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Trade Agreements As Potential Mechanisms For Mutual Recognition Of National Organic Regulatory Systems

This paper follows up on a question raised in the ITF about the potential of trade agreements to facilitate equivalence of government organic regulatory systems. The ITF noted that the equivalence of the EU and Swiss organic regulations was established as part of a broader trade agreement on agriculture. Equivalence...

Fortalecimiento de los programas de alimentación escolar en el ámbito de la Iniciativa América Latina y el Caribe Sin Hambre 2025

En los últimos años, varios países de América Latina y el Caribe han iniciado un proceso de avance en relación a la incorporación del enfoque de alimentación escolar en sus políticas públicas. En este escenario, el proyecto de Fortalecimiento de los Programas de Alimentación Escolar (CGP/RLA/180/BRA) contribuye al fortalecimiento de...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Colombia - El Salvador - Guatemala - Honduras - Nicaragua - Paraguay - Peru
2012 - Programa de Cooperación Internacional Brasil

The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition

Online discussions that make a dierence
This publication reflects the breadth and diversity of the FSN Forum’s most recent achievements, as well as its future potential, by showcasing a handful of significant discussions that touched on central topics and trends in food security, nutrition and beyond. Some discussions are marked by debate, others by consensus, and...
2012 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Case study
Conceptual framework for economic valuation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS): The case of rice fish culture in China

The Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) initiative was launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 2002 with the aim of establishing the basis for the global recognition, dynamic conservation and adaptive management of outstanding traditional agricultural systems and their associated landscapes, biodiversity, knowledge...
2012 - Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

El estado mundial de la pesca y la acuicultura

El sector sigue siendo un proveedor importante de proteínas animales de alta calidad y constituye el principal medio de vida y bienestar de más del 10 % de la población mundial. El comercio internacional de pescado ha alcanzado nuevos límites puesto que la producción total ha seguido aumentando. Sin embargo,...

Success Story: Smallholder Farmer Entrepreneurship in Swaziland with Happy Shongwe

Happy Shongwe, a smallholder farmer from Swaziland, talks about her successful business of growing and selling legume seeds.
2012 - FarmingFirst

Case study
Kuttanad Below Sea Level Farming System

The only system in India that has been practicing rice cultivation below sea level since the past 2 centuries
Kuttanad is a delta region of about 900 sq. km situated in the west coast of Kerala State, India. The area is a larger mosaic of fragmented landscape patches and varied ecosystems such as coastal backwaters, rivers, vast stretches of paddy fields, marshes, ponds, garden lands, edges, corridors and   remarkably networked water ways.  The Kuttanad Below Sea-level...
2012 - M S Swaminathan Research Foundation

Revista de Desarrollo Económico Territorial Eutopía n° 3

El número 3 de Revista Eutopía, correspondiente a noviembre de 2012, contiene: Ciudad sin frontera. La multilocalidad urbano-rural en Bolivia La agricultura capitalista entre el campo y la ciudad Estudio de dos casos en la región pampeana argentina Nuevas dinámicas urbano-rurales en Bogotá y Soacha Economías públicas y escondidas en Atuntaqui (Ecuador): los desafíos...
Argentina - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Colombia - Ecuador
2012 - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador (FLACSO)

Al-Dhala Community Resource Management Project, Supervision report, December 2012

The Al-Dhala Community Resource Management Project (ADCRMP) [IFAD Loan 638-YE] aims to support sustainable and equitable growth of rural living standards and greater livelihood security for vulnerable households in the remote and isolated Al Dhala Governorate through better management of their resource base. The specific objectives are to: (i) empower...
2012 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Fact sheet
Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS): The historic oasis of Gafsa in Tunisia

The historic oasis of Gafsa covers 700 ha and dates back to ancient times of history. In this oasis, crop diversification and cultivation and the integration of livestock and breeding animals are commonly practiced as means for livelihood subsistence. Crop diversification is conducted in three stages: the first stage is...
2012 - Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Emerging Land Issues in African Agriculture

Implications for Food Security and Poverty Reduction Strategies
This study is motivated by the need to understand the nature and magnitude of land constraints in African agriculture, the impacts of status-quo policies on food security and poverty, and the implications for development strategy. To our knowledge, there has been little recognition of the potential challenges associated with increasingly...
2012 - Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE)

Journal article
Rural families and their process of transformation

Case study in a scenario of tensed rurality
The rural world has  undergone many transformations due to the processes of modernization and  globalization.  Little is known about  rural families, and knowledge about urban families is usually transferred to  rural families, as if the reality was the same for both.  This study sought to understand. The  practices in the...
2012 - Universidad Católica del Maule

Informe de los talleres sobre la introducción al enfoque ecosistémico a la pesca y la acuicultura

Dada la complejidad de problemas relacionados con la pesca y la acuicultura en el Estero Real en Nicaragua, INPESCA, ha solicitado el apoyo técnico de FAO para implementar en esta localidad el enfoque ecosistémico a la pesca y acuicultura (EEPA) como un caso de estudio piloto. La parte 1 de...
2012 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Journal article
Rural Social Movements and Agroecology: Context, Theory, and Process

Rural social movements have in recent years adopted agroecology and diversified farming systems as part of their discourse and practice. Here, we situate this phenomenon in the evolving context of rural spaces that are increasingly disputed between agribusiness, together with other corporate land-grabbers, and peasants and their organizations and movements....

Case study
Indigenous knowledge systems and livestock production under small- holder farmer management in the face of climate change

A case of Guruve district
Indigenous knowledge systems of livestock care and health care is the only asset in the hands of the small holder farmers to mitigate the impact of climate change on livestock production. This study explores the role of indigenous knowledge systems of livestock care and veterinary care in the face of...
2012 - University of Zimbabwe

A gender Analysis Perspective for Improved Livelihoods in the Karkheh River Basin

This study on gender and livelihood aims to find new ways of improving the incomes of rural households, based on the role of women in agricultural production and the division of labor in socioeconomic activities between men and women. It targets eight villages in two regions: Merek (Kermanshah Province) and...
Syrian Arab Republic
2012 - Arid Regions Institute (IRA)

Journal article
Food security, Conservation Agriculture and pulses

Evidence from smallholder farmers in Zambia
Food insecurity is common place among 44% (six million) of Zambian population. Conservation agriculture (CA) is an option being promoted to address this problem. There is little evidence showing whether CA adopters are better than non-CA adopters in terms of food security. Using a four years panel data, focus group...

Case study
Assessing the impacts of conservation agriculture on farmer livelihoods in three selected communities in central Mozambique

This study assesses the alleged livelihoods benefits of conservation agriculture for smallholder farmers. These benefits include improving productivity, household income, food security and subsequently alleviating poverty. First, the benefits of conservation agriculture in southern Africa as reported in the literature were reviewed. Then empirical data was collected in the communities...
2012 - Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU)

Lineamientos y procedimientos para Pueblos Indígenas

Unidad para el Cambio Rural
Este documento contempla los lineamientos y procedimientos que deben ser aplicados por los Programas y Proyectos coordinados y/o ejecutados por la Unidad para el Cambio Rural, que tengan como destinatarias o afecten a comunidades y organizaciones de los pueblos indígenas. Se pondrán en práctica mecanismos que aseguren la inclusión y...
2012 - Unidad para el Cambio Rural

Growing greener cities in Africa

First status report on Urban and Peri-urban horticulture in Africa
African policymakers need to act now to steer urbanization from its current, unsustainable path toward healthy, greener cities that ensure food and nutrition security, decent work and income, and a clean environment for all their citizens. This report highlights a key component of sustainable urban development: urban and peri-urban horticulture...
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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