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Profit Making for Smallholder Farmers

Participants in the workshop shared experiences from nine projects in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. All projects had a common objective: to add value to an agricultural product and link smallholder farmers to profitable markets in a lasting way. The commodities included bulb onions in Kenya and Tanzania; fresh fruits in...
Kenya - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2009 - Food and Agricultural Research Management (FARM)

Política nacional de desarrollo rural integral

La Política Nacional de Desarrollo Rural Integral que aquí se presenta, es el fruto del trabajo de varios meses de diálogo, así como de formulación y discusión de propuestas entre gobierno y organizaciones sociales, en el marco del proceso establecido el 30 de abril de 2008 con la oficialización e...
2009 - Gabinete de Desarrollo Rural Integral del Gobierno de Guatemala

Working paper
Can a market-assisted land redistribution program improve the lives of the poor?

Evidence from Malawi
This paper uses a rural household survey dataset collected in 2006 and 2008 to investigate the impact of a market-based land resettlement project in southern Malawi. The program provided a conditional cash and land transfer to poor families to relocate to larger plots of farm land. The average treatment effect...
2009 - World Bank

Las Explotaciones Agropecuarias Familiares en la República Argentina

Un análisis a partir de los datos del Censo Nacional Agropecuario 2002
Con este trabajo se da continuidad al trabajo Los pequeños productores en la República Argentina, desarrollado en el marco de un acuerdo entre el Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca (en aquel momento, Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Alimentos) y el IICA. Continuando los lineamientos metodológicos de dicho estudio,...
2009 - Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de la Nación, Subsecretaría de Agricultura Familiar, PROINDER

Technical paper
Wage inequality in international perspective

Effects of location, sector, and gender
This paper uses the well-known Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition technique to understand the determinants of wage-gaps between men and women, between urban and rural workers, and between those employed in the rural agricultural versus the rural non-agricultural sectors, for the 14 developing and transition economies in the RIGA-L dataset. The unexplained male...
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Women and natural resources in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a beautiful country with a rich history. Today it faces enormous challenges. Afghanistan’s terrain is mountainous, dry, and subject to extreme droughts and devastating floods. Decades of conflict coupled with abuse, overexploitation and mismanagement of its natural resources have decimated its forests, degraded its rangelands and wetlands, and...
2009 - United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

Dimitra Newsletter: Communicating gender for development

At the end of 2009, despite the international commitments made to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, over a billion people are going hungry and 70% of those women and men who suffer from hunger live in rural areas. These alarming results inevitably raise questions as to the effectiveness of the...
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Madagascar - Morocco - Niger
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dimitra Newsletter: New Listeners’ Clubs in Katanga

Welcome to Dimitra Newsletter No. 16! This issue is devoted – as all our newsletters are – to the empowerment of women and men living in rural areas. FAO’s efforts in the Great Lakes Region highlight the fact that Farmer Field Schools can be instrumental in addressing a range of...
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ghana - Kenya - Senegal - Uganda
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dimitra Newsletter: Economic empowerment of rural women

On 16 October 2008, FAO celebrated World Food Day with a parallel event entitled “­Women have solutions to the food crisis: towards long-term structural changes”. This issue of the Dimitra newsletter focuses in particular on how – in an international context of rising food prices and raw material shortages –...
Burkina Faso - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ethiopia - Niger - Senegal - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2008 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dimitra Newsletter: Rural radios and participatory communication

Among the experiences shared in this newsletter, we would like to focus on Dimitra and its partners’ work in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the field of rural radio and participatory communication. A rural radio and listeners’ club project, conducted in South Kivu province with SAMWAKI and GTZ-Santé, is...
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ghana - Uganda
2008 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Rural income generation from floral greenery collected from four native species of the coastal temperate forests of southern Chile.

The contribution of non-timber forest products (NTFP) to rural income is a subject highly debated in the literature. In this study the economic value and contribution to family income of greenery products collected by rural women from four species that grow in secondary forests of the Coastal Range of the...
2008 - Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh)

Working paper
Linking African smallholders to high-value markets

Practitioner perspectives on benefits, constraints, and interventions
This paper provides the results of an international survey of practitioners with experience in facilitating the participation of African smallholder farmers in supply chains for higher-value and/or differentiated agricultural products. It explores their perceptions about the constraints inhibiting and the impacts associated with this supply chain participation. It also examines...
2008 - World Bank

Conference paper
Conservation Agriculture: Impact on farmers’ livelihoods, labour, mechanization and equipment

The paper will briefly explain the features of conservation agriculture which lead to these changes and then report in more detail experiences which have been observed in the long term after the introduction of conservation agriculture on the livelihood of farmers, labour requirements, mechanization and equipment use.
2008 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems: Notes and guides in assessing natural resources management

Natural resources management is a critical branch of sustainable rural development that requires thorough understanding of theland, the people who nurtures the land and how they govern land. They are historically, socially-ecologically constructed systems. While in today’s generation, natural resources management is intertwined with the problems of poverty, food and livelihood security and...
2008 - Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Guía para el análisis y el monitoreo de la equidad de género en las políticas de salud

El presente trabajo, preparado bajo la coordinación de la Unidad de Género, Etnia y Salud de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud, intenta contribuir al avance de las metas de igualdad de género en salud. Ofrece a planificadores, grupos de abogacía e investigadores en el ámbito de la salud, un...
2008 - Organización Panamericana de la Salud

Journal article
Adapting To Climate Change in Africa

Discusses the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program, which aims to establish a self-sustained African body of expertise on adaptation through capacity development and strengthening institutions.
2008 - World Bank

Journal article
Factores explicativos de la pobreza de los hogares rurales en el Perú

(Páginas 1- 6 de la publicación). En el Perú una variable que caracteriza la condición socioeconómica de la familia campesina es la pobreza rural.  Entre los factores que se encuentran asociados al desarrollo económico de las zonas rurales se menciona, en general, a las características geográficas de la región, las...
2008 - Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM)

Journal article
Labor use in smallholder agriculture in Malawi

Six village case studies
Based on village surveys in diverse regions of Malawi, this paper explores the features of labor use in smallholder agricultural production in Malawi. Labor contracts found in the study villages were interrelated with the high risks in agricultural production and the problem of food deficit, and provided a means for...

Primer Congreso de la Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Rurales e Indígenas (ANAMURI)

El presente video presenta el primer congreso nacional ANAMURI "Nosotras tenemos la palabra", que se desarrolló en Estación Mapocho, Santiago de Chile, en el año 2007. 
2007 - Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Rurales e Indígenas (ANAMURI)

Magazine article
Los bancos comunales y su creciente aporte a la economía rural

Los bancos comunales cuentan en el Perú con decenas de miles de socias, la mayoría campesinas. Auspiciados por ONG, y basados en la confianza grupal, estos bancos financian iniciativas de negocios a personas que son invisibles para el sistema financiero tradicional
2007 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)
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