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Conference paper
Gender dimensions of climate change adaptation and mitigation by smallholder farmers in Uganda

Climate change is now recognized as serious with long term negative effects on agricultural productivity, and hence on the well-being of communities especially in Africa. Farmers have experienced climate change effects and have tried to mitigate these effects by adapting new/different production practices. This study has been set up to...
Uganda
2010 - Makerere University

Manual
Building resilience to climate change

root crop and fishery production
This Food Security Toolkit, designed specifically for Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), aims to improve Pacific Islanders’ ability to produce and access safe and nutritious foods that meet their dietary and cultural needs. Targeting food security in the Pacific region is a critical action in the face of climate...
Cook Islands - Fiji - Kiribati - Marshall Islands - Micronesia (Federated States of) - Nauru - Niue - Palau - Papua New Guinea - Samoa - Solomon Islands - Tonga - Tuvalu - Vanuatu
2010

Website
Small farms tackle big problems in Bulgaria and Romania

Sofia, Bulgaria - Visitors to the first Terra Madre Balkans event, which opened in Sofia today, were greeted with specialty cheeses, artisan breads, jam and honey. The food fair for small-scale farmers and producers, devised by the organization Slow Food and supported by WWF, kicked off in the Botanical Garden...
Bulgaria - Romania
2010 - WWF

Journal article
Uso de camas profundas en los sistemas de engorde de cerdos en el sector campesino en Cuba

Se evaluó la tecnología de cama profunda como alternativa para el engorde de cerdos en el sector campesino en Cuba. Realizándose 2 ciclos de crianza de 106 días con 108 animales cada uno (hembras y machos castrados), de la raza Yorkshire Landrace YL (Camborough), de aproximadamente 21,0 kg de peso...
Cuba
2010 - Instituto de Investigaciones Porcinas (IIP)

Book
Marine Protected Areas in Thailand: Time for a Sea Change: A Study of the Effectiveness of Biodiversity Conservation Measures and Marine Protected Areas Along Southern Thailand’s Andaman Sea Coastline

This study examines how Thailand’s biodiversity conservation measures affect fishing communities, especially in the marine protected areas (MPAs) on the Andaman Sea coastline. It documents the various efforts of the local fishing communities to protect the resources in the area. Also included are recommendations for government agencies, civil society and...
Thailand
2010

Magazine article
Agricultural boom and persistence of rural poverty in Latin America

Some reflections
This article focuses on the analysis of some factors that would be widening the gap between the dynamism on the agricultural sector and progress related to reduce rural poverty. This is analyzed in relation to the different countries capacity about the progress on these two dimensions, poverty and growth. Here...
2010 - Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh)

Video
African Smallholders - Foodcrops, Markets and Policies

This study was presented during the conference “Production and Carbon Dynamics in Sustainable Agricultural and Forest Systems in Africa ” held in September, 2010.
2010 - SIANI

Journal article
Tourism and its interactions transformations in rural areas

Discussions related to the appropriation of nature and the notable changes in the rural areas have gained strength in recent times. Usually, such ideas are contextualized in the theme of sustainable development, however, there is still no consensus. The present study is to  analyze the tourism phenomenon and  its interventions...
Brazil
2010 - Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh)

Book
The Organic Business Guide

Developing sustainable value chains with smallholders
Sales of organic products are steadily increasing, and so is organic production in low and middle income countries. For good reason: for farmers it is an opportunity to increase their income and manage their land in a more sustainable way. Getting the produce from the field to the market requires...
2010 - IFOAM - Organics International

Report
Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010

Country Report: Democratic People's Republic of Korea
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...
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Agro-ecologie et developpement durable

De façon à répondre aux exigences d’économies d’échelle manifestées par les grandes firmes semencières et agroindustrielles, nombreuses ont été les agricultures ayant connu récemment des évolutions non compatibles avec les exigences du développement durable, tant par la dégradation des agro écosystèmes qu’elles induisent, que par le primat des logiques de...
2010 - ISDA 2010

Report
Pastoralisme méditerranéen: patrimoine culturel et paysager et développement durable

Actes de la deuxième réunion thématique d’experts sur le pastoralisme méditerranéen, 12-14 novembre 2009 –Tirana (Albanie)
Le pastoralisme est une des pratiques les plus anciennes de l’activité humaine. Il produit des paysages spécifiques, à la fois par la marque qu'il imprime au territoire et par les traditions culturelles matérielles et immatérielles qui leur sont associées. Exposé à des mutations profondes dans certaines régions, en voie de...
2010 - CIHEAM (Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes)

Website
Seminario Permanente de Investigación Agraria (SEPIA)

SEPIA es una asociación civil sin fines de lucro que promueve la investigación y el debate sobre temas rurales, agrarios y ambientales desde una perspectiva multidisciplinaria y plural. Las múltiples actividades del SEPIA tienen como eje los Seminarios Bienales. En cada uno de los catorce seminarios realizados hasta el momento...
Peru
2010 - Seminario Permanente de Investigación Agraria (SEPIA)

Journal article
Agroecology and sustainable development

In order to meet economy of scale demands made by large seed and agroindustrial companies, many areas of agriculture have recently evolved in ways which are incompatible with sustainable development, both in terms of damage to agroecosystems and by the continued belief in principles of land concentration and underuse. Farming...
2010 - Archive ouverte pluridisciplinaire (HAL)

Book
A Economia dos Ecossistemas e da Biodiversidade

TEEB para Formuladores de Políticas Locais e Regionais
Este relatório procura enfatizar o enorme potencial que os benefícios da natureza podem proporcionar para garantir e melhorar o bem-estar humano. Ele fornece orientação, conselhos e inspiração para os formuladores de políticas locais que querem incluir esses benefícios nas suas políticas e, dessa forma, ajudar a criar um futuro sustentável...
2010 - Heidi Wittmer (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ)

Journal
Revista Enlace, la revista de la agricultura de conservación

Revista Enlace es una publicación editada, publicada y distribuida por el Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT). Esta revista forma parte del componente MasAgro Productor, en el marco de las acciones emprendidas por CIMMYT para la ejecución del Programa Modernización Sustentable de la Agricultura Tradicional (MasAgro).  El enlace...
Mexico
2010 - Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT)

Case study
Agriculture for Growth: learning from experience in the Pacific

Summary results of five country studies in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu
This study has adopted an empirical approach using case study research to gather evidence to better inform policy processes is the Pacific region. It aims to distill the lessons from experience, looking for critical factors of success and any context specific issues which may influence the way that different communities...
Fiji - Samoa - Solomon Islands - Tonga - Vanuatu
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
Producer organizations

Reclaiming opportunities for development
Producer organisations are widely heralded as leading contributors to poverty reduction and the achievement of food security. Following the withdrawal of state support as part of measures for liberalization, producer organizations in Africa have been in a process of transition, attempting to define appropriate strategies in a competitive open market...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Manual
Visual Soil Assessment (VSA)

Wheat
Soil type and the effect of management on the condition of the soil are important determinants of the productive performance of wheat cropping and have profound effects on long term profits. Land managers need reliable, quick and easy to use tools to help them assess the condition of their soils...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference/Meeting
Semi-subsistence farming in Europe: Concepts and key issues

The motivation behind the ENRD's consideration of this topic and this background paper, which raises some key issues for further debate, is two-fold. Firstly, the last two enlargements in 2004 and 2007 brought millions of small farms into the EU, most of which are either subsistence farms (SFs) or semi-subsistence...
Romania
2010 - European Rural Network
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