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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

Magazine article
Resource-efficient food: energy and water savings lead to business benefits for Maltese mushroom farmer

‘Resource efficiency’ is a term that is used to describe environmentally sensitive approaches to development. In practice it means using resources sensibly to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the same quality of life that we have now. Consequently, using resources efficiently makes sound long-term sense and this...

Magazine article
Local food promotion: green gastronomy guide supports sustainable business growth in rural France

Strengthening links between suppliers and consumers of local food products can provide positive rural development outcomes. Experience from EAFRD projects involved in supporting local  food chains indicates that cooperation between rural businesses can create new opportunities with sustainable benefits. Food’s important role in EU rural development is highlighted by the European...

Journal article
What is a small farm?

In recent years small farms have received increased attention in the political debate, recognizing the role they play in rural areas and the need to improve their economic and social conditions in times of structural change of the agricultural sector towards fewer and larger farms. However, the wide variation in...

African Organic Agriculture Training Manual

The African Organic Agriculture Training Manual consists of several modules with materials for trainers and corresponding handouts for farmers. The materials are an intermediate step towards a comprehensive collection of training materials to promote organic and other sustainable farming practices in Africa. The aim is to continuously add new materials...
2011 - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)

Manual de buenas prácticas agrícolas en la cadena del tomate

El presente manual pretende ser una herramienta para contribuir al desarrollo de la pequeña horticultura, brindando recomendaciones que permitan acercar sus niveles tecnológicos y productivos, a los de una horticultura empresarial en el marco de las buenas prácticas agrícolas.

Policy brief/paper
Action plan for organic production in Croatia

Action plan describes planned activities and important steps in development of organic production in Croatia. Most organic producersa in Croatia are small and medium farmers that can signifficantly y improve their financial position through this type of production.
2011 - Ministry of agriculture

Agricultural Extension in Central Asia: Existing Strategies and Future Needs

This paper provides information on the current status of the agricultural extension systems in Central Asia (CA), with special reference to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The report reviews the existing extension strategies, donor- and state-driven initiatives to revitalize the agricultural extension systems, informal linkages that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) play in...
Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Uzbekistan

Working paper
Land belongs to the community

Demystifying the ‘global land grab’ in Southern Sudan
Sudan is among the global ‘hotspots’ for large-scale land acquisitions. Although most of this investment activity was thought to be focused in the Northern part of the country, recent research indicates that a surprising number of large-scale land acquisitions have also taken place in the South in recent years. Now...
South Sudan
2011 - The Land Deal Politics Initiative


我在云南迪庆藏族自治州德钦县云岭乡红坡村 作调查的时候,正赶上村里种植玉米和青稞,又 逢当地政府支持村民种植葡萄。村里除了在外打 工的,老弱妇孺都在田地农忙。红坡村每家平均 每家有7亩地,本村地处山区,土地大部分都在山 上,而且每家分配到的田块也不一定靠近农舍, 有的甚至有好几里的路程,这便无形中加重了农 民的劳动强度。
2011 - Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge
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