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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)

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
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