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Climate Assurance Systems for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

A Report by Ecofys
This report was prepared as background information for the FAO/ISEAL expert meeting on Climate Standards for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing held in Rome on 11 November 2009. The report aims to scope the possibility for a modular climate assurance system that can be applied in the agriculture, forestry and fishery...
2010 - Ecofys

Options méditerranéennes. Pastoralisme méditerranéen: patrimoine culturel et paysager et développement durable

Ce numéro d’Options méditerranéennes restitue des actes de la deuxième réunion thématique d’experts sur le pastoralisme méditerranéen qui s’est tenu à Tirana (Albanie du 12 au 14 novembre 2009. Trente participants de douze pays méditerranéens ont participé à cette réunion ainsi qu’un certain nombre d’organisations internationales : Fao, Pnud-Albanie, Icomos,...
Albania - Algeria - Morocco - Spain - Tunisia
2010 - Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM)

Magazine article
Energía y desarrollo rural : el año de las alternativas

Los avances en electrificación y la creciente presencia de biocombustibles han marcado el panorama energético en las áreas rurales en los últimos años. En 2010, ambos procesos podrían tropezar con sus límites —remarcándose la necesidad de buscar alternativas.
2010 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Scoping Study for Equivalence and Harmonization of Organic Standards and Technical Regulations in the Asia Region

This study is commissioned by the Global Organic Market Access (GOMA) project, a collaboration among FAO, UNCTAD and IFOAM, to provide information that enables stakeholders and GOMA to develop an optimal strategy for facilitating organic trade (and thereby also organic sector development in Asia) through equivalence, harmonization and/or other forms...

Guide for decision makers for farmer organizations and exporters wishing to export organic and fair-trade certified products and for business support organizations

This guide draws on the lessons learned in the framework of the project “Increasing incomes and food security of small farmers in West and Central Africa through exports of organic and fair-trade tropical products”, implemented by FAO in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone from September 2005 to...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Caravan - Science for Food Security

This issue of Caravan illustrates some of ICARDA’s strategic research — the use of new tools such as GIS, molecular markers and thermographic imaging, and new research methods in biodiversity conservation and plant breeding. It also describes applied research on water management, conservation agriculture and cropping systems. It discusses the...
Afghanistan - Egypt
2010 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Guidelines For Smallholder Group Management Of Organic And Fair Trade Certification

This document defines operative procedures and minimum requirements for building smallholder groups’ management capacity for organic agriculture and fair trade certification.
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Agroecology, best practices

Agroecology is the application of ecological principles to the interactions between human beings and their environment, as well as to their consequences, with the goal of minimising the negative effects of certain human activities. It aims at protecting the environment, ensuring the sustainable renewal of the natural resources (water, soil,...
Angola - Brazil - Cambodia - Congo - Gabon - Haiti - India - Lao People's Democratic Republic - Madagascar - Mauritania - Morocco - Niger - Sao Tome and Principe - Senegal - Sri Lanka
2010 - Agrisud International

Lil’ Farm: The Art Of Small Scale Farming

Lil' Farm is located in Orange County, NC and owned and operated by George O'Neil with the help of a handful of volunteers.
United States of America

Organic agriculture and climate change

This article discusses the mitigation and adaptation potential of organic agricultural systems along three main features: farming system design, cropland management and grassland and livestock management. An important potential contribution of organically managed systems to climate change mitigation is identified in the careful management of nutrients and, hence, the reduction...

Technical paper
Evaluación de la sustentabilidad de la producción familiar de cerdos a campo: un estudio de seis casos en la zona sur del Uruguay

Este trabajo tiene como objetivo generar una metodología específica para evaluar la sustentabilidad de la producción familiar de cerdos a campo, y obtener líneas de interpretación de su sustentabilidad mediante un análisis relativo y horizontal de seis casos en el sur de Uruguay.
2010 - Universidad de la República

Case study
Organic Agriculture In Protected Areas - The Italian Experience

This publication is a summary of research carried out by the Italian Association for Organic Farming(AIAB)1 for the Ministry of the Environment, the purpose of which was to analyze Italian experiences of organic farming in National Parks in order to draw conclusions which could then be useful for the further...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Pacific Food Security Toolkit Building Resilience To Climate Change Root Crop And Fishery Production

This Food Security Toolkit, designed specifically for Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), aims to improve Pacific Islanders’ ability to produce and access safe and nutritious foods that meet their dietary and cultural needs. Targeting food security in the Pacific region is a critical action in the face of climate...
Cook Islands - Fiji - Niue - Papua New Guinea - Samoa - Solomon Islands - Tonga - Tuvalu - Vanuatu

The Market For Organic Products In Asia-Pacific

This paper presents the general trends of demand and supply of organic products in Asia and the Pacific. This regional market is put in perspective within the global agrifood market and the current economic conditions that may have a great impact on the development of organic agriculture in Asia and...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Aspectos prácticos para utilizar materia orgánica en cultivos hortícolas

Existe en el ámbito agrícola poca información y claridad técnica sobre el uso adecuado de materia orgánica (MO), sobre la manera de calificar su calidad e inclusive sobre las categorías o tipos de MO que se pueden utilizar. La materia orgánica del suelo es un elemento crucial para la regulación...
2010 - Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

Magazine article
¿Y cómo va la pobreza en el sector rural?

Existen dos criterios para poder cuantificar el número de personas que se encuentran en extrema pobreza: por un lado, el enfoque indirecto de la línea de pobreza, según el cual, una persona es considerada pobre extremo si su gasto o ingreso no cubre el valor de una canasta mínima de...
2010 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Journal article
Best practices 2010

The aim in the activities of the Rural Network is to showcase the results achieved in the development of the Finnish countryside and to pass on best practices to be utilised further in other contexts. The many ideas and innovations produced by the numerous participants of the Best Practices 2010...

Case study
Analysis of climate change and variability risks in the smallholder sector

Case studies of the Laikipia and Narok Districts representing major agro‑ecological zones in Kenya
Smallholder farmers in Kenya grow most of the country's food, vegetables and fruit. These farmers face formidable challenges in increasing production, preserving natural resources and addressing the impact of climate change in food production systems. Meeting these challenges is vital to sustained livelihoods and reduction of poverty, especially in the...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference paper
Improving smallholder irrigation performance in Malawi

The paper reports work aimed at improving livelihoods of smallholders by providing investors, policymakers and implementers with concrete knowledge and tools to make informed investment decisions on small-scale irrigation water management interventions. The projects reported assessed promising irrigation interventions and their ‘market potential’, analyzed which technologies ‘fit’ in major agroecological...
2010 - University of Malawi

Journal article
Family farms in the Pampas region of Argentina

The use of production factors of production and their relationship with new family dynamics
The objectives of this work are, in a first place, know the relationship between family farming of the Pampas region of Argentina with the different factors of production trying to verify whether, in the context of this región increasingly specialized in the production of soybean, embedded in global marketing channels,...
2010 - Universidad Nacional de La Plata
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