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Gėnero y empoderamiento de las mujeres en las agriculturas campesinas e indígenas en Centroamérica

¿De qué estamos hablando? Aportes para el debate y la reflexión desde la experiencia de AVSF en Centroamérica
La reflexión sobre la situación de las mujeres rurales y concretamente sobre el papel institucional que AVSF debe jugar con respecto a esta temática, comienza a producirse como consecuencia de dos situaciones. Por un lado, por las dificultades para abordar las necesidades específicas de las mujeres rurales en un contexto...
Guatemala - Honduras - Nicaragua
2013 - Agrónomos y Veterinarios Sin Fronteras (AVSF)

Journal article
The potential of family agriculture and protected spaces: guidelines for public policies design

Thre are a quantity of family expoitations that still stay and resist to disappear, unfolding a variety and new productive, social and cultural strategies. Preciselly the aim of this paper is to introduce the experiences of two family exploitations in very different contexts: one is located in Banda department, Santiago...
2013 - Centro de Estudios Histórico-Rurales

Journal article
Family farming in Brazil

evolution between the 1996 and 2006 agricultural censuses
This article compares the main findings of Brazilian agricultural census data of 1996 with the same of 2006 by applying the methodology known as ‘FAO/INCRA’ (Food Agriculture Organization/Instituto Nacional de Colonização e Reforma Agrária) which allows the characterization of family farms in relation to the total universe of farms. In...

Working paper
African Food Systems to 2030: Toward Inclusive Business Models

Rapid population growth, urbanization and rising incomes will present an unprecedented opportunity for growth of commercial agriculture and agribusiness in coming years. The value of food consumed in urban areas is set to expand by four times to 2030, but given evidence of a continuing decline in competitiveness much of...
2013 - Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE)

Policy brief/paper
The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA)

Social and Economic impact of child under-nutrition in Egypt, Ethiopia, Swaziland and Uganda
The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) Study is a project led by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership of Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency and supported by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). COHA is a...
Egypt - Ethiopia - Eswatini - Uganda
2013 - World Food Programme (WFP)

Working paper
Agriculture as a Sector of Opportunity for Young People in Africa

This paper sheds light on how to harvest the "youth dividend" in Sub-Saharan Africa by creating jobs in agriculture. The agriculture that attracts the youth will have to be profitable, competitive, and dynamic. These are the same characteristics needed for agriculture to deliver growth, to improve food security, and to...
2013 - World Bank Group

Conference proceedings
Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security: A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

In October 2011, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) to prepare "a comparative study of constraints to smallholder investment in agriculture in different contexts with policy options for addressing these constraints, taking into consideration the work done on this topic by...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

EU Rural review. Family Farming

The concept of family farming is the recipient of much high-level political capital right now...  The United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, the primary aim of which is to promote, develop and strengthen all types of familyoriented agriculture - from horticulture and livestock to fisheries and forestry - as a socially...
Austria - Belgium - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Malta - Portugal - Romania - Slovakia - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Journal article
Autonomy and sustainability: An integrated analysis of the development of new approaches to agrosystem management in family-based farming in Carnaubais Territory, Piauí, Brazil

This paper seeks to analyze an endogenous development scheme implemented by farming families, involving innovations in the organic production of watermelons; this was a novel local initiative reflecting the creative drive of the farmers themselves, against a background marked by considerable political and institutional uncertainty. The scheme was evaluated in...

Case study
Analyse et stratégies de l’agriculture familiale dans un pays post-conflit : cas de la province de Kirundo au nord du Burundi

Les fermiers de la province de Kirundo pratiquaient l’agriculture familiale orientée vers le marché. Aujourd’hui, cette agriculture est tournée vers l’autoconsommation. Pour bien comprendre les contraintes rencontrées par les fermiers, 355 exploitants agricoles ont été choisis aléatoirement dans toutes les communes de cette province. Les résultats issus de cette enquête...

