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The Main Trends and Prospects of the Agricultural Development in Serbia

Agriculture can be qualified as a specific sector that represents an important part in implementing strategic vision of the Serbian economy's development. The reason for this is that over the past decades the accumulation that other sectors cannot provide has been drawn from this sector and that the great potential...

Journal article
Representing systemic strategies to cope with drought impacts using system dynamics modeling. Case study: Hamadan province, Iran

Following a drought event, several interactive feedback relations will get involved, whose effects can be realized as drought impacts. That is the behaviour of the components of a socio-economic system in response to the new changes due to drought which will form the system total behaviour in terms of socioeconomic-natural...
Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Conference paper
Local agri‐food products of women’s cooperatives. The ‘feminine side’ of quality

Rural women’s small businesses engaged in the production of local agri‐food products have been flourishing in the Greek countryside the last years responding to an emerging consumer demand for food of “specific quality”. Such successful initiatives have been particularly developed with co‐operative form, scattered throughout the country, both in the...

Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 - Country Report: Belize

Sustainably managed forests have multiple environmental and socio-economic functions important at the global, national and local scales, and play a vital part in sustainable development. Reliable and upto-date information on the state of forest resources - not only on area and area change, but also on such variables as growing...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article

在全世界有25亿以上的小农户从事粮食的 种植、收获和加工,其中半数以上是妇女。妇 女们的知识、劳动在当地多样化的食物体系的 可持续发展中,特别在发展中国家,发挥了重 要作用。
2010 - Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge

Conference paper
Short supply chains for local food in mountain areas

The paper aims to investigate factors responsible for the resilience2 and long term survival of short, local food supply networks formed in mountain areas characterised by low population density, remote location and underdeveloped infrastructure. A case study of an alternative food network established with participation of local government and umbrella...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2010 - European Union - EU Commission

Journal article
Water allocation strategies under drought and specific socio-economic and environmental conditions in the Central Jordan Valley

This work aims at analyzing different management practices for the improvement of the agricultural production in the Central Jordan Valley. The optimization of the cropping pattern has been done under different water scarcity and drought conditions and prevailing environmental and socio-economic constraints. The ISAREG model was used to estimate crop...

Case study
Encadenados al comercio, ¿liberados de la pobreza?

El caso de los pequeños productores frutícoles de Caazapá, Paraguay
El presente estudio ha sido elaborado por el Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya (CADEP) en el marco del proyecto de investigación “Pobreza, política comercial y políticas complementarias” organizado por la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), como un componente del programa de cooperación...
2010 - Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya (CADEP)

Journal article
Feasibility of some adaptation measures of on-farm irrigation in Egypt under water scarcity conditions

The aim of this investigation is to evaluate some proposed adaptation measures in order to overcome the projected impacts of climate change over on-farm irrigation system in Egypt. Improve irrigation systems efficiencies, change irrigation systems, and deficient irrigation were evaluated by using multi-criteria approach of evaluation. Adaptation measures were studied...

Journal article
Quelle dimension paysagère pour l'agropastoralisme?

L’agropastoralisme est un système agraire combinant productions animales extensive et cultures végétales sur deux espaces bien distincts : d’une part des espaces dit naturels dédiés à l’élevage de parcours, d’autre part des espaces cultivés, organisés, dédiés aux productions végétales et fortement marqué par l’activité humaine. Cette répartition initiale des productions...
2010 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Journal article

2010 - Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge

Working paper
Policies and Institutions to Support Smallholder Agriculture

In the developing world, smallholders form the backbone of the agricultural sector and their importance in rural areas is almost uniform across countries. There is no unique and unambiguous definition of a smallholder. Often scale, measured in terms of the farm size is used to classify producers. For example, households...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Blog article
The World of Community Supported Agriculture

All the way around the world in countries as diverse as the United States, Japan, France, China or Mali, people who farm and people who eat are forming communities around locally grown food. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Teikei, AMAP, Reciproco, ASC – the names may be different but the essence...
2010 - URGENCI

Women marginalised farmers

Mobilising for change
Using lessons from the case studies this paper draws out five practical steps in reaching and supporting women marginal farmers: 1) take the lead from women marginal farmers themselves in helping build their networks and groups, 2) promote alliances and external links, 3) organising needs based training workshops and regular...
India - Indonesia - Liberia - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2010 - Concern Worldwide

The evidence base for community forest management as a mechanism for supplying global environmental benefits and improving local welfare

A STAP advisory document
Community forest management (CFM) initiatives comprise a range of efforts to involve people who live in and around forests in forest management decisions. CFM initiatives often vest in communities some degree of decision-making power over forest management and rights to the benefits from such management. These initiatives are expected to...

Journal article
Les gardiennes du savoir faire culturel et agropastoral. Cas de la zone de Djelfa (Algérie)

Les paysages culturels de l’agro pastoralisme sont fortement liés aux pratiques techniques et culturelles des éleveurs utilisateurs et gestionnaires des espaces qu’ils occupent. C’est particulièrement vrai sur la zone de Djelfa, haut lieu du pastoralisme algérien, sur les hauts plateaux. Ce pastoralisme, comme dans l’ensemble du monde méditerranéen, subit des...
2010 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Technical paper
Analyse des performances productives des exploitations familiales de la localité de Zoetele au Sud Cameroun

L'objectif de cette recherche est d'analyser les performances productives des exploitations familiales agricoles (EFA) de la localité de Zoetelé au Sud Cameroun. Recherche qui s'est intéressée particulièrement aux EFA pratiquant le système de culture à base d'arachide et de maïs. En effet, c'est l'un des systèmes de culture les plus...
2010 - Université de Yaoundé

Journal article
La patrimonialisation des steppes du Proche-Orient : un instrument pour quelle stratégie?

Une inscription des steppes du Proche-Orient au patrimoine mondial des paysages culturels de l’agro pastoralisme pourrait s’imposer comme une évidence. Lieu d’émergence de l’agriculture et du pastoralisme, elles recèlent des vestiges de toutes les formes d’exploitation agricole et pastorale du proto élevage néolithique aux aménagements hydro agricoles des époques byzantine...
Syrian Arab Republic
2010 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Pastoralism, Nature Conservation and Development

This guide addresses the linkages between pastoralism, biodiversity, and development / poverty reduction. It aims to raise awareness of tools relevant to the pastoralism sector, which have demonstrated benefits to biodiversity as well as development. Readers can make use of the tools by consulting the supplementary references and sources
2010 - The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Policy brief/paper
Eurostat (Statistics in focus)

The Statistics in Focus are part of a series of country-specific publications on the results of the Farm Structure Survey (FSS) in years 2007, 2005 and 2003. They provide brief but comprehensive insight into the farm structure in Czech Republic. Farm structure in Czech Republic – 2010 Farm structure in Czech Republic...
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