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Social Welfare and Social Security in Sri Lankan Fisheries

Since Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948, social welfare for the country’s fishing populations has been the responsibility of successive governments. During the latter half of the last millennium, the State has been channelling huge amounts of public funds into a number of social welfare and social security measures. However, the...
Sri Lanka
2005 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Les obstacles aux transferts technologiques dans les petites et moyennes exploitations agricoles des zones arides et semi arides du Maghreb.

Le secteur agricole des pays du Maghreb est caractérisé par des petites et moyennes exploitations agricoles qui de part leur nombre (plus de 3 millions) et leur diversité (élevage, céréaliculture mais aussi légumes, fruits, oléiculture, phœnicoptéridé), constituent des acteurs importants dans le développement et le fonctionnement du secteur agricole. Cependant,...
Algeria - Morocco - Tunisia
2005 - Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts de Sciences Economiques (FEMISE)

La fabrication et l’utilisation du compost

Cet Agrodok se concentre sur la fabrication et l’utilisation du compost. Le Chapitre 8 décrit une recette pour la fabrication de fumier liquide et des extraits de compost. Il s’agit ici des engrais organiques facilement réalisés pour un apport rapide des substances nutritives aux plantes. Bokashi constitue un autre type...
2005 - CTA

Finnish resolve: efficient farming in extreme conditions

Farming couple Anu and Esa Immonen run Esa's family estate in Nilsiä in the province of Savo, a good 400 km north of Helsinki. These are the northernmost farmed areas in the world. The crops that grow in these latitudes comprise a small selection of cereals, vegetables, berries and grass...

Dimitra Newsletter: The dynamics of women’s networks

This is the 11th Dimitra newsletter. Our last edition was replaced by the distribution of the Dimitra CD-ROM. Many of you took time to return the short survey we enclosed with it and we would like to thank you for this valuable feedback. We have also received numerous messages telling...
Burundi - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Namibia - Niger - Senegal
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Integrated soil and water management for orchard development - Role and importance

Proceedings of the International Seminar “The role and importance of integrated soil and water management for orchard development” This publication discusses the role and importance of integrated soil and water management in orchards and it is intended to highlight the better use of resources. This publication will contribute to raising awareness...
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
The Nature of Irish Farming

Farming in Ireland in recent decades has not escaped the trend towards intensification. But despite this, a large proportion of Irish farmland is still managed in a way that works with nature and the landscape. This type of farmland is referred to as High Nature Value (NHV) farmland. What the...

Needs Assessment for Information and Communication Capacity Building in the National Agriculture Research Systems with Particular Emphasis on Ecological and Organic Agricultural Production in Bulgaria, Serbia and Kosovo

The objective of this study, commissioned by the FAO Regional Office for Europe and SDRR, is to analyse the status of and future needs for information and communication systems of private and government organizations in the national agricultural research system and its relevant partners with respect to agro-ecological and organic...
Bulgaria - Serbia
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Case study
Desarrollo rural y tecnologías de información y comunicación

Experiencias en el Perú: Lecciones aprendidas y recomendaciones
Los autores describen el documento así: "Las experiencias que presentamos en esta publicación muestran que las TIC, si son integradas de manera adecuada a esfuerzos de desarrollo rural, pueden tener un impacto importante. Las experiencias y recomendaciones reflejan un resumen de varios años de trabajo en proyectos piloto TIC en...
2005 - Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG)

Conference proceedings
El derecho a la alimentación de mujeres rurales

Reto para la cooperación al desarrollo con América Latina
Esta documentación es una colección de las ponencias centrales del seminario – que aquí se publican de forma resumida sin poder reflejar toda la riqueza de las contribuciones orales y el dinamismo de las discusiones. Sin embargo, ofrece muchísima información detallada e ilustrativa que puede estimular y enriquecer los próximos...
Brazil - Guatemala - Honduras
2005 - FIAN


Biodiversity plays a key part in maintaining healthy and functioning ecosystems. However, in many instances, modern agricultural practices neglect the environmental aspect, prioritizing higher rates of production and economic benefits. This issue of AGRIDAPE looks at how agroecology can help maintain biodiversity while achieving satisfying yields.
Western Sahara
2005 - IED Afrique

Technical paper
Kyrgyz Livestock Study

Pasture Management and Use
Kyrgyz Republic is a landlocked country situated in the north-east part of Central Asia. Its territory occupies about 20,000,000 hectares of land and stretches from west to east for about 970 kilometers and from north to south for about 400 kilometers. The total area is about 198,000 square kilometers. About...

Working paper
Environmental and macroeconomic impact assessment of different development scenarios to organic and low-input farming in Croatia

Following the request of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, in September 2003 the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) funded a technical assistance project for Croatia. The overall objective of this project was to improve rural income and food security through diversified production and specialty...
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Voluntary guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security

The objective of the Voluntary Guidelines is to provide practical guidance to States in their implementation of the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security, in order to achieve the goals of the World Food Summit Plan of Action. They provide an...
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conference proceedings
Latin American Maize Germplasm Conservation: Regeneration, In situ Conservation, Core Subsets, and Prebreeding

This publication describes progress in collaborative efforts to document, characterize, regenerate, and conserve (both in seed banks and on-farm in situ) maize seed collections from the Americas since 1998. Participants from North, Central, and South America took part in a workshop at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)...
Argentina - Brazil - Chile - Colombia - Ecuador - Guatemala - Mexico - Paraguay - Peru - United States of America - Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
2005 - International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Journal article
Adoption of improved rice varieties among small-holder farmers in south-western Nigeria

The research examines the status of adoption of improved rice varieties among small holder farmers in South-west Nigeria with a view to asses the impact of technology transfer on rice production in the region. A total of 157 rice farmers selected through multi-stage sampling technique were interviewed using structured questionnaires....

Marketing study on organic and other selected special quality products from Croatia

This document contains the results of a study conducted to collect information to be used in devising a marketing strategy for Croatian organic and Protected designation of origin (PDO), Protected geographic indication (PGI) and Traditional specialty guaranteed (TSG) products. In part one, the main performance indicators of Croatian agriculture are...
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Conservation agriculture: Profitable and sustainable.

This leaflet explains the basis concepts of Conservation Agriculture: Definition and Principles
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

South Africa: A smallholder’s innovative approach to producing and exporting fruit

Exporting deciduous fruit from the Western Cape Province of South Africa to markets in Europe, North America and Asia contributes significantly to the province's Gross Domestic Product. The main export producers are large-scale farmers. Even with the change in discriminatory legislation and practices in South Africa after 1994, few smallholder...
South Africa
2005 - World Bank Group

Journal article
Best policies and practices for agricultural water management in the Near East region

With the most acute water-deficit in the world, the Near East Region challenge for economic and social development is likely to be jeopardized unless drastic measures are taken. The increasing need for water stems from population growth, national economies based primarily on agriculture and harsh climatic conditions and climate change...
2005 - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)
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