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Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in Mexico

This study on marine protected areas (MPAs) in Mexico relies on a variety of data sources as well as the authors’ longstanding field experience, particularly in the Yucatan Peninsula, to analyze the design, establishment, and operation of protected areas. The study aims to provide an overview of how local stakeholders...
2008 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Direct Marketing by a Family Farm

Direct marketing of dairy products.
2008 - Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Smallholder integration in changing food markets

Recent increases in the levels and volatility of food prices have created significant challenges to efforts to reduce levels of food insecurity both at national and household levels. As a result, significant political attention has been given to the promotion of improvements in food staples productivity in developing countries, both...
2008 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Increasing space for organic agriculture in a changing Mediterranean

Organic agriculture has managed to attract the attention of local governments and economic operators and also to find space in discussion platforms and official strategy papers (concluding statement of the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Agriculture, Venice 2003 and the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development, approved in 2005 as part of...
2008 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM

Journal article
Adapting To Climate Change in Africa

Discusses the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program, which aims to establish a self-sustained African body of expertise on adaptation through capacity development and strengthening institutions.
2008 - World Bank

Working paper
La organización del trabajo en la agricultura familiar. Los hogares con trabajadores familiares remunerados en la región pampeana: el caso del Partido de Junín

El tema general de investigación de esta Tesis se refiere al proceso de expansión de la condición de remuneración entre los “trabajadores familiares” en las unidades familiares de producción agropecuaria de la región pampeana, de la Argentina. Su estudio es de particular interés para el análisis de los cambios sucedidos...
2008 - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)

Journal article
Sustainable agricultural management of drylands

In the first part of this paper, the Concept of "Sustainable Agriculture" is presented and discussed. Then a holistic view of drylands is given, starting with the aridity definition, then the location of drylands around the world. Drylands climate, soils and population are also characterized. The second part of the...
2008 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Journal article
Sustainable development of mixed farming systems in a newly reclaimed area in Egypt

A linear programming (LP) technique was adopted to determine the optimum combination of crops and livestock production on small mixed farms in a newly reclaimed area in Egypt. Three locations reflected the different types of producer; traditional farmers, early retirees, and university graduates. One LP model with two scenarios was...
2008 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

La sucesión generacional de la lechería familiar

El propósito de este artículo es compartir los principales hallazgos de un estudio de caso realizado en el marco de mi tesis de grado. En el mismo, analicé la sucesión generacional de diecisiete establecimientos familiares lecheros del departamento de Colonia y Soriano, en base a las opiniones de los distintos...

Journal article
Les nouvelles stratégies et les perspectives de l'élevage traditionnel au Maroc dans le contexte de la mondialisation

Au Maroc, l'élevage connaît un regain d'intérêt et, à côté des grandes étables modernes, une intensification, tant chez les pasteurs que chez des petits spéculateurs villageois. L'intégration au marché généralisée n'implique un souci particulier d'amélioration de la qualité que pour une minorité. Des encouragements dans le sens de l'amélioration de...
2008 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Magazine article
Income tax in individual farms - conceptand results

The paper presents model solutions of the financial consequences of replacing farming tax with income-tax in farms with different types of activity in “Greater Poland and Silesia” region. Farmers from “dairy cattle” farms would in vast majority pay higher income tax than farming tax, the highest in the groups with...

Working paper
Agricultural productivity growth, employment and poverty in Egypt

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the importance of agricultural productivity growth for generating employment and alleviating poverty in Egypt. Specifically, it attempts to answer the following questions: How important is agriculture for income and employment generation in rural Egypt? What is the relationship between agricultural productivity and...
2008 - The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES)

Case study
The Ifugao Rice Terraces

Philippine Project Framework
The Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) of the Central Cordillera Region, Northern Philippines is one of the pilot system of the FAO’s global project Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS1/). Its objective is to promote the dynamic conservation and adaptive management of globally significant agricultural biodiversity harbored in Globally Important Agricultural...
2008 - Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Journal article
Mobility and feeding strategies in the pastoral systems of the Syrian Badiah

The pastoral system of Syria, like most of West Asia and North Africa, is under stress with growing sheep population and continuous degradation of the rangelands. While the research and development society is strongly promoting community rangeland management in a participative and collaborative way, it is essential to characterize and...
Syrian Arab Republic
2008 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Journal article
Flexibility of individual farms in the transition period

Based on farm panel data we empirically investigate the determinants of Polish farm households’ flexibility from 1994 to 2001. We focus on scale flexibility (adjustment in production volume) and scope flexibility (adjustment in product mix). The findings of our fixed-effects regression provide evidence that smaller farms are more flexible, both...

The Social Dimensions of Marine Protected Areas: A Case Study of the Mafia Island Marine Park in Tanzania

This study discusses the social dimensions of MPAs in Tanzania, using the case of the Mafia Island Marine Park and the socioeconomic, political and cultural contexts within which Mafia people live their lives. Based on documentary surveys and interviews with residents of the island’s villages, national government officials, and the...
United Republic of Tanzania
2008 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Marine Protected Areas and Artisanal Fisheries in Brazil

This study from Brazil shows, it is possible to use MPAs as a tool for livelihood-sensitive conservation. Based on detailed studies of three sites–the Peixe Lagoon National Park in Rio Grande do Sul, and the marine extractive reserves (MERs) of Mandira, São Paulo, and Corumbau, Bahia–the study shows how communities...

Marine Protected Areas in India

This study on marine protected areas (MPAs) in India analyzes the legal and institutional framework for their establishment, and uses two case studies–the Gulf of Mannar National Park and Biosphere Reserve, and the Malvan (Marine) Wildlife Sanctuary–to document and understand the experiences and views of local communities, particularly fishing communities,...
2008 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Reserved Parking: Marine Reserves and Small-scale Fishing Communities: A collection of articles from Samudra Report

This dossier puts together a collection of articles from the pages of SAMUDRA Report, the triannual journal of ICSF. The articles show that conservation and livelihoods are closely intertwined, and that top-down, non participatory models of conservation can be counterproductive. Despite being poor and powerless, fishing and coastal communities can...
2008 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Livelihoods

Challenges and Trends in Central Asian Mountain Regions
The history of Central Asia reveals a complex patchwork of tribes, ethnicities and nations bound together in a struggle to survive in some of the region’s most harsh and unforgiving lands. Only those who knew the secrets of living in harmony with their environment were able to survive and eventually...
Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Uzbekistan
2008 - CAMP Program 208
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