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Asociaciones públicas comunitarias de agua potable rural en Chile (APR)

Caracterización, función, contexto y desafíos
Las Asociaciones de Agua Potable Rural (en adelante, APR) son organizaciones públicas comunitarias, cuyo rol es el abastecimiento del agua potable en zonas rurales. En esta tesis, de carácter descriptivo, se analizó la gestión pública comunitaria de los servicios de APR en Chile, considerando sus características, funciones, contexto y desafíos...
2011 - Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Examples of Food projects

Food is fundamental to life and the majority of the food that we eat comes from Europe’s rural areas. Food priorities for the European Union (EU) include safeguarding food supplies and providing European citizens with quality, value and a diversity of food which is produced sustainably3 . The Common Agricultural...
Bulgaria - Cyprus - Czechia - France - Italy - Malta - Spain - Sweden

Beekeeping in Africa: Site selection for bee hives

Identifying an adequate site for an apiary is the first step to successful installation and colonization of a bee hive. This brief entry gives valuable advice on what to take into consideration when choosing a site for a bee hive.This technology is part of a series on hive management derived...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
World aquaculture 2010

The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department is pleased to present World aquaculture 2010. Six regional reviews and the resulting global synthesis, which provided the basis for this document, involved many people, including fish farmers, service providers, policy-makers, scientists, researchers, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organization workers. This rigorous consultative review process...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Using conservation agriculture to help Zimbabwe's farmers produce more

FAO has been working closely with NGOs and small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe to introduce conservation farming techniques and improve food production. The video provides a short overview of what this actually means for Zimbabwe's communal farmers, recounting some of their stories and including the perspectives of FAO staff, NGO staff...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Setting up a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

At Culberry Nursery in Angmering, West Sussex (4 miles west of Worthing), Martin Jarvis is taking the first steps to set up a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Project.A meeting in May 2011 established the level of interest, as local Angmering residents and members of Transition Town Worthing discussed ideas of...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Working paper
Productivity impact of conservation farming on smallholder cotton farmers in Zambia

Africa’s small farms face shortages of labor, land, animal traction and financing that, together, limit their access to improved technologies. This paper evaluates a series of conservation farming technology packages as possible vehicles for incrementally raising productivity and incomes among resource-poor farm households in Africa. Discussion focuses on asset-poor households...
2011 - Food Security Research project

Case study
DPR Korea and FAO

Achievements and success stories
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been providing support to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for well over three decades. FAO is normally the focal point for the United Nation’s Agriculture/Food Security Theme Group and its Sub-group on Sloping Land Management, which are...
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Agricultura familiar agroecológica campesina en la Comunidad Andina

Una opción para mejorar la seguridad alimentaria y conservar la biodiversidad
Las experiencias de producción familiar agroecológica en diferentes regiones del mundo han evidenciado que es una opción viable para promover la seguridad alimentaria y, al mismo tiempo, conservar la biodiversidad de nuestros países. En los países andinos, los pequeños productores junto con los movimientos agroecológicos han cumplido un rol importante para...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Colombia - Ecuador - Peru
2011 - Comunidad Andina

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Legacy for the future
For millennia communities of farmers, herders, fishers and forest people have developed complex, diverse, and locally adapted agricultural systems. These systems have been managed with time-tested, ingenious combinations of techniques and practices that have usually led to community food security, and the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Agricultural heritage...

Conference paper
Climate Change And Food Systems Resilience In Sub-Saharan Africa

This volume, Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience in Sub‑Saharan Africa, demonstrates the possibility of harmonizing agricultural production with the wellbeing of the biosphere – and that this can be achieved in Africa, our biosphere’s least developed continent, and the continent which is likely to suffer most from climate change....
Ethiopia - Uganda
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
Traditional Agriculture Systems, Koraput

Koraput region of the state of Orissa in India is known for its ecological wealth coexisting with poverty, generally referred to as the paradox of economic poverty in the midst of genetic prosperity. Koraput is a tribal district; more than 70% of the total population comprises of scheduled tribes. There...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organic Agriculture And Climate Change Mitigation

- A Report Of The Round Table On Organic Agriculture And Climate Change
The Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC) is a newly launched initiative dedicated to increasing understanding and quantifying the role that organic agriculture can play in climate change mitigation and adaptation – in addition to its already understood contribution in areas such as reducing use of chemical...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
The rural development of community-based tourism in Colca valley and Colca canyon

The Community-based Tourism is a new tourist modality that is developing in the Andean region of Latin America as alternative to the traditional tourism. This tourist typology permits the conservation of the environment and the participation of the local community in the tourist management of the territory. The present document...
2011 - Universidad de Valencia, Universidad de Granada

Del productor al consumidor

Apuntes para el análisis de las ferias y mercados de la agricultura familiar en Argentina
La presente publicación tiene como finalidad contribuir a la reflexión y análisis de los procesos desarrollados en las ferias: conocer sus potencialidades, limitaciones y dificultades. También generar herramientas de trabajo para los técnicos de terreno y organizaciones sociales, que realizan el acompañamiento de las ferias, así como para aquellos dispuestos...

Revista de Desarrollo Económico Territorial Eutopía n° 2

El número 2 de la Revista Eutopía, correspondiente a octubre de 2011, contiene: De cadenas de mercancias (commodities) a cadenas de valor: construcciones teóricas en una época de globalización La industria de aceite de palma en Ecuador: ¿un buen negocio para los pequeños agricultores? Guayaquil y la región: desarrollo territorial e inclusión social Cadena...
Colombia - Cuba - Ecuador - Nicaragua
2011 - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador (FLACSO)

ICT in Agriculture

Connecting smallholders to knowledge, networks, and institutions
The livelihoods of the world's poor rise and fall with the fate of agriculture. Enhancing the ability of smallholders to connect with the knowledge, networks, and institutions necessary to improve their productivity, food security, and employment opportunities is a fundamental development challenge. Where once rural areas were largely disconnected from...
2011 - World Bank

Journal article
Tourism as an intervention and implications for rural communities

Tourism development in rural areas has multiple directions, but its configuration from the new ruralityis generating profound socio-cultural and nature transformations on  rural  communities, taking  an  important  role  in  defining  intervention  strategies  by the economy. The research aims to describe the position and the intervention actions, which currently have several...
2011 - Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

A guide for small holder farmers on saving, accessing credit, and effectively managing money for improved livelihoods

What you need to know to effectively manage money matters
Access to agriculture finance is a hot topic in Uganda, especially for small scale farmers. There is a lot of talk in the sector about working together to remove barriers for small holder farmers to access value chain financing. Most recently the 2011 Zipping Finance and Farming Event in Kampala...
2011 - Agri-Profocus Uganda

Recognizing the unrecognised

Farmer innovation in northern Malawi
This report provides an overview of the findings from a Farmer Innovation Study conducted by Find Your Feet in 2011. The study was conducted in the district of Rumphi, in northern Malawi.
2011 - Find Your Feet
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