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Agroecology, Food Sovereignty, and the New Green Revolution

In the face of recurrent global food crises, institutions of the corporate food regime propose a new Green Revolution coupled with a continuation of neoliberal economic policies. Because these are causes of the crises to begin with, this approach can worsen rather than end hunger. Building a countermovement depends in...
2012 - Taylor & Francis

Conference proceedings
Quality and processing potential of goats produced by smallholder farmers in Malawi

This research will evaluate carcass quality and processing potential of goat meat produced by smallholder farmers in Malawi. The farmers will keep local Malawi goat and Norwegian goats under three management systems (intensive, extensive and semi-intensive). The carcasses from these goats will be analyzed for gross and chemical composition. They...
2012 - Bunda College of Agriculture

Innovating Agriculture: "Fresh and Ready to eat" Produce in Umbria

A consortium composed of the University of Tuscia, Novamont – Research and innovation centre in agriculture – and three farms (Azienda Agricola Luca Treppaoli, Azienda Agraria Il Poggiolo, Azienda Agraria Pizzi Giorgiomaria) was formed to address the need for innovative solutions to the regional farms' struggle to survive in a...

Expanding a Semi-Subsistence Goat Farm

Marina Dicheva established her farm with 20 dairy sheep and 2 female goats in Alekovo in the region of Silistra in 2002. The farm began to focus solely on goat breeds in 2005 due to excellent conditions and the fact that, while goat breeding is a local tradition, few people...

Setting up a Young Farmer's vegetable farm

Leonard-Alin Plesea is a young farmer from the Jirlau Commune, famous across the country for its bountiful vegetable production. Eager to continue his family’s traditions, he attended a vegetable farming course and acquired practical experience at his family’s farm. In 2009 he leased 4 hectares of agricultural land from his...

Escuelas de campo y plan de agricultura familiar en El Salvador

Video sobre escuelas de campo realizadas en El Salvador. Se muestra a pequeños y medianos productores de camarón beneficiarios del “Plan de agricultura familiar” desarrollado por el Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería con el apoyo del IICA y otros organismos. Se les capacita en conocimiento técnico, comercialización, emprendimiento y normas...
El Salvador
2012 - Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA)

Fact sheet
Las escuelas de campo en el plan de agricultura familiar

Guía de fácil entendimiento sobre los principales aspectos del Plan de agricultura familiar y específicamente sobre las escuelas de campo. Incluye historias en formato cómic para dinamizar el contenido.
El Salvador
2012 - Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA)

Family farming newsletter for Latin America and the Caribbean, July-September 2012

Family farming in some Latin American and Caribbean countries represents more than 80% of all farm activities, more than 60% of food production and overall farmlands, and more than 70% of farm jobs. Not only does family farming provide food for cities, create jobs and generate income for the poor, it also contributes to the balanced development of...
Brazil - Ecuador - El Salvador

Social protection for food security

A report by The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition
Social protection has risen rapidly up the development policy agenda in the last decade. There is also a clear trend to making social protection, as well as food security, ‘rights-based’ rather than ‘discretionary’. Yet no clear consensus has so far emerged concerning many basic design choices and implementation modalities of...
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Food Security Portal

The Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI, aims to provide improved food security for the world's poor and increased resilience of global food systems against food and financial crises. The project brings together international, regional, and country-level data, news, and research aimed at meeting countries' immediate food security needs, as...
2012 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Views on Smallholder Farming in Malawi with Alice Kachere

Alice Kachere, a smallholder farmer from Malawi, talks about the challenges she faces as well as the training she has benefited from.
2012 - FarmingFirst

Organic farming in Italy

The Italian organic sector has in fact significant growth opportunities in terms of supply, given the increase in demand that has continued for more than six years. However, organic surface has been substantially stationary for about ten years, while the number of organic farms, especially smaller ones, continues to shrink....
2012 - National Rural Network 2007-2013

Case study
A review of available knowledge on land degradation in Morocco

This publication reviews the historical and current literature on land degradati on in Morocco andpresents the results of a case study in the western part of the country. It is intended as a reflection on the baseline causes for land degradation, so contributing to the development of enabling agricultural policies and the...
2012 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Journal article
L'agriculture familiale, indispensable au développement de l'Afrique

Alors que l'agriculture a occupé une place de choix dans les débats de Rio+20,  et que les forces de la société civile y ont défendu l'agriculture familiale,  l'étude "RuralStruc" permet d'éclairer sous un jour nouveau son rôle  dans la lutte pour le développement. A l'initiative de la Banque mondiale, du ...
2012 - Banque mondiale

Fact sheet
Problemáticas y oportunidades ambientales de la producción porcina familiar

A nivel mundial, la carne de cerdo es una de las preferidas por los seres humanos, y según estimaciones, se espera que su consumo siga aumentando conforme crezca la población. En nuestro país se observa un fuerte crecimiento anual, registrándose en el año 2009 7,95 kg/hab/año; en el 2010 8.06...
2012 - Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria Argentina (INTA)

Estudio sobre la contaminación del suelo después de tres ciclos de crianza de cerdos con el sistema de cama profunda a pequeña escala

El presente trabajo refiere los resultados obtenidos de los estudios físico-químicos y microbiológicos realizados al suelo después de tres ciclos de crianza de cerdos en el sistema de cama profunda a pequeña escala. La determinación de la composición físicoquímica abarcó los parámetros de materia orgánica, pH, fósforo total y nitrógeno...
2012 - Tropicultura

Pequeña agricultura y gastronomía

Oportunidades y desafíos
La gastronomía peruana experimenta desde hace diez años un increíble boom que la pone en la vitrina mundial, y que abre una serie de oportunidades sin precedentes para los pequeños agricultores de nuestro país. Es así que la cocina está sirviendo, entonces, para saldar una vieja deuda con el campesino...
2012 - Sociedad Peruana de Gastronomía (APEGA)

Sustainable agricultural livelihoods in marginal areas (SALMA)

Project information document
The World Bank SALMA project would contribute to the economic infrastructure area of engagement outlined in the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for FY11-14 and is aligned with the lessons learned in the FY08-09 Interim Strategy Note. Three aspects of economic infrastructure are addressed: agriculture, environment, and transportation. The project is...
2012 - the World Bank (WB)

Lanzamiento proyecto Apega - BID Fomin

Proyecto "Articulación de Pequeños Productores con Mercados Gastronómicos". Video presentado en Mistura 2012.
2012 - Sociedad Peruana de Gastronomía (APEGA)

Conference paper
Smallholder market access in Kyoga Plains agricultural zone in Uganda

The study aimed at determining factors affecting smallholders’ market access so as to advise on crucial strategic interventions.
2012 - Bunda College of Agriculture
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