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Agricultura Familiar en Nicaragua

El presente estudio se realiza en el marco de la Iniciativa “Expanding Livelihood Opportunities for Poor Households” (ELOPHI) de la Fundación Ford; tiene como objetivo comprender mejor las características de las economías rurales y agrícolas de Nicaragua; busca identificar el potencial de los productores rurales respecto a sus estrategias de...
2013 - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural (RIMISP)

Implementing improved tenure governance in fisheries

A technical guide to support the implementation of the voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security
This Guide has been developed to assist in the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (the VGGT) with regard to fisheries in marine and inland waters. It explains the characteristics of the fisheries...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Cash Transfers: Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa

Cash Transfers: Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa Cash transfers are regular money payments to poor households. In sub-Saharan Africa, cash transfer programmes target the poorest and most vulnerable people, who are mostly subsistence farmers. Some programmes specifically target families with members who have disabilities or who take care of orphans or older people. Eligible households...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Labelling of agricultural and food products of mountain farming

With a view to making the mountain products on the market more clearly identifiable and less misleading for consumers, the EU institutions legislated on a common definition of an optional quality term, 'mountain product', in the labelling of agricultural products. The term 'mountain product' should only be used for products...
European Union
2013 - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (Joint Research Centre)

Journal article
The consolidation of the sub-regional economy through the cap policies for small farmers – study-case: Romania

Small farmers always represented a characteristic of the Romanian rural milieu, playing a determinant part in maintaining the local vivacity, in developing the regional economy and, most important, in keeping traditions and a unique ethno cultural specificity. The communist era represented a profound destructive experience, when villages vanished as communities...

Organic Agriculture's Contribution to Sustainability

Sustainability is about ecosystem integrity, social well-being, economic resilience, and good governance. According to the current state of knowledge and development, how does organic agriculture contribute to each of these sustainability dimensions?

Hacia la resilencia: una guía para la reducción del riesgo de desastres y adaptación al cambio climático

Es un recurso de carácter introductorio destinado al personal de organizaciones de desarrollo y ayuda humanitaria que trabaja con personas cuyas vidas y derechos se ven amenazados por los desastres y el cambio climático.La guía contiene información introductoria, principios de prácticas efectivas, directrices para la acción en una serie de...
2013 - Practical Action

The Art of Dar HD -The most exclusive gourmet products from Transylvania

The Art of Dar combines the highest quality Transylvanian foods and crafts. It has successfully used a news story, provoking media interest, to raise the profile of Transylvanian products in general and it was created as an innovative way of found raising.  The product line was launched at the SIAL global...
2013 - ADEPT Fundation

Book part
East African agriculture and climate change: A comprehensive analysis - Sudan

This chapter is meant to further the understanding of policymakers concerning the potential impact of climate change on agriculture in Sudan, along SUDAN 281 with various adaptation options. The chapter begins with a review of some national statistics that will help characterize the capacity of the population to adapt to...
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Case study
Smallholder farmer assets, extension and marketing in Uganda

The study was initiated to understand how asset building, combined with appropriate extension services, can enable smallholder farmers to address marketing problems. Interviews were conducted in 2009 with 317 farm households in Kamuli district, Eastern Uganda, who were participants in a sustainable rural livelihoods program, led by an indigenous nongovernmental...
2013 - Iowa State University

Journal article
Climate change adaptation strategies by local farmers in Kilombero District, Tanzania

This article examines current adaptation strategies developed by local farmers against climate change effects in Kilombero District. Research questions guided the study include; what are the past and current climatic stresses? What are local farmers’ perception on climate change and response to the adverse climatic stresses? What are institutions and...
United Republic of Tanzania
2013 - Sokoine University of Agriculture

Magazine article
Reconstitution du cheptel caprin pour assurer la sécurité alimentaires des ménages vulnérables, au Mali : l’initiative « prêt animal » du PIDRK

L’élevage caprin constitue un pilier important de l’activité économique dans le Nord du Mali. La sécheresse et les abattages massifs ont, cependant, contribué à une baisse significative des effectifs du cheptel.  Pour appuyer la redynamisation de l’élevage caprin dans la région de Kidal, le Programme Intégré de Développement Rural de...
2013 - Innovation environnement développement Afrique (IED Afrique)

Conference paper
Enhancing the role of smallholder farmers in achieving sustainable food and nutrition security

One of the agricultural pathways towards sustainable food and nutrition security is through local production of nutritious food, activity in which smallholder farmers play a crucial role. As food consumers, all rural and urban people in developing countries count heavily on the efficiency of their local smallholder farmers to satisfy their food needs....
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Book part
Southern african agriculture and climate change: A comprehensive analysis - Malawi

Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world, and therefore poverty remains a key challenge in the country.  The great variations in Malawi’s landscape result in wide spatial differences in climate.
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Herders’ Guide on Integrated Rangeland Restoration (IRR)

Globally ICARDA has the mandate to develop sustainable systems to protect and better use rangelands in the dry lands in cooperation with national research organizations. About 25% of terrestrial surface is used for extensive pastoralism often increasing the risk of desertification, which is fueled by climate change. Unfortunately, by now...
2013 - ICARDA

L’intensification durable : un nouveau paradigme pour l’agriculture en Afrique

Les agriculteurs et producteurs agricoles d’Afrique de l’Ouest, en collaboration avec la Commission Européenne, le Centre Technique de coopération Agricole (CTA) et SOS Faim, ont participé à une table ronde sur le thème « l’Agriculture durable comme un moyen d’augmenter la résilience: la vision des agriculteurs et producteurs ouest-africains  »....
2013 - Centre technique de coopération agricole et rurale (CTA)

Case study
Clima de cambios: Nuevos desafíos de adaptación en Uruguay

El cambio climático es uno de los factores que condiciona la estabilidad de los agro-ecosistemas y compromete el medio ambiente, la sociedad, la economía y la cultura de una región. La adaptación al cambio climático ha sido definida como estratégica en la política agropecuaria de Uruguay. El diseño de políticas eficaces...
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Inversión en la agricultura a pequeña escala en favor de la seguridad alimentaria

En octubre de 2011, el Comité de Seguridad Alimentaria Mundial (CSA) solicitó al Grupo de alto nivel de expertos que llevase a cabo “un estudio comparativo de los obstáculos a la inversión de los pequeños productores en la agricultura en diferentes contextos con opciones en materia de políticas para abordar...
2013 - High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE)

Conference paper
Enhancing smallholder farmers income and food security through Agricultural Research and Development in West Africa : Impact of the IAR4D in the KKM PLS

The Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) is the approach suggested by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) through the sub Saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSA CP) to address the acknowledged shortcoming of African Agricultural Research and Development’s (ARD) failure to achieve impact on the farmer’s field. The...
Niger - Nigeria

Community fodder production in Mandera – Kenya

This video highlights how a pastoralist community in Mandera, Kenya applied knowledge gained in a pastoral field school to improve their livelihood through fodder production.
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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