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Blog article
Syria, FAO discuss developing agricultural cooperation

Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Eng. Ahmad al-Qadri said work with FAO will focus on promoting future cooperation between both sides through setting joint programs targeting agricultural sector in Syria to achieve positive outcomes. During a meeting with UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General for North Africa and...
Syrian Arab Republic
2015

Report
Mercados públicos de alimentos en Chile y recomendaciones para la inclusión de la agricultura familiar campesina

La Agricultura Familiar Campesina (AFC) ha demostrado ser clave para avanzar hacia sistemas alimentarios más sustentables y saludables, en la región y el mundo, lo cual ha elevado su protagonismo en lo más reciente, al punto que FAO declaró el 2014 como Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar. La AFC...
Chile
2015 - Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH)

Working paper
Terms of Reference for the National Guidelines for the Governance of Agricultural Systems Based on Family Farming

The present guidelines will promote specific policies for family farming, will take a rights-based approach and will respect the Guiding Principles of equality, comprehensiveness, social participation, transparency, environmental sustainability, consistency and multiculturalism.   
2015 - WORLD RURAL FORUM

Conference paper
XIX Conferencia Regional de Cooperativas de las Américas: Cerrando brechas hacia la visión 2020

El Encuentro es un espacio para intercambiar experiencias, reflexionar sobre lecciones aprendidas y debatir sobre qué hacer para fortalecer las organizaciones cooperativas. La agricultura familiar es uno de los actores clave de este tipo de organización empresarial y, por tanto, está integrada en estas reflexiones. Participan cooperativistas del sector agropecuario...
2015 - Cooperativa de las Américas (COOP)

Video
UCAR - 2014: Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar

UCAR - MAGyP: El 2014 fue el Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar. En Argentina el 75% de las explotaciones agropecuarias son a través de la agricultura familiar, generando el 64% del empleo en el sector agropecuario.
Argentina
2015 - Unidad para el Cambio Rural (UCAR)

Blog article
Agricultores familiares de Tarabuco y Betanzos cuentan con agua de calidad para la época seca

Los efectos del cambio climático inciden cada vez más de forma negativa en la vida de las familias de las zonas semiáridas del país. Las lluvias escasas y la época de seca prolongada se convierten en un problema para las familias del área rural, resultando en dificultades para acceder al...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2015 - Oficina Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe (FAO/RLC)

Newsletter article
Small Scale Farming is the Answer to feeding the world

On October 16, World Food Day was observed. The theme for this year’s observances was ‘Social Protection and Agriculture’. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), the choice of topic aims to highlight the role social protection plays in reducing chronic food insecurity and...
Guyana
2015 - Kaieteur news

Blog article
Proalimentos incluye otra fruta en la alimentación escolar

El Instituto de Provisión de Alimentos (Proalimentos), entidad adscrita al Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería, Acuacultura y Pesca (MAGAP), benefició a 108 familias productoras con la compra de 1.002.536,25 unidades de naranja, por 80.202,84 dólares. Los pequeños productores de los cantones Flavio Alfaro, Junín, Santa Ana, Jipijapa y Bolívar entregarán 13.367,15 gavetas con...
Ecuador
2015 - Instituto de Provisión de Alimentos (PROALIMENTOS)

Working paper
Identifying the “family farm"

An informal discussion of the concepts and definitions
The definition of family farm varies across countries and contexts. We reviewed 36 definitions and uses of the term “family farm” by academics, government and civil society organisations that describe the characteristics that make family farms unique. After reviewing these concepts we conclude that the majority of definitions recognize the...
2015

Report
Zimbabwean Smallholder Support at the Crossroads

Diminishing Returns from Green Revolution Seed and Fertiliser Subsidies and the AgroEcological Alternative
This research report is the first piece of research being conducted in Zimbabwe by the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB). It follows on from initial engagements with Zimbabwean civil society organisations (CSOs) regarding seed policy and is a preliminary scan for orientation and the identification of possible areas for further...
Zimbabwe
2015 - African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

