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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

Technical paper
Energy-smart food for people and climate

This paper makes a distinction between direct and indirect energy for (used in) the food chain and energy from (that can be produced by) the food sector. Energy from the food chain includes renewable energy produced on farms or in processing plants. This type of renewable energy includes wind, solar,...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Analyse de la durabilité de l'élevage de la race Barbarine élevée sous des conditions tunisiennes du système de production semi-aride

La Barbarine est la principale race ovine à viande en Tunisie. Avec ses deux écotypes dominants, la tête noire et la tête rousse, elle constitue 64% de l’effectif total des ovins. Connue par son adaptation aux conditions climatiques difficiles, sa capacité d’exploiter les pâturages pauvres ainsi que de surmonter les...
2011 - Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM)

Journal article
Factors influencing smallholder farmers’ bean production and supply to market in Burundi

Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L) is a major staple food in Burundi; thus increasing its production and marketing has the potential for raising incomes of the farming households. In the country, bean outputs have been declining for decades, yet demand for the crop in East Africa has surged considerably. This...
2011 - International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Tendencias y perspectivas de la agricultura familiar en América Latina

El objetivo del presente trabajo es analizar el concepto de Agricultura Familiar en diversas definiciones y en qué medida puede resultar una herramienta exitosa para el mundo rural y su salida de la pobreza. La Agricultura Familiar (AF) corresponde a la “producción agrícola predial por cuenta propia de pequeña escala”....
Colombia - Ecuador - El Salvador - Mexico

Conference proceedings
Forests beneath the grass Proceedings of the Regional Workshop on Advancing the Application of Assisted Natural Regeneration for Effective Low-Cost Restoration

The regional ”Workshop on Advancing the Application of Assisted Natural Regeneration for Effective, Low-Cost Forest Restoration” was organized from 19-22 May 2009, in Bohol, the Philippines, as a concluding activity of the three-year FAO-supported project aimed at promoting ANR in the Philippines. Both the project and the workshop were implemented...
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
Social security, poverty dynamics and economic growth in Angola’s smallholder agriculture

A case study of two communities in Huambo province
This paper is a condensed presentation of findings in the project “Land and Legal Plurality in Angola” as a part of the research collaboration programme between CEIC, Universidade Catholica de Angola and CMI, Norway. Fieldwork was done in August and September 2009 and 2010 in the municipalities of Kachiungu and...
2011 - Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Fondo de Cooperación para el Desarrollo Social

El Fondo de Cooperación para el Desarrollo Social (FONCODES) es un programa nacional del Ministerio de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social (MIDIS) que trabaja en la generación de mayores oportunidades económicas sostenibles de los hogares rurales pobres extremos, facilitando la articulación entre los actores privados del lado de la demanda y...
2011 - Fondo de Cooperación para el Desarrollo Social (FONCODES)

Global Design and Conceptual Framework

Agriculture is at the nexus of global challenges, more or less acute in different zones: new ones, climate change, interlinked scarcities, biodiversities, but also pending ones such as food insecurity and poverty. The challenges are multiple, inter connected and apply differently according to the diversity of contexts and local specificities....
2011 - World Agricultures Watch (WAW)

L’amenagement d’un perimetre bocager au Sahel

Depuis 1990, avec l’appui de TERRE VERTE, l’AZN expérimente au sein de sa Ferme Pilote de Guié (FPG) un système d’aménagement des terroirs basé sur la réalisation de périmètres bocagers. A l’instar des périmètres maraîchers protégeant une zone pour y cultiver des légumes, l’AZN a développé la technique des périmètres...
Burkina Faso
2011 - Terre Verte
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