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Assessing the sustainability of agricultural production - a cross-sectoral comparison of the blackberry, tomato and tree tomato sectors in Ecuador

Achieving a sustainable agricultural system requires an effective assessment of economic, environmental, and social conditions. Existing research has mainly focused on a single sector and lacks critical comparisons of determinants and trade-offs between sustainability dimensions. This study adopts a cross-sectoral perspective to assess and compare the sustainability performance of fruit...
2023 - International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability

The IFAD-GEF Advantage III: An integrated approach for food systems, climate and nature

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the financial backbone of multilateral environmental agreements for a "healthy planet and healthy people". Agriculture, with its substantial carbon and ecological footprint, holds immense potential for transformation. Small-scale farms contribute to agrobiodiversity, carbon sequestration and sustainable land management, forming the bedrock for a harmonious...
2023 - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

The role of forest extraction in the livelihood strategies of Indonesian smallholder cattle farmers

The understanding of the role of using forest resources in the livelihood strategies of smallholder farmers is limited. Rural household surveys often omit this aspect. From a survey of 600 Indonesian cattle farmers, we apply the sustainable livelihood framework to investigate the role extracting forest resources has in livelihood strategies...

Newsletter article
FAO Agroecology Newsletter #67

Agroecology Newsletter of January 2023

Journal article
Understanding the role of value chain formation in the scaling of crop diversification

Significant detrimental effects of agricultural intensification and specialization are becoming increasingly evident. Reliance on monocultures, few varieties, and intensive use of agrochemicals is a major factor in climate change, biodiversity decline, soil health deterioration, and pollution, putting our food system at risk. This requires sustainable agricultural processes, such as crop...
2023 - Agronomy for Sustainable Development

Biodiversity in action

Both climate change and biodiversity loss have distorting social and economic impacts on development and cause severe risks for food security, nutrition and livelihoods among rural populations in Europe and Central Asia, most of whom depend directly or indirectly on the agricultural sector. The mutually reinforcing and complex nature of...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Leafy Greens and Vegetables of Vietnam - Vietnamese

Formed in 2007, Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group (FPS) creates science-based educational materials, which: identify highly nutritious local food plants, explain how to grow them in a sustainable, agroecological way, detail the nutritional value of the plants and describe why human bodies require those nutrients. The resources created by FPS allows people to better...
Viet Nam

Evaluating the compensation for organic production in Sweden’s Rural Development Programme

This evaluation examines the effects of compensatory payments for organic production in Sweden on rural development, the environment and climate.  This evaluation from Sweden evaluated the compensation for organic production in the country’s Rural Development Programme and revealed a positive impact on farmers' profitability, competitiveness, local economies and innovation. It also...
2023 - Rural Development Programme: SE-National

Blog article
Central Asian Animal Health Network members look at the future of animal health and One Health

The Central Asian Animal Health Network (CAAHN) convened on 8−9 June for its third meeting since its establishment in 2019 in the historical city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, to delve into the future of animal health and the One Health approach within the region. Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

SHARE Social Protection for Sustainable Blue Food Systems

Oceans cover 70 per cent of the world’s surface and contain 80 per cent of all life (UN, 2022). 40 per cent of the population live 100km from the coast and the ocean provides 3.1 billion of them with their primary source of protein (UN, 2017). Marine food systems, however,...
2023 - Social Protection for Sustainable Blue Food Systems

Technical paper
L'espoir au-delà des crises : solutions ouest-africaines pour des systèmes alimentaires durables

Le CFSI, la Fondation de France et le Roppa, qui portent ensemble le programme de Promotion de l'agriculture familiale en Afrique de l'Ouest (Pafao), présentent un travail collectif intitulé Solutions ouest-africaines pour des systèmes alimentaires durables, sous la forme d'une publication écrite et d'un podcast. Ce sont les agriculteurs familiaux...
2023 - Alimenterre

Multiplier effects of some complementary agricultural practices: Evidence from rice in Ecuador

Rice is a crop that contributes significantly both to food security and to ensure adequate income levels for farmers. This motivates efforts in many countries to disseminate techniques that increase production while being environmentally friendly and affordable to small farmers. The objective of this article is to study the process...

Case study
Analysis of food loss in the cucumber, zucchini and table grapes value chains in the West Bank, Palestine

Causes and solutions
This study analyses the extent and causes of, and potential solutions to, food loss in three food subsectors that constitute important products in terms of income, food security and nutrition in Palestine; table grapes, cucumber and zucchini. It applies FAO's food loss analysis case study methodology that includes four phases;...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Blog article
FAO pledges to provide support for the implementation of the Pacific Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Fisheries Statistics (P-SPAFS)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Pacific Community (SPC) have pledged to collaborate on a ten-year plan, the Pacific Strategic Plan for Agriculture and Fisheries Statistics (P-SPAFS) which aims at strengthening the collection and dissemination of statistics related to food security, agriculture, fisheries, and...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
A historic moment as the UN General Assembly adopts the first resolution on the social and solidarity economy

Following the events organised in July and December 2022 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the United Nations has adopted the first Resolution on promoting the social and solidarity economy for sustainable development during the General Assembly held today 18th April 2023. As an observer of the UN Task Force on the Social and...
2023 - UN General Assembly

Blog article
Gender transformative trainings in Asian small-scale fisheries: insights from the Philippines and Indonesia

Over the last few weeks, South-east Asia has been the focus of FAO’s work targeting the achievement of gender equality in small-scale fisheries. As part of the project “Implementing the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines for gender equitable and climate resilient food systems and livelihoods”, the Philippines and Indonesia had the opportunity to hold two different...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Inside-out strategic coupling for smallholder market integration – Mango production in Malawi as a test case

Starting from the observation that value chain research has informed much of agricultural development interventions in recent decades, this paper identifies five key challenges to current agricultural development policies in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs): access to finance, infrastructure, land tenure, local linkages and knowledge transfer. Based on this review,...

Report of the Sixth Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission, Astana, Kazakhstan, 31 May-1 June 2023

The Sixth Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was held y in Astana, Kazakhstan from 31st to 1st June 2023. The meeting was attended by participants from four of the Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission (CACFish) member countries, namely, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Türkiye. The...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Journal article
Key research challenges to supporting farm transitions to agroecology in advanced economies. A review

In response to the sustainability issues that agriculture faces in advanced economies, agroecology has gained increasing relevance in scientific, political, and social debates. This has promoted discussion about transitions to agroecology, which represents a significant advancement. Accordingly, it has become a growing field of research. We reviewed the literature on...

Policy brief/paper
ARC 2020 Weekly Briefing on Agri-Food

✔Rural Realities | Testing Grounds for Wellbeing ✔Are We Ready to Amend the CAP SP to Fit For 55? ✔The Michael Dower Award for European Rural Resilience And much, much more in our Weekly Briefing
European Union
2023 - ARC2020
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