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Estrategia Nacional para el Fomento de la Producción Orgánica y Agroecólogica PARAGUAY

Alternativa de Crecimiento Socio-Económico y Sostenibilidad Ambiental
El Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG) de la República del Paraguay, comprende que la producción agropecuaria orgánica-agroecológica es una alternativa de producción diferenciada, capaz de generar ingresos diversificados en el sector de la agricultura familiar, contribuyendo al mejoramiento de las condiciones de vida de quienes forman parte de este...
2008 - Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG)

Journal article
Impact of food aid on smallholder agricultural development in Swaziland

Food aid is a widely debated development topic and such debates have given rise to the existence of two schools of thought regarding its resultant effects. The general belief is that food aid has disincentive effects, whereas the counter belief is that food aid instead comes with contributional effects to...

The Zanzibar Workshop Proceedings: Asserting Rights, Defining Responsibilities: Perspectives from Small-scale Fishing Communities on Coastal and Fisheries Management in Eastern and Southern Africa, 24-27 June 2008, Zanzibar, Tanzania

The Zanzibar Workshop Proceedings consists of the report and the Statement of the Workshop and provides a rich understanding of the dynamics of traditional, indigenous, small-scale and artisanal fisheries and fishing communities in the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) context. The issues covered include: the saga of rights denied to...
Western Sahara
2008 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Food and Nutrition Security Foundation

This course introduces the concepts and tools used in food security analysis. As a starting point, it defines the concept of food security and its relationship to the concepts of vulnerability, hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The course also provides guidelines on how to interpret and use conceptual frameworks for analysing...
2008 - Food and Agriculture 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

Policy brief/paper
Measuring Ethiopian farmers’ vulnerability to climate change across regional states

Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, which is dominated by smallscale, mixed crop, and livestock farming, is the mainstay of the country’s economy. It constitutes more than half the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), generates more than 85 percent of the foreign exchange earnings, and employs about 80 percent of the population. Ethiopia’s...
2008 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Campaña Semillas de Identidad

La Campaña Semillas de Identidad es un proceso organizativo en clave de red, apoyado por SWISSAID, que nace del trabajo con comunidades indígenas, campesinas y afro de Colombia y que se construye de manera permanente para proponer alternativas a diferentes problemáticas con relación a las semillas propias (nativas y criollas) y su necesidad...
2008 - Grupo Semillas Colombia

Technical paper
Agricultural mechanization in Africa

Time for action
The publication of this report will help move the discussions on agricultural mechanization from being on the banks to the mainstream of the debate on agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. Now is the “Time for a New Look” at agricultural mechanization in this region.
2008 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Proceedings of the Third World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, 3-7 October 2005

Tthese proceedings synthesise the deliberations of the iii world congress on conservation agriculture held in nairobi from 3 to 7 october 2005. the proceedings are published at a time when soaring food and energy prices have severely impacted on the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers and many more consumers....
2008 - African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT)

Policy brief/paper
Micro-level analysis of farmers’ adaptation to climate change in Southern Africa

Agricultural production remains the main source of livelihood for rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, providing employment to more than 60 percent of the population and contributing about 30 percent of gross domestic product. With likely long-term changes in rainfall patterns and shifting temperature zones, climate change is expected to significantly...
South Africa - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2008 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Visual Soil Assessment (VSA)

Soil type and the effect of management on the condition of the soil are important determinants of the production performance of orchards and have profound effects on long-term profits. Land managers need tools that are reliable, quick and easy to use in order to help them assess the condition of...
2008 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Marine Conservation and Coastal Communities: Who Carries the Costs?: A Study of Marine Protected Areas and Their Impact on Traditional Small-scale Fishing Communities in South Africa

This study analyzes five marine protected areas (MPAs) in South Africa, which span three of the country’s four coastal provinces, namely, the Langebaan Lagoon MPA, the Maputaland MPA, the St Lucia MPA, the Tsitsikamma MPA and the Mkambati MPA. A biological, conservation-oriented fisheries science dominates the agendas of these MPAs....
South Africa
2008 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in Mexico

This study on marine protected areas (MPAs) in Mexico relies on a variety of data sources as well as the authors’ longstanding field experience, particularly in the Yucatan Peninsula, to analyze the design, establishment, and operation of protected areas. The study aims to provide an overview of how local stakeholders...
2008 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Direct Marketing by a Family Farm

Direct marketing of dairy products.
2008 - Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Smallholder integration in changing food markets

Recent increases in the levels and volatility of food prices have created significant challenges to efforts to reduce levels of food insecurity both at national and household levels. As a result, significant political attention has been given to the promotion of improvements in food staples productivity in developing countries, both...
2008 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Increasing space for organic agriculture in a changing Mediterranean

Organic agriculture has managed to attract the attention of local governments and economic operators and also to find space in discussion platforms and official strategy papers (concluding statement of the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Agriculture, Venice 2003 and the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development, approved in 2005 as part of...
2008 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM

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

Working paper
La organización del trabajo en la agricultura familiar. Los hogares con trabajadores familiares remunerados en la región pampeana: el caso del Partido de Junín

El tema general de investigación de esta Tesis se refiere al proceso de expansión de la condición de remuneración entre los “trabajadores familiares” en las unidades familiares de producción agropecuaria de la región pampeana, de la Argentina. Su estudio es de particular interés para el análisis de los cambios sucedidos...
2008 - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)

Journal article
Sustainable agricultural management of drylands

In the first part of this paper, the Concept of "Sustainable Agriculture" is presented and discussed. Then a holistic view of drylands is given, starting with the aridity definition, then the location of drylands around the world. Drylands climate, soils and population are also characterized. The second part of the...
2008 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

Journal article
Sustainable development of mixed farming systems in a newly reclaimed area in Egypt

A linear programming (LP) technique was adopted to determine the optimum combination of crops and livestock production on small mixed farms in a newly reclaimed area in Egypt. Three locations reflected the different types of producer; traditional farmers, early retirees, and university graduates. One LP model with two scenarios was...
2008 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)
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