Journal article
Irrigated agriculture and poverty reduction in Kassena Nankana District in the Upper-East Region, Ghana

In northern Ghana, where the climatic conditions do not allow for an all-year-around rain-fed agriculture, irrigation is a necessary complement to enhance livelihoods security and poverty reduction. The knowledge gap regarding the contribution of existing irrigation facilities to poverty reduction occasioned the case study of the Tono irrigation scheme located...
2013 - Centre for Settlements Studies, College of Architecture and Planning, KNUST, Kumasi

Working paper
Pequeñas unidades productivas en el altiplano de Guatemala: La experiencia de articulación a cadenas globales de valor y el rol de sus entornos

Alianzas para el Empoderamiento Económico
Este  documento  recoge  los  aspectos  más  relevantes  de  la  experiencia  de transformaciones productivas, de gestión y de capacidades asociativas de cara a la comercialización  por  parte  de pequeños  productores  del  altiplano  guatemalteco  y sus organizaciones, y  evalúa aquellos aspectos de sus entornos que han facilitado y que han limitado el...
2013 - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural RIMISP

Cartilla saberes ancestrales e indicadores naturales para la reducción de riesgos a desastres agropecuarios

Documento que revaloriza el conocimiento ancestral para predecir lluvías, heladas, sequías entre otros, asimismo, pone en valor el uso de indicadores naturales que se han perdido con el tiempo. La recopilación de los saberes ancestrales y la base de ese conocimiento perdido, facilitaría la adopción de innovaciones técnicas e institucionales en comunidades...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Case study
Características económicas y sociales de ferias libres de Chile

Encuesta nacional de ferias libres
Presenta los resultados del proyecto "Fortalecimiento de las ferias libres para la comercialización Agroalimentaria", donde destaca el aumento de la competitividad de las ferias libres como un canal importante de comercialización de productos alimenticios saludables provenientes de agricultura familiar, contribuyendo a mejorar la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional de los chilenos,...
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Journal article
Los entornos de los pequeños productores de micro cuencas andinas de Huánuco, Perú

Este  documento  recoge  los  aspectos  más  relevantes  de  la  experiencia  de transformaciones productivas, de gestión y de capacidades asociativas de cara a  la  comercialización  por  parte  de  pequeños  productores  de  Huánuco  y  sus organizaciones, y evalúa aquellos aspectos de sus  entornos  que han facilitado y que han limitado el cambio....
2013 - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural (RIMISP)

Journal article
Risk management strategies utilized by small scale poultry farmers in Oyo State, Nigeria

Implications for agricultural transformation
Birds can only tolerate narrow temperature changes; therefore, poultry flocks are vulnerable to climate induced risk. This study investigated risk management strategies utilized by small scale poultry farmers in Oyo state. A total of 118 respondents were sampled using multi stage sampling procedure. Interview schedule was used to elicit perception...
2013 - University of Ibadan

Organic Agriculture in Serbia, At a Glance 2013

This Industry Study reviews the current status of organic agriculture in Serbia and examines the sector in the context of historical developments, future challenges and opportunities. The first steps in organic production development were taken back in 1990, when NGO Terra’s established a promotional network of producers, farmers, advisors and...

Magazine article
Agriculture contractuelle et boom de l’hévéaculture villageoise en Côte d’Ivoire

Certaines sociétés multinationales qui investissent dans des achats massifs de terre semblent constituer des menaces pour l’avenir des agricultures familiales. L’agriculture contractuelle, en revanche, peut s’avérer une alternative pour réduire les conflits sociaux, transférer et construire des innovations techniques et institutionnelles. Cette hypothèse est testée dans le Centre-Ouest de la Côte...
Côte d'Ivoire
2013 - Cahiers Agricultures

Magazine article
Camélidos: una riqueza desaprovechada

Mesa Redonda
La importancia y trascendencia histórica de los camélidos en nuestro país es muy grande. Tanto que, incluso, una vicuña está registrada como símbolo patrio del Perú en el Escudo Nacional. Sin embargo, los diferentes gobiernos nacionales han mostrado sempiterna indiferencia al sector dedicado a la crianza de camélidos, a pesar...
2013 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Conference proceedings
Proceedings. International Seminar on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture

The first international workshop focusing on the needs of Caribbean countries was held in La Havana, Cuba, 14-17 May, 2012. The workshop included 24 presentations in three academic sessions and a field trip to one of Cuba´s iconic periurban garden (organoponic). The workshop provided an opportunity to share experiences and...
Antigua and Barbuda - Belize - Colombia - Cuba - Dominican Republic - Guyana - Haiti - Saint Lucia - United States of America
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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