Policy brief/paper
Seed systems smallholder farmers use

Seed can be an important entry point for promoting productivity, nutrition and resilience among smallholder farmers. While investments have primarily focused on strengthening the formal sector, this article documents the degree to which the informal sector remains the core for seed acquisition, especially in Africa. Conclusions drawn from a uniquely...
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Kenya - Malawi - South Sudan - Zimbabwe
2015

Report
The Philippines and FAO

Improving food security and strengthening disaster resilience
Since 1945, FAO and the Government of the Philippines have demonstrated a strong commitment to working together towards the eradication of hunger and poverty. FAO established a representation in the country in 1978 and continues to support the Government’s priorities for agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development, including nutrition. Recent...
Philippines
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Blog article
Productos de pequeños agricultores de El Salvador mejoran el refrigerio de los estudiantes

En el 2015, los estudiantes de 76 escuelas de los departamentos de Ahuachapán, Sonsonate y Usulután, en El Salvador, cuentan con un refuerzo en su refrigerio escolar a partir de la compra de frutas y hortalizas de productores locales.  Entre los productos que se adquieren están: plátano, tomate, cebolla, yuca, banana,...
El Salvador
2015 - Oficina Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe (FAO/RLC)

Book part
Family Farming: At the Core of the World’s Agricultural History

The diversity of agriculture in the world reflects the immense variety of societies and natural environments on the planet. Indeed, agricultural systems range from various types of shifting slash-and-burn practices – sometimes very similar to those of the first sedentary human groups – to quasi-automated agricultures in some regions of...
2015 - Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)

Book
Democratising forest business: a compendium of successful locally controlled forest business models

Forests are home to 1.3 billion people, they have to cater to the multiple needs for local goods (access to income, food, clean water, wood energy, construction materials, fertile soils, medicinal and cosmetic products, and recreation) and global goods (climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, hydrological and mineral cycles). Reconciling competing...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Brazil - Burkina Faso - Cambodia - Ethiopia - Gambia - Guatemala - Indonesia - Lao People's Democratic Republic - Mexico - Nepal - Philippines - Thailand - Viet Nam
2015 - International Institute for Environment and Development

Blog article
Con perseverancia y compañerismo se cultiva la fresa en Nabón

El esfuerzo y dedicación de 52 familias integrantes de una asociación, permitieron que la misma sea identificada por el Instituto de Provisión de Alimentos (Proalimentos) para la compra de fresa a ser incluida en la alimentación de 4.533 estudiantes del Azuay. La presente nota refleja la perseverancia y esfuerzo diario de Nancy...
Ecuador
2015 - Instituto de Provisión de Alimentos (PROALIMENTOS)

Video
Rwanda: Le changement climatique

Au Rwanda, il devient de plus en plus difficile de prévoir le temps, et les agriculteurs perdent environ 40 % de leur production. Des centres d’activité aident maintenant les agriculteurs à s’adapter aux effets du changement climatique. Ils y stockent leurs récoltes en toute sécurité pour les mettre ensuite sur...
Rwanda
2015 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Newsletter article
Agroecology is Working – But We Need Examples to Inspire Others

Forms of agroecological transformation are already happening. But more must be done to bring examples to light, and to garner the political support that agroecology deserves and needs.
2015 - Foodtank

Book
Agroecology: Key Concepts, Principles and Practices

The current challenges to agriculture posed by food insecurity and climate change are serious. There is a paradox of increased food production and growing hunger in the world. The global food production system is broken as we are destroying the very base of agriculture with unsustainable practices. Conventional agriculture has...
2015 - Third World Network (TWN)

Journal
Boletín de agricultura familiar para América Latina y el Caribe, Julio - Septiembre 2015

Esta edición del boletín incluye: Entrevista: Entrevista a Michely Vega León Investigadora del Instituto de Investigaciones Fundamentales en Agricultura Tropical “Alejandro de Humboldt” (INIFAT). Observatorio de Agricultura Familiar: Sistemas Participativos de Garantía: Facilitando el acceso a mercados a partir de iniciativas locales de certificación orgánica. Buenas prácticas: Inocuidad de los alimentos y su...
2015 - Oficina Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe
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