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Proceedings of the roundtable on voluntary standards and schemes for specific quality products

ZATAC was requested by FAO to identify participants from Africa and facilitate a 3 day roundtable meeting on voluntary standards and schemes for specific quality products. The aim of the roundtable was to consult with key stakeholders and build consensus on intervention strategies related to voluntary standards and schemes for...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

LEISA Revista de Agroecología, junio 2010: Servicios financieros y agricultura campesina

Este número de la Revista de Agroecología LEISA, contiene los siguientes artículos: Sobre el crédito a los agricultores de pequeña escala y la necesidad de una base autónoma de recursos Crédito agroecológico y solidario en apoyo a la transición agroecológica Las mutuas ganaderas de los pequeños ganaderos de Galicia Fondos rotativos solidarios y la...
2010 - Asociación Ecología, Tecnología y Cultura en los Andes (ETC Andes)

Policy brief/paper
Cooperatives for staple crop marketing

Evidence from Ethiopia
Rural producer organizations, such as farmers' organizations or rural cooperatives, offer a means for smallholder farmers in developing countries to sell their crops commercially. They hold particular promise for Sub-Saharan Africa, where small-scale farming is the primary livelihood but commercialization of food-crops is very limited. Using the experience of smallholders...
2010 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Journal article
Sustainable inclusion of smallholders in the emerging high quality cassava flour value chains in Africa

Challenges for agricultural extension services
Based on the premise that smallholders often get excluded as markets become more commercial, this paper draws lessons from the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) Project by exploring the main issues and challenges facing extension service partners in five African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi). These lessons...
Ghana - Malawi - Nigeria - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania

Journal article
Towards a framework for the economic assessment of drought risk

An ecosystems approach
Drought risk is a combination of the probability of extended dry periods and the consequences for people, communities and their environment. The management of drought risk seeks to reduce the impacts of droughts, either by reducing their probability of occurrence (mitigation) or their consequences (adaptation). The paper shows how an...

Conference paper
La mise en place participative d'une filière cacao à Sao Tomè: l'organisation des agriculteurs en tant que facteur d'émancipation

L'organisation des agriculteurs en tant que facteur d'émancipation
Peu de travaux ont considéré la construction et le développement d'un contrat comme un processus d'apprentissage des acteurs. Des agriculteurs individuels de São Tomé ont dû s'organiser et avancer collectivement, en réponse aux demandes d’un industriel pour un nouveau contrat de cacao biologique et équitable. Cette construction relationnelle entre les...
Sao Tome and Principe
2010 - Centre de Coopération Internationale de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)

Magazine article
Las prioridades de inversión en la pequeña agricultura

En un contexto de cambio climático y volatilidad de precios agrícolas, se impone revisar las prioridades de inversión del sector. Expertos internacionales señalan la necesidad de reorientar la inversión pública hacia la pequeña agricultura de manera estratégica.
2010 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Importancia del pequeño productor y la agricultura sostenible para la conservación del ecosistema

La Red Café de la Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo, comprometida con las organizaciones que la integran ha decido retomar el tema del calentamiento global, y el aporte de la agricultura sostenible de los pequeños productores a la mitigación del mismo. En la actualidad el cambio climático...
2010 - Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo (CLAC)

Guía para la formulación participativa de proyectos en organizaciones de base comunitaria

Los proyectos pueden ser una oportunidad para resolver o iniciar procesos que contribuyan a la solución de los problemas presentes en las comunidades. Mediante ellos se accede a recursos monetarios y humanos que no siempre están disponibles para tales fines. Por otra parte, los proyectos necesitan de la participación de...
2010 - Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico para la Agricultura Familiar (IPAF NOA INTA),

Journal article
Optimization of the cropping pattern in Northern and Southern part of the Jordan Valley under drought conditions and limited water availability

Achieving balance between water demand and supply is crucial for sustainable agriculture in semi-arid countries. Many agronomic options and socio-economic measures can be applied to reduce water demand in agriculture sector without compromising its performance. This work investigated some specific management options for the improvement of the performances of the...

Magazine article
Población rural: acceso a la energía

Los proyectos de electrificación rural tienen como objetivo reducir las brechas de oportunidades de las poblaciones más alejadas. Hacen posible la diversificación de sus actividades económicas, tanto productivas como comerciales, y permiten que servicios públicos como educación, salud, comunicación, entre otros, mejoren en su calidad y cobertura. La multiplicación de este...
2010 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Knowledge Share Fair in Niger, a new sharing experience

Dimitra Newsletter 19 highlights FAO’s strong interest in the exchange and capitalisation of good agricultural practices and in the methods that enable rural populations to access information and communication. The Knowledge Management and Gender programme, which organised a Knowledge Share Fair in Niamey in June 2010, illustrates the innovative methods...
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Madagascar - Niger - Uganda
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Droughts: Farmers' domestic and productive attitudes and behaviours

Originally perceived as an occasional natural hazard, drought is now a phenomena, for which one can be prepared, despite the difficulties in determining its beginning and end. It is therefore crucial to understand the individual and social behaviour, in order to adopt effective measures and policies to mitigate the negative...

Romania and the Common Agricultural Policy

The future of small scale Romanian farming in Europe
Romania is a country of peasants, with a long deep history in peasant agriculture, which effects everything in the country, including its art, culture, and the way Romanians think. This has survived despite the best efforts of past empires and communists to destroy it. Today peasant culture remains the bedrock...
2010 - EcoRuralis

Museum of rural life and agriculture in the village of Skotnice

The village of Skotnice in the Moravian-Silesian Region (near the town of Příbor and airport Ostrava – Mošnov) may be proud of its exceptional rural museum. The project of construction of the museum was granted financial support from the Rural Development Programme – Axis IV Leader, within the framework of...

Journal article
Factors affecting the structure of bee assemblages in extensively and intensively grazed grasslands in Hungary

Bees are the most important pollinators in Europe. We studied bee assemblages on 7 pairs of extensively and intensively grazed sites in three lowland grassland types in Hungary. No chemicals were applied on the grasslands. The bees were collected using sweep net surveys and 1 m wide transect surveys in...
2009 - Community Ecology

Milk processing technologies for small-scale producers

This Technical Bulletin is the third in a series produced by the Women's Livelihoods and Dairy Goat Project being implemented in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This IFAD-funded project aims to improve rural livelihoods in marginal, conflict and post-conflict areas of the two countries. There are large numbers of small-scale livestock keepers...
Afghanistan - Pakistan
2009 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

While indigenous peoples make up around 370 million of the world’s population – some 5 per cent – they constitute around one-third of the world’s 900 million extremely poor rural people. Every day, indigenous communities all over the world face issues of violence and brutality. Indigenous peoples are stewards of...
2009 - Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat

Carta Agroecológica de Curitiba 2009

Os cerca de 3.800 participantes inscritos no VI Congresso Brasileiro de Agroecologia e II Congresso Latino-americano de Agroecologia, reunidos em Curitiba (PR), Brasil, no período de 9 a 12 novembro de 2009, tendo como tema central “Agricultura familiar e Camponesa: experiências passadas e presentes construindo um futuro sustentável” vêm através...
2009 - Associação Brasileira de Antropologia (ABA)

Hygienic milk processing: clean environment, clean utensils

This Technical Bulletin is the first in a series produced by the Women's Livelihoods and Dairy Goat Project being implemented in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This IFAD-funded project aims to improve rural livelihoods in marginal, conflict and post-conflict areas of the two countries. Hygienic milk production, handling and processing are key...
Afghanistan - Pakistan
2009 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
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