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Fact sheet
Rebuilding Somalia's livestock sector

Somalia’s livestock sector is based on nomadic pastoralism with a growing private sector led export industry and the mainstay of the Somali economy. Despite its many problems, the Horn of Africa nation comes second in global live sheep exports after Australia.
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Foire sous-régionale des semences paysannes Part.1

SPSP et Biodiversité Échanges et Diffusion d’Expériences (BEDE) présentent un film d'Anne BERSON: "En route vers l'autonomie en semences en Afrique de l'Ouest, La foire sous-régionale des semences paysannes à Djimini, Sénégal". Une délégation de paysans de la sous-région et de France a sillonné une partie du Sénégal de Thiès à...
2014 - Biodiversité Échanges et Diffusion d’Expériences (BEDE)

Case study
Inclusive procurement & transparency

Connecting smallholder farmers to school feeding
Inclusive procurement is a deliberate way for governments to purchase goods or services from specific unfavoured or vulnerable supplier categories in order to advance social and economic development. However, public procurements must also meet transparency requirements in place to maintain integrity and to safeguard the expenditure of public funds. This...
Ghana - Kenya - Mali
2014 - SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources

At its 11th session in June 2007, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture emphasized the urgent need to conserve and sustainably use FGR, and included a report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources in its Multi-Year Programme of Work. On the basis of the...

Fact sheet
Measuring local food systems’ resilience: lessons learned from Honduras and Nicaragua

This Briefing Note presents a series of resilience indicators as examples for measuring the resilience of local food systems based on community consultations in Honduras and Nicaragua. It is primarily addressed to food security and resilience practitioners in Central America and for those working on climate and food security metrics...
Honduras - Nicaragua
2014 - International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

SAFA (Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems) Tool. User manual (version 2.2.40)

The free of charge SAFA Tool (version 2.2.40) is created by FAO to undertake sustainability assessment, as described in the SAFA Guidelines (version 3.0). The SAFA Tool guides users through the four SAFA assessment steps: “Mapping”, “Contextualization”, “Indicators” and “Reporting”. The indicators used are those offered in the Guidelines’ complement:...

Farming for the future. Communication efforts to advance family farming

Today family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the world. Communication lies at the core of the process of change that involves family farming. Smallholder family farmers and rural communities require access to information and communication to make their voices heard and change their lives for the better....
2014 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Fact sheet
Youth and Aquaculture in Africa

Youth un- and under-employment are critical issues facing Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In spite of urbanisation and industrialisation, agriculture remains the principal employer and producer throughout SSA. Thus, a more modern and profitable agriculture sector (including aquaculture, fisheries, forestry and livestock) is required to generate much needed decent employment opportunities for the Continent’s...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

A future for the eel, fishermen and researchers cooperate

Fishermen in Aveiro are participating in environmental conservation measures to help restore the sustainability of a once economically valuable species: the European eel. Their participation is allowing researchers to go further and faster in their study and giving fishermen a role in assessing eels stocks, and a voice in proposing...
2014 - CI Aveiro (Inter-municipal Body of Aveiro)

Journal article
HNV Farming – Explaining the Concept and Interpreting EU and National Policy Commitments

The concept of “High Nature Value farming” developed in the early 1990s from a growing recognition that the conservation of biodiversity in Europe depends on the continuation of low-intensity farming systems across large areas of countryside (see Beaufoy et al., 1994; Bignal et al., 1994; Bignal & McCracken, 1996; 2000)....
Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Cyprus - Czechia - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Malta - Netherlands (Kingdom of the) - Poland - Romania - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Conference proceedings
Plan de Acción de la CELAC

Las Jefas y los Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de América Latina y el Caribe, reunidos en La Habana, Cuba, en ocasión de la II Cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), celebrada los días 28 y 29 de enero de 2014, con el objetivo de...
2014 - Cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC)

The situation of women in rural areas and their participation in the labour market

Thea aim of the study was to present the situation of rural women in Poland compared to other European countries. Investigations included their career, educational and social aspirations, and the possibilities of supporting female economic activity on the rural labour market. It was found that rural women have varied career,...

Conference paper
Comunicación para la extensión y el desarrollo de la agricultura familiar: El caso de la historieta

Esta presentación, desarrollada por Martha Gabriela Coronel del Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT), describe el proceso de creación de una historieta como medio de divulgación del conocimiento agrícola para los productores. 
2014 - Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT)

Technical paper
Crop residues and agro-industrial by-products in West Africa

The present publication focuses on the availability, access and utilization of crop residues and agro-industrial products in West Africa. It contributes to the efforts to strengthen mechanisms to establish and maintain feed assessments in West Africa. It is a first regional assessment attempt, based on literature review and fieldwork in...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Socio-economic perspectives of family farming in South America

Cases of Bolivia, Colombia and Peru
Family farming is very important because it is, among other types, the principal source of food and employment, especially in developing countries. Given the constant changes in the agrarian structure and environment, what are the prospects of family farming under current conditions in South America? To answer this question, we...
2014 - Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Conference paper
Intervenciones para los procesos de comercialización de pequeños y medianos productores de maíz, trigo y sus cultivos asociados: Experiencias, aprendizaje y enfoque desde MasAgro Productor

Esta presentación, desarrollada por Víctor López del Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT), describe al programa MasAgro Productor, su estrategia y casos de éxito.
2014 - Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT)

Supporting Serbia's Sour Cherry Production

The EBRD and FAO are working together to introduce geographical indication status for a range of food products in Serbia, beginning with the local sour cherry. This project is also supported by Luxembourg.
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Spotlight on the International Year of Family Farming

To celebrate the International Year of Family Farming, a panel composed of farmer leaders and IFAD-funded project beneficiaries and stakeholders from Brazil, Colombia, Mali, Philippines, Syrian Arab Republic and the United Republic of Tanzania will discuss opportunities and challenges facing family farming and share their visions for the future of...
2014 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Fish All Days: Home delivery from the fishing boat

Fish All Days allows customers to buy fresh fish straight from the boat – or have it delivered directly to their doorstep. By combining more traditional educational and promotional campaigns with the use of new technology and social media, a trawler from Molfetta has developed a loyal network of customers. The...
2014 - GAC Terre di Mare, Italy

Agricultura Familiar Campesina: alimentando al mundo, enfriando el planeta

En el marco del Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar, el Programa Regional de Desarrollo Rural de We Effect ha producido este audiovisual titulado “Agricultura Familiar Campesina: alimentado al mundo, enfriando el planeta”, retratando los principales rasgos de este modelo de producción en Latinoamérica. En el documental participan organizaciones campesinas de...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Guatemala - Nicaragua
2014 - We Effect
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