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Agriculture in Southeastern Poland – Main Problems of the Systemic Transformation Process

For Poland, the last decade of the 20th century was a time of intensive social, political and economic change. Poland was confronted with the necessity of quick but deep changes in the economy, as well as in state administration and the functioning of newly-established self-government structures. As a result of...
2004 - Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Central and Eastern Europe

Factor Market Imperfections and Polarization of Agrarian Structures in Central And Eastern Europe

During the past decade and a half considerable effort has been put into agricultural restructuring in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) that are undergoing transition to a market economy. The last decade has also coincided with considerable increase in inequality in all transition economies. The fall in...
2004 - Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Central and Eastern Europe

Agricultural Credit Market in Poland – Experiences in the Market Economy

In this paper, the processes of adapting to the market economy, which the agricultural credit market in Poland underwent during the 1990-2003 period, is examined. Under conditions of low agricultural income and the necessity of broad and deep restructuring in Polish agriculture, the credit market, as an external source of...

Livestock Farming Systems in Central and Eastern Europe

During the 1990’s transition period for Eastern Europe, the European Association for Animal production (EAAP) carried out numerous activities in support of restructuring the animal production sector in the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC). This resulted in a large number of publications on animal production system and issues related...

Fact sheet
FAO - Nutrition Country Profiles - Belize

The objective of the Nutrition Country Profiles (NCP) is to provide concise analytical summaries describing the food and nutrition situation in individual countries with background statistics on food-related factors. The profiles present consistent and comparable statistics in a standard format. This pre-defined format combines a set of graphics, tables and...
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Diagnóstico Rural Participativo. Una guía práctica

"Diagnóstico Rural Participativo" (DRP) es, después de "Preparación y Ejecución de Talleres de Capacitación – una guía práctica", la segunda publicación del Proyecto Comunicación y Didáctica y se entiende como un manual práctico para la preparación y ejecución de un DRP. En los primeros capítulos se presentan el objetivo, nuestra visión...
2003 - Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)

Under the Sun: The transient fisherfolk of Jambudwip

Jambudwip is a 20-sq km island in the district of South 24-Parganas, in the Indian State of West Bengal, in the Sunderbans delta. Since at least 1955, Jambudwip has been used as a base for fishery operations and as a fish drying site, mostly by small-scale, artisanal fishworkers. Behundi jal...
2003 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Conference proceedings
Workshop on tropical secondary forest management in Africa: reality and perspectives

Secondary forests in Africa Tropical secondary forests are those forests that have developed after clearance (usually by humans) of the original natural forest. Although not appearing as such in statistics, tropical secondary forests occur throughout the tropics, including Africa, and the area is extensive and increasing rapidly. Tropical secondary forests are usually...
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Análisis de la oferta de mano de obra familiar en la agricultura campesina de Chile

Estudios empíricos de mano de obra familiar en el sector rural suponen, sin pruebas de respaldo, que la decisión de uso del recurso en la producción agropecuaria es separable de las decisiones de consumo y de la asignación del tiempo familiar al trabajo dentro y fuera de la explotación y...
2003 - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Conference paper
Viable Small Scale Farming in Norway

Norway, on Europe’s northern fringe, is characterised by small-scale farming. The choice of crops and their yields are limited by the Nordic climate. Farm policies promote decentralisation and a varied farm structure in order to secure rural settlement, food security, food safety, environmental quality and sustainability. Agriculture receives substantial public...
2003 - Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute

Optimising soil moisture for plant production

the significance of soil porosity.
This publication discusses the processes above, within and below the soil that enable water to move and crops to grow, and is intended to help land users make better use and take better care of these basic resources.The document will contribute to raising awareness of possibilities for better use of...
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Biodiversity and the ecosystem approach in agriculture, forestry and fisheries

A Satellite Event on Biodiversity and the Ecosystem Approach in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was held on the occasion of the Ninth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, in FAO, Rome, 12-13 October 2002. An informal presentation of the Satellite Event’s discussions and results...
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Reversing environmental degradation through cooperation in Morocco

Nowhere is the link between the environment and poverty more pronounced than in highly fragile ecosystems, where inhabitants are often compelled to degrade natural resources as they struggle to survive on inhospitable land. IFAD’s drive to break this vicious cycle has led to the development of a number of replicable...

Journal article
Agroecology, scaling and interdisciplinarity

Based on a review of its history, its present structure and its objective in the future, agroecology is defined as an integrative discipline that includes elements from agronomy, ecology, sociology and economics. Agroecology’s credentials as a separate scientific discipline were measured against the norms of science, defined by Robert King...
2003 - Elsevier Ltd

Working paper
Integrated natural resources management to enhance food security

The case for community-based approaches in Ethiopia
Securing food and a livelihood is inextricably linked to the exploitation of the natural resources base (land, water and forest) in Ethiopia, where over 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas and depend on smallholder agriculture. The pressure of intense human activity and improper farming and management practices...
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Conservation Agriculture Soil compaction - An unnecessary form of land degradation

This leaflet covers the main aspects of soil compaction in Conservation Agriculture. Conservation agriculture optimizes soil structure for reduced-cost, sustainable cropping systems that maximize the use of rainfall and irrrigation water for improved and more guaranteed productivity. The overall outcome is the more productive soil system that obtains the best from...
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Agricultura orgánica: una herramienta para el desarrollo rural sostenible y la reducción de la pobreza

La pobreza rural constituye uno de los mayores problemas de América Latina y del Caribe. En América Central la incidencia de la pobreza alcanza a casi la mitad (49.9%) de la población. En 1999, 17,5 millones de centroamericanos tenían ingresos por debajo de la línea de pobreza y 9.3 millones...
2003 - Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA)

Centro Andino para la Formación de Líderes Sociales (CAFOLIS)

El Centro Andino para la Formación de Líderes Sociales, CAFOLIS, inició formalmente sus actividades en el mes de septiembre del 2003, sin embargo, su nacimiento obedece a un proceso que arrancó en el año 2000 y se nutre de la larga experiencia de sus integrantes en procesos de educación popular...
2003 - Centro Andino para la Formación de Líderes Sociales (CAFOLIS)

El impacto del Acuerdo ADPIC y el CDB sobre las Communidades Costeras

Este documento es el resultado de una investigación encargada para evaluar las implicaciones del acuerdo sobre los aspectos de los derechos de propiedad intelectual relacionados con el comercio (ADPIC) y del Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica (CDB). También elucida las implicaciones de ambos acuerdos para el acceso a los recursos...
2003 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Working paper
Socio-economic characterisation of smallholder dairy systems in The Gambia

Milk production, marketing and consumption
The Gambian government, with the assistance of donors, is involved in the promotion of the local milk and dairy products sub-sector. The farming system in this country is characterised by the predominance of mixed crop-livestock production. The cattle stock is mainly composed of N’Dama, a breed described as a low...
2003 - International Trypanotolerance Centre (ITC)
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