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Untangling subsidies, supporting fisheries: The WTO fisheries subsidies debate and developing-country priorities

This paper examines, from the fishery perspective of a developing country, the current debate on the role of fisheries subsidies in the context of the negotiations relating to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). While providing a background on fish production and...
2006 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

The Philippines Tuna Industry: A profile

This study deals with the tuna industry in the Philippines, which is among the world's largest producers of tuna and tuna-like species. Centred around General Santos City, the "tuna capital of the Philippines", the tuna boom was spurred by the arrival, in the mid-1970s, of Japanese traders looking for new...
2006 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Social Security for Fishworkers in Brazil: A Case study of Para

This study explores the status of Brazil’s social welfare system for the fisheries sector, from the point of view of democratization of access, the methodologies used and the extent to which demands have been taken into account. Brazil’s social welfare system is currently the focus of restructuring programmes by the...
2006 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Regional Workshop on Post-tsunami Rehabilitation of Fishing Communities and Fisheries-based Livelihoods, 18-19 January 2006, Chennai, India

The Regional Workshop on Post-tsunami Rehabilitation of Fishing Communities and Fisheries-based Livelihoods was held in Chennai, India on 18 and 19 January 2006, with the participation of fishworker organizations, NGOs, policymakers and representatives of multilateral agencies, from India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Maldives. This publication contains the proceedings of...

Technical paper
Socio-economic indicators in integrated coastal zone and community-based fisheries management

Case studies from the Caribbean
During 2004 and 2005, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), assisted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), carried out case studies in Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands on the consideration of socio-economic and demographic concerns in...
Belize - Dominica - Jamaica - Malaysia - Philippines - Saint Lucia - Trinidad and Tobago - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2006 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
Cultural indicators of Indigenous people’s food and agro-ecological systems

Globally, there are some 370 million Indigenous Peoples representing at least 5,000 different linguistic groups in more than 70 countries. Indigenous Peoples comprise about 5.5 percent of the world’s population, yet they are disproportionately represented among the poor and food insecure, in both developed and developing countries. Indigenous Peoples’ relationship...
Australia - Cameroon - Guatemala - New Zealand - Nicaragua - Panama
2006 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
Bridging the gap to new technologies for smallholder farmers in Africa

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) facilitates the transfer of appropriate proprietary technology, held by private and public organisations in the North and South, for use by smallholder African farmers. AATF serves as an honest broker in negotiating the royalty-free transfer of technologies held by public and private organisations in...
2006 - African Agricultural Technology Foundation

Journal article
Potential role for wild vegetables in household food security

A preliminary case study in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
The value of wild edible vegetables in food security has not been given sufficient attention in South Africa. Consequently, there are no formal interventions that seek to encourage people to use traditional vegetables as sources of essential nutrients. Studies on the role of wild leafy vegetables in food security could...
South Africa
2006 - University of KwaZulu-Natal

La pequeña agricultura familiar en los medios gráficos nacionales

El objetivo general de la publicación es identificar y analizar, durante el mes de octubre de 2006, el tratamiento periodístico de los diarios Clarín, La Nación, Página/12 y Ámbito Financiero sobre la Pequeña Agricultura Familiar, las acciones desarrolladas por los Institutos de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico para la Agricultura Familiar...
2006 - Observatorio de Medios de la Agencia Periodística del Mercosur (APM)

Climate change and smallholder farmers in Malawi

Understanding poor people’s experiences in climate change adaptation
Southern Africa is one of the regions estimated to be most at risk from climate change. While policy responses to global warming have been mainly driven by debates among scientists, the insights of poor people living on the frontline have been largely neglected. This study seeks to understand what is...
2006 - ActionAid International

What is Conservation Agriculture?

CA is a concept for resource-saving agricultural crop production that strives to achieve acceptable profits together with high and sustained production levels while concurrently conserving the environment. CA is based on enhancing natural biological processes above and below the ground. Interventions such as mechanical soil tillage are reduced to an...

Caravan - Special issue on International Year of Deserts and Desertification

This issue of Caravan looks at different aspects of desertification; and how ICARDA and its partners are working together to help farming communities find effective, sustainable solutions. These collaborative efforts have generated significant impacts at community level – higher crop yields, more sustainable farming systems, more incomegenerating opportunities for the...
Jordan - Lebanon
2006 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Blog article
Conserving water, boosting incomes in Jordan's Yarmouk valley

Jordan is a chronically water-scarce country, and less than five per cent of the land is arable. For farmers, little or no rainfall means severely reduced cultivation and production – and increased hunger and poverty. Those who find other ways to supplement their incomes generally earn very little. To address...

Journal article
Smallholder farming styles and development policy in South Africa

The case of Dzindi Irrigation Scheme
Diversity among smallholders farming 1.28 ha plots at Dzindi Irrigation Scheme in the Thulamela Local Municipality of Limpopo Province; South Africa is investigated by applying farming style theory. Farming styles refer to specific farming strategies, which are conscious responses of farmers to the prevailing ecological and socioeconomic conditions. The specific...
South Africa
2006 - Tshwane University of Technology

Journal article
Goat production under traditional management in Gaborone agricultural region in Botswana

An initial study covered the feed resources and nutritional ecology of Tswana goats kept under extensive communal management conditions in Gaborone Agricultural Region. Such goats feed on a variety of browses and herbaceous forages throughout the year. Only 30% of the respondent farmers provided their goats with supplementary feeds implying...

Magazine article
¿Cúan importante es el sector rural?

Cita un documento del Banco Mundial (BM) referido a América Latina y el Caribe («Más allá de la ciudad: la contribución rural al desarrollo»), que señala que los encargados de formular políticas deben prestar más atención a las políticas de desarrollo rural.
2005 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Magazine article
Comunidades campesinas y nativas: Proyecto de Ley con mayor debate

El proyecto de ley aprobado por la Comisión de Pueblos Andino-amazónicos, Afroperuanos, Ambiente y Ecología toma como base el texto trabajado por la comisión especial creada por ley, a principios de año, para revisar, actualizar y concordar toda la legislación existente sobre comunidades campesinas y nativas
2005 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Journal article
La relevancia de los factores confianza, arreglos institucionales y modelos mentales en el desarrollo rural

El caso de los productores campesinos de Ayacucho articulados a una cadena productiva
(Páginas 90 - 113 de la publicación).  La gran variedad de estructuras sociales y productivas del medio rural peruano determina la necesidad de realizar una caracterización de los territorios rurales, la misma que permite establecer tipologías y, en consecuencia, estrategias eficaces en el desarrollo de estos territorios en base a...
2005 - Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM)

Journal article
Agricultura y agricultores. Consolidación de un modelo productivo

Desde la década del 90 se asiste a cambios en la agricultura local inmersa en un contexto político y macroeconómico de corte neoliberal. Las estrategias de los agricultores que en el pasado permitían la continuidad de la mayor parte de las explotaciones en la región, se quiebran, incrementándose los riesgos...
2005 - Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR) / Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias

The Japanese market for environmentally and socially certified agricultural products from Central America

The main objective of this study is to support the efforts put forth by small-scale producers in Central America (CA) to penetrate the Japanese market for products that are produced in socially and/or environmentally responsible manners. This report therefore analyzes the current trends and future prospects of the Japanese market...
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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