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The Resources section holds archived publications and multimedia materials related to family farming general issues.

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Amélioration de l’agriculture familiale par la diversification des productions -Madagascar

Objectif global du projet à long terme:  améliorer les conditions économiques et de sécurité alimentaire des familles des 18 villages du district d'Ambatolampy, dans les Hauts plateaux de Madagascar par l’intensification de l’agriculture familiale.Dans un premier temps, le projet d’une durée de 18 mois concerne neuf groupements d’agriculteurs dans trois villages...
Madagascar
2013 - Agence Micro Projets

Book
Mechanization for rural development

A review of patterns and progress from around the world
Agricultural mechanization is a crucial input to agricultural crop production. It is frequently very capital intensive, compared to other (usually annual) inputs and it has repercussions on the efficiency of all other inputs used in crop production, including seeds, fertilizer, water, and time/labour. It is also much more complex in...
Bangladesh - Brazil - China - India - Nepal
2013

Manual
Guía de Compras Locales para la Agricultura Familiar en Nicaragua

Este material es un paso a paso para las compras de la agricultura familiar en Nicaragua, elaborado en el ámbito del proyecto de Fortalecimiento de los Programas de Alimentación Escolar.
Nicaragua
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Manual
Manual de producción de semilla de papa mediante técnicas de multiplicación asexual

La experiencia del Centro Nacional de Producción de Semilla de Papa de Honduras (CNPSP-H)
Este manual tiene el propósito principal de orientar a investigadores, técnicos extensionistas, certificadores de semillas, productores de papa (organizados o independientes), catedráticos, estudiantes y otros actores relacionados con este rubro en los aspectos técnicos de la producción de semillas de papa.
Honduras
2013 - Fundación para el Desarrollo Empresarial Rural (FUNDER)

Journal article
Economic efficiency, Allen / Uzama and Morishima elasticities of smallholder agriculture In Dedza district, Malawi

This paper is an attempt to measure the economic efficiency of Dedza smallholder Irish potato (Solanum tuberosum) farmers in Malawi using a translog cost frontier, inefficiency effect model and input Elasticities from Seeming Unrelated Regression Model for asystem of cost share equations for labour, fertilizer, seed and land. A sample...
Malawi
2013

Case study
The food security through commercialization of agriculture programme in West Africa

As part of the activities being implemented through the Italian contribution to the FAO Trust Fund for Food Security and Food Safety, several projects in different countries and regions are following a common strategy. In West Africa this Programme, “Food Security through Commercialization of Agriculture” (FSCA), or «Programme Italien pour...
Gabon - Gambia - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Mali - Senegal - Sierra Leone
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Iraq through integrated pest management and use of organic fertilizer

This working paper summarizes the findings of the socioeconomic component of the research project Improved livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Iraq through integrated pest management and use of organic fertilizer, that was managed by ICARDA and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Agriculture...
Iraq
2013 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Case study
Farmers in focus: Advocate for sovereign seed systems

Holly Whitesides and her husband are trying to go “against the grain” of industrial agriculture in the United States. They use their family farm and their work on saving seed to convince other farmers and groups of the importance of a sovereign seed stock.
United States of America
2013 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Book
Fincas agroecológicas en el bosque seco de Honduras

Este trabajo se propone caracterizar la situación de un grupo de agricultores que utiliza prácticas agroecológicas como enfoque alternativo a la agricultura convencional. La idea de realizarlo surgió en la Asociación Nacional para el Fomento de la Agricultura Ecológica (ANAFAE), que se prepara para participar en un evento nacional, presentando...
Honduras
2013 - Asociación Nacional para el Fomento de la Agricultura Ecológica (ANAFAE)

Website
Bjarteyjarsandur Farm in Iceland

Bjarteyjarsandur Farm is northwest of Reykjavík in Hvalfjörður Iceland.  It is nestled on the north side of a mountainous fjord between acres of rolling hills and the mussel-filled coastline. María Reynisdóttir Kynningarstjóri, the Communications Manager at Icelandic Farm Holidays, suggested Bjarteyjarsandur as the perfect place to learn more about Icelandic farm...
Iceland
2013 - Farm-Based education network

Case study
Alianzas público-privadas para el desarrollo de agronegocios – Informe de país: Colombia

Es ampliamente conocido que se necesitan altos niveles de inversión para impulsar el potencial de la agricultura para el desarrollo sostenible y la reducción de la pobreza en los países en desarrollo. No obstante, en las últimas décadas muchos países han reducido las asignaciones presupuestarias al sector agrícola, mientras que...
Colombia
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Report
Elements of research strategy and priorities for sustainable agricultural development of highlands in Central, West Asia and North Africa

ighland and mountain agriculture play an important role in enhancing food security and environmental sustainability in many countries of the world. Since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992, the international community has become more aware of the urgent need to enhance their collaboration on...
2013 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Report
Mountain farming is family farming

A contribution from mountain areas to the International Year of Family Farming 2014
Mountain farming takes many forms – forms as diverse as the world’s mountain landscapes – yet largely remains family farming. These mountain farming activities have traditionally fedand supported individual households although, today, they have begun to expand increasingly toward global markets. Yet, mountain farmers still tend to be driven by...
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Book
Potentially Important Food Plants of Mozambique

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...
Mozambique
2013

Magazine article
Theme overview - Ten qualities of family farming

Even in the International Year of Family Farming there is confusion about family farming. What is it, and what distinguishes it from entrepreneurial farming or family agribusiness? The confusion tends to be highest in places where the modernisation of agriculture has led society further away from farming. Jan Douwe van...
2013 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Case study
Alianzas público-privadas para el desarrollo de agronegocios – Informe de país: Ecuador

Es ampliamente conocido que se necesitan altos niveles de inversión para impulsar el potencial de la agricultura para el desarrollo sostenible y la reducción de la pobreza en los países en desarrollo. No obstante, en las últimas décadas muchos países han reducido las asignaciones presupuestarias al sector agrícola, mientras que...
Ecuador
2013 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Case study
Small-holdings and sustainable family farming in Galicia and Ireland. A comparative case study

This paper presents the results of an economic, social and cultural study relating to family farms in two cooperatives: Feiraco in Galicia, Spain and Drinagh, County Cork in Ireland. The research is focused mainly on the production and analysis of the results of a specialized survey that dealt with the...
Ireland - Spain
2013 - Norois

Website
Rural development support

Rural development support from the European Union is governed by REGULATION (EU) No 1305/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 December 2013on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005, which is implemented into...
Czechia
2013

Case study
The mother of our breath

In the westernmost region of the Caroline Islands of Micronesia lies the Republic of Palau. Palauan traditional farming shows how agriculture, family values and culture are interconnected. Despite these connections, family farms are facing challenges. By joining forces, the small-scale family farms of these islands are standing up for their...
Palau
2013 - ILEIA, Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture

Magazine article
Organic Farming and Agricultural Movements in Spain

In 2011 Spain was the number one EU Member State concerning the number of hectares dedicated to organic farming. It increased by 11.76% that year and now includes 1,845,039 hectares. Almost all Spanish regions show increases in the area dedicated to this type of farming. The number of organic farmers...
Spain
2013
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