruguay

Book part
Obstáculos para la formación de cooperativas campesinas y gestión del capital social como motor del desarrollo rural

Como se revisó en el capítulo anterior, la Pequeña Agricultura Campesina, dado el contexto político económico que se encuentra, presenta serias dificultadas para poder perdurar en el tiempo y alcanzar mayores grados de desarrollo. Evidentemente el escenario de desprotección en que se presenta, sumados a otros factores impiden la sustentabilidad...
2005 - Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Conference paper
The analysis of forage quality and grasslands utilization for livestock production on organic farms

Grasslands with legumes, as the basic source of nitrogen, should play an essential part in organic agriculture systems. The proportion of grasslands of the total area of all types of organic croplands in Poland in 2002 highlights its importance (>45% of the total 41 thousand ha) (Zastawny et al., 2003)....
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference proceedings
Quality of organic livestock products

European consumers have become increasingly more aware of food safety issues, as a consequence of a number of food ‘scandals’. Most of these ‘scandals’ have been related to livestock products. However, most consumers still believe that it is possible to produce ‘safe’ food at low prices, while a small group...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference paper
Organic production and nutrimarketing strategy of ‘Hungaricums’ of animal origin

During the past decade, the general attitude of the population towards health, nutrition, quality and environment has remarkably changed. Consequently, organic farming is increasing, especially in economically developed countries. Due to the growing demand, government subsidies and other economic advantages, the cropping area has increased. In Hungary, organic farming principally...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Working paper
Building Bridges

The contribution of traditional knowledge to ecosystem management and practices in Fiji
Developing nations such as Fiji are grappling with how they can utilise their environmental resources to improve local living conditions while protecting the integrity of ecological systems. Different development approaches are adopted but in these areas, the environment is altered and polluted as a result of sustained human activities. The...
2005 - United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

Journal article
Studies comparing the composition of milk produced on organic and conventional dairy farms in the UK

Organic milk production in the UK increased from 16 million litres in 1997/98 to 218 million litres in 2001/02 (MDC, 2002). Consumers often cite health benefits of organic food as a reason for purchase (Hill and Lynchehaun, 2002; MDC, 2002). To date, only minor differences in composition between organic and...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conservation Agriculture

A manual for farmers and extension workers in Africa
Over 60% of Africans depend on some form of farming for their sustenance and livelihoods. Agriculture remains vital for the continent’s development and economic growth. So the recent stagnation or decline in farm productivity in in many parts of Africa is a major concern. For many communities and countries, this...
2005 - African Conservation Tillage Network (ACTN)

Conference paper
The comparison of intensive and extensive past ure feeding for dairy cows on a Bohemian farm

The nutritive value of forages for ruminants highly depends on the ratio between cell content and cell walls and on the ability of the rumen microorganisms to degrade the plant cell walls (Waldo, 1986). The primary function of the NDF fraction in ruminant diets is to provide energy for microbial...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference paper
East Balkan Swine in Bulgaria – an option for organic production

One of the characteristics of organic farming is the conservation of domestic, endogenous livestock breeds and strains. For a successful development of the organic pig sector in Southern Europe, the animals must be well adapted domestic breeds, as they are exposed to extreme weather conditions in the free range systems...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference paper
Organic egg production in Finland – animal health, welfare and food safety issues

Maintaining high welfare status and allowing birds access to natural behaviour and outdoors are particular challenges in organic egg production. Feather pecking, foot problems, external parasites and poor utilisation of outdoor areas have been recognised as problems in organic layer systems (Lampkin 1997, Berg 2001, Kjilstra et al. 2003). Inexperience...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference paper
Food quality research of organic animal products: future research needs and implications for standards

All stakeholders in the organic livestock food chain have different priorities with respect to food quality. Stakeholders include producers, wholesalers, retailers, advisory bodies, certification groups, regulatory and inspection groups (such as environmental health officers & food microbiologists) and the consumer. Due to the wide range in requirements by these different...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference paper
Opportunities for Hungarian organic goat milk producers

While the level of consumption of organic food is markedly lower in Hungary than in many other European countries, there is an increasing trend among consumers to look for functional and ethically and environmentally sustainable food. This potentially opens up new perspectives for the organic food producers who currently are...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference paper
Opportunities for the Hungarian organic sheep and deer farmer

Nearly 1,600 organic farming enterprises are inspected by the Hungarian organic inspection authority, Biokontroll Hungária Kht.. Only 160 of these farms keep livestock. Cattle are the most common species, but the percentage of sheep is also significant (Biokontroll Hungária Kht., 2004). The sheep are generally kept in extensive circumstances, on...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference paper
Limitations to organic livestock production: Turkey as a case study for developing countries

The increasing world population, in the mid-20th century, increased the demand of plant and animal products, leading to intensive and monoculture agriculture systems in conventional agriculture. The abundant and low-cost production from per unit and/or animal head were seen as primary objectives in these systems, and ecologic balance and health...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)
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