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Development, territory and inequality in nowadays’ globalization.

Current conflicts in the family farming sector in Northeast Misiones, Argentina
In this paper we call into question the relationship between development, inequality and territory in the current context of globalization and within the framework of public policies designed, supposedly, to benefit those social actors with fewer resources. In order to do this, we focus on a case study in the...
2011 - Universidad Nacional de La Plata - CONICET

Journal article
Policies and practices of pastoralism in Europe

The shepherding of livestock on open pastures is an essential marker of pastoralist management. In modern Europe this practice still persists in various truncated forms. In many parts of the world, government policies undervalue or actively discourage pastoralism, especially mobile pastoralism. Europe is an exception to this trend. Backed by...

Policy brief/paper
Investing in Women Smallholder Farmers

Smallholder farmers generally face many challenges. However, women smallholders face multiple constraints beyond those of men farmers. Women tend to be invisible to policy makers because they are not seen as ‘productive’ farmers. They often are expected to provide unpaid farm work, and bear a disproportionate burden of care and...
2011 - ActionAid International

Case study
Roadmap for Investment in the Seed Potato Value Chain in Eastern Africa

The document presents a roadmap for developing commercially sustainable quality seed in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It focuses on directing investments in five key areas along the seed potato value chains. The objectives of this strategic roadmap are to improve productivity, raise incomes of smallholder farmers, enhance food...
Ethiopia - Kenya - Rwanda - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2011 - The International Potato Center

Los movimientos campesinos costarricenses vistos a través de tres casos de asentamientos del Instituto de Desarrollo Agrario (IDA)

Este estudio fue parte de una investigación realizada por FLACSO-Costa Rica, para el Instituto de Desarrollo Agrario (IDA) y que fue realizado a lo largo del año 2010, donde se combinaron métodos cuantitativos con métodos cualitativos, con el fin de caracterizar la situación de los asentamientos enmarcados en las gestiones...
Costa Rica
2011 - Cuaderno de Ciencias Sociales de Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)

The Business of Food - Senegal: Faith, Work and Fashion

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part television series, produced in cooperation...
2011 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Options Méditerranéennes. Economic, social and environmental sustainability in sheep and goat production systems

The current evolution of the sheep and goat sectors in the Mediterranean region, with a constant decrease in economic profitability, a high incertitude on the generational transfer of farms, and the environmental concerns for both the consequences of abandonment of the activity in some areas and the increase of the...
Algeria - Egypt - France - Morocco - Spain - Tunisia
2011 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Beekeeping in Africa: Colonization of a bee hive

This entry discusses different methods of bee hive colonization. It explains how a baited and installed hive can be self-colonized by a bee swarm. For cases where self-colonization is unsuccessful, it outlines three different methods to capture a swarm: two alternative ways of catching a swarm (with a bag/box or...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Sharing the Knowledge: Men's and women's local knowledge conserved

Filmed in Zimbabwe and the United Republic of Tanzania, the video highlights the importance of rural men's and women's local knowledge to their livelihoods.
United Republic of Tanzania - Zimbabwe
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Family agriculture and local development: challenges to sustainable economic and ecological community of Palmares II Parauapebas city, Pará state in Brazil

This article aims to analyze the agricultural activities of family farmers and its impact on the environment in Palmares II Settlement, located in the municipality of Parauapebas, PA, and discuss the potential for local development. The economic and ecological sustainability of family farms can be achieved through the empowerment of...
2011 - Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA/Belém, PA)

Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (version 1.1)

This course provides an overview of the IPC approach (version 1.1) and its components. A new 2.0 version of the IPC tools is now being used and has replaced the previous version. This course is still available for reference and for those interested in learning more about the IPC and...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Beekeeping in Africa: Colony management I

examining the colony and controlling swarming
A beekeeper with a colonized hive must remember that the success in keeping bees depends on the exercise of his knowledge of colony organization. This entry focuses on practices to examine and control the colony. The first part gives detailed advice on how to inspect a hive and its colony...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Farming as equals

How supporting women's rights and gender equality makes the difference
This report takes seven concrete examples of policy interventions which highlight good practice for focusing on women, and combines this with wider evidence to draw out key lessons for delivering stronger outcomes for women smallholder farmers. It then looks at the current role that different institutions and donors are playing...
2011 - ActionAid International

Newsletter article
Organic Aquaculture in Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia

A project financed by the Common Fund for Commodities1
I n the recently completed CFC/FAO Organic Aquaculture Project, INFOFISH helped fish farmers in the Asia-Pacific region adapt to the new market niche for organic aquaculture products.
Ireland - Malaysia - Myanmar - Thailand

Agroecology and Advocacy: Innovations in Asia

The three case studies presented in this report represent successful approaches, both in terms of the techniques they have applied, and because of the active involvement of farmers’ organizations in changing the policies needed to ensure their success. Agroecological systems, which start from the interplay between the natural environment and...
Cambodia - Indonesia - Philippines
2011 - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

Case study
Wildlife law and the empowerment of the poor

This study is a guide for those looking to improve national wildlife laws with a view to ensuring environmental sustainability and strengthening the role of disadvantaged people and increasing their participation in the sharing of benefits. In doing so, this study concentrates on legal tools for the empowerment of local...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

A Legacy for the Future
In response to the global trends that undermine family agriculture and traditional agricultural systems, in 2002, during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD, Johannesburg, South Africa), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations launched a Global Partnership Initiative on conservation and adaptive management of “Globally Important...

Technical paper
Seeds and Farmers’ rights

How international regulations affect farmers’ seeds
This dossier is intended as a tool. It is the result of discussions within the European Farmer Seeds Network which are still ongoing and still subject to change. Like farmer varieties, this dossier is neither homogeneous nor stable. It provides a diverse array of information whose structure might help the...
2011 - Biodiversité Échanges et Diffusion d’Expériences (BEDE)

A methodological framework for the dynamic conservation of agricultural heritage systems

Over the centuries, generations of farmers, forest peoples and herders have developed complex, diverse natural resources and locally adapted agricultural and forestry management systems to create and maintain specific, remarkable landscapes and agricultural systems that provide livelihoods, food security, conservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Building on local knowledge and...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organic Agriculture, A step towards the Green Economy in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region

Case studies from Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine
In the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region organic agriculture could play a catalyst role in green economy transformation by re-vitalizing the farm and food sector and creating employment that provides better returns on per unit of  labor input all along the value chain. It could increase income...
Armenia - Republic of Moldova - Ukraine
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