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The rural and rurality in Latin America: discussion on conceptual categories

This article analyzes the conceptual trajectory of rural - rurality, proposing the discussion on the approach towards new rurality. The present dynamics of the labor market, of global agri-food chains, of demographic processes impacting on the rural family structure, and the configuration of urban networks in rural areas raises new...
2012 - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Case study
Conservation Agriculture and sustainable crop intensification

A Zimbabwe case study
Agricultural productivity in Zimbabwe, like in many other countries in SSA has been declining over the years despite the numerous advancements made in agricultural technology development. Yield levels usually averaging below 1t ha-1 have resulted in persistent cereal deficits despite the large area put under production each year. Declining soil...
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Social Cohesion And Environmental Management In A Rural Southeast Mexico

A central concept of the current agenda of public policies is sustainability. Achieving it requires actions favoring ecological balance that can counteract social uprooting which generates behaviors that do not consider environmental effects in the short / medium / long term. It is therefore important to incorporate social factors that...
2012 - Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

RuralInvest - Preparing Effective Investment Project Proposals

This e-learning course explores key concepts present in the RuralInvest toolkit, such as the definition of what is an investment; why a participatory approach is important; the critical importance of sustainability and; the need to understand the priorities and capabilities of the beneficiaries.
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Journal article
Reversing agro-based land degradation through Conservation Agriculture

Emerging experiences from Zambia’s smallholder farming sector
This study reports on the land degradation minimizing effects of Conservation Agriculture (CA) as promoted among smallholder Zambian farmers. It found no evidence of CA associated improvements in soil fertility after five years of CA practice, most probably because crop residues were removed from the fields. The study reports high...
2012 - Canadian Center of Science and Education

South-Estonian Food Network - Good Things of Võru County’s Small Producers

Kaja Kesküla, an ecological farmer from Võru County, is an enthusiastic woman who consistently tries to connect food producers and consumers. Kaja has led the South-Estonian Food Network (SEFN) for six years already. SEFN was established in September 2006 while the Võru County Farmers Union’s training activities on food and...

Policy brief/paper
UNEP and Indigenous Peoples

A Partnership in Caring for the Environment
The objective of this Policy Guidance to UNEP is to better understand and build on the Indigenous Peoples’ rights, knowledge, practices and systems that provide the framework for the harmonious relations that most Indigenous Peoples have with their environment. Furthermore, this Policy Guidance aims to ensure that United Nations Environment...
2012 - United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

Agriculture and livestock survey old resettlement schemes 2012

This Report presents the results of the 2011-2012 Agriculture and Livestock Survey (ALS) in Old Resettlement Schemes conducted by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency.
2012 - Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency

Magazine article
Utility-derived Supply Function of Sheep Milk: The Case of Etoloakarnania, Greece

Sheep farming is an important agricultural activity in Greece, since it contributes significantly to the country’s gross agricultural production value. Recently, sheep milk production received further attention because of the increased demand for feta cheese and also because of the excessive price level suffered by consumers, in contrast with the...

Processus d’émergence des territoires ruraux dans les pays méditerranéens.

Analyse comparée entre 10 pays du Nord, du Sud et de l’Est Méditerranéens.
L'étude réalisée par l'IAM de Montpellier, le Réseau Agricultures Familiales Comparées (RAFAC), et l'UMR Pacte Territoires fait suite à plusieurs travaux de recherche réalisés ces dernières années par ces institutions. Le RAFAC s'est d'abord intéressé aux transformations profondes de l'agriculture familiale avec la pluriactivité et l'approche des risques et de...
2012 - Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM)

Case study
Investing in women farmers for improved livelihoods and dairy value chain development in Kapchorwa District

Women in Kapchorwa district play a crucial role in sustaining their families through dairy and agricultural production. They provide most of the farm labour, which they combine with caring for their families, conducting farm and non-farm income-generating activities and contributing to community development initiatives. Increasingly, women are also involved in...
2012 - SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Policy brief/paper
Pu’er Traditional Tea Agrosystem

Yunnan Province of China is the world’s provenance of tea trees. It’s also the province that boasts the largest area of wild tea tree communities and ancient tea plantations with the largest amount of old tea trees and wild tea trees. The area along the Lancang River is the center...
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Marco de Salvaguardas Ambientales y Sociales del PRODAF

Este documento establece los mecanismos tendientes a maximizar los efectos ambientales y sociales positivos del Programa de Desarrollo de la Agricultura Familiar (PRODAF),  y prevenir y minimizar eventuales impactos negativos. Este análisis ambiental y social debe tener en cuenta Políticas de Medio Ambiente, Política de Disponibilidad de Información, Igualdad de Género...
2012 - Unidad para el Cambio Rural (UCAR)

Journal article
Psychological aspects of organization problems and their relation to social dilemmas in a rural community of the peruvian northern coast

This study is a psychological diagnosis of some aspects related to organizational problems within a rural community from the Peruvian northern coast. To accomplish this objective, a qualitative research was elaborated. The main community problems were inquired through collective and individual interviews. Results showed that social community agents were unable...
2012 - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Afforestation of savannah with cocoa agroforestry systems: a small-farmer innovation in central Cameroon

Cocoa cultivation is generally considered to foster deforestation. Contrary to this view, in the forest–savannah interface area in Cameroon, farmers have planted cocoa agroforestry systems on Imperata cylindrica grasslands, a soil-climate zone generally considered unsuitable for cocoa cultivation. We undertook a survey to understand the agricultural and ecological bases of this innovation....
2012 - Springer

Basta de violencia hacia las mujeres del campo - CONAMURI

La Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones de Mujeres Rurales e Indígenas (CONAMURI) de Paraguay aglutina a mujeres rurales e indígenas, que tiene entre sus principales objetivos el logro de igualdad de derechos entre hombres y mujeres en la familia, la organización y la sociedad. Tiene un enfoque específico en las discriminaciones...

Alli Ñambi - Camino al Buen Trato. Superando el temor y el silencio

En Ecuador, ocho de cada diez mujeres sufrieron algún tipo de violencia física, psicológica o sexual. Superar el temor y el silencio es el primer paso hacia una vida sin violencia. El video incluye los testimonios de mujeres indígenas de la nacionalidad kichwa de la Amazonía ecuatoriana que han sufrido algún...
2012 - Fundación Interarts

Technical paper
Producción de cerdos en galpones de piso de paja o cama profunda

Documento donde describe los aspectos mas generales y basicos del sistema de produccion de cerdos en galpones con cama de paja.
2012 - Departamento Técnico y Comercial, Área Monogástricos, Vetifarma.

Agricultural Biodiversiy of Global Significance and GIAHS: Project outline following logical steps proposed by John Hough

There are traditional and indigenous agricultural systems which contain Agricultural Biodiversity of Global Significance (ABGS). In the proposed project, we will apply the CBD definition of agricultural biodiversity. Building on articles 8j and 10c of the CBD, which recognise the importance of indigenous and traditional practices for the maintenance of...
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security

The new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security outline principles and practices that governments can refer to when making laws and administering land, fisheries and forests rights. The guidelines are based on an inclusive consultation process started...
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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