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Southern african agriculture and climate change: A comprehensive analysis - Malawi

Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world, and therefore poverty remains a key challenge in the country.  The great variations in Malawi’s landscape result in wide spatial differences in climate.
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Herders’ Guide on Integrated Rangeland Restoration (IRR)

Globally ICARDA has the mandate to develop sustainable systems to protect and better use rangelands in the dry lands in cooperation with national research organizations. About 25% of terrestrial surface is used for extensive pastoralism often increasing the risk of desertification, which is fueled by climate change. Unfortunately, by now...
2013 - ICARDA

L’intensification durable : un nouveau paradigme pour l’agriculture en Afrique

Les agriculteurs et producteurs agricoles d’Afrique de l’Ouest, en collaboration avec la Commission Européenne, le Centre Technique de coopération Agricole (CTA) et SOS Faim, ont participé à une table ronde sur le thème « l’Agriculture durable comme un moyen d’augmenter la résilience: la vision des agriculteurs et producteurs ouest-africains  »....
2013 - Centre technique de coopération agricole et rurale (CTA)

Case study
Clima de cambios: Nuevos desafíos de adaptación en Uruguay

El cambio climático es uno de los factores que condiciona la estabilidad de los agro-ecosistemas y compromete el medio ambiente, la sociedad, la economía y la cultura de una región. La adaptación al cambio climático ha sido definida como estratégica en la política agropecuaria de Uruguay. El diseño de políticas eficaces...
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Inversión en la agricultura a pequeña escala en favor de la seguridad alimentaria

En octubre de 2011, el Comité de Seguridad Alimentaria Mundial (CSA) solicitó al Grupo de alto nivel de expertos que llevase a cabo “un estudio comparativo de los obstáculos a la inversión de los pequeños productores en la agricultura en diferentes contextos con opciones en materia de políticas para abordar...
2013 - High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE)

Conference paper
Enhancing smallholder farmers income and food security through Agricultural Research and Development in West Africa : Impact of the IAR4D in the KKM PLS

The Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) is the approach suggested by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) through the sub Saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSA CP) to address the acknowledged shortcoming of African Agricultural Research and Development’s (ARD) failure to achieve impact on the farmer’s field. The...
Niger - Nigeria

Community fodder production in Mandera – Kenya

This video highlights how a pastoralist community in Mandera, Kenya applied knowledge gained in a pastoral field school to improve their livelihood through fodder production.
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Sustainability And Organic Livestock Modelling (SOL-M)

Impacts of a global upscaling of low-input and organic livestock production - Preliminary Results
The Sustainability and Organic Livestock model (SOL-m) is a project (see Concept Note) of the FAO Natural Resources and Management Department that has been commissioned to the Research Institute of Organic Farming (FiBL) in Frick, Switzerland. This summary report presents the preliminary results of the SOL-model. Currently, plausibility checks are...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Inversión pública en agricultura familiar, nuevas oportunidades en México y América Central

En años recientes, una confluencia de tendencias, a nivel regional, nacional e internacional, ha llevado al surgimiento de un entorno de políticas que, aunque lejos de ser favorables a la agricultura familiar, brindan más oportunidades para la incidencia de lo que parecía posible hace una década. Se proponen cuatro factores que...
El Salvador - Guatemala - Honduras - Mexico - Nicaragua
2013 - Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

Journal article
Viability of smallholder dairying in Wedza, Zimbabwe

Viability differences in smallholder dairy farming are a result of differences in access to markets and services. It is hypothesized that innovations that improve productivity and market linkages also improve returns and viability. The viability of smallholder dairying in Wedza was characterised by interviewing 52 households using semi-structured questionnaires. Information...
2013 - University of Zimbabwe

“New Success Factors” - Honey

Documentaries on the Best Practices in Rural Development carried out by young farmers that have been granted support under EU Rural development policies.
2013 - reterurale

Agroécologie, une transition vers des modes de vie et de développement viables

Paroles d’acteurs
Parler d’agroécologie est équivoque et oppose souvent deux camps. Tantôt présentée comme remède à tous les problèmes, tantôt accusée de mystification ou d’archaïsme, l’agroécologie réellement pratiquée dans le monde ne mérite certainement pas cet excès d’honneur ou cette indignité. Tout simplement, elle existe, et ceci depuis longtemps et de manière...
2013 - Groupe de Travail Désertification

Rural Development Program support helps inspire young people to start-up farming

A young farmer from Lithuania talks about her funding support from the Rural Development Programme and what difference this assistance has made to her business.
2013 - European Network for Rural Development

Development perspectives of rural areas in the City of Zagreb - Brezovica settlement

The area of the City of Zagreb is the only Croatian region (NUTS 3), which is defined as an urban area. Fourteen of the twenty counties are classified as exceptionally rural, and six of them are classified as rural areas. Because of this division, the inhabitants of the rural areas...
2013 - Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR)

Magazine article
An introduction to family farming in Europe

Case Studies - Portugal,Hungary,Ireland,Romania
Being the most common operational farming model, family farming has ensured the growth of Europe’s agricultural sector for centuries. Today’s ambitious European Union (EU) policy  framework is designed to take account of the different models of agriculture existing in the EU, including the diverse types of family farming. It focuses...
Hungary - Ireland - Portugal - Romania

Magazine article

Beyond food
Some may view indigenous communities as being conservative and backwards. However, the Kabekwa in Costa Rica show that such communities can be adaptable and innovative. In response to changing circumstances, this community has been adapting its farming practices constantly, benefiting from it in multiple ways.
Costa Rica
2013 - AgriCultures Network

Renforcement des capacités des agriculteurs en Afrique de l'Ouest

viabilité d'un service de conseil agricole mis en place par une organisation de producteurs : L'Union des groupements pour la commmercialisation des produits agricoles de la Boucle du Mouhoun (UGCPA/BM) au Burkina Faso.
Depuis 2009, l'Union des groupements pour la commercialisation des produits agricoles de la Boucle du Mouhoun, au Burkina Faso, soutenue par ses partenaires techniques et financiers, a mis en place un service de conseil à l'exploitation familiale (CEF) pour ses membres. Ce service a pour objectif de favoriser l'apprentissage et...
Burkina Faso
2013 - Fondation pour l'agriculture et la ruralité dans le monde (FARM)

Journal article
Development of family agriculture: research on rural issues and the territory as a reference to study the case of Terenos, MS

To understand how is the process of local development in Terenos, located in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, we used a theoretical territorialist. Since the 1920s the fi rst family agricultures of European origin were settled in place and your organization gave rise to the Old Colony and...
2013 - Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS)

Together for Sustainable Development in Croatia

Overall objective To strengthen the voice of civil sector in shaping, monitoring and evaluating sustainable development policies on local, national and international level through networking, cross-sectorial partnership and capacity building. Specific objectives To strengthen capacity and influence of the national civil society networks to make them recognized partners to the public sector in...
2013 - Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR)

Food Plants of Haiti

Formed in 2007, Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group (FPS) creates science-based educational materials, which: identify highly nutritious local food plants, explain how to grow them in a sustainable, agroecological way, detail the nutritional value of the plants and describe why human bodies require those nutrients. The resources created by FPS allows people to better...
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