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Los efectos diferenciados de la liberalización comercial en Chile sobre zonas rurales en la VI Región de O'Higgins y la IX Región de la Araucanía

El desarrollo de la agricultura familiar es un tema de fundamental importancia para el crecimiento del sector agrícola chileno. A nivel del país, las explotaciones de menos de 20 hectáreas representan el 75 % del total. Hay que entender las características de la agricultura familiar y sus especificidades regionales para...
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Magazine article
Encouraging the next generation on Family Farming

It is often said that family farming is more than just a business - it’s a way of life and one that is deeply associated with values such as solidarity, continuity and commitment. In order to underpin rural vitality and encourage younger people into farming, it is important to address...

L’exploitation agricole familiale: le modèle idéal

Rapport de situation 2013
le rapport de situation s’intéresse aux exploitations paysannes familiales, lesquelles constituent encore et toujours la forme d’exploitation habituelle même si elles sont confrontées à divers problèmes. C’est pourquoi l’ONU a déclaré 2014 «Année internationale de l’agriculture familiale». Les petites et moyennes exploitations familiales produisent 70% de toutes les denrées alimentaires...
2013 - Union Suisse des Paysans

Linking smallholders with rapidly transforming markets

Modernizing smallholder agriculture through value chain development in China
Along with its rapid economic growth, increasing urbanization, and accelerating integration into the world market, China has experienced rapid transformation of its food value chains. There has been a surge in the number of its supermarkets and hypermarkets. The advent and rapid expansion of the modern self-service store has transformed...
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Magazine article
A helping hand: the role of cooperatives around the world

From farm to fork, agricultural cooperatives are present in every stage of the food supply chain. Agricultural cooperatives help producers to reduce market risk and transaction costs, access resources, achieve economies of scale and gain market power, through joint purchasing of supplies and services, processing and marketing. Small family farms have...

Declaración final de la I Reunión de Altos Funcionarios sobre Agricultura Familiar de la CELAC

Brasilia, 05 y 06 de noviembre de 2013
La declaración contiene los acuerdos de los países de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), reunidos en la I Reunión de Altos Funcionarios sobre Agricultura Familiar, los días 5 y 6 de noviembre de 2013, en Brasilia.
2013 - Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC)

Las cuentas no cuentan

La transparencia presupuestaria y gasto público para la agricultura familiar y campesina
Las cuentas públicas todavía no lo cuentan todo cuando se trata de las prioridades y requerimientos especiales de la agricultura familiar en América Latina y el Caribe. Esto contribuye a reducir la productividad y seguridad alimentaria de millones de mujeres y hombres cabezas de explotaciones a pequeña escala, quienes abastecen...

CONVEAGRO Perú - Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar 2014

Página dedicada a la agricultura familiar en Perú, a cargo de la Convención Nacional del Agro Peruano (CONVEAGRO).
2013 - Convención Nacional del Agro Peruano (CONVEAGRO)

Magazine article
Assurer la durabilité des Hommes pour dynamiser et pérenniser l’agriculture familiale sénégalaise

L’agriculture familiale repose essentiellement sur deux piliers, l’exploitation agricole et la famille et est caractérisée par la relation étroite qui existe entre les deux. La durabilité de ce type d’agriculture dépend ainsi de celle de l’activité agricole, mais surtout de celle des Hommes.
2013 - Agri cultures

Working paper
Women’s participation in agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia

This paper uses a rich dataset from a survey undertaken by the Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 2009 in eight woredas in seven regions of Ethiopia with a sample of 1,117 households and 73 agricultural cooperatives. Using descriptive statistics and econometric analysis...
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Executive summary on the Public Consultation "The role of family farming, key challenges and priorities for the future"

The European Commission launched on 5 August 2013 an on-line public consultation with the aim to understand citizens' experiences and perceptions on family farming. The survey also looked at some of the challenges and priorities faced by family farming (FF).  All citizens, organisations and public authorities in the European Union and beyond interested in the...
2013 - European Commission

