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Technical paper
Enhancing crop-livestock systems in conservation agriculture for sustainable production intensification

A farmer discovery process going to scale in Burkina Faso
This 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
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

The Leap Ahead - Implementation of the Slovenian Action plan for organic farming

The aim of the project is to enhance the implementation of the Action Plan for the Development of Organic Farming in Slovenia until 2015 (APOF), which was adopted by the Slovenian government in November 2005. APOF was adopted with the argumentation that organic farming benefits biodiversity, environment, supply with quality foods...
2009 - Institute of Sustainable Development

Journal article
Agroecology as a science, a movement and a practice. A review

Agroecology involves various approaches to solve actual challenges of agricultural production. Though agroecology initially dealt primarily with crop production and protection aspects, in recent decades new dimensions such as environmental, social, economic, ethical and development issues are becoming relevant. Today, the term ‘agroecology’ means either a scientific discipline, agricultural practice,...
Brazil - France - Germany - United States of America
2009 - Agronomy for Sustainable Development

Gestion de la sécheresse et de la désertification en Méditerranée

Depuis très longtemps, la Méditerranée, de la Syrie à l’Espagne, a su pourvoir aux besoins de ses populations. Toutefois des évolutions rapides au niveau démographique et des modes de vie, ainsi que le changement climatique, engendrent des situations de tensions dans la région sur les questions de l’eau et des...
2009 - Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM)

Commercial Value Chains in Zambian Agriculture

Do Smallholders Benefit?
Agriculture and agro-processing are important in Zambia's economy, representing more than 40 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and contributing about 12 percent of national export earnings. Agriculture employs some 67 percent of the labor force and supplies raw materials to agricultural industries, which account for some 84 percent of...
2009 - World Bank

Agriculture at a crossroads

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development
The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), on which Agriculture at the Crossroads is based, was a three-year collaborative effort begun in 2005 that assessed our capacity to meet development and sustainability goals of: • Reducing hunger and poverty • Improving nutrition, health and rural livelihoods • Facilitating...

Journal article
A whole farm analysis of goat production systems in north Sinai, Egypt

The present study was carried out in North Sinai region. Data were collected as part of the project "Multinational approaches to enhance goat production in the Middle East" sponsored by MERC, USAID. Three goat production systems were identified according to water source and type of feeding or grazing: (i) the...
2009 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Aprendiendo a criar alpacas con Julián

Cuaderno de trabajo para el 5° y 6° grado de educación primaria
Este material recoge la riqueza tecnológica, agropecuaria y cultural de la provincia de Canchis; mitos e historias son utilizados conjuntamente como herramientas pedagógicas para lograr un aprendizaje que fomente el desarrollo y la modernización de técnicas de crianza, pero que a la vez revalore las prácticas tradicionales de las comunidades altoandinas. 
2009 - Soluciones Prácticas

Journal article
Accesibility to and consumption of indigenous vegetables and fruits by rural households in Matungu division, Western Kenya

Unacceptably high rates of micronutrient deficiencies persist mostly among resource-poor communities who rely on subsistence farming. In these communities, consumption of vegetables and fruits is the most sustainable way of reducing micronutrient deficiencies. Apart from enhancing dietary diversity, indigenous vegetables and fruits are often easier to grow, resistant to pests,...

Indigenous Peoples’ food systems

the many dimensions of culture, diversity and environment for nutrition and health
This book, from project formulation to final publication, and all the heroic efforts in between, is the result of the resolve, vision and hard work of Harriet V. Kuhnlein. She praises and credits the vast network of indigenous leaders and their communities, the chapter authors, and collaborators around the world,...

Alianzas público-privadas para una nueva visión estratégica del desarrollo

La magnitud de la crisis financiera y económica global que estalló en el segundo semestre de 2008 ha conmocionado a los expertos y a la opinión pública mundial, por lo que no resulta sorprendente que el debate económico se haya centrado en la crisis financiera internacional y su impacto en...
2009 - Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL)

Journal article
Agribusiness Involvement in Local Agriculture as a ‘White Knight’? A Case Study of Dole Japan’s Fresh Vegetable Business

In the past two decades, Japanese agriculture has been shrinking under policies of deregulation, with domestic production being replaced rapidly by imports, in which multinational agribusinesses are key players. Today there is an increasing presence of multinational corporations in Japanese rural sites. Dole Japan, a subsidiary of Dole Food Company,...

Conference proceedings
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

L’amélioration des revenus et de la sécurité alimentaire des petits exploitants en Afrique de l’Ouest et en Afrique Centrale par l’exportation de produits tropicaux biologiques et du commerce équitable

Le produit concerné par le projet au Cameroun est l’ananas de la variété Cayenne Lisse. Le partenaire du projet est le «Groupe d’Initiatives Communes» «Unité Agropastorale du Cameroun» (GIC UNAPAC). Cette organisation cultive une plantation d’ananas sur des terres cédées par ses membres fondateurs. Elle exporte les ananas de cette...

Frente Parlamentario Contra el Hambre

En 2005 el Frente Parlamentario contra el Hambre de América Latina y Caribe (FPH - ALC) surge en el marco de un proceso político regional como es la Iniciativa América Latina y Caribe sin Hambre 2025 (IALCSH); la que busca construir compromisos políticos en los países y en la región, en...
2009 - Frente Parlamentario Contra el Hambre

Energías renovables para el desarrollo rural

A través de SEMINARIO DE ENERGÍAS RENOVABLES PARA EL DESARROLLO RURAL, orientado a escuelas, universidades, medios de comunicación, instituciones, organizaciones, público en general y decidores políticos, se logran poner en común las tecnologías existentes para intercambiar tanto los avances como los desafíos técnicos que se aplican para el uso de...

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

Case study
Revisión de la evolución económica macrosectorial del sector agropecuario

El documento busca proporcionar información sobre el estado de situación y la evolución del sector agropecuario boliviano. Bajo el entendido que la identificación, caracterización y entendimiento de las unidades económicas rurales así como su dinámica económica, política, social y cultural es la base para interacción en pro del desarrollo. A...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2009 - Unidad de Análisis de Políticas Sociales y Económicas (UPADE)

Agriculture at a crossroads - Global report

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) was to assess the impacts of past, present and future agricultural knowledge, science and technology on the - reduction of hunger and poverty, - improvement of rural livelihoods and human health, and - equitable, socially, environmentally and economically sustainable...
2009 - International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development
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