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LEY Nº 14.828, DE 20 DE MARZO DE 2024

Esta Ley cual modifica la Ley nº 11.326, de 24 de julio de 2006 (Ley de Agricultura Familiar), para ampliar el alcance de la planificación y ejecución de las acciones de la Política Nacional de Agricultura Familiar y Empresas Familiares Rurales.
2024 - Presidência da República, Casa Civil, Secretaria Especial para Assuntos Jurídicos

Blog article
Reinas Obreras: Mujeres apicultoras transforman su comunidad en Ecuador

La historia de las apicultoras en Ecuador demuestra que al brindar a las mujeres un acceso más equitativo a los recursos y mercados, mejorar sus habilidades y conocimientos técnicos, abordando las normas sociales profundamente arraigadas que perpetúan las desigualdades de género, la programación de género transformadora tiene el potencial de...
2024 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Resultados económicos de modelos productivos porcinos. Informe Nº 91. Febrero 2024

Este documento elaborado en el marco del Proyecto “Caracterización de gestiones económicas de sistemas de producción agropecuarios de pequeña y mediana escala” (vigente desde enero del 2020) presenta estimaciones sobre comportamientos de resultados económicos de modelos productivos y tiene como propósito aportar información que favorezca la inclusión de productores, mejore...
2024 - Centro de Información de Actividades Porcinas (CIAP)

Technical paper
Bioinsumos: Oportunidades de inversión en América Latina

Los bioinsumos son una pieza clave de la transición agroecológica y pueden facilitar el acceso de los productos agrícolas a algunos exigentes mercados internacionales. A su vez, la promoción y aplicación de los bioinsumos enlaza de forma directa con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, ya que permite aumentar la producción...
2024 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

The Costs to Smallholders of AfDB’s Feed Africa Initiative: A Closer Look at the 40 Country Compacts

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) today unveiled a comprehensive report critically examining the African Development Bank’s ambitious Dakar II initiative, part of the broader Feed Africa program. This initiative, titled ‘Feed Africa: Food Sovereignty and Resilience’, aims to revolutionize African agriculture with a focus on turning the...
2024 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Seminario Internacional Agricultura Familiar: Retos y perspectivas 10 años después del año internacional de la agricultura familiar 2014

La Universidad Federal de Rio Grande Do Sul (RS, Brasil), el CIRAD, la Red PP-AL (Políticas Públicas y Desarrollo Rural en América Latina), el Ministerio de Desarrollo Agrario de Brasil (MDA), y el IICA se han asociado para organizar un seminario internacional sobre agricultura familiar en Porto Alegre, Brasil, del...
2024 - Universidad Federal de Rio Grande Do Sul (RS, Brasil)

Planting banana and plantain

Banana plants have superficial roots. Proper spacing, planting, and mulching will yield better and more fruit. You can also intercrop your banana and plantain plants with food crops, medicinal plants and other trees to provide additional sources of income and create a suitable micro-environment.
2024 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
Reviving Resilience: Chimanimani’s Journey from Cyclone Devastation to Sustainable Recovery

Five years after the catastrophic Cyclone Idai hit Chimanimani District in Zimbabwe, claiming over 500 lives and causing extensive destruction, the community's journey towards recovery and resilience offers a beacon of hope. This article by John Willson delves into the heart of Chimanimani's efforts, showcasing how the district is confronting...
2024 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

State of the Global Climate 2023

The publication provides a summary on the state of the climate indicators in 2023 with sections on key climate indicators, extreme events and impacts. The indicators include global temperatures, greenhouse gas concentration, ocean heat content, sea level rise, ocean acidification, Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, Greenland ice sheet and glaciers...
2024 - World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Blog article
Battle for Biodiversity: AfCFTA’s Intellectual Property Protocol Unveiled

The African Union is in the process of finalizing a draft protocol on intellectual property rights under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), sparking concerns among civil society organizations about the potential impacts on seed systems and the rights of smallholder farmers. While the AfCFTA, enacted in May 2019,...
2024 - Food Tank

Policy brief/paper
Cultivating change with agroecology and organic agriculture in the tropics

Bridging science and policy for sustainable production systems
Agroecology and organic agriculture present promising alternatives to the current food system, supported by a growing body of evidence. Despite the potential of AE/O, their full benefits cannot be realised in most countries due to political and institutional barriers and lock-ins, including incentives and funding that favour “business as usual”...
2024 - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL

Enriching soils with a mixed green manure

Different crops and tree leaves provide different levels of micro and macro-nutrients when incorporated into the soil. This adds organic matter, boosts beneficial soil micro-organisms and enhances soil fertility.
2024 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
World Pulses Day: Slow Food’s Planting the Future

How our diet can protect the planet
On February 10th we celebrate the World Pulses Day 2024, whose topic is nourishing soils and people. Slow Food addresses the topic, supported by the recently presented Plant the Future report, and by the international Planting the Future challenge organized with the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN). The challenge will be running over the month of...
2024 - Slow Food

Empowering rural women to engage in responsible agricultural investments (RAI) in Sierra Leone

FAO developed this manual, in collaboration with Solidaridad West Africa, to support trainers in preparing and delivering the training on empowering rural women to engage in responsible agricultural investments (RAI). The design of this training programme is based upon a specific methodology that meets the learning needs of rural women...
Sierra Leone
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Impact of participatory guarantee systems on sustainability outcomes: the case of vegetable farming in Vietnam

Sustainable food systems require mechanisms that assure consumers about the sustainability of agricultural production. Building on the existing literature on the impact of sustainability standards, this study is the first to assess the effectiveness of participatory guarantee systems (PGS) for the certification of organic produce. The study uses representative farm-level...
Viet Nam

Blog article
Agroécologie : une chercheure recommande la mise en place de politiques intégrées et systémiques

Laure Tall, directrice de recherche à l’Initiative prospective agricole rurale (IPAR), a suggéré, mercredi, à Dakar, la mise en place de politiques intégrées et systémiques pour relever les multiples défis liés au développement de l’agroécologie au Sénégal et en Afrique.  

Standards of practice to guide ecosystem restoration: A contribution to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030

The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030 (hereafter “UN Decade”) aims to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation and recover biodiversity, and ecosystem integrity; enhance human health and well-being, including sustainable delivery of ecosystem goods and services; and mitigate climate change. To create a shared vision of ecosystem restoration,...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Compendium of forgotten foods in Africa

A companion publication for Integrating Africa’s forgotten foods for better nutrition
The World Wide Fund for Nature defines a food system as “the complete set of people, institutions, activities, processes, and infrastructure involved in producing and consuming food for a given population.” (WWF, 2017). The food system has a bearing on human capital development, provision of jobs, industrial growth, structural transformation...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Family farming in climate change: Strategies for resilient and sustainable food systems

Family farming plays a pivotal role in ensuring household food security and bolstering the resilience of food systems against climate change. Traditional agricultural practices are evolving into context-specific, climate-resilient systems such as family farming, homestead gardening, and urban agriculture. This study examines the ways in which family farming can foster...

Blog article
Mêler agroécologie et résilience hydrique pour des systèmes alimentaires durables en Afrique

Comment accompagner l’engagement des territoires dans une trajectoire de développement agroécologique conciliant résilience hydrique, sécurité alimentaire et qualité nutritionnelle ? Coordonné par le Cirad et INRAE, le projet MAHDIA vise à articuler les enjeux agricoles, alimentaires, environnementaux et de santé des régions de Meknès au Maroc, Kairouan en Tunisie et...
Morocco - Senegal - Tunisia
2024 - CIRAD
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