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Family Farming and its production systems at the Atlantic Hillside of Maquiné River's Hydrographic Basin - Rio Grande do Sul / Brazil

The presence of the family farming on the forest areas is a characteristic of the north part of Rio Grande do Sul. This condition is the result of the settlement of European immigrants, implemented by public and private colonization projects along the 19th and 20th centuries. The colonies establishment resulted...
2014 - Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) | The Lexicon of Sustainability

The Lexicon of Sustainability's Know Your Food is a short film series that introduces consumers to key terms and principles that can help them make more informed decisions about the food they eat. 
United States of America
2014 - The Lexicon of Sustainability

Fact sheet
The changing role of women in the economic transformation of family farming in Asia and the Pacific

Asia and the Pacific is a very socially, culturally and economically diverse region. Family farming remains the predominant form of agriculture in Asia and the Pacific. Family enterprises in agriculture, forestry and fishery production play key roles in food security, local economies, sustainable use of natural resources, and climate change...
2014 - International Fund for International Development (IFAD)

Agroecology is here to stay

Mapping agroecological farmers and the status of agroecology in Ecuador’s Highlands and Coastal regions
This publication is an effort by Heifer Ecuador to substantiate the importance of small-scale family farming and agroecology in Ecuador. The five chapters comprising this book will take reads through the different puzzles making up Ecuador’s agrarian sector, from the perspective of small farmers, who grow most of our food,...
2014 - Heifer-Ecuador Foundation

Biodynamic Vegetable Farm in Denmark

Ask Rasmussen (27) is slowly taking over Kiselgården from his parents. Kiselgården is one of the oldest biodynamic farms in Denmark. Ask is growing a large variety of vegetables and delivers to many Michelin starred restaurants, among them NoMa and Geranium.
2014 - Future Farmers in the Spotlight

Guía de recomendaciones: Agua segura

Importancia del consumo de agua segura. Prácticas para el mejoramiento de la calidad. Métodos de potabilización
Este material surge a partir de la necesidad de contar con un compendio de información referente al agua, su utilización y recomendaciones. Incluido en el marco del “Proyecto Integrado para el Manejo del Agua en el NO del Chubut” (PROFEDER INTA), que tiene como finalidad desarrollar alternativas para el mejor...
2014 - Instituto Nacional Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)

IYFF-2014 National Committees. Promoting the future of Family Farming

Progress in raising awareness and advocacy in favour of family farming during 2014, by IYFF-2014 National Committees. International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014.
2014 - World Rural Forum

Ordenamiento territorial rural

Conceptos, métodos y experiencias
Este libro es el resultado de un trabajo colectivo y sobre todo interinstitucional, desarrollado en el marco del proyecto de cooperación técnica TCP/ARG/3302 “Fortalecimiento de las capacidades que permitan abordar los procesos de Ordenamiento Territorial Rural de forma participativa e interactiva” de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la...

Acciones y prioridades por la agricultura abren capítulo en reunión de cooperantes internacionales

La cuarta reunión de la Mesa de Cooperación Internacional para la Agricultura dibujó un panorama amplio sobre el ejercicio de la cooperación en el ámbito agrícola local. Además, el espacio permitió compartir, ante un cada vez más extenso grupo de cooperantes, las prioridades gubernamentales en materia agrícola.
El Salvador

Fact sheet
ProHuerta - Cría de gallinas ponedoras

Folleto sobre el trabajo en la cría casera de gallinas, con énfasis en los cuidados y sanidad de los animales. La cría de gallinas ponedoras es implementada por el Programa ProHuerta, siendo una muy buena alternativa para la producción familiar, contribuyendo a una alimentación variada mediante la producción de huevos. Para tener...
2014 - Instituto Nacional Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)

Working paper
Young people, agriculture, and employment in rural Africa

This paper examines the current interest in addressing the problem of young people’s unemployment in Africa through agriculture. Using notions of transitions and mobilities we set out a transformative work and opportunity space framework that privileges difference and diversity among work opportunities, rural areas and young people. We argue that...
2014 - Future Agricultures Consortium

Conference proceedings
Forage resources and ecosystem services provided by mountain and Mediterranean grasslands and rangelands

In constrained environments such as mountainous and Mediterranean areas the sustainable use of forage resources by domestic herbivores has to combine production, conservation of high environmental value areas and product quality. The sustainability of animal production systems relies on their ability to reconcile economic performance based on the added value...
Algeria - Egypt - France - Greece - Italy - Morocco - New Zealand - Norway - Portugal - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Tunisia - Uruguay

Adapting to climate change through land and water management in Eastern Africa

Results of pilot projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania
The Eastern African region (which includes Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania) is highly vulnerable to climate change and several of its major sectors (notably agriculture) that significantly contribute to the sub-region’s economies are at risk. About 80% of the population in East Africa depend on agriculture, which contributes to 40% of...
Ethiopia - Kenya - United Republic of Tanzania
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Hollow Lives: Women Left Behind in Rural China

This paper explores the situation of women left behind in villages when men out-migrate for work and what it implies for gender relations in rural China. It is based on questionnaire survey data that covers 400 left-behind women and extensive interviews in 10 rural communities. It reveals how the women...
2014 - College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD)

Conference proceedings
Organic Livestock Husbandry Towards More Sustainability

Proceedings IAHA Preconference and Workshop, 12. and 15. October 2014 IFOAM 18th Organic World Congress in Istanbul
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Manual de herramientas para Feriantes

Las ferias de la agricultura familiar atraviesan un proceso de expansión en todas las regiones del país. En 2009, un grupo de investigadores del INTA relevaron 144 ferias en todo el país. Un estudio reciente hecho por el MINAGRI actualizó esta cifra, cuatro años después, a más de 470 experiencias...
2014 - Instituto Nacional Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)

Policy brief/paper
Improving policymaking for Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa

This paper investigates the role of knowledge management in African agricultural and rural development policies, and how information and communications technologies (ICTs) can contribute to enhance it. African Policymakers are aware of the importance of knowledge management; however, its actual use is constrained by inter-related factors encompassing the national context...
2014 - International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Conference proceedings
Technology creation and transfer in small ruminants: roles of research, development services and farmer associations

Small ruminants are important for income generation and security, food supply and for development in rural Mediterranean areas especially in mountainous and marginal regions. Nevertheless, the adoption of cost-effective technologies and management practices for improving flock productivity and farmers' incomes is limited. This is largely due to socio-economic factors, such...
Algeria - Egypt - Morocco - Portugal - Spain - Tunisia - Türkiye
2014 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Declaración de Brasilia

Conferencia sobre Mujeres Rurales de América Latina y el Caribe en el Año de la Agricultura Familiar 2014
Las y los participantes y autoridades de los países de América Latina y el Caribe y personas invitadas de otras regiones , reunidos/as en Brasilia, del 10 al 12 de noviembre de 2014, con ocasión de la Conferencia sobre Mujeres Rurales de América Latina y el Caribe en el Año...
2014 - CELAC

Remotely Sensed Information for Crop Monitoring and Food Security - Techniques and methods for arid and semi-arid areas

This course describes how the information derived from remote sensing is obtained and best used for crop monitoring in a food security context. It outlines what the exact meanings of the products are and shows how their early warning and food availability information contents can be combined efficiently with other...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO
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