Land law and agricultural production in the Eastern Caribbean

A regional overview of issues and options
The report highlights commonalties and differences among prevalent land tenure, land use and land administration problems and practices affecting agriculture in the OECS, as well as policy and legislative responses to those problems. Recommendations for amending, updating or harmonizing existing national laws, as appropriate, are also proposed. A key message...
Antigua and Barbuda - Dominica - Grenada - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Informe Final. Seminario sobre Políticas Agroambientales Brasileras para la Seguridad Alimentaria y el Combate al Hambre

El evento tuvo como objetivo evaluar y enriquecer el diagnóstico de políticas públicas agroambientales destacadas del país como herramienta para la reducción de la pobreza rural y la inseguridad alimentaria del Brasil, a partir del estudio de identificación y sistematización realizados en el marco del Proyecto.
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Capturing and disseminating lessons learned from integrated natural resource management projects in the Middle East and North Africa

This report documents a process to encourage learning and sharing practical knowledge between Global Environmental Fund (GEF) recipients of national Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) development grants to address land degradation, climate change, biodiversity and international water issues in six countries. The goal of the process is to help disseminate...
Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Jordan - Morocco - Tunisia - Uzbekistan - Yemen
2013 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Conference proceedings
Feeding and management strategies to improve livestock productivity, welfare and product quality under climate change

Most of world’s rural population depend on livestock for their livelihood, especially in the Mediterranean, African and many Asian countries. To reduce poverty, fight hunger and ensure global food security, there is an urgent need to increase livestock production in sustainable ways. However, livestock production systems in those areas are...
Algeria - France - Italy - Morocco - Romania - Tunisia
2013 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)ood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Family Farming Newsletter for Latin America and the Caribbean, April - June 2013

Numerous activities have been planned this year to celebrate the International Year of Quinoa, and we are now preparing for the International Year of Family Farming. Both events serve to raise awareness about the need to protect and strengthen Latin America's traditional agricultural production systems and promote them among governments...
Antigua and Barbuda - Guatemala - Jamaica - Mexico - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Uruguay

Blog article
Le rural et l'agriculture au Maroc

Entre inégalités territoriale et sociales
L’agriculture et le rural se placent au centre des politiques publiques marocaines. A une époque où les pays choisissaient de fonder leur développement sur l'industrie pour ses effets multiplicateurs sur l'économie, le Maroc a décidé, de donner la priorité à l'agriculture et plus particulièrement à l’agriculture irriguée. Ce choix, mis...

Promotion des Foyers Améliorés Erythréens dans les communes riveraines du Parc national de la Pendjari au Bénin (ProFAEBPromotion des Foyers Améliorés Erythréens dans les communes riveraines du Parc national de la Pendjari au Bénin (ProFAEB)

Objectif général : Réduire la déforestation et la dégradation des terres par l’amélioration des rendements énergétiques dans les ménages et la promotion des activités agricoles durables face aux changements climatiques autour des réserves protégées du Nord Bénin. Objectifs spécifiques: 1- Promouvoir une technologie améliorée (FAE : Foyers Améliorés Erythréens) pour...
2013 - Ecobenin

Great Insights: Family Farming and Food Security

In this issue of GREAT insights we have asked the ‘custodians’ of the UN Year of Family Farming and the AU Year of Food Security, the Director General of the Food Agriculture Organization and the AU Commissioner for Agriculture, what outcomes they expect from these international processes, particularly in terms of the...
Italy - South Africa

Technical paper
Advancing agroforestry on the Policy Agenda

A guide for decision-makers
These guidelines were developed from a mix of workshops, structured interviews with experts, and detailed national case studies from both the developed and developing world. According to the lessons learned, there are four critical conditions that encourage agroforestry: it should be beneficial to farmers and other land users; there must...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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