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Technical challenges and agribusiness prospects for developing pro-poor small scale dairy processing schemes in Omaheke region of Namibia

Lessons from Zimbabwe’s dairy development program
A study was conducted to assess the potential of establishing small-scale dairy processing schemes that would bring development and economic growth, alleviate poverty and enhance the standards of life of the Namibian livestock rearing population. Lessons were deducted from the Zimbabwe Smallholder Dairy Development Program (DDP). Secondary data was collected...
Namibia - Zimbabwe
2012 - University of Zimbabwe

Conference paper
Impact of improved agricultural technology adoption on sustainable rice productivity and rural farmers’ welfare in Nigeria: A Local Average Treatment Effect (LATE) technique

This study examined the impact of improved rice varieties adoption on rice productivity and farming households’ welfare in Nigeria using a cross sectional data of 481 rice farmers drawn from three states to represent the major rice producing ecologies (Irrigated, upland and lowland) in Nigeria. Access to seed was found...
2012 - African Development Bank

Marine Science country profiles - Mozambique

The Mozambique Marine Science Country Profile is produced within the framework of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) - Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) co-operation and as a contribution to the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme. The MSCP has also been prepared for the following other countries...
2012 - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Blog article
Necesidad de políticas públicas de transición a la Agroecología para la Agricultura Familiar en Argentina

De las semillas a los canales cortos de comercialización
La tendencia a la adopción de tecnologías de punta por parte de los productores agropecuarios de Argentina, ha favorecido procesos relacionados con la revolución verde y más recientemente la revolución biotecnológica expresada por la liberación de los OGM en plantas y sus tecnologías de manejo asociadas. Consecuentemente, las empresas de mayor...
2012 - Seminario Derecho a la Alimentación, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Climate Change and Food Security

This course provides an overview of the impacts of climate change on food security. It also introduces climate-smart agriculture and practices that contribute to climate change adaptation, mitigation, food security and development.
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO

Cultured pearl farming and production in the Federated States of Micronesia

The current production of cultured pearls from the black-lipped pearl oyster (Pinctada margaritifera) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) includes mostly beaded as well as blister and nonbead-cultured pearls in a wide array of colors. Pearl farming is carried out on four islands, with plans for commercial production in...
Micronesia (Federated States of)

Working paper
Smallholder farmers participation in livestock markets

The case of Zambian farmers
Using a three-year panel survey data of 5,907 livestock owners in rural Zambia, this study provides empirical evidence on why there are low levels of livestock market participation in Zambia. In addition, the study examines the factors influencing cattle market dynamics in the survey period. In particular, it looks at...
2012 - Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI)

Regionalwert AG — Help for farms in crisis | Made in Germany

This short video  presents the basic concept of the Regionalwert AG (RWAG) and interviews founder Christian Hiss, the fruit farmer Joel Siegel as well as shareholders who have invested in the RWAG.
2012 - Access to land

Guía para invertir en bosques localmente controlados

Esta guía para invertir en bosques localmente controlados (IBLC, o ILCF por sus siglas en inglés) es el resultado de la iniciativa de la Growing Forest Partnerships, mediante la cual The Forests Dialogue coordinó 11 diálogos de gran alcance en los que participaron inversionistas, poseedores de derechos, gobiernos, donantes y...

Conference paper
Determinants of adoption and utilisation of Integrated Soil Fertility Management by small holders in Central Kenya

Per capita food production in Africa has been declining over the last two decades, contrary to global trends due to soil fertility decline. The study sought to determine factors that influence adoption and utilization of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) technologies by smallholder farmers in central Kenya. Two hundred and...
2012 - Kenyatta University

P4P Purchase for Progress

A primer
The P4P Primer describes the evolution of the P4P pilot during the first three years of implementation. It provides the internal and external background and context for P4P, reviews P4P in detail (including discussions of its theoretical foundations, main components and underlying assumptions), and describes selected topics in the design...
2012 - World Food Programme (WFP)

Empleo y condiciones de trabajo de mujeres temporeras agrícolas

Tomo 2
Los trabajos que se presentan a continuación constituyen una nueva colaboración entre agencias de Naciones Unidas en este tema. Debido a la vital importancia de las áreas rurales en los desafíos de superación de la pobreza y los défi cits de trabajo decente en América Latina, la Ofi cina Regional...
Brazil - Costa Rica - Ecuador - Mexico - Peru

Social protection for food security

A report by Social protection for food security The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition
Social protection has risen rapidly up the development policy agenda in the last decade. There is also a clear trend to making social protection, as well as food security, ‘rights-based’ rather than ‘discretionary’. Yet no clear consensus has so far emerged concerning many basic design choices and implementation modalities of...
2012 - The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

Conference proceedings
Regional policy forum on youth and rural modernization

The Forum was divided into five segments and took the form of panel discussions. The four main panels were: Youth Business Development in the Caribbean; Valorizing youth and rural resources through enterprise development. Leadership and Advocacy; Building capacities for policy development, succession planning and sustainability. Agriculture in schools; Broadening the scope and possibilities...
Antigua and Barbuda - Bahamas - Barbados - Belize - Dominica - Grenada - Guyana - Jamaica - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Suriname
2012 - The Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN)

Technical paper
Enjeux fonciers et développement "durable" au Mali

Selon l'auteur, faire du Foncier un fait économique total, et du capital le moteur du développement, c’est donner un blanc-seing à la marchandisation de la terre .D'où les questions qu'elle se pose: Faut-il vraiment que le Mali cède ses terres agricoles et ses ressources foncières pour accéder au développement? Pour...
2012 - Unité de formation et de recherche UFR - Droit-Science politique

Nature & Faune: The Forest-Agriculture interface: a zone for enhanced productivity?

This issue of Nature & Faune aims at highlighting the complexity of the interface between forest and agriculture in Africa. The editorial presents agroforestry, as a useful linkage between forestry and agriculture for increased productivity in agriculture and forestry. It recognizes the limitations of agroforestry at the current stage of...
Benin - Cameroon - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ghana - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Engagement féminin et agriculture vivrière familiale

 Colloque « Genre et agriculture familiale paysanne. Regards Nord-Sud. Débats entre mondes académique, du développement et de la formation »: au Sénégal, 60% des personnes travaillant dans l’agriculture vivrière familiale sont des femmes. Dans ce domaine elles assurent près de 70% des opérations culturales (semis, sarclages, binages, récoltes ) et...
2012 - Canal-U

Conference paper
Propuesta de tratamientos naturales de las aguas residuales en escuelas agropecuarias y tambos familiares de la Región Pampeana.

Esta presentación aborda una propuesta de comenzar a trabajar con la implementación de tratamientos naturales de aguas residuales considerando el reuso de efluentes y la devolución al ambiente de aguas residuales tratadas naturalmente para que estén en condiciones de no afectar la calidad de las aguas subterráneas, en sistemas productivos...
2012 - Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)

Case study
Enhanced top soil carbon stocks under organic farming

It has been suggested that conversion to organic farming contributes to soil carbon sequestration, but until now a comprehensive quantitative assessment has been lacking. Therefore, datasets from 74 studies from pairwise comparisons of organic vs. nonorganic farming systems were subjected to metaanalysis to identify differences in soil organic carbon (SOC)....

Case study
Insecticides Make High Quality Eggplant (Brinjal) Production in India Possible

Brinjal, also known as eggplant or aubergine, is native to India and has been cultivated in the country for over 4000 years. A total of 1.4 million small family farms grow brinjal on 550,000 hectares. It is an important cash crop for poor farmers, who transplant it from nurseries at...
2012 - CropLife Foundation
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