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Case study
Challenges for succession in family farming – Perspective and research question

Agriculture, particularly family farming, has had, and still has, an important role in many rural communities as a basis for economic activity, local social organization and as a lifestyle, although its economic role has declined over time. The development of agriculture has turned into an industry where profitability is linked...
Norway
2010

Case study
Reclaiming life in marginal areas

Reclaiming life in marginal areas and fragile ecosystems through innovative solutions: The case of bocage perimeters in Burkina Faso
Human activities have helped to speed up the process of desertification in Burkina Faso. In order to curb this scourge and its disastrous consequences, the NGO “TERRE VERTE” has, since 1989, carried out a rural development project referred to as bocage perimeter, (“Wegoubri” in the Mooré language). This new concept...
Burkina Faso
2010 - The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

Journal
Options Méditerranéennes. Economics of drought and drought preparedness in a climate change context

During the last decades, droughts have become more frequent in the Mediterranean, West Asia and North African countries, and have had negative socio-economic impacts which are frequently linked to a high exploitation of available water resources. The Fourth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change states that extreme...
Argentina - Bulgaria - Canada - Egypt - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Jordan - Morocco - Spain - Syrian Arab Republic - Tunisia - Türkiye
2010 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Book
Integrated Crop Management Vol.7-2009

Enhancing Crop-Livestock Systems in Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Production Intensification - A Farmer Discovery Process Going to Scale in Burkina Faso
his is a story about how FAO assisted groups of farmers in five farming communities in the moist savannah zone of South Western Burkina Faso to enhance their crop-livestock systems through Conservation Agriculture (CA) practices, including crop diversification, using an innovative farmer discovery process, to bring about agricultural intensification and...
Burkina Faso
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
Calidad de suelos en una situación de producción de cerdos sobre pastoreo

Actualmente en nuestro país se están tomando medidas que fomentan y exigen un desarrollo sustentable en el manejo de los suelos del país. A lo largo de la historia hubo períodos de expansión agrícola que fueron acompañados de severa degradación de los suelos, llegando inclusive a dejar grandes áreas inutilizadas...
Uruguay
2010 - Universidad de la República de Uruguay. Facultad de Agronomía

Video
Four Acres and Independence - A Self-Sufficient Farmstead

Take a tour, accompanied by curious sheep and geese, of Mark Cooper's self-sufficient small farm. Over several years, he transformed a rundown house and hillsides of berry brambles into pasture and gardens where he produces and preserves most of his family's food. Visit the Goose Grotto in a constructed pond,...
European Union
2010

Case study
Regenerative agriculture in Senegal

Similar to other countries in the Sahel region, Senegal’s indigenous food production is hampered by lack of moisture and sandy soils low in organic matter. Soil erosion and degradation threaten large areas of farm land. In central Senegal’s groundnut basin, the low-lying area between the Ferlo and Gambia rivers, the...
Senegal
2010 - The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

Journal article
Participation determinants and impact assessment of the Institute of Agricultural Development (INDAP) credit program

This research estimates the impact of INDAP’s Credit Program on the per hectare agricultural income of small agricultural producers. To accomplish this, a Treatment Effects Model (TEM) is employed to simultaneously estimate producer incomes and program participation functions, correcting for the potential presence of selectivity bias through the correlation between...
Chile
2010 - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

Report
Climate Assurance Systems for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

A Report by Ecofys
This report was prepared as background information for the FAO/ISEAL expert meeting on Climate Standards for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing held in Rome on 11 November 2009. The report aims to scope the possibility for a modular climate assurance system that can be applied in the agriculture, forestry and fishery...
2010 - Ecofys

Journal
Options méditerranéennes. Pastoralisme méditerranéen: patrimoine culturel et paysager et développement durable

Ce numéro d’Options méditerranéennes restitue des actes de la deuxième réunion thématique d’experts sur le pastoralisme méditerranéen qui s’est tenu à Tirana (Albanie du 12 au 14 novembre 2009. Trente participants de douze pays méditerranéens ont participé à cette réunion ainsi qu’un certain nombre d’organisations internationales : Fao, Pnud-Albanie, Icomos,...
Albania - Algeria - Morocco - Spain - Tunisia
2010 - Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM)

Magazine article
Energía y desarrollo rural : el año de las alternativas

Los avances en electrificación y la creciente presencia de biocombustibles han marcado el panorama energético en las áreas rurales en los últimos años. En 2010, ambos procesos podrían tropezar con sus límites —remarcándose la necesidad de buscar alternativas.
Peru
2010 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Report
Scoping Study for Equivalence and Harmonization of Organic Standards and Technical Regulations in the Asia Region

This study is commissioned by the Global Organic Market Access (GOMA) project, a collaboration among FAO, UNCTAD and IFOAM, to provide information that enables stakeholders and GOMA to develop an optimal strategy for facilitating organic trade (and thereby also organic sector development in Asia) through equivalence, harmonization and/or other forms...
2010

Case study
Restoring ecological balance and bolstering social and economic development in Niger

Located in the center of Niger, Keita Department is a 4,860 sq km plateau with rocky slopes and valleys forming a complex system of watersheds subject to strong winds and water erosion. Plateau slopes covered by forests in 1962 were completely deforested by 1984. As in other Sahelian nations, droughts...
Niger
2010 - Oakland Institute and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA

Guidelines
Guide for decision makers for farmer organizations and exporters wishing to export organic and fair-trade certified products and for business support organizations

This guide draws on the lessons learned in the framework of the project “Increasing incomes and food security of small farmers in West and Central Africa through exports of organic and fair-trade tropical products”, implemented by FAO in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone from September 2005 to...
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal
Caravan - Science for Food Security

This issue of Caravan illustrates some of ICARDA’s strategic research — the use of new tools such as GIS, molecular markers and thermographic imaging, and new research methods in biodiversity conservation and plant breeding. It also describes applied research on water management, conservation agriculture and cropping systems. It discusses the...
Afghanistan - Egypt
2010 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Case study
Soil and water conservation techniques in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has few natural resources and a weak industrial base. Approximately 90 percent of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture. Food insecurity is commonplace in many parts of the country.1 During the 1960s, Burkina Faso’s rainfall averaged 700 mm/year. Along with other countries in West Africa’s Sahel, the...
Burkina Faso
2010 - Oakland Institute and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Guidelines
Guidelines For Smallholder Group Management Of Organic And Fair Trade Certification

This document defines operative procedures and minimum requirements for building smallholder groups’ management capacity for organic agriculture and fair trade certification.
2010 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Guidelines
Agroecology, best practices

Agroecology is the application of ecological principles to the interactions between human beings and their environment, as well as to their consequences, with the goal of minimising the negative effects of certain human activities. It aims at protecting the environment, ensuring the sustainable renewal of the natural resources (water, soil,...
Angola - Brazil - Cambodia - Congo - Gabon - Haiti - India - Lao People's Democratic Republic - Madagascar - Mauritania - Morocco - Niger - Sao Tome and Principe - Senegal - Sri Lanka
2010 - Agrisud International

Video
Lil’ Farm: The Art Of Small Scale Farming

Lil' Farm is located in Orange County, NC and owned and operated by George O'Neil with the help of a handful of volunteers.
United States of America
2010

Case study
Overcoming the constraints of agriculture

Senegal, like all Sahelian countries, suffers from the combined effects of population growth and climate disturbances that affect its productive bio- system and induce degradation. This is manifested in different forms depending on the physical environment and production systems in different eco-geographic areas. Several factors are responsible for the degradation...
Senegal
2010 - The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
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