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Save and Grow: A policymaker’s guide to the sustainable intensification of smallholder crop production

This new edition of Save and Grow comes following the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 and the launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The challenge has five elements: guarantee year-round access to adequate food, end stunting in children, double small farmer productivity, foster...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Ciudades en la Transformación Rural

La transformación rural es un proceso de cambio social integral mediante el cual las sociedades rurales diversifican sus economías y reducen su dependencia de la agricultura; llegan a ser dependientes de lugares distantes en materia de comercio y en la adquisición de bienes, servicios e ideas; se mueven de aldeas...
2014 - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural (RIMISP)

Working paper
Loan Demand and Rationing among Small-Scale Farmers in Nigeria

The credit market serving agriculture in Nigeria is encumbered by operational and administrative inadequacies and the discriminatory tendencies of financial institutions. The government has implemented policies to redress the situation, but small-scale farmers have not benefitted from these incentives to any reasonable degree. This makes it imperative to examine the...
2014 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Case study
Sikkim Himalaya-Agriculture

Improving and Scaling up of Traditionally Managed Agricultural Systems of Global Significance the
The proposed GIAHS project, Sikkim Himalaya-Agriculture is a part of globally significant biodiversity hot spots of the world within the greater quadri-national junction of Khanchendzonga landscape in the Eastern Himalayas. The region is an assemblage of sacred landscapes called Demazong (the valley of rice) or the Shangrila (the hidden paradise...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture: Contributing to food security and sustainability in a changing world

Given the importance of the sustainable use of biodiversity for food and agriculture, and the critical role of biodiversity and ecosystems in sustainable intensification of agricultural production, this publication addresses these issues, and by doing so also contributes to furthering the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Programme of...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Conference paper
Effect of entrepreneurship training of smallholder farmers on soybean productivity and household incomes in Lango Sub-region, Northern Uganda

The soybean value chain has a potential to increase smallholder farmers’ incomes and has significant growth potential yet soybean farming households lack services such as education which is tailored to address the real challenges they face in maximizing profits from farming. There is thus a need to integrate entrepreneurship training....
2014 - Makerere University

Fact sheet
Family Farmers: Feeding the world, caring for the earth

Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector. Family farmers carefully manage their lands to sustain remarkably high levels of productivity despite having less access to productive resources such as agricultural inputs and support...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Informe del taller mesoamericano de capacitación para los inventarios de emisiones y planes de mitigación en el sector agricultura, uso de la tierra, cambio de uso de la tierra y silvicultura

Este informe contiene los principales resultados del Taller Mesoamericano de Capacitación para los Inventarios de Emisiones y Planes de Mitigación en el Sector Agricultura, Uso de la Tierra, Cambio de Uso de la Tierra y Silvicultura, que se realizó en San José, Costa Rica del 21 al 23 de julio,...
Costa Rica - Ecuador - Guatemala - Mexico - Panama - Uruguay
2014 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Working paper
Strengthening Producer Organizations to unleash productive potential of smallholder farmers in Uganda

Producer organizations (PO) can improve market access, lower transaction costs and increase the profits of smallholder farmers by offsetting diseconomies of scale (Heyer et al., 1999; Hill et al., 2008; The World Bank, 2008). Yet, evidence for Sub-Saharan Africa shows that POs often fail to attain these objectives. Instead of...
2014 - University of Mannheim

Alternatives Rurales - Revue de communication et débat sur les alternatives agricoles et rurales

Le numéro 2 de la revue Alternatives Rurales est une revue qui a pour objectif d’offrir un espace de communication, réflexion et débat sur le développement rural et agricole au Maroc, mais aussi dans d’autres pays de la région.Cette revue s’adresse aux acteurs du développement agricole et rural, aux acteurs...
2014 - Collectif Dynamiques Rurales, Innovations et Développement Durable (DRIDURA)

Journal article
Soil, water and nutrient loss under conventional and organic vegetable production managed in small farms versus forest system

Agricultural systems with conventional tillage and intensive use of agrochemicals, especially those on high slopes and with shallow soils, have the potential to release pollutants. This study aimed at evaluating the soil, water and nutrient lost via agricultural runoff in large plots (small catchments) under conventional and organic farming of...
2014 - Universidade Federal do Paraná

Working paper
Highlights of recent IFPRI food policy research for Australia

Reducing poverty and hunger through food policy research
Working with many longstanding partners, such as the government of Australia and its Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), IFPRI’s research focuses on sustainable agricultural growth that engages the private sector, country-led strategy development, investment in agricultural research, provision of safety nets to strengthen resilience, prioritization of nutrition interventions for...
2014 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Agriculturas campesinas en latinoamérica

Propuestas y desafíos
Describe la agricultura familiar campesina en América Latina, mediante estadísticas y definiciones. Además aborda temas como la sustentabilidad, tenencia de la tierra, reformas agrarias, integración regional, desafíos y perspectivas del área. 
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Cuba - Peru
2014 - Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN)

Alternatives Rurales - Revue de communication et débat sur les alternatives agricoles et rurales

En Afrique du Nord, et en particulier au Maroc, les zones rurales connaissent un regain d’intérêt, avec en particulier des politiques publiques ambitieuses en termes de développement rural, agricole, et de gestion des ressources naturelles. De nombreux travaux de recherche sont menés dans ces zones rurales, cependant nombre d’entre eux...
2014 - Collectif Dynamiques Rurales, Innovations et Développement Durable (DRIDURA)

Invisible Agriculture. Women in family farming (short version)

Two women farmers in Côte d'Ivoire (West Africa), Agnes Dago and Sekongo Sarke Coulibaly, show their daily activities and expose the challenges and obstacles they face in their life as women and farmers.    
Côte d'Ivoire
2014 - World Rural Forum (WRF)

Journal article
El surgimiento de políticas públicas para la agricultura familiar en América Latina

Trayectorias, tendencias y perspectivas
Este artículo analiza la trayectoria de las políticas públicas relacionadas con la agricultura familiar en América Latina. A partir de un estudio aplicado en once países, se caracterizan y comparan tres aspectos claves de estas políticas: su contexto, origen y los factores o vectores de su difusión regional; la diversidad de...
Argentina - Brazil - Chile - Colombia - Costa Rica - Cuba - Ecuador - Mexico - Nicaragua - Peru - Uruguay
2014 - Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria

Policy brief/paper
Smallholder agriculture in Africa

An overview and implications for policy
This paper considers a range of issues relating to the current status and future trends affecting smallholder agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, including the likely transitions that lie ahead for this sector. Smallholder agriculture has long been the dominant economic activity for people in the sub-Saharan region, and it will remain...
2014 - International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Journal article
Effect of Socio-Economic Variables on Fish Production of Small Farmers in Tocantins State, Brazil

Fish farming is a strategic activity for both the economy and food security of the Tocantins state. Nowadays, there are about eighty small fish farmers in the region of Divinópolis in Tocantins state. The technological level of fish farmers is low and it was found that only 30% of farmers...
2014 - Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA)

Gender equality and rural empowerment: Exchange of experiences in Guatemala and El Salvador

This video documents a joint initiative led by FAO and IFAD to enhance regional capacity building and knowledge management on gender, agriculture and rural livelihoods.
El Salvador - Guatemala
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

State of food and agriculture in the Near East and North Africa Region

The number of chronically undernourished people in the Region in 2010-13 reached 79.4 million, representing 11.2% of the population which was higher than in the 2008-2010 period. In addition, an estimated 31.0% of children under five are stunted. On the other side of the malnutrition spectrum, nearly one quarter of...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
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