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El rol de los recursos locales en la evolución de la agroindustria rural del almidón agrio de Yuca en el departamento del Cauca, Colombia

La producción de almidón agrio de yuca en el departamento del Cauca está conformada por un complejo sistema de agroempresas procesadoras, agricultores, intermediarios, empresas fabricadoras de equipos y organizaciones que prestan servicios de apoyo. Los recursos locales como el saber-hacer, las redes de actores, el producto, las acciones colectivas, las...
2005 - Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)

Dimitra Newsletter: The dynamics of women’s networks

This is the 11th Dimitra newsletter. Our last edition was replaced by the distribution of the Dimitra CD-ROM. Many of you took time to return the short survey we enclosed with it and we would like to thank you for this valuable feedback. We have also received numerous messages telling...
Burundi - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Namibia - Niger - Senegal
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
El derecho a la alimentación de mujeres rurales

Reto para la cooperación al desarrollo con América Latina
Esta documentación es una colección de las ponencias centrales del seminario – que aquí se publican de forma resumida sin poder reflejar toda la riqueza de las contribuciones orales y el dinamismo de las discusiones. Sin embargo, ofrece muchísima información detallada e ilustrativa que puede estimular y enriquecer los próximos...
Brazil - Guatemala - Honduras
2005 - FIAN

Conservation Agriculture

A manual for farmers and extension workers in Africa
Over 60% of Africans depend on some form of farming for their sustenance and livelihoods. Agriculture remains vital for the continent’s development and economic growth. So the recent stagnation or decline in farm productivity in in many parts of Africa is a major concern. For many communities and countries, this...
2005 - African Conservation Tillage Network (ACTN)

Journal article
Participatory bean breeding with women and small holder farmers in Eastern Ethiopia

The Ethiopian national bean program traditionally followed conventional approaches in bean improvement for smallholder farmers. The relative effectiveness and efficiency of Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) compared to conventional approaches is not fully understood. The study was initiated to evaluate participatory plant breeding in bean improvement to disseminate more acceptable and...

Dimitra Newsletter: Women take action

This edition of the Dimitra newsletter focuses on rural women, information and empowerment. Two workshops, organized by our local partners, Amsed in Morocco and Women’s NET in South Africa, take the spotlight. The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for rural women was on the programmes of both events....
Burkina Faso - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Morocco - Uganda
2004 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dimitra Newsletter: Africa: Great Lakes region

This newsletter exclusively focuses on three countries of the sub-region: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. We lay open the pages to organizations which have provided us with articles explaining their difficulties, their strategies and the solutions they have found to improve the living conditions of rural...
Burundi - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Rwanda
2004 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Magazine article
Las comunidades campesinas en la reforma de la Constitución

Como parte de las reformas de la Constitución, se ha incorporado un capítulo denominado sobre los "Derechos de los pueblos orginarios" en el título II, Del Estado y la Nación
2003 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Rural development project for mountain zones in the north of the Wilaya of M'sila

This project, designed to reduce rural poverty, focused particularly on small farmers, unemployed young people and rural women. It was in line with the government's strategic development aims in mountain areas with a high incidence of poverty.  The project served as a platform for continuing policy dialogue with the government on...
2003 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Reinvesting in African small-holder agriculture

The role of tree crops in sustainable farming systems
This Policy and Strategy Paper contributes to an on-going policy debate-within the Bank but also with its client governments-about the role of tree crops in various production systems, and as key commodities in the trade portfolio of various African nations. It attempts to answer the following questions: a) What is...
2002 - World Bank

The role of women in the conservation of the genetic resources of maize

uatemala is located in an area which contains one of the highest levels of plant genetic diversity in the world. Its particular geography and types of vegetation are characterised by the fact that the country has 14 life zones. In addition, the Maya population which inhabited Guatemala before the European...
2002 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dimitra Newsletter: Centre de Recherches, d’Etudes, de Documentation et d’Information sur la Femme

In this issue, we conclude with the last two presentations of our local partners with a description of CREDIF, covering North Africa, and of POSDEV, covering a number of countries in West Africa. Ruth Ochieng, from Isis-WICCE in Uganda, presents the work undertaken by her organisation, which strives to empower...
Ghana - Malawi - Tunisia - Zimbabwe
2000 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dimitra Newsletter: Proposals for the Future

In the present issue, a large proportion of the columns will be been devoted to the Reflection and Self-Evaluation Workshop held in Brussels on 16-18 October with the partners of the Dimitra Project. We hand over to the partners, who have drawn up two documents on the proceedings of the...
Algeria - Ghana - Kenya - Senegal - Uganda
2000 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
IFAD’s Gender Strengthening Programme in Eastern and Southern Africa

This publication is intended to inform IFAD-supported project management units (PMUs), other donors and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Eastern and Southern Africa about IFAD’s Gender Strengthening Programme in the region. The programme is currently in the process of identifying challenges faced by projects, emphasizing empirical findings from field diagnostic...
Angola - Botswana - Burundi - Comoros - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Kenya - Lesotho - Malawi - Mauritius - Mozambique - Namibia - Rwanda - South Africa - Eswatini - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2000 - United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Case study
Targeting of rural financial services to women

Marital and enterprise-related factors will affect women’s control over the enterprise for which they borrow.
These days, many credit and savings activities, including those under IFAD-supported projects, target rural women. A 2000 FAO/IFAD study in Uganda highlights the role of microfinance in women’s empowerment. Two questions asked were: (1) Is it appropriate and efficient to provide credit lines exclusively for women? (2) Are women in...
2000 - United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Dimitra Newsletter: High Level Consultation on Rural Women and Information

FAO is organising a High Level Consultation in Rome from 4 to 6 October with a view to improving information for decision-makers, the media and the public at large on the essential role of rural women in agricultural development and their contribution to food security. Emphasis will be laid on...
Gambia - Kenya - Zimbabwe
1999 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Women and Land in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Ensuring that women have independent and secure rights to farmland is an important component of eliminating poverty and increasing economic productivity. This is true for three general reasons. First, women are often the primary food producers for a household, working their household farm plots while their husbands work for collective...
1999 - Rural Development Institute

Dimitra Newsletter: EndaPronat, FAN and IRED

In this issue, you can read more about EndaPronat, FAN and IRED, about their working methods and the countries they will be covering within the framework of the collection of information for the Dimitra project. Furthermore, you will find several articles in this issue covering a wide range of subjects...
Kenya - Niger - Senegal
1999 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dimitra Newsletter: Brief historical summary of the Dimitra Project

The Dimitra Project on Rural Women and Development started in 1994 at the King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels, Belgium, with the support of the European Commission. The Dimitra Guidebook, printed in 1996, contains information on 255 European NGOs, research institutes and information centers working with and for rural women in...
1998 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
Women's farm implements in Uganda

Women farmers in Uganda need both better hand tools and access to animal traction.
Uganda was one of countries included in a 1997 IFAD/FAO/Government of Japan study on agricultural implements used by women. The study areas in Uganda were the District of Mubende in central Uganda and the District of Soroti in the northeastern part of the country. These areas have quite different farming...
1998 - United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
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