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Working paper
Family farming: a Europe and Central Asia perspective

Background Report for Regional Dialogue on Family Farming: Working towards a strategic approach to promote food security and nutrition
In collaboration with the World Rural Forum, the International Cooperative Alliance and the World Farmers Organization, FAO plans to hold a series of regional dialogues to enhance local, regional and global discussions on family farming, including small-scale farming. The outcomes of these regional dialogues will set the ground to provide...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
MAGAP junto a organizaciones campesinas y nacionalidades indígenas trabaja en la REAF, capítulo Ecuador

Este artículo informa que representantes de organizaciones campesinas, gremios agropecuarios de las nacionalidades  de pueblos indígenas y autoridades del Ministerio de Agricultura Ganadería, Acuacultura y Pesca (MAGAP), participaron la reunión preparatoria a la Conformación de la Red Especializada de Agricultura Familiar (REAF), capítulo Ecuador. Los objetivos de la REAF implican crear...
2013 - Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería, Acuacultura y Pesca (MAGAP)

Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Manual

Participatory programming provides scope for the unlocking of potential competence and optimizing available resource use in order to improve plant nutrition and plant health; while safeguarding the integrity of the scarce land resource base in St. Lucia.
Saint Lucia
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Development of conservation cropping systems in the drylands of northern Iraq

The project leader for the third phase of the project joined ICARDA in July 2012, and a project instigation meeting was conducted in Amman where the previous progress was reviewed, objectives discussed, and a comprehensive work plan developed. In the autumn of 2012, 29 zero-tillage (ZT) demonstrations were established in...
2013 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Facing the challenges of climate change and food security

The role of research, extension and communication for development. Occasional papers on Innovation in Family Farming
In line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this study defines climate change as any change in climate over time, whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activity. The study report is based on case studies from Bangladesh (Sulaiman, 2010), Bolivia (Pafumi and Ulloa, 2010),...
Bangladesh - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Congo - Ghana
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
The Status of Food Security in the Feed the Future Zone and Other Regions of Bangladesh

Results from the 2011–2012 Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey
This report presents results of analyses of the IFPRI household survey data on various topics that, combined, represent the current food security situation in Bangladesh. Specifically, the study examines how that situation varies between the FTF zone of influence in the southern region and other regions throughout the country.
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Competitividad de la Agricultura en América Latina y el Caribe

Matriz de Análisis de Política: Ejercicios de Cómputo
La Matriz de Análisis de Política a la que se refiere este documento es una herramienta de análisis cuantitativo microeconómica relativamente fácil de aplicar. Ante la dificultad que representa el analizar el complejo y heterogéneo sector agropecuario, y dada la escasez de estudios microeconómicos, se considera que los Ministerios de...
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Conference proceedings
A strategic partnership to strengthen policies for water and food security

The International Conference on Policies for Water and Food Security in Dry Areas was co-organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land reclamation and its Agricultural Research Center, ICARDA, FAO, IFAD and IRDC. The conference was held in Cairo on 24-26 June, 2013 and attended by some 200 policy...
2013 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Family Farming Newsletter for Latin America and the Caribbean, January-March 2013

The year 2013 is of particular importance: it is the year we celebrate the International Year of Quinoa (IYQ), and we formally begin to prepare for the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) in 2014. Quinoa and Family Farming go hand in hand: both can contribute substantially toward the fight against hunger. However, to tap their...
Nicaragua - Paraguay - Peru - Suriname - Uruguay

Technical paper
Financing smallholder farmers to increase incomes and transform lives in rural communities

Without financial access and sufficient yearly earnings, many farmers also lose up to 50 percent of their annual potential income because they must gain quick access to cash to afford household expenses all year. In the time leading up to harvest, farmers often experience a “hungry season” in which they...
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ghana - Malawi - Mozambique - Rwanda - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2013 - Opportunity International

Sistematización de acceso a mercados a pequeños y pequeñas productoras agrícolas en Centro América

El problema de la distribución de beneficios, producto del desequilibrio en las relaciones de poder en la toma de decisiones entre productores y empresas, es la que amerita el establecimiento de políticas públicas para proteger a los pequeños productores. De forma general se ha identificado que los productores rurales son...
Guatemala - Honduras
2013 - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Guatemala (FLACSO)

Working paper
Determinants of small-scale farmer participation in supermarket channels and impact on household income

Evidence from Indonesia
This paper attempts to contribute to the emerging literature with focusing on one important high-value agricultural product in Indonesia: chili. More specifically we examine the factors that determine chili farmers participation in supermarket channel and to investigate the impacts of this participation on their income. This study focuses on chilies...
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Modelling agri-food policy impact at farm-household level in developing countries

This report presents a farm household model for use in the context of developing countries to gain knowledge on food security and rural poverty alleviation under different economic conditions and agri-food policy options. This model, called FSSIM-Dev (Farming System Simulator for Developing Countries), is an extension of the FSSIM model...
Sierra Leone
2013 - European Commission

Working paper
Agricultural mechanization in Ghana

Is specialization in agricultural mechanization a viable business model?
The Government of Ghana (GoG) since 2007 has been providing subsidized agricultural machines to individual farmers and private enterprises established as specialized Agricultural Mechanization Services Enterprise Centers (AMSECs) to offer tractor-hire services to small-scale farmers across the country. Current demand in the country is primarily focused on land preparation services,...
2013 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Cartera de Programas y Proyectos de la UCAR

Esta publicación bilingue fue realizada para brindar información sobre la cartera de programas y Proyectos de la Unidad para el Cambio Rural (UCAR) respecto a objetivos, áreas de intervención, estrategias, montos de inversión, etc.
2013 - Unidad para el Cambio Rural (UCAR)

Policy brief/paper
Voluntary standards

Impacting smallholders' market participation
Voluntary standards are part of a growing trend in global markets. As a result, FAO and member countries are being asked to respond adequately to the opportunities and challenges presented by business models that could foster both increased food security and better market access for small-scale producers. FAO reviewed the...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Irrigation in Central Asia in figures

It is in the mandate of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), as stated in Article 1 of its constitution, “to collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information related to nutrition, food and agriculture”. Within this framework, in 1993 FAO launched a programme known as AQUASTAT, its...
Afghanistan - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Fact sheet
Agricultores pequeños y familiares

Folleto que describe quienes son agricultores pequeños y familiares, su importancia en relación a la sostenibilidad y los múltiples beneficios que ellos generan.
India - Viet Nam
2013 - Vías de la Sostenibilidad

Climate Change Strategy of the Small Producers’ Organizations for Fair Trade in Mesoamerica

Roadmap 2012-2015
This document is an update of the Strategy on Climate Change of the CLAC for Mesoamerica (Central America and Chiapas, southern Mexico), which extends geographical scope to the Dominican Republic, an island state in the Caribbean Sea. It incorporates the latest scientific findings on climate change manifestations and impacts. It...
2013 - Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo (CLAC)

Organic supply chains for small farmer income generation in developing countries

Case studies in India, Thailand, Brazil, Hungary and Africa
Despite the increasing attention given to organic supply chains over the past decade, there are still significant market opportunities to pursue. The demand for organic products in developing countries continues to grow and price premiums for organic certified products are available, albeit not comparable with those of a decade or...
Brazil - Hungary - India - South Africa - Uganda
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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