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Family Farming: Regional Perspective from Near East and North Africa

The International Year of Family Farming was launched as part of a global campaign to reinforce awareness and support for small scale and family farmers around the world. The move to focus on family farmers for the international year was driven by strong advocacy from civil society, mainly the World...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Guidelines
Respecting free, prior and informed consent

Practical guidance for governments, companies, NGOs, indigenous peoples and local communities in relation to land acquisition
This technical guide has been prepared under the direction of Francesca Romano in collaboration with a team from the Forest Peoples Programme and Samuel Nguiffo of the Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement (CED) in Cameroon. The guide was written by Marcus Colchester and Sophie Chao, with contributions from participants...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
Food fairs revive local food and nutrition

Food fairs are an important tool and space to promote food sovereignty as they take place in local public spaces and within people’s own socio-cultural settings. One excellent example was a food fair in Ghana, organised by the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD). Women farmers exhibited traditional...
Ghana
2014 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Audio
Priority issues for Near East food and agriculture brought to the table

A three-day technical meeting has come to a close for the Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa (NERC32). During the conference, government ministers and senior officials from countries across the region reviewed the overall state of food and agriculture. They also discussed urgent issues facing countries, including...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Magazine article
Towards stronger family farms: Recommendations from the International Year of Family Farming

Improving the situation of family farmers is a burning need. And as they produce an estimated 70% of the world’s food, it is an issue that affects us all. The 2014 International Year of Family Farming aimed to create a better understanding of family farming and support the development of...
2014 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Magazine article
This is our year

I am a family farmer. I know my soil, my climate and how to make things grow, says Joan Brady. And as farmers, especially women and youth, we will deliver answers from our passions, our expertise and our resilience.
2014 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Conference proceedings
Memoria Foro Internacional: Mujeres, participación política y procesos de paz

El evento buscó contribuir al acercamiento de actores y actoras sociales y políticas en Colombia, en El Salvador y en Guatemala en temas de gobernanza ambiental, transformación de conflictos y participación política de las mujeres. Los procesos de paz de El Salvador, Guatemala y de Colombia tienen diferencias y similitudes,...
Colombia - El Salvador - Guatemala
2014 - Red Nacional de Mujeres en Colombia

Newsletter
Dimitra newsletter: gender, rural women and development

This edition opens with a report of the last session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which has helped to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment feature prominently in the post-2015 Development Agenda. This will take over from the Millennium Development Goals, whose 2015 deadline is now close. Today, the post-2015 Development Agenda...
Burundi - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ghana - Niger - Senegal
2014

Newsletter
Dimitra Newsletter: Poverty reduction in rural areas

This issue highlights experiences of development approaches that are helping in the fight against poverty in rural areas. Reducing rural poverty is one of FAO’s strategic objectives for the coming years, to which the Dimitra project is making a special contribution. Innovative methodologies have been developed which seek to place...
Burundi - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ghana - Kenya - Niger - Senegal
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Book
Potentially Important Food Plants of Lesotho

Formed in 2007, Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group (FPS) creates science-based educational materials, which: identify highly nutritious local food plants, explain how to grow them in a sustainable, agroecological way, detail the nutritional value of the plants and describe why human bodies require those nutrients. The resources created by FPS allows people to better...
Lesotho
2014

Conference proceedings
Legacy of IYFF 2014 and the way forward

Legacy of IYFF 2014 and the way forward as agreed by the International Steering Committee (ISC) of the IYFF 2014 on 13 November 2014, and endorsed at the Closing Event in the Philippines on 27 November 2014.
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Video
Appui aux transformatrices de produits halieutiques au Sénégal

Programme Italien pour la sécurité alimentaire (PISA), appui aux transformatrices de produits halieutiques au Sénégal.
Senegal
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
Scaling up agro-ecological approaches: what, why and how?

Discussion paper on scaling up agro-ecological approaches: In recent years, especially since the agriculture prices spike in 2008 that sparked ‘food riots’ across Africa, Asia and Latin America, a growing consensus has emerged on the need for proceeding to major changes in agricultural and food systems in order to ensure...
2014 - OXFAM

Working paper
Making change happen

What can governments do to strengthen forest producer organizations?
Th is paper is a first step in a process to create enabling environments for forest producer organizations (FPOs) worldwide. It focuses on what governments should and should not do to enable FPOs to form, thrive and create benefi ts for their members and the resources they manage. Further work...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
International Year of Family Farming: IFAD's commitment and call for action

The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to recognize the importance of family farming in reducing poverty and improving global food security. The IYFF aims to promote new development policies, particularly at the national but also regional levels, that will help smallholder and family farmers eradicate hunger,...
2014 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Manual
Versión popular del plan para poner en marcha la política nacional de desarrollo rural integral (PNDRI)

Este documento es una versión sencilla y amigable del plan para implementar la política nacional de desarrollo rural integral (PNDRI), que es utilizado para socializarlo y promover, a nivel territorial, el involucramiento de la población en su ejecución.  En la página web http://pndri.scep.gob.gt/es/material-de-apoyo están disponibles las versiones de este documento en los...
Guatemala
2014 - Gabinete de Desarrollo Rural Integral del Gobierno de Guatemala

Conference/Meeting
Talking about forests and family farms: growing relationship on fertile ground.

A conversation between forest-and-farm producers and governments at the “Family Forestry is Family Farming” event, Thursday 26th June 2014, World Forest Week FAO, Rome
This publication summarizes the conversation that took place at the “Family Forestry is Family Farming” event co-organized by the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) and the International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA)on Thursday 26th June 2014, World Forest Week FAO, Rome. In the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming...
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Video
The Sea of Change: Traditional fishworker's perception of climate change

Traditional fishworkers have long been forced to adapt to the forces of nature, and they are now confronted with the  new threats of climate change, global warming, sea-level rise and ocean acidification. What will be the potential impacts of climate change on the already vulnerable and marginalized small-scale fishing communities...
India
2014 - The International Collective in Support of Fish workers (ICSF)

Fact sheet
Family Farmers: Feeding the world, caring for the earth

This infographic explains why Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector.  Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development. 
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Book
Deep roots

The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) has uncovered well-grounded resolve to place family farmers as protagonists in addressing a number of challenges we face, from eradicating hunger and poverty to conserving natural resources. Nothing comes closer to the sustainable food production paradigm than family farming. The diverse set of...
Albania - Australia - Brazil - Canada - Chile - China - Costa Rica - Croatia - Finland - France - Hungary - India - Japan - Kenya - Madagascar - Malaysia - Nepal - Netherlands (Kingdom of the) - New Zealand - Norway - Philippines - Senegal - Serbia - Slovenia - South Africa - Thailand - Uruguay
2014 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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