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Lessons learned by the WIN project on livelihoods diversification and enterprise development

An overview of WIN LDED-related activities in Cambodia, Nepal and Zambia
The Livelihood Support Programme (LSP) evolved from the belief that FAO could have a greater impact on reducing poverty and food insecurity, if its wealth of talent and experience were integrated into a more flexible and demandresponsive team approach. The LSP works through teams of FAO staff members, who are...
Cambodia - Nepal - Zambia

Journal article
Machinery Operating Costs in Family Farms

There are presented analysis of machinery operating costs in 143 family farms between 5 to 30 ha. Average costs is 5,7 thousand zl per farm. The main part of costs consist fuel and oil - about 43%, investment - 24%, maintenance and repair - 23% and insurance. The analysis shows...

Conservation Agriculture FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions related to Conservation Agriculture
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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)

Book part
Situación de la pequeña agricultura campesina

Organizaciones cooperativas, capital social y desarrollo rural
 El presente capítulo contextualiza la situación actual del medio rural, lo que ha significado el impacto de la globalización, el libre mercado y la modernización. En un segundo punto se caracteriza la situación de la pequeña agricultura campesina (PAC) y las organizaciones cooperativas en la actualidad. Finalmente se da cuenta...
2005 - Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Healing Wounds

How the international centers of the CGIAR help rebuild agriculture in countries affected by conflicts and natural disasters
For nearly three decades the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has focused its mission on helping developing countries turn agriculture into an engine of propoor, sustainable economic growth. Conflicts and natural disasters have often interfered with this mission, and disrupted the long-term work in strengthening human and institutional...
2005 - The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Semillas que germinan

Experiencias comunitarias en la costa
El presente documento recoge de manera sintética los criterios y procesos expuestos y descritos con mayor detalle en los informes de seguimiento (6), en los talleres de evaluación e intercambio de experiencias (2), en las diferentes jornadas de capacitación y en las actividades desarrolladas en torno al congreso-feria de proyectos...
2005 - Programa de Pequeñas Donaciones - PNUD/FMAM

Journal article
The advent of organic farming models: analysis of the current situation and perspectives in Brazil

This text analyses the development o f organic farming in Brazil.  Itfshows the great variability of social models of organic production recognised by Brazilian Law:  organic, agroecological, ecological or biodynamic agriculture, pcrmaculturc etc. It dcpicts how the political and social concerns in the spheres of family farming and environment caused...
2005 - EMBRAPA Meio Ambicnt

Technical paper
Contribution of farm power to smallholder livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa

Rural livelihoods in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa are under considerable stress. Economies and the political environment are experiencing a period of significant transformation, and poverty is endemic. Agriculture remains at the core of rural livelihoods and farm power (from human, draught animal and tractor sources) is a crucial input...
Ethiopia - Ghana - Malawi - Nigeria - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia
2005 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Increasing the Contribution of Small-Scale Fisheries to Poverty Alleviation and Food Security

Poverty is a complex phenomenon involving failure to meet a range of basic human needs and the denial of options that have consequences for opportunities to live long, healthy and creative lives. Poverty in fishery-dependent communities, therefore, is not solely related to the abundance of the catch, market opportunities or...

Caravan 22: Review of agriculture in the dry areas

This issue of Caravan provides examples of ICARDA's work with its partners to help ensure sustainability of livelihoods for the poor in marginal areas.
Algeria - Cyprus - Egypt - Ethiopia - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Iraq - Jordan - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Lebanon - Morocco - Nepal - Pakistan - Syrian Arab Republic - Tajikistan - Tunisia - Turkmenistan - Türkiye - Uzbekistan
2005 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Journal article
Determinants of agricultural credit supply to farmers in the Niger Delta Area Of Nigeria

For effective administration of agricultural credit, financial institutions while granting credit to farmers for agricultural purposes consider a number of factors. This paper focused on the evaluation of the critical factors that are considered by financial institutions in disbursement of credit to farmers in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria....

Conference paper
Uso de cerdas rústicas en sistemas de producción familiar

Artículo presentado en el VIII Encuentro de Nutrición y Producción de Monogástricos, en Venezuela en el año 2005, destaca beneficios del sistema al aire libre y la utilizacion de razas rústicas como la pampa-rocha en Uruguay con las bondades que poseen al ser utilizadas en este sistema de pequeños y...
2005 - Facultad de Agronomía. Universidad de la República de Uruguay

Book part
Obstáculos para la formación de cooperativas campesinas y gestión del capital social como motor del desarrollo rural

Como se revisó en el capítulo anterior, la Pequeña Agricultura Campesina, dado el contexto político económico que se encuentra, presenta serias dificultadas para poder perdurar en el tiempo y alcanzar mayores grados de desarrollo. Evidentemente el escenario de desprotección en que se presenta, sumados a otros factores impiden la sustentabilidad...
2005 - Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Conference paper
The analysis of forage quality and grasslands utilization for livestock production on organic farms

Grasslands with legumes, as the basic source of nitrogen, should play an essential part in organic agriculture systems. The proportion of grasslands of the total area of all types of organic croplands in Poland in 2002 highlights its importance (>45% of the total 41 thousand ha) (Zastawny et al., 2003)....
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference proceedings
Quality of organic livestock products

European consumers have become increasingly more aware of food safety issues, as a consequence of a number of food ‘scandals’. Most of these ‘scandals’ have been related to livestock products. However, most consumers still believe that it is possible to produce ‘safe’ food at low prices, while a small group...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conference paper
Organic production and nutrimarketing strategy of ‘Hungaricums’ of animal origin

During the past decade, the general attitude of the population towards health, nutrition, quality and environment has remarkably changed. Consequently, organic farming is increasing, especially in economically developed countries. Due to the growing demand, government subsidies and other economic advantages, the cropping area has increased. In Hungary, organic farming principally...
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Working paper
Building Bridges

The contribution of traditional knowledge to ecosystem management and practices in Fiji
Developing nations such as Fiji are grappling with how they can utilise their environmental resources to improve local living conditions while protecting the integrity of ecological systems. Different development approaches are adopted but in these areas, the environment is altered and polluted as a result of sustained human activities. The...
2005 - United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

Journal article
Studies comparing the composition of milk produced on organic and conventional dairy farms in the UK

Organic milk production in the UK increased from 16 million litres in 1997/98 to 218 million litres in 2001/02 (MDC, 2002). Consumers often cite health benefits of organic food as a reason for purchase (Hill and Lynchehaun, 2002; MDC, 2002). To date, only minor differences in composition between organic and...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2005 - Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming (SAFO)

Conservation Agriculture

A manual for farmers and extension workers in Africa
Over 60% of Africans depend on some form of farming for their sustenance and livelihoods. Agriculture remains vital for the continent’s development and economic growth. So the recent stagnation or decline in farm productivity in in many parts of Africa is a major concern. For many communities and countries, this...
2005 - African Conservation Tillage Network (ACTN)
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