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Magazine article
SLOVENIA – Acquiring Greenhouses

The expansion idea for the business came from the two managers of the company Ocean Orchids, after reaching the area of 1.6 ha cultivated in 2005. The need to obtain a bigger production due to the quantity of bloomed orchids requested for weekly, led to taking the decision of building...

Fact sheet
UNITED KINGDOM - Common Agricultural Policy

During the next 7 years, the new CAP is going to invest almost EUR 28 billion in the UK farming sector and rural areas. Among the key political priorities defined at European level are jobs, sustainability, modernizations, innovation and quality. In parallel, flexibility is given to the UK to adapt...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2014 - European Commission

Increasing the resilience of family farmers to threats and crises

FAO is working towards increasing the resilience of people and their livelihoods to natural hazards, human-induced disasters and protracted crises that impact agriculture, nutrition, food security and food safety.
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Instituto de Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente (IDMA-Perú)

El Instituto de Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente IDMA es una organización no gubernamental, sin fines de lucro, fundada el 13 de marzo de 1984, con la finalidad de aportar desde los ámbitos locales y regionales al desarrollo nacional; hacia la consecución de un modelo de desarrollo sostenible que permita mejorar...
2014 - Instituto de Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente (IDMA-Perú)

Revista Semillas, n°57/58: ¿Cambio climático o vulnerabilidad del territorio?

El territorio colombiano por estar ubicado en la zona tropical, presenta condiciones ambientales y climáticas complejas, asociadas con una enorme diversidad biológica y sociocultural de las poblaciones que habitan en estos ecosistemas. Desde épocas ancestrales los pueblos originarios han convivido armónicamente con sus territorios, mediante la “lecturaleza”, que les ha...
2014 - Grupo Semillas

L'agriculture familiale constitue l'épine dorsale de l'Afrique

Lors de la 28ème session de la Conférence Régionale de la FAO pour l’Afrique tenue à Tunis du 24 au 28 mars 2014, les hauts dirigeants des gouvernements africains ont manifesté le rôle primordial que les petits exploitants agricoles jouent dans la lutte pour éradiquer la faim et la malnutrition...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Newsletter article
Celebrating World Food Day in Turkey

World Food day was celebrated in Turkey on 16 October with numerous events taking place across the country.  The official celebration took place in collaboration with the Turkish Food and Beverage Industry Employers Association (TUGIS) on 16 October in Istanbul with the high-level participation of Mehdi Eker, Minister of Food,...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Agriculture and livestock survey small scale commercial farms 2012

This Report presents the results of the 2011-2012 Agriculture and Livestock Survey (ALS) in Small Scale Commercial farms (SSCF) conducted by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency.
2014 - Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency

Fact sheet
Investing in rural people in Egypt

According to the country’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, around 51 per cent of the population living in rural areas in Upper Egypt is poor. The factsheet focuses on this topic, arguing that although most people in Upper Egypt depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, smallholder farming in...
2014 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Plataforma regional de agricultura familiar del Programa cooperativo para el desarrollo tecnológico agroalimentario y agroindustrial del Cono Sur (PROCISUR)

El objetivo de la plataforma es "Generar, adaptar, validar y transferir capacidades tecnológicas e institucionales, entre los países participantes, para la inclusión y el desarrollo sustentable de la agricultura familiar". Sus áreas de trabajo son: Identificación y desarrollo de atributos de diferenciación por calidad en la AF que permita la valorización...
2014 - Programa Cooperativo para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Agroalimentario y Agroindustrial del Cono Sur (PROCISUR)

Agricultura Familiar en el Perú, garante de la seguridad alimentaria y la agrobiodiversidad

Aportes para el debate en el marco del Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar
El presente documento se dirige a todas las organizaciones e instituciones públicas, privadas y de la sociedad civil involucradas o interesadas en el tema, y ofrece elementos para la reflexión y la toma de decisiones. Después de presentar brevemente los objetivos y retos del AIAF, proponemos algunas respuestas a la...
2014 - Coordinadora de Entidades Extranjeras de Cooperación Internacional (COEECI) Grupo temático “Soberanía alimentaria y agricultura familiar”

Journal article
Farmers’ involvement in capital markets investment as an alternative source of funding for agriculture in Ondo State, Nigeria

Farming in Nigeria largely takes place in peasant and small scale physical labour-fed farms where productivity diminishes with age. Given depleting productivity accounted for by loss of agility due to advancement in age and general insufficiency of capital, avenues capable of sufficiently salvaging this dearth must, therefore, be explored. The...

Soil, Struggle and Justice: Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement

This film examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for...
2014 - SSJAgroecology

Case studies of the best practice examples from Lithuania, Belarus and Kaliningrad district (Russia) of local food market formation

Case studies of best practices from: Lithuania, Belarus and Russian Federation
Belarus - Lithuania - Russian Federation
2014 - Council of the Baltic Sea States Expert Group on Sustainable Development, CBSS-Baltic 21

Working paper
Water Policy and Poverty Reduction in Rural Area: A Comparative Economy Wide Analysis for Morocco and Tunisia

Morocco and Tunisia are considered among the countries where the scarcity of water resources may cause a serious constraint to the development of their economies. During the past, huge efforts have been made by both governments in order to satisfy an escalating water demand expressed by all users. The main...
Morocco - Tunisia
2014 - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Understanding smallholder farmer attitudes to commercialization

The case of maize in Kenya
Using the case of maize production in Kenya, this study reframes the challenge of smallholder commercialization in the context of staplefood crop production and individual farm-level decision-making by a heterogeneous population of smallholder farmers. Whilemany smallholder growers of staple crops find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty, they differ greatly in their...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Medium and large-scale farmers and agricultural mechanization in Ghana

Survey results
Successful commercialization of farming enterprises and farmer entrepreneurship are thought to embody the key features of structural transformation and provide a pathway out of poverty and subsistence agriculture for the rural farm households. The past decade has seen several African countries increase their agricultural growth, largely driven by increases in...
2014 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON)

The Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) is intended to serve as an umbrella organisation for national FOs, to coordinate capacity building, share success stories and the lessons learnt, support regional exchanges of expertise between FOs and their associated private sector and donor agency partners.  
2014 - Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON)

Fulfilling the promise of African agriculture

IFAD in Africa
Agriculture plays a significant role in Africa, accounting for about 30 per cent of GDP south of the Sahara, as well as a significant proportion of export value. Not surprisingly, in most African countries, 60 per cent or more of employees work in agriculture. Yet this barely scrapes the surface...
Kenya - Madagascar - Morocco - Nigeria
2014 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Spore Special Issue - August 2014

The beginning of a renaissance
Family farming offers solutions to global challenges. More than 500 million family farms dominate agriculture – ensuring food security, fighting poverty and hunger, providing employment, and enhancing sustainable resource management. Despite challenges, family farms can become prosperous businesses. Forming part of CTA’s support to the UN International Year of Family...
2014 - CTA
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