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The Significance of Subsistence Farming in Georgia as an Economic and Social Buffer

The aim of this contribution is to show what official data are available and what statements can be made concerning the importance of subsistence farming in Georgia. Combining the official figures with observations of the Georgian situation provided insight to the significance of subsistence farming for the Georgian society. It...
2003 - Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe

Journal article
Agrarian Reform and Subsistence Agriculture in Russia

Three of the most important Russian agrarian institutions are the subsistence household farm (personal auxiliary farm), the collective farm, and the district administration. Before collectivisation, the Russian peasant farms were primarily subsistence farms. Each peasant farm had two types of land plots: a farmstead plot and field plot(s). After 1917...
Russian Federation
2003 - Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe

Journal article
Economic Background and Development Opportunities of Individual Subsidiary Holdings in the Ukraine: Some Empirical Evidence

During transition, many Ukrainian agricultural enterprises found themselves in a deep economic crisis. Generally, the privatisation and restructuring of the enterprises was merely formal. Agriculture mainly suffers from an adverse  overall economic situation, liquidity problems, and poor infrastructure. In the 1990s the accumulated decline of agricultural output was 51%. In...
2003 - Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe

Journal article
Modelling Subsistence Agriculture in Russia: Effects of Total Productivity Changes and Reduction of Marketing Margins

The transition process in Russia, which started vigorously at the beginning of the 1990s, has yielded negative economic growth rates for almost a decade, with the exceptions of 1997 and 1999. Agriculture and domestic food industries in particular have suffered from the ongoing transition process and the associated restructuring of...
Russian Federation
2003 - Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe

Magazine article
Las comunidades campesinas en la reforma de la Constitución

Como parte de las reformas de la Constitución, se ha incorporado un capítulo denominado sobre los "Derechos de los pueblos orginarios" en el título II, Del Estado y la Nación
2003 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Magazine article
Los supermercados y los agricultores

Una serie de estudios recientes han encontrado que los supermercados se han transformado en un actor dominante de los sistemas agroalimentarios de América Latina y el Caribe.
2003 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Journal article
Soil fertility management and insect pests: harmonizing soil and plant health in agroecosystems

Cultural methods such as crop fertilization can affect susceptibility of plants to insect pests by altering plant tissue nutrient levels. Research shows that the ability of a crop plant to resist or tolerate insect pests and diseases is tied to optimal physical, chemical and mainly biological properties of soils. Soils...
2003 - Elsevier Science B.V

Fishing, Families, and the Survival of Artisanal Boat-Ownership in the Bigouden Region of France

Small-scale, family fishing enterprises manage to persist despite the difficult economic and ecological changes and disruptions they almost constantly have experienced during the past several decades. Drawing upon long-term ethnographic and historical research in the Bigouden region of France, this paper asks why and how family-based fishing enterprises continue in...
2003 - MAST 2003

Magazine article
Comunidades campesinas las "tres íes", de nuevo en debate

En el debate por reformar la actual Constitución, nuevamente se ha planteado la conveniencia o no de mantener el régimen de protección de las comunidades campesinas, restableciendo las llamadas "tres íes" sobre la propiedad de sus tierras: imprescriptibles, inembargables e inalienables, tal como lo prescribieron las Constituciones de 1920 y...
2003 - Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)

Soil fertility and land productivity

A guide for extension workers in the eastern Africa region
The eastern Africa region faces serious and worsening problems of food security, decreasing per capita food production and massive poverty. Agriculture in this region is dominated by smallholder farmers. Yield levels on these farms are generally very low for a variety of reasons. One important reason is the declining soil...
Ethiopia - Kenya - Rwanda - United Republic of Tanzania - Zimbabwe
2003 - Regional Land Management Unit (RELMA)

Rural development project for mountain zones in the north of the Wilaya of M'sila

This project, designed to reduce rural poverty, focused particularly on small farmers, unemployed young people and rural women. It was in line with the government's strategic development aims in mountain areas with a high incidence of poverty.  The project served as a platform for continuing policy dialogue with the government on...
2003 - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Mountain fisheries in developing countries

Mountains of the world cover about one-fifth of the land surface, are home to one-tenth of the world's population, and provide livelihood to some of the poorest communities in the world. Mountain lakes and streams are a source of freshwater for countless riparian human communities, support industries, provide water for...

Policy brief/paper
Conservation Agriculture for Soil Moisture

This brief explains the potential of conservation agriculture to retain soil moisture, through rainwater harvesting and optimizing soil moisture.
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Working paper
Transformations in West African agriculture and the role of family farms

This paper was prepared as an initial scoping study for the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) Secretariat to provide the basis for developing a longer term programme of work to examine the transformations underway in West African agriculture, and the challenges faced by smallholder production systems. The following question...
2003 - International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Fact sheet
Conservation Agriculture Soil moisture - Improving soil moisture management for enhanced crop production

This leaflet covers the main aspects of soil moisture in Conservation Agriculture
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fact sheet
Conservation Agriculture Organic matter - Improving soil fertility and structure

This leaflet explains how to improve soil fertility, achieving conservation of soil organic matter (SOM).
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The culture of access to mountain natural resources

Policy, processes and practices
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 demand-responsive team approach. The LSP, which is executed by FAO with funding provided by...

Technical paper
Microfinance in fisheries and aquaculture

Guidelines and case studies
These guidelines provide general principles and basic considerations for those involved in providing microfinance services to fisheries and aquaculture and for those who intend to include fishing and fish farming communities as part of the client base of their operation. The guidelines further elaborate on lending models, methodologies and policies...
Bangladesh - India - Malaysia - Nepal - Philippines - Sri Lanka - Thailand - Viet Nam
2003 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Smallholder income and land distribution in Africa

Implications for poverty reduction strategies
This paper provides a micro-level foundation for discussions of land allocation and its relation to income poverty within the smallholder sectors of Eastern and Southern Africa. Results are drawn from nationally-representative household surveys between 1990 and 2000 in five countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Zambia. The paper shows that...
Ethiopia - Kenya - Mozambique - Rwanda - Zambia

Journal article
Social theory, family farming and pluriactivity

This paper aims at presenting an analytical reference that allows understanding pluriactivity as a strategy for social and economic reproduction for rural families. In the introduction, we present the context in which the study of family farming and pluriactivity emerges in Brazil. In the first section, we discuss the origin...
2003 - Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais (ANPOCS)
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