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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

Food Plants and Good Gardening for Healthy Diets in Swaziland

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...
2012 - Food Plant Solutions

Guía para la microfinanza sensible a los asuntos de género

Los objetivos de esta guía son aumentar la concienciación en cuanto a las cuestiones socio-económicas y de género en el ámbito de la microfinanza. El contexto para el desarrollo de la microfinanza está principalmente formado por el ámbito político macro, por las instituciones que proveen servicios microfinancieros, y por los...

Hábitos alimentarios y brechas territoriales de las familias campesinas en el Paraguay

El objetivo de este documento es presentar un análisis de resultados de investigación sobre hábitos alimentarios de las familias campesinas hoy, vinculados con el grado de acceso y control de los alimentos, lo que constituirá la base de un diagnóstico de las familias agricultoras-campesinas en términos de situación alimentaria, cambios...
2012 - Base Investigaciones Sociales (BaseIS)

Handicraft, its marketing strategies and constitution as family farming's tourist product at Pelotas, Pedras Altas and Jaguarão - Rio Grande do Sul

The cases of "Ladrilã" and "Redeiras"
Having this perspective in mind, the aim of this research is to analyze the commerce of  rural handcraft  as  a  product  that  is  related  to  tourism  predominantly  in  family agriculture through a  close  sight  at  two  productive  groups:  “Ladrilã”,  with handicraftswomen  from  the  towns  of Pelotas,  Pedras  Altas  and  Jaguarão; ...
2012 - Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Rutas de aprendizajes

Otra forma de intercambiar saberes
El objetivo principal del proyecto consistió en fortalecer a las organizaciones de base y movimientos sociales de la población rural de Sudamérica (específicamente a campesinos/as, asalariados/as rurales, indígenas, pescadores artesanales, mujeres y jóvenes rurales) en su capacidad de gestión para dar seguimiento a los resultados de la CIRADR. En particular...
2012 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Tejiendo Lazos para Vivir con Dignidad

Experiencias y Propuestas de Mujeres Rurales Ante la Crisis Alimentaria, el Cambio Climático, la Caída de Remesas y la Inequidad de Género
El cuadernillo inicia con una “Introducción” que pone al descubierto las relaciones entre la crisis alimentaria, los efectos del cambio climático y la caída de las remesas en los últimos años; todo ello visto desde la situación, posición y funciones que tienen las mujeres rurales, es decir, desde una perspectiva de género. La...
2012 - Oxfam Mexico

Women's empowerment in agriculture index

Women play a critical and potentially transformative role in agricultural growth in developing countries, but they face persistent obstacles and economic constraints limiting further inclusion in agriculture. The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) measures the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector in an effort to...
2012 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Newsletter article
El manejo forestal sostenible y el género

La igualdad de género no incumbe solamente a las mujeres. Sin embargo, empoderarlas en el MFS es una prioridad de desarrollo importante, Implicar a las mujeres en la toma de decisiones relativas a los bosques conlleva una amplia variedad de efectos positivos. Cada vez se reconoce más la importancia del...

Caravan - Research that works for people and communities

This issue of Caravan looks to the field to present approaches and examples that have been developed through our research with partners in many dryland countries, and can be deployed to benefit smallholder farmers in many more locations. These technologies bring resistance to drought, temperature extremes, or diseases that damage and...
Afghanistan - Ethiopia - Lebanon - Uzbekistan
2012 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Caravan - Research integration in practice

The CRP on Dryland Systems is all about integration: between different research disciplines, between biophysical and socio-economic factors, between crop farming and pastoralism, between research and development. The program aims to develop new technologies, new livelihood opportunities, stronger local institutions, enabling policies to support technology adoption, and ultimately higher incomes...
Eritrea - Ethiopia - Libya
2012 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Caravan 27: Research integration in practice

This issue of Caravan describes the new program, and some of the research innovations it will build on. The issue begins with two ‘opinion pieces’ by scientists from partner organizations in the CRP. They share lessons learnt from past successes (and failures), and ideas that could be applied to dryland systems...
Algeria - Bahrain - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Iraq - Jordan - Kazakhstan - Kuwait - Libya - Morocco - Oman - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - Syrian Arab Republic - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - United Arab Emirates - Uzbekistan
2012 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Case study
Les inégalités de genre en matière d’accès à la terre et de définition des politiques agricoles au Cameroun : Initiatives du CEFAP pour contribuer à l’accès à la terre des femmes rurales de Tonga dans la région de l'Ouest Cameroun

Communication faite au Colloque international genre et agricultures familiale et paysanne, regards Nord-Sud (Toulouse-France , mai 2012), concernant le Projet de Renforcement des capacités des femmes rurales pour éradiquer les Inégalités de Genre et améliorer la gestion des ressources dans l’agriculture familiale et paysanne au Cameroun – Cas des femmes rurales...
2012 - Cercle des Filles des Femmes Actives pour l’amélioration des conditions socio-économiques et culturelles des femmes et des filles (CEFAP-LADIES CIRCLE)

Dimitra Newsletter: The Dimitra community listeners’ clubs on the move

Welcome to Dimitra Newsletter 22. This issue places the spotlight on the Dimitra community listeners’ clubs, with a special dossier made up of several articles that focus on the impact of projects under way, the development of this approach and the launch of new initiatives.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Mozambique - Niger - Uganda
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dimitra Newsletter: Women’s access to land

This issue focuses on particularly innovative activities that enable women to have better access to land in several African countries. In Niger, thanks to the debates that began in their listeners’ club, the women of Banizoumbou now have secure access to a large plot of land for 99 years. This...
Burundi - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Madagascar - Mali - Niger - Senegal
2012 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Animal Farm

Cascina Barosi is a farm completely run by women. Cascina Barosi is a journey backwards, from big cities to the countryside. Benedetta, from Milan, managed a farm near Cremona. The film recounts his relationship with technology, enabling her to remotely control to the work on the farm, succeeding so to...
2012 - Rete Rurale Nazionale - Italy

Plant breeding with farmers. A technical manual

This manual on Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) is based primarily on the direct experience derived from several years of implementing PPB programmes in a number of countries and on a number of crops, and secondly, from a number of training courses (China, Ethiopia, Jordan, Australia, South Africa) and when necessary,...
Algeria - Egypt - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Morocco - Tunisia
2012 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Los desafíos de la adaptación al cambio climático en comunidades rurales altoandinas

Este proyecto constituye una iniciativa enmarcada en el esfuerzo por desarrollar capacidades y acciones de prevención para el manejo y gestión de riesgos en un contexto de adaptación al cambio climático. Se busca generar un proceso de desarrollo rural andino sostenible, que colabore en la disminución de los indicadores de...
2012 - Soluciones Prácticas

Mujer Rural: Cambios y Persistencias en América Latina

En el texto que sigue se presenta un balance de la situación de las mujeres rurales en América Latina con especial atención a los cambios y persistencias. El documento fue elaborado a partir de investigaciones realizadas en Perú y América Latina y se han revisado balances y estudios de ONG...
2011 - Programa Democratización y Transformación de Conflictos, Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Journal article
The role of women in agriculture

Agriculture can be an important engine of growth and poverty reduction. But the sector is underperforming in many countries in part because women, who are often a crucial resource in agriculture and the rural economy, face constraints that reduce their productivity. In this paper we draw on the available empirical...
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