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Farmer perceptions on climate change and variability in semi-arid Zimbabwe in relation to climatology evidence

Farmers in semi-arid Zimbabwe prioritize climate variability as their major agricultural productivity-reducing problem. This paper raises the importance of considering local farmers’ perceptions on climate risk, as this greatly influences on-farm investments and decision-making in agricultural management and production in semiarid Zimbabwe. A study was conducted in two districts of...
2012 - International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Journal article
Welfare impact of private sector interventions on rural livelihoods: the case of Masvingo and Chiredzi smallholder farmers

Improving livelihoods in rural areas is important to progress of the developing world and it helps in the creation of the domestic demand for the productive sector. Private sector partnerships in rural areas have been the major driver to reduction of market uncertainties and management of risk and thus bring...

Climate Change and Fisheries: Perspectives from Small-scale Fishing Communities in India on Measures to Protect Life and Livelihood

Through consultations with key fisheries-based stakeholders in four States of India, this study attempts to assess perceptions of fishing communities about the impact of climate change on their lives and livelihoods. It also evaluates the traditional knowledge, institutions, and practices of fishing communities that are relevant to climate-change preparedness. The...
2012 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Conference paper
Design Parameters, Criteria and Operation Guidelines of Controlled Drainage and Sub-Irrigation for Dambo Smallholder Farmers’ Water User Groups

This study is establishing recommendations for spacing, depth and layout of controlled drainage and sub-irrigation that could be practiced in dambos of Central Malawi by smallholder famers’ water user groups. To achieve this, soil physical and chemical properties and field investigations on hydraulic conductivity and topography have been accomplished for...
United Republic of Tanzania
2012 - Sokoine University of Agriculture

Promoting community based seed production farmer groups to manage climate risks in northern Vietnam

he video describes the promotion of community-based seed production farmer groups and the strengthening of individual and community level capacities to ensure continuous seed supply throughout the year while maintaining the seed quality in the region. By joining the farmers' group, members contribute to stocks and receive support and from...
Viet Nam
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
Contribution à la co-élaboration d'un plan simple de gestion à vocation de production de bois-énergie dans un finage villageois cas du village Mabaya, département du pool, République du Congo

 En Afrique centrale, les forêts périurbaines dégradées sont les principales pourvoyeuses de la demande toujours croissante des grandes villes en bois-énergie. En l'absence de plan de gestion, ces formations forestières aux enjeux multiples se dégradent de plus en plus.  Le Cirad et ses partenaires ont mené une réflexion autour de...
2012 - Centre de Coopération Internationale de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)

Case study
Case study of the technical, socio-economic and environmental conditions of small-scale fisheries in the estuary of Patos Lagoon, Brazil

A methodology for assessment
This document presents an assessment of small-scale fisheries of the Patos Lagoon estuary, Brazil, using a custom-designed fisheries census methodology. Complementary information was sourced from a literature review, secondary data and in-depth semi-structured interviews. The assessment provides a complete picture of the technical, environmental and socio-economic conditions of these fisheries, including information on the...
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Story of SDC beneficiary Herder

Collective actions through organised pasture user groups in Mongolia are a sustainable way to protect rangeland from desertification and to guarantee food security for the next herder generation
2012 - Feeding Knowledge

Good practices in building innovative rural institutions to increase food security

Strong rural organizations like producer groups and cooperatives are crucial to hunger and poverty reduction. They allow small producers toplay a greater role in meeting growing food demand on local, national and international markets, while improving their own economic, social and political opportunities. This thinking connects a series of case...

