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Communal Life of Love and Unity of the Mountain People

Mountain people learn, live, love and unite for life – to awaken and search for the treasure within the mountain. By combining our wisdom, we can co-exist and develop to our fullest potential, working towards holistic dignity and sustainability. This initiative involves 1,144 families, mainly concentrated in Mae Win, Mae...
2016 - The Communal Life of Love and Unity of the Mountain People (CLUMP) foundation

The “Reading Mountains” festival

Based on the success of the 1st edition, the Alpine Convention is organizing the Reading Mountains festival The “Reading Mountains” festival is an opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Alps – its many languages, different, yet similar cultural heritage and its arts in all shapes and forms. For this...

Blog article
Asia-Pacific: agricultural perspectives

Asia’s position in the global food market tilts heavily towards demand due to its huge population and limited agricultural resources. With only one-fifth of the world’s agricultural land, the region hosts more than half of the global population. Asia has achieved significant production improvements over the last 50 years but...
2016 - Radobank

Conference proceedings
Proceedings of the X European Mountain Convention

From 3 to 5 October 2016, around 260 mountain actors (researchers, farmers, environmentalists, elected representatives from local and regional authorities, representatives of chambers of commerce and development agencies) met in Bragança, Portugal during the X European Mountain Convention organized by Euromontana. This X European Mountain Convention presented a state-of-the-art of the...

Support to family farming and small scale agriculture as a strategy to achieve rural poverty reduction

The workshop “Support to family farming and small scale agriculture to achieve rural poverty reduction. Opportunities and priorities to strengthen FAO Regional Initiatives” is aimed at analysing the main trends in family farming and debating the strategy and achievements of the three FAO Regional Initiatives related to family farming and...
2016 - Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Blog article
Avoiding milk losses with healthier cows

Europe’s farmers face a tall order. Long tasked with providing us with safe and affordable food, they are now expected to help generate jobs and economic growth as well. This priority was at the heart of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the European Union speech earlier this month....
European Union
2016 - EurActiv

European forest ecosystems

State and trends
The importance of forests with regard to supporting human needs is considerable. Forests are rich in biodiversity and valuable for recreation, water regulation and soil protection. As well as for providing timber and other non-wood forest products, forests are important for mitigating climate change and for the renewable energy sector....
European Union
2016 - European Environment Agency

Guía técnica para la planificación e implementación de prácticas productivas que favorecen la conservación de la diversidad biológica y cultural

Documento elaborado en el marco del Proyecto GEF SNAP: “Creación de un Sistema Nacional Integral de Áreas Protegidas para Chile: Estructura Financiera y Operacional”
Esta guía ha sido elaborada con el propósito de promover y favorecer la conservación de la diversidad biológica y cultural en territorios de alto valor por la biodiversidad que alojan, especialmente en áreas de soporte (es decir, paisajes de conservación, corredores biológicos y zonas de amortiguación), áreas protegidas e iniciativas de conservación privadas...
2016 - Instituto de Desarrollo Agropecuario (INDAP)

Blog article
Ordering local food through social networks

Social networks are becoming more and more popular, but did you know that you can even use them to order local, fresh fruit and vegetables? It has become possible thanks to a network of Finnish volunteers called REKO using Facebook to organize the deliveries of local products directly from farmer...
European Union
2016 - REKO

Newsletter article
Post‐conference report for the 13th Eurasian Grassland Conference 2016 in Sighisoara, Romania

Between the 20th and 24th of September 2016, 85 participants from 25 countries met in Sighisoara in Southern Transylvania for the 13th annual conference of the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group. In contrast to the previous 12 “EDGM, European Dry Grassland Meetings”, this year it was decided to change the name...
2016 - ADEPT Foundation

2016 Eurasian Grassland Conference

The 2016 Eurasian Grassland Conference will take place from the 20th to the 24th September 2016 in the historic town of Sighişoara in central Romania. This is the 13th annual meeting of the EDGG (formerly known as European Dry Grassland Meetings, EDGM), which aims to promote exchange and collaboration between...
2016 - The Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG), Fundația ADEPT,Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Cluj-Napoca

FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC)

The 33rd session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) will convene in Putrajaya, Malaysia, from 7 to 11 March 2016, hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry, Malaysia. The conference will focus on the opportunities and challenges in the region and priority areas of...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Increased consumption of dairy products in Asia-Pacific is good news for small farmers while improving child nutrition

The increased consumption of dairy products in Asia and the Pacific is playing a vital role in improving child nutrition and boosting the livelihoods of small farmers across the region, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced. The announcement was made during the opening session of the...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Newsletter article
The 2016 European Charter for Mountain Quality Food Products

Euromontana is delighted to present the 2016 European Charter for Mountain Quality Food Products! The Charter is the next step in over fifteen years of work by Euromontana to promote the preservation and valorization of mountain quality food products. We invite you to join us in celebrating this step forward...
2016 - Euromontana

Blog article
How Italian Mountain Honey Is Made

Think of Italy and one thinks of food, but not many people think 'mountains.' Yet mountains remain a principle source of the traditional, handcrafted food production Italy is famous for. Since climate and gradients combined render large-scale industrial agriculture unfeasible, food traditions and environmental health endure in most of Italy's mountains....

Technical paper
Improving governance of pastoral lands

The technical guide on Improving the governance of pastoral lands builds on a number of initiatives and studies from recent years that have highlighted pastoral governance and land tenure, revealing the inherent challenges pastoralists face, the shortcomings of governments in securing pastoral tenure, and the emerging examples of success and...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Unfinished agendas for forests and climate change: Local communities and smallholders and their organizations as the enabling actors to address climate change

The FAO Forestry Department and partners are organizing a daylong event to refocus our attention on the primary role that smallholder farmers and their organizations can play in the sustainable management of the world’s forests, particularly within the context of climate change. With the right enabling conditions local communities have...
2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Blog article

2016 - 中国农业新闻网

Investing in rural people in China

China's government is increasing its investment in rural areas, especially in infrastructure, irrigation, education and health. It is also introducing supportive policies, including agricultural tax exemptions; subsidies for agricultural production and increased agricultural procurement prices; and expansion of social protection and social security coverage. Such investments aim to create a...
2016 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Farming Nature: Spain - Sierra de Gredos, land of oaks and goats

The landscape in Sierra de Gredos was modelled largely by the livestock that traditionally grazed in mountain pastures in the summer and descended to the valleys when the snow came. In this video, one of the few goat farmers left in this Natura 2000 site explains their pastoral management and...
2016 - European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism
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