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

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Integrated Crop Management Vol.12-2010

Green manure/cover crops and crop rotation in Conservation Agriculture on small farms
The objective of this publication is to offer a reference material for extensionists, professors, agronomy students, technicians in general, and for farmers themselves. Through information that is up-to-date and richly illustrated, it strives to facilitate the adoption and diffusion of No-Tillage, the use of green manures, and the practice of...
Paraguay
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Report
Challenges for African Agriculture

What is the future for Sub-Saharan African farms? What role can they play in the development of the subcontinent? These are crucial issues which require answers. The issue of feeding the planet has once again become crucial. The first challenge for these farms is consequently to produce more and better...
2011 - World Bank

Book
Looking Ahead in World Food and Agriculture

Perspectives to 2050
 this sector. In 2009, FAO’s Economic and Social Development Department organized an expert meeting and high-level expert forum around the question of “How to feed the world in 2050”. The scientific basis of this initiative was provided by world-class experts, who analysed key aspects of the matter, including population, poverty...
2011

Journal article
Determinants of sugarcane profitability

The case of smallholder cane growers in Swaziland
The sugar industry is the backbone of Swaziland's economy, with annual revenue exceeding E1440 million (US$ 160 million). As part of the agricultural as well as the manufacturing sector, industry, it a accounts for 18% of the country’s GDP. Therefore, the economy of Swaziland is to a great extent based...
Eswatini
2011

Conference proceedings
Regional value chain training workshop

The objective of the workshop was to improve the understanding of value chain frameworks, mechanisms and tools to be used in the development and implementation of projects within the regional network of CaFAN. Specifically, CaFAN aimed to build capacity among farmer leaders in upgrading and managing commodity value chains, which...
Antigua and Barbuda - Bahamas - Barbados - Belize - Dominica - Grenada - Guyana - Jamaica - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago
2011

Manual
Beekeeping in Africa: Installation of bee hives

This technology describes step by step how to install a top bar hive. It provides an overview of the advantages and use of different baits. Furthermore, it gives clear instructions on how to hang hives in trees and to install them on stands and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Video
Romania reforms agriculture for EU entry

After communism Romania launched capitalist reforms in its huge agricultural sector
Romania
2011

Working paper
Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems Work for People and Climate

An overview
Integrated Food Energy Systems (IFES) aim at addressing these issues by simultaneously producing food and energy as a way to address the energy component of sustainable crop intensification through an ecosystem approach, as defined in Box 1. This can be achieved in two ways: by combining the production of food...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
The Cost of Maize Production by Smallholder Farmers in Zambia

The objective of this study was to estimate the cost of maize production in rural Zambia as well as to identify the factors causing these estimates to vary across households. This will inform current policy discussions and potentially identify unused policy levers that could increase Zambian smallholder farmer’s competitiveness in...
Zambia
2011 - The Food Security Research Project

Conference proceedings
Programas de alimentación escolar y compras de agricultura familiar campesina en los programas sociales de asistencia alimentaria

El Taller Técnico Regional sobre Programas de Alimentación Escolar y Compras de Agricultura Familiar Campesina en los Programas Sociales de Asistencia Alimentaria se llevó a cabo los días 21 y 22 de Marzo en Managua, Nicaragua. Durante el taller se concluye que temas distintos como Agricultura Familiar, generación de ingresos y...
2011 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Journal
Nature & Faune: Climate change implications for agricultural development and natural resources conservation in Africa

This edition of Nature & Faune magazine explores climate change implications for agricultural development and natural resources conservation in Africa. It provides a rich menu spanning many dimensions of climate change as it relates to the African rural farmer, fisher-folk and herdsman who are on the frontline of managing and...
Cameroon - Chad - Ghana - Mauritania - Nigeria - Senegal - Sudan - Zimbabwe
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Report
Organic Farming in Luxembourg

Luxembourg, the smallest country in the European Union), located between Germany, France and Belgium, covers a surface area of 2,586 km2, on which approximately 400,000 people live. Approximately 90,000 people live in the capital of Luxembourg. One-third of the population and approximately half of the working population are foreigners. More...
Luxembourg
2011

Book
Sistemas de captaciones de agua en manantiales y pequeñas quebradas para la región andina

La obra que damos a conocer, rescata y sistematiza de manera sencilla, práctica y accesible, las distintas posibilidades y tecnologías disponibles de captación, para las diversas fuentes naturales de provisión de agua existentes en los territorios, en los cuales habitan y producen los agricultores familiares de la región andina de...
2011 - CIPAF - Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico para la Pequeña Agricultura Familiar

E-learning
Pre-breeding for Effective Use of Plant Genetic Resources

This course covers a range of theoretical and practical topics from the basic concepts and applications of prebreeding to germplasm distribution and regulatory issues. The purpose of this course is to improve the effective use in breeding of germplasm resources, building a bridge between genebank managers and plant breeders.
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Book
Asociaciones públicas comunitarias de agua potable rural en Chile (APR)

Caracterización, función, contexto y desafíos
Las Asociaciones de Agua Potable Rural (en adelante, APR) son organizaciones públicas comunitarias, cuyo rol es el abastecimiento del agua potable en zonas rurales. En esta tesis, de carácter descriptivo, se analizó la gestión pública comunitaria de los servicios de APR en Chile, considerando sus características, funciones, contexto y desafíos...
Chile
2011 - Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano

Article
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Examples of Food projects

Food is fundamental to life and the majority of the food that we eat comes from Europe’s rural areas. Food priorities for the European Union (EU) include safeguarding food supplies and providing European citizens with quality, value and a diversity of food which is produced sustainably3 . The Common Agricultural...
Bulgaria - Cyprus - Czechia - France - Italy - Malta - Spain - Sweden
2011

Manual
Beekeeping in Africa: Site selection for bee hives

Identifying an adequate site for an apiary is the first step to successful installation and colonization of a bee hive. This brief entry gives valuable advice on what to take into consideration when choosing a site for a bee hive.This technology is part of a series on hive management derived...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
World aquaculture 2010

The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department is pleased to present World aquaculture 2010. Six regional reviews and the resulting global synthesis, which provided the basis for this document, involved many people, including fish farmers, service providers, policy-makers, scientists, researchers, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organization workers. This rigorous consultative review process...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Video
Using conservation agriculture to help Zimbabwe's farmers produce more

FAO has been working closely with NGOs and small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe to introduce conservation farming techniques and improve food production. The video provides a short overview of what this actually means for Zimbabwe's communal farmers, recounting some of their stories and including the perspectives of FAO staff, NGO staff...
Zimbabwe
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Video
Setting up a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

At Culberry Nursery in Angmering, West Sussex (4 miles west of Worthing), Martin Jarvis is taking the first steps to set up a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Project.A meeting in May 2011 established the level of interest, as local Angmering residents and members of Transition Town Worthing discussed ideas of...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2011 - URGENCI CSA
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