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Highlights on agroecology

Less than one year away from the next United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development scheduled for June 2012 inRio (Rio+20), the international community is mobilizing to ensure that tomorrow’s major challenges are on the agenda. Amongthese subjects, the issue of global food security and new challenges governing current and future...
2011 - Inter-Réseaux Développement Rural

Journal article
Goat breeding systems in the South of Tunisia (Tataouine)

Goat population in Tunisia is around 1.5 million concentrated in the arid regions, mainly in the South. The local genotype (Arbi) is the most prevalent and kid meat is the main product from this breeding. Two breeding systems were identified: pastoral and agro-pastoral systems. The averages of fertility, fecundity and...
2011 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Pastoralism and Farming in Central Asia’s Mountains: A Research Review

This paper reviews and discusses the distinctive characteristics of mountain agro-pastoralism in Central Asia. Opening with a discussion of past and present research directions on this topic, the paper proceeds to outline the background to farming and raising livestock in the mountains. We then summarize key findings which are relevant...
Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan

Technical paper
Rural Household Access to Assets and Markets

A Cross-Country Comparison
The sluggish supply response in most developing countries to the apparently favourable agricultural market situation of the past few years can be explained by the limited ability of price incentives to bring about an increase in production and marketed surplus in the presence of binding non-price constraints. This article characterises...
2011 - World Bank

Huerta orgánica: riego por goteo

Entrevista que orienta sobre las características que deben tener los sistema de riego por goteo, cuando se los plantea en función de una huerta orgánica, sus beneficios y aporte a la agricultura familiar.
2011 - Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)

Journal article
Promoting multidisciplinary research to improve goat production systems in Morocco

In Morocco, goat keeping is one of the most ancient economic activities in communities of the High and Middle Atlas Mountains. Goats may be the main all year round source of income and contribute to the satisfaction of primary nutritional requirements of rural livelihoods. Studies on the technical, environmental, social,...
2011 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Cheese Manufacturer Martins

Idálio Ramos is a young producer of quality goat cheese in the centre of the Algarve region. Following the family tradition, the young man keeps his flock of goats and cultivates inherited ways of producing cheese from their milk. The main objective was to maintain the traditional family production of goat...
2011 - European Rural Development network

Development of Organic Products in Portugal

The Portuguese company ''4Bio Inova'' makes and distributes a range of products in the areas of organic farming, food processing, forestry and rural tourism. The company particularly aims to popularize the consumption of organic foods by offering high quality products that are both tailored to customer expectations and fairly priced....
2011 - EAFRD

Institutionnalisation de la reproduction sociale des agriculteurs dans la Pampa: une anti-installation?

The cooperatives of farmers in the Pampa are an important institution of family farming in this region of Argentina. They use an agrarian discourse to convince the sons of farmers to become themselves farmers. This discourse is different from the practices of the members and the leaders of the cooperatives....

La producción familiar como alternativa de un desarrollo sostenible para la Amazonía

Lecciones aprendidas de iniciativas de uso forestal por productores familiares en la Amazonía boliviana, brasilera, ecuatoriana y peruana
Este libro pretende sistematizar las lecciones aprendidas y presenta los principales mensajes del Proyecto ForLive, fomentado por datos empíricos seleccionados entre los diversos estudios y enriquecidos por diferentes debates públicos. Los textos y ejemplos que se presentan aquí están escritos en un lenguaje accesible con el fin de facilitar la...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Brazil - Ecuador - Peru
2011 - Centro para la Investigación Forestal Internacional (CIFOR)

Labels or Fables? The Myth of Sustainability: A collection of articles from SAMUDRA Report

Labels or Fables? The Myth of Sustainability examines the costs of certification of global fisheries and how it is allegedly biased towards industrial-scale fisheries. This dossier is a compilation of articles from Samudra Report dealing with the issue of ecolabelling in fisheries.
2011 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Diseño de una agenda de extensión rural latinoamericana que contribuya a un desarrollo rural inclusivo

Institucionalidad de la extensión rural y las relaciones público-privadas en América Latina
Este trabajo brinda insumos para la discusión de una nueva institucionalidad para la extensión como una de las prioridades de la Red Latinoamericana de Servicios de Extensión Rural (RELASER), y su vínculo con el Foro Global para los Servicios de Asesoría Rural (GFRAS). Se hace una breve descripción de los...
Argentina - Mexico - Peru
2011 - Rimisp – Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural

Case study
Une analyse systémique des dispositifs de conseil à l'exploitation familiale en Afrique de l'Ouest.

 En Afrique de l'Ouest des dispositifs de conseil à l'exploitation agricole familiale ont été développés pour mieux répondre aux nouvelles attentes des producteurs. L'objectif de l'article est de montrer que ces dispositifs pluri-institutionnels peuvent être appréhendés comme des systèmes complexes dont le fonctionnement est fortement contraint par le mode de...
Benin - Burkina Faso
2011 - Cahiers Agricultures

Journal article
Integrated Weed Management in Zimbabwe’s Smallholder Sector, Where Are We?

A Review
The introduction of the Integrated Weed Management (IWM) in Zimbabwe’s small holder sector seemed to be the answer to the weed management problem in the sector. However up to the present moment the drudgery associated with weeding still dominate in the sector. Research in Zimbabwe has investigated various techniques varying...

Consumer Perception of Organic Food in Croatia

In the past decade, both worldwide and in Croatia, there has been an increased interest in the production of organic products. This is the result of several factors. The most important elements of the organic food industry are linking agriculture and tourism, improving overall tourism, increasing consumer concerns for health,...
2011 - Croatian Agricultural Extension Institute

Fruit trees and useful plants In Amazonian life

This book features the uncommon quality of bringing together original scientific knowledge on fruits and useful plants of the Amazon forest and the sensibility to detect the deep interaction between life, traditional knowledge of our forests and folk culture. With its language at the same time accessible, pleasant and practical,...

The Present and the Future of Small Farms in the European Union

The conference was organised by the University of Agriculture in Krakow, the Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, the Malopolska Association of Agricultural Extension Services, the Agricultural Advisory Centre in Brwinów (Branch Office in Krakow) and the Office of the Member of...
2011 - European Union

Consorcio Andino de Innovación Participativa con Pequeños Agricultores

El Consorcio Andino de Innovación Participativa con Pequeños Agricultores es una alianza de entidades de investigación e innovación y de organizaciones de pequeños productores agropecuarios de Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú y Venezuela, cuyo objetivo es contribuir al mejoramiento del nivel y la calidad de vida de las comunidades rurales de...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Colombia - Ecuador - Peru - Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
2011 - Consorcio Andino

Italian National Rural Network contribution to the “short supply chain”

In recent years Italy has seen a vital, if spontaneous and rather piecemeal, growth in short food supply chains at the local level. Such a phenomenon is of considerable interest since it responds to a number of needs and opportunities, both of farmers and consumers. Short supply food chains in...
2011 - National rural network

Policy brief/paper
For a system of fair trade which favours rural farming organisations

Since the end of the eighties, fair trade has experienced a considerable boom and development which without doubt reaches well beyond the expectations of those who were behind the initial launch. AVSF has seen the impact of Max Havelaar-Flo fair trade labelling in working alongside an important number of Producers’...
2011 - AVSF
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