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Working paper
A guide to upgrading rural agricultural retail markets

This Working Document provides practical guidelines for upgrading agricultural retail markets in rural areas and analyses the strategic potential of upgrading as an important component of rural development. This document presents methodological steps for the design and implementation of appropriate programmes, rather than a single model to replicate. The objective is to propose...
Bangladesh - Ethiopia
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Indigenous Peoples' Food Systems

the many dimensions of culture, diversity and environment for nutrition and health
Food systems of Indigenous Peoples who retain connection to long-evolved cultures and patterns of living in local ecosystems present a treasure of knowledge that contributes to well-being and health, and can benefit all humankind. This book seeks to define and describe the diversity in food system use, nutrition and health...
Canada - India - Japan - Nigeria - Peru

Bridging the gap

FAO’s programme for gender equality in agriculture and rural development
Today, the spectre of hunger has returned to many developing countries. The number of undernourished people has risen above one billion, or one sixth of humanity. The international community faces other daunting challenges, including the global economic downturn, plummeting levels of trade and investment, growing scarcity of natural resources, and the...
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
A Cross-Country Comparison of Rural Income Generating Activities

This paper uses a newly constructed cross-country database composed of comparable income aggregates to examine the full range of income generating activities carried out by rural households. The analysis paints a clear picture of multiple activities across rural space in countries on all four continents, though less so in the...
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Water availability, demand and reliability of in situ water harvesting in smallholder rain-fed agriculture in the Thukela River Basin, South Africa

Water productivity in smallholder rain-fed agriculture is of key interest for improved food and livelihood security. A frequently advocated approach to enhance water productivity is to adopt water harvesting and conservation technologies (WH). This study estimates water availability for potential in situ WH, and supplemental water demand (SWD) in smallholder...
South Africa

Technical paper
Assets, Activities and Rural Income Generation

Evidence from a Multicountry Analysis
This paper examines the links between the assets and the economic activities of rural households in developing countries to provide insight into how the promotion of certain key assets—particularly education, land, and infrastructure—influences the economic choices of these households. Nationally representative data from 15 countries which form part of the...
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Public-private partnership for enhancing organic agriculture trade – a report of the interdepartmental working group on organic agriculture

Organic agriculture has been rapidly growing for over a decade and information on certified organic agriculture production and trade is now available for 138 countries. Certified organic areas included 32 million hectares in 2007 – one third of which being arable land and permanent crops, and two-third being permanent pastures...
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Improving Food Security in Arab Countries

This joint working paper lays out a rationale and strategic framework for improving food security and managing food-price shocks in the Arab countries. The paper does not provide country specific policy and project recommendations. Such recommendations will follow from the country by country application of the framework, taking into account...
2009 - World Bank (WB)

Technical paper
A cross country comparison of rural income generating activities

This paper is a shorter, more recent version of an earlier working paper, and uses RIGA data to describe participation in and income shares from the different income generating activities across rural households in different developing countries.
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Swaziland Agricultural Development Project (SADP)

In an effort to improve the food security of rural households and to foster equitable economic growth and development, the Government of Swaziland and FAO, with funding from the European Union (EU), work together to boost agricultural productivity, while at the same time reversing environmental degradation. Smallholder agriculture is a...
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
Farm equipment supply chains

Guidelines for policy-makers and service providers: experiences from Kenya, Pakistan and Brazil
The guidelines resulting from this report are principally directed towards sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where the lack of farm power and appropriate machinery is having a deleterious effect on rural livelihoods. The farm power and machinery supply chain includes a range of stakeholders from manufacturers and importers through dealers, hire service...
Brazil - Kenya - Pakistan
2009 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
The use of linear programming to evaluate the impact of credit for investments in small goat farms

The PRONAF is a governmental program that subsidies the credit for investment to smallholder farming and improves the social development in Brazil. This research was carried out to evaluate the effect of increasing the values of credit for investment used for the PRONAF farmers in semi-arid areas, and their impact...

La Comunicación para el Desarrollo ante los desafíos del Cambio Climático, Manejo de Recursos Naturales, Gestión del Riesgo y Seguridad Alimentaría

Memorias de una Consulta Virtual
La presente publicación parte de una premisa ineludible: La comunicación es clave para promover el desarrollo rural sostenible y la Comunicación para el Desarrollo (CpD), un enfoque que integra varios procesos y métodos participativos de comunicación, información y gestión del conocimiento y el uso integrado de medios locales y de...
2009 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Working paper
Promouvoir les filières secondaires en milieu rural par une approche entrepreneuriale.

Une expérience en pays Androy (Sud de Madagascar)
Les agriculteurs de l'Androy, région rurale très enclavée, située à l'extrême Sud de Madagascar, soumis à des crises alimentaires récurrentes, cherchent à diversifier leurs activités économiques et à compléter leurs faibles revenus issus de l'agriculture. Les producteurs valorisent alors leurs ressources agroalimentaires et leurs savoir-faire artisanaux pour développer des activités économiques....
2009 - Professionnels du développement solidaire (Gret)

Red para la Gestión Territorial de Desarrollo Rural Sustentable (RED GTD)

La Red para la Gestión Territorial de Desarrollo Rural Sustentable es una iniciativa de cooperación para la gestión del conocimiento en torno a las políticas públicas para el desarrollo rural sustentable en México. Creada en 2009, la Red GTD destaca por sus aportes a la generación de conocimiento sobre la...
2009 - Red para la Gestión Territorial de Desarrollo Rural Sustentable (RED GTD)

Fact sheet
Fighting water scarcity in the Arab countries

The Arab countries account for more than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but less than 1 per cent of global water resources. And as a consequence of the phenomena associated with climate change, the region is facing an even greater water shortage. For 30 years now, IFAD and...
Jordan - Sudan
2009 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Fact sheet
IFAD and the League of Arab States

Poverty among the 22 members of the League of Arab States (LAS) is primarily a rural phenomenon. Established in 1945, the LAS promotes and coordinates integration among its 22 member states and strengthens cooperation at all levels: political, security, economic, social and cultural. IFAD is highly supportive of this process...
2009 - International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Journal article
Permanent Pastures and Meadows under the CAP: BULGARIA

Permanent pastures are therein defined as utilized agricultural area used permanently for 5 or more years through cultivation (sowing) of grass fodder crops or through natural regeneration and is not included in the farm crop rotation. This area can be used for either grazing or mowing. All grass species that...
2009 - Europe Forum on nature conservation and pastoralism

Newsletter article
The Global Economic Crisis Hampers Human Development. How?

“For developing economies the current crisis means reduced demand for their exports, a decline in capital inflows and lower income from tourism. This One Pager discusses the transmission of the crisis from changes in aggregate variables to its impact on progress towards human development. The focus is on African economies”....
2009 - International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth

Journal article
Permanent Pastures and Meadows under the CAP: ESTONIA

Estonia falls into the Nemoral and Boreal biogeographical zones – regions naturally dominated by coniferous forests, with extensive mires. Farmers in at least certain parts in Estonia, as in other countries in these zones, traditionally made use of all the possible forage resources available to them to tide their animals...
2009 - Europe Forum on nature conservation and pastoralism
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