The Quiet Revolution in Staple Food Value Chains

Enter the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Tiger
This book presents findings from a detailed study of how domestic staples value chains are structured and performing in Asia after the food price hike of 2007–2008. Three questions are asked in the study: (1) Are staples value chains transforming structurally? (2) Is the conduct of staples value chains’ actors...
Bangladesh - China - India
2012 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

MPA Workshop proceedings: Fishery-Dependent Livelihoods, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity : The Case of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in India, 1-2 March 2012 , India International Centre, New Delhi, India

The lacunae in fishing-community engagement in the management and governance of marine and coastal protected areas (MCPAs) were discussed in the 2009 Chennai Workshop organized by the ICSF.  The workshop reviewed existing legal and institutional mechanisms for creating, implementing and reporting MCPAs in India, and discussed their impact from the...
2012 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

"Laugenrind" - organic beef and local ownership

The initial project dates back to 2003 (in the context of Leader+), when 8 farmers developed a quality programme for growing, feeding and breeding the typical “Alpine Grey” cattle. Following the decline of the milk market, the local farmers'' cooperative had the idea of extending the quality programme to the...
2012 - European Union

Conservation Agriculture in Central Asia: Status, Policy, Institutional Support, and Strategic Framework for its Promotion.

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is defined as a production system in which crop, soil, nutrient, pest, water and energy management components and operations are based on a sustainable ecological foundation provided by three interlinked principles of: (1) minimum soil disturbance (no-till direct seeding); (2) maintenance of soil cover (mulch cover from...
2012 - FAO Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia (FAO-SEC)

Relevamiento de huertas y granjas familiares en área de influencia de la A.E.R La Carlota

Durante el período comprendido de marzo a abril de 2012 se distribuyó la colección hortícola de otoño-invierno del Programa Pro-Huerta en el área de influencia de la Agencia de Extensión (AER) INTA La Carlota, departamento Juárez Célman, Córdoba; la misma comprende cuatro localidades (La Carlota, Santa Eufemia, Alejandro Roca y...
2012 - Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)

Journal article
Agroecology as a Transdisciplinary, Participatory, and Action-Oriented Approach

This article traces multiple directions in the evolution of agroecology, from its early emphasis on ecological processes in agricultural systems, to its emergence as a multidimensional approach focusing on broader agro-food systems. This review is timely, as agroecology is being increasingly applied within a diversity of scientific-, policy-, and farmer-based...
2012 - Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group (ARLG)

Campaña Come Sano

Como parte de la campaña regional COME SANO, la FAO ha promocionado y coordinado la elaboración y la difusión de cuñas radiales que informan a los consumidores, principalmente a familias pobres de áreas rurales, de los cuidados básicos en la manipulación y preparación higiénica de los alimentos. La campaña radial es...
Dominican Republic - Ecuador - El Salvador - Guatemala - Panama - Peru
2012 - Grupo de Sanidad e Inocuidad Agroalimentaria de la Oficina Regional de la FAO

Case study
Good practices in building innovative rural institutions to increase food security

Case studies
Strong rural organizations like producer groups and cooperatives are crucial to hunger and poverty reduction. They allow small producers toplay a greater role in meeting growing food demand on local, national and international markets, while improving their own economic, social and political opportunities. This thinking connects a series of case...
Benin - Bhutan - Colombia - Egypt - Fiji - Gambia - Israel - Kenya - Nepal - Niger - Philippines - Thailand
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article

Growing the Roots of Resistance
Agroecology today has a strong focus on bringing sustainability to food, feed, and fiber production. But there is also a larger focus on the social, economic, and political “drivers” that move food systems beyond the conditions that have created un-sustainability in modern industrial agriculture. With its ecosystem foundation, the science...
2012 - University of Vermont

Newsletter article
Public Policy and Society: Two Essential Mediating Factors for Conditional Transfer Programmes

Escobar’s (2012) study takes this observation as its guiding premise. He analyzes two particularly salient circumstances which underscore the inherently dynamic and multi-dimensional interface of a given CCT.
2012 - International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC - IG)

Report part

The pressure on biodiversity continues to increase. Habitat loss and degradation from agriculture and infrastructure development, overexploitation, pollution and invasive alien species remain the predominant threats. Climate change is increasing in importance and will have profound impacts, particularly in combination with other threats. Greater integration of policies and institutional responses,...
2012 - United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
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