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Mountain Family Farms in Galicia, Spain: Challenges and Strategies

Mountain agriculture today represents 16% of utilized agricultural area (UAA) in the 27 member European Union states (EU-27) and 34% in Spain (European Commission 2013). Mountain areas are defined by their unfavorable topography, typically described by elevation and/or slope, remoteness, and more extreme climate, but this can vary significantly between...

Journal article
Point of no return? Rehabilitating degraded soils for increased crop productivity on smallholder farms in eastern Zimbabwe

Soil degradation is a major threat to Southern Africa's agricultural production. Crops show generally weak responses to mineral fertilizers on degraded soils. A three-year study was conducted between 2009 and 2012 on smallholder farms in eastern Zimbabwe to explore entry points for rehabilitating degraded croplands using principles of integrated soil...

Fact sheet
ITALY - Common Agricultural Policy

During the next 7 years, the new CAP is going to invest around EUR 37.5 billion in Italy's farming sector and rural areas. Key political priorities have been defined at European level such as: jobs, sustainability, modernization, innovation and quality. In parallel, flexibility is given to Italy to adapt both...
2014 - European Commission

Journal article
Sénégal : le Projet d'appui aux filières agricoles commence à porter ses fruits

Bilan à la fin de l'année 2013 du Projet sénégalais d'appui aux filières agricoles (PAFA), qui affiche de bons résultats. Avec 90% de taux d'exécution et 87% taux de décaissement pour le compte de l'exercice 2013, le projet, prévu jusqu'en 2017, maintient la dynamique qui lui a permis  d'améliorer le sort de 17 834...
2014 - Mediaterre

Capitalisation des expériences en matière d’agriculture familiale au sein d’un réseau de professionnels du développement en Afrique de l’Ouest

Le présent travail est le fruit de la capitalisation de 8 expériences qui illustrent de façon très concrète les liens entre développement local et agriculture familiale. Il ne vise, en aucun cas, à traiter de manière exhaustive toutes les problématiques liées à l’agriculture familiale. Beaucoup d’ouvrages, documents ont été écrits...
2014 - RAFOD

Conference paper
Cobertura de los servicios de extensionismo en México: ¿Qué lograr? ¿Cómo lograrlo? ¿A través de quién lograrlo?

Esta exposición de Roberto Rendón, del Centro de Investigaciones Económicas, Sociales y Tecnológicas de la Agroindustria y la Agricultura Mundial (CIESTAAM) de la Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo, describe el extensionismo en México.
2014 - Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT)

Food sovereignty for sale

Floating market for fresh fruit and vegetables in South Kalimantan, Indonesia (Photo: Traveller Kaskus) REPORT Supermarkets are undermining people’s control over food and farming in Asia
In the past decade or so, food corporations have been taking over a bigger and bigger slice of the retail pie, with major implications for the entire food chain. Corporate supermarkets are expanding faster in Asia than anywhere else on the planet. And as supermarkets and their procurement chains expand,...
2014 - GRAIN

Youth and agriculture

Key challenges and concrete solutions
This publication provides real life examples on how to re-engage youth in agriculture. It shows how tailor-made educational programmes can provide rural youth with the skills and insights needed to engage in farming and adopt environmentally friendly production methods. Many of the initiatives and approaches reported in this study originate...
Bahamas - Bangladesh - Brazil - Burkina Faso - Cambodia - Canada - China - Colombia - Ethiopia - France - Ghana - Grenada - Kenya - Madagascar - Mexico - Pakistan - Philippines - Republic of Moldova - Rwanda - Togo - Uganda - United States of America - Zambia

Food security and livelihoods assessment of fisher and agropastoralist households in Upper Egypt

This work is the result of a collaborative effort and fieldwork in Upper Egypt, with the goal of highlighting the challenges faced by communities and livelihoods that are often overlooked in mainstream development projects. This field study draws attention to the context and challenges that are unique to fishers and...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

El vivir y comer bien en los Andes Bolivianos

Aportes de los sistemas agroalimentarios y las estrategias de vida de las naciones indígenas originario campesinas a las políticas de seguridad y soberanía alimentarias
Esta es una publicación de relevante interés para los investigadores, los gestores de políticas públicas en seguridad con soberanía alimentaria, así como los militantes de los movimientos sociales: sindicales e indígena originaria campesinos que luchan por la construcción de un sistema agroalimentario global para el bien común de la humanidad. El...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Feeding Europe: food sovereignty and agro-ecology

Over the past fifty years, the food system has become increasingly globalised and heavily dependent on cheap raw materials, chemical inputs and mechanisation. In short, the global food system is broken increasingly controlled by a handful of multinationals. This film demonstrates how people across Europe are re-organising their food supply...
2014 - Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEEurope)

Blog article
Supporting Farmer Co-operatives in Rwanda

WFP marks the International day of Co-operatives and commits to invest in capacity building of small-holder farmers through local purchases to achieve sustainable food security.

Countries recognize vital role of small-scale fishers

Today at the Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters in Rome, countries endorsed a set of wide-reaching guidelines that will boost the already vital role of small-scale fishers in contributing to global food security, nutrition and poverty eradication. Small-scale fisheries account for more than 90 percent of the world’s capture fishers...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The Perils of Productivity: Making ‘Good Farmers’ in Malwa, India

The idea of a ‘good farmer’ who adheres to scientific methods of crop production and produces high yields was commonly articulated by scientists and some farmers in Malwa, central India, while evaluating soybean farming. However, through detailed ethnographic description of the everyday practices of soybean farmers in Malwa, this paper...
2014 - Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology


迄今为止,孟加拉是世界上同等大小国 家中人口密度最大的,其人口密度超过一千 人每平方公里。并且,该地区土地稀缺和洪 水泛滥的情况正在逐年恶化。在这样的背景 下,农民们找到了一种利用新兴季节性岛屿 和漂浮菜园种植作物的新方法,尽管这样的 方法可能会威胁作物的生长。
2014 - LEISA China

Journal article
Bees bring a new buzz to family farming in Zimbabwe

One way that family farmers improve their resilience to both climatic and economic shocks is to diversify what is produced. More and different crops and livestock, particularly local varieties and breeds are being promoted. Two other options stand out too – bees and trees. These have the added advantages of...
2014 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Biodiversity for food security and family farming

Farmers and other experts such as Vandana Shiva and Victor Toledo explain why and how biodiversity is important for food security and for family farming. 
2014 - ILEIA Foundation

Aušra and Vladas Griciai farm

Aušra and Vladas Griciai family`s farm established in Kretinga district, Imbarė surroundings, Juodupėnų village. Part of the farm is certified as ecological. Currently, farmers are involved in “Landscape Program”. Major agricultural income is received from milk production. Aušra and Vladas are farming since 1993, after Lithuania regained its independence. Before...
2014 - Baltic Deal

No seeds, no future

For many generations subsistence farmers have successfully grown their own fruits and vegetables, and reared their own livestock. KwaHhohho in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, has a rich history of these traditional farming practices. But these are under threat, and this small farming community is fighting to save their natural seeds and traditional...
South Africa
2014 - Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR)

Agriculture, forestry and fishery statistics

Agriculture accounts for roughly 40% of the EU budget. It is the only policy almost entirely funded from the EU budget, where European spending is largely complementary to national spending. The new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014–20 demonstrates the central role of statistics and the need for a solid knowledge...
2014 - European Union
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