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Mountain fisheries in developing countries

Mountains of the world cover about one-fifth of the land surface, are home to one-tenth of the world's population, and provide livelihood to some of the poorest communities in the world. Mountain lakes and streams are a source of freshwater for countless riparian human communities, support industries, provide water for...
2003

Policy brief/paper
Conservation Agriculture for Soil Moisture

This brief explains the potential of conservation agriculture to retain soil moisture, through rainwater harvesting and optimizing soil moisture.
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Transformations in West African agriculture and the role of family farms

This paper was prepared as an initial scoping study for the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) Secretariat to provide the basis for developing a longer term programme of work to examine the transformations underway in West African agriculture, and the challenges faced by smallholder production systems. The following question...
2003 - International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Fact sheet
Conservation Agriculture Soil moisture - Improving soil moisture management for enhanced crop production

This leaflet covers the main aspects of soil moisture in Conservation Agriculture
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Conservation Agriculture Organic matter - Improving soil fertility and structure

This leaflet explains how to improve soil fertility, achieving conservation of soil organic matter (SOM).
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Report
The culture of access to mountain natural resources

Policy, processes and practices
The Livelihood Support Programme (LSP) evolved from the belief that FAO could have a greater impact on reducing poverty and food insecurity, if its wealth of talent and experience were integrated into a more flexible and demand-responsive team approach. The LSP, which is executed by FAO with funding provided by...
2003

Technical paper
Microfinance in fisheries and aquaculture

Guidelines and case studies
These guidelines provide general principles and basic considerations for those involved in providing microfinance services to fisheries and aquaculture and for those who intend to include fishing and fish farming communities as part of the client base of their operation. The guidelines further elaborate on lending models, methodologies and policies...
Bangladesh - India - Malaysia - Nepal - Philippines - Sri Lanka - Thailand - Viet Nam
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Smallholder income and land distribution in Africa

Implications for poverty reduction strategies
This paper provides a micro-level foundation for discussions of land allocation and its relation to income poverty within the smallholder sectors of Eastern and Southern Africa. Results are drawn from nationally-representative household surveys between 1990 and 2000 in five countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Zambia. The paper shows that...
Ethiopia - Kenya - Mozambique - Rwanda - Zambia
2003

Journal article
Social theory, family farming and pluriactivity

This paper aims at presenting an analytical reference that allows understanding pluriactivity as a strategy for social and economic reproduction for rural families. In the introduction, we present the context in which the study of family farming and pluriactivity emerges in Brazil. In the first section, we discuss the origin...
Brazil
2003 - Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais (ANPOCS)

Report
Towards a GIS-based analysis of mountain environments and populations

This report presents the results of work in progress. It applies GIS techniques and newly available geo-referenced data to understand conditions underlying poverty and hunger in the world, with special reference to mountain environments and populations. Following the system developed by the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring...
2003

Report
FAO - Nutrition Country Profiles - The Bahamas

The objective of the Nutrition Country Profiles (NCP) is to provide concise analytical summaries describing the food and nutrition situation in individual countries with background statistics on food-related factors. The profiles present consistent and comparable statistics in a standard format. This pre-defined format combines a set of graphics, tables and...
Bahamas
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Report
FAO - Nutrition Country Profiles - Barbados

The objective of the Nutrition Country Profiles (NCP) is to provide concise analytical summaries describing the food and nutrition situation in individual countries with background statistics on food-related factors. The profiles present consistent and comparable statistics in a standard format. This pre-defined format combines a set of graphics, tables and...
Barbados
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal
Agriculture de montagne : la lutte pour la survie

L’agriculture dans les Alpes peut assurer son avenir par la production et la commercialisation régionale de produits de qualité. La production de spécialités – viande, lait et légumes bio, etc. - permet d’exploiter des niches commerciales. Il convient pour ce faire de privilégier et de favoriser une exploitation des surfaces...
France
2003 - Commission Internationale pour la Protection des Alpes

Report
Potential of contract farming as a mechanism for the commercialisation of smallholder agriculture

The Zimbabwe case study
Contract farming, has in one form or another, been practiced since time immemorial and is a common feature of commercializing agriculture in developing countries as well as in developed countries. Its pre-eminence in developing countries is attributed to a response in the trend towards coordination of agricultural production and processing...
Zimbabwe
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Jordan: Agricultural Resources Management Project

Mid-term evaluation
The rationale for ARMP is based on supporting rural households in the two Governorates of Karak and Tefila to intensify their agricultural practices by enhancing natural resource management in the designated project areas. This is to be achieved by arresting soil degradation and restoring soil fertility through the sustainable use...
2003

Journal article
Agricultural mechanization for small farmers, a case study in Cunco, IX Region of Chile.

A project offering mechanization services to small farmers has been in progress since 1992 in the district of Cunco, located in the foothills of the Andes in the IX Region of Chile. This project is administered by an non-governmental organization and is financed through international cooperation. A technical evaluation of...
Chile
2002 - Universidad Católica de Temuco

Journal article
Factors provoking friction and internal breakdown in rural agricultural enterprises

The factors that strengthen organizations are analyzed, by studying the organizational process and the perceptions of the members, in order to determine the factors that initiate friction and breakdown within an enterprise. Factors that initiated friction were found to be the lack of communicational feedback between executives and workers, the...
Chile
2002 - Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA )

Conference paper
Risk and De-Collectivisation: Evidence from the Czech Republic

Risk and De-Collectivisation: Evidence from the Czech Republic Bezemer, D. J. (2002), Proceedings of 2002 International Congress, August 28-31, 2002, Zaragoza, Spain The paper analyses the behavior of family farms socialist-style farms in the presence of risk, given the typical post-socialist environment in the Czech Republic. http://purl.umn.edu/24888
Czechia
2002

Report
Reinvesting in African small-holder agriculture

The role of tree crops in sustainable farming systems
This Policy and Strategy Paper contributes to an on-going policy debate-within the Bank but also with its client governments-about the role of tree crops in various production systems, and as key commodities in the trade portfolio of various African nations. It attempts to answer the following questions: a) What is...
2002 - World Bank

Article
Farm Transformation and Restructuring in Czech Agriculture – Ten Years After

Farm Transformation and Restructuring in Czech Agriculture – Ten Years After Doucha, T., Divila, E., Trávníček, Z., (2002) 13th International Farm Management Congress, July 7-12, 2002, Wageningen, The Netherlands. The development of the farms structure in the Czech Republic can be found for example in the article written by Doucha, Divila...
Czechia
2002
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