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Author: Fidelis Kaihura
Publisher: United Nations University Press
Keywords: east, africa, farms, smallholder, biodiversity, agricultural
Number of Pages: 268
The rich biodiversity of plants found in smallholder farms in Africa helps support communities by producing a range of resources from medicines to construction materials. These farms are often the guardians, as well as the beneficiaries of a greater diversity of biological species than can be found in protected areas. This publication discusses how the smallholder farmers of East Africa, in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, are contributing to the global agenda for the conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing of the benefits of biodiversity.
Publisher: International Water Management Institute
Keywords: irrigation, experience, management, transfer, international, lessons, african, smallholder, institutional, alternatives
Number of Pages: 24
This report reviews several decades of global experience in transferring management of government-run irrigation systems to farmer associations or other nongovernmental agencies in an attempt to apply the lessons of success to the African smallholder irrigation context.
Author: Ellen B. McCullough
Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.
Keywords: chains, smallholder, farmers, supply, globalization, agri, food, systems, transformation
Number of Pages: 406
The driving forces of income growth, demographic shifts, globalisation and technical change have led to a reorganisation of food systems from farm to plate. The characteristics of supply chains - particularly the role of supermarkets - linking farmers have changed, from consumption and retail to wholesale, processing, procurement and production. This has had a dramatic effect on smallholder farmers, particularly in developing countries. This book presents a comprehensive framework for assessing the impacts of changing agri-food systems on smallholder farmers, recognising the importance of hete
Author: Christopher L. Delgado
Publisher: Intl Food Policy Res Inst
Keywords: growing, fast, developing, four, countries, livestock, implications, scale, determinants, farms
Number of Pages: 145
The rapid growth in consumer demand for livestock offers an opportunity to reduce poverty among smallholder livestock farmers in the developing world. These farmers' opportunity may be threatened, however, by competition from larger-scale farms. This report assesses the potential threat, examining various forms of livestock production in Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Thailand. Findings show that the competitiveness of smallholder farms depends on the opportunity cost of family labor and farmers' ability to overcome barriers to the acquisition of production- and market-related information