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A Economia dos Ecossistemas e da Biodiversidade

TEEB para Formuladores de Políticas Locais e Regionais
Este relatório procura enfatizar o enorme potencial que os benefícios da natureza podem proporcionar para garantir e melhorar o bem-estar humano. Ele fornece orientação, conselhos e inspiração para os formuladores de políticas locais que querem incluir esses benefícios nas suas políticas e, dessa forma, ajudar a criar um futuro sustentável...
2010 - Heidi Wittmer (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ)

Revista Enlace, la revista de la agricultura de conservación

Revista Enlace es una publicación editada, publicada y distribuida por el Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT). Esta revista forma parte del componente MasAgro Productor, en el marco de las acciones emprendidas por CIMMYT para la ejecución del Programa Modernización Sustentable de la Agricultura Tradicional (MasAgro).  El enlace...
2010 - Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT)

Case study
Agriculture for Growth: learning from experience in the Pacific

Summary results of five country studies in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu
This study has adopted an empirical approach using case study research to gather evidence to better inform policy processes is the Pacific region. It aims to distill the lessons from experience, looking for critical factors of success and any context specific issues which may influence the way that different communities...
Fiji - Samoa - Solomon Islands - Tonga - Vanuatu
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
Producer organizations

Reclaiming opportunities for development
Producer organisations are widely heralded as leading contributors to poverty reduction and the achievement of food security. Following the withdrawal of state support as part of measures for liberalization, producer organizations in Africa have been in a process of transition, attempting to define appropriate strategies in a competitive open market...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Visual Soil Assessment (VSA)

Soil type and the effect of management on the condition of the soil are important determinants of the productive performance of wheat cropping and have profound effects on long term profits. Land managers need reliable, quick and easy to use tools to help them assess the condition of their soils...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Semi-subsistence farming in Europe: Concepts and key issues

The motivation behind the ENRD's consideration of this topic and this background paper, which raises some key issues for further debate, is two-fold. Firstly, the last two enlargements in 2004 and 2007 brought millions of small farms into the EU, most of which are either subsistence farms (SFs) or semi-subsistence...
2010 - European Rural Network

Technical paper
Desempeño agroproductivo de las parcelas urbanas del Consejo Popular Santiago de las Vegas

Se caracterizó el comportamiento socioproductivo en las parcelas del Consejo Popular de Santiago de las Vegas. Se realizaron entrevistas directas y observación directa a una muestra representativa del 20% de los parceleros. Se efectuó un análisis de componentes principales como herramienta en la agrupación de los parceleros para la caracterización...
2010 - Instituto de Investigaciones Fundamentales en Agricultura Tropical (INIFAT)

Indigenous Peoples’ Communication for Development

Collaborative efforts towards self-determined sustainable development
Since 2006, FAO and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues have been collaborating in promoting initiatives to enhance IPs’ capacities in the field of ComDev through a series of consultations and the establishment of IPs’ communication platforms. In this context, FAO’s Communication for Sustainable Development Initiative (CSDI) programme...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
Integrated crop management

Conservation Agriculture and sustainable crop intensification in Lesotho
Lesotho is a small mountainous country characterized by extensive land degradation and erratic climatic conditions. In recent years a growing number of development agencies have been promoting conservation agriculture (CA) as a means to enhance rural livelihoods through sustainable production intensification. The present case study prepared under the AGP Framework...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
From small farming to rural, non‐agricultural work in Romania:

an evaluation on 3 measures of the rural development programme
Romanian rural areas contain the highest level of agricultural workers in the European Union, resulting in the challenge of stimulating non-agricultural employment. This paper uses the methodology of policy evaluation to analyse the influence of 3 measures the CAP. From an objectives tree to reveal the objectives of the programme...

Fact sheet
Rotational Farming: A Knowledge Intensive System to cope with Climate Change

Rotational farming is an agricultural practice that involves alternating cultivation between different plots within the same location whilst leaving the other plots follow. It is often misunderstood, and is considered to be a destructive farming technique which depletes soil nutrient content as it often involves the clearing of land by burning....
2010 - Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research PAR

Food Security and Economic Development in the Middle East and North Africa

Current State and Future Perspectives
A rapidly changing world combined with mounting domestic challenges is prompting many Middle East and North African (MENA) countries to rethink their development models and to initiate economic and social reforms. Taking this new momentum as a starting point, this paper uses the concept of Food Security to identify the...
2010 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Journal article
School Feeding and Family Farming: reconnecting consumption to production

This work aims to address the relationship between consumption, production and food policy based on Brazil’s School Feeding Program (SFP), seeking to understand how the consolidation of different systems of food production and consumption occurs. Thus, it aims to show how this program has been used in Brazil concerning the...
2010 - Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul (UFRGS)

Casos ejemplares de manejo forestal sostenible en América Latina y el Caribe

En América Latina y el Caribe existe una gran diversidad de experiencias que demuestran que el manejo forestal con criterios de sostenibilidad es alcanzable y representa una opción altamente competitiva en los variados contextos en que se desarrollan. Comunidades, empresas, productores, ONG o el mismo Gobierno, propietario mayoritario de los...
Argentina - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Brazil - Chile - Costa Rica - Dominican Republic - Guatemala - Guyana - Honduras - Mexico - Nicaragua - Peru
2010 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Central Asia and the South Caucasus: Challenges, Opportunities, Priority Needs and Actions Required for Improving Agricultural Research for Development

The Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) region consists of five countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and three in the South Caucasus (Armenia Azerbaijan and Georgia). The eight countries of the region attained independence after the breakdown of the former Soviet Union in 1991, and...
Argentina - Azerbaijan - Georgia - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan
2010 - Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (CACAARI)

Case study
Challenges for succession in family farming – Perspective and research question

Agriculture, particularly family farming, has had, and still has, an important role in many rural communities as a basis for economic activity, local social organization and as a lifestyle, although its economic role has declined over time. The development of agriculture has turned into an industry where profitability is linked...

Options Méditerranéennes. Economics of drought and drought preparedness in a climate change context

During the last decades, droughts have become more frequent in the Mediterranean, West Asia and North African countries, and have had negative socio-economic impacts which are frequently linked to a high exploitation of available water resources. The Fourth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change states that extreme...
Argentina - Bulgaria - Canada - Egypt - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Jordan - Morocco - Spain - Syrian Arab Republic - Tunisia - Türkiye
2010 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Integrated Crop Management Vol.7-2009

Enhancing Crop-Livestock Systems in Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Production Intensification - A Farmer Discovery Process Going to Scale in Burkina Faso
his is a story about how FAO assisted groups of farmers in five farming communities in the moist savannah zone of South Western Burkina Faso to enhance their crop-livestock systems through Conservation Agriculture (CA) practices, including crop diversification, using an innovative farmer discovery process, to bring about agricultural intensification and...
Burkina Faso
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
Calidad de suelos en una situación de producción de cerdos sobre pastoreo

Actualmente en nuestro país se están tomando medidas que fomentan y exigen un desarrollo sustentable en el manejo de los suelos del país. A lo largo de la historia hubo períodos de expansión agrícola que fueron acompañados de severa degradación de los suelos, llegando inclusive a dejar grandes áreas inutilizadas...
2010 - Universidad de la República de Uruguay. Facultad de Agronomía

Four Acres and Independence - A Self-Sufficient Farmstead

Take a tour, accompanied by curious sheep and geese, of Mark Cooper's self-sufficient small farm. Over several years, he transformed a rundown house and hillsides of berry brambles into pasture and gardens where he produces and preserves most of his family's food. Visit the Goose Grotto in a constructed pond,...
European Union
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