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  • Is urbanization contributing to higher food prices?

    Is urbanization contributing to higher food prices?

    The recent spike in food prices has led to a renewal of interest in agricultural issues and in the long-term drivers of food prices. Urbanization has been mentioned as one possible cause of higher food prices. In this paper we examine some of the links through which urbanization is considered to be contributing to higher food prices and conclude that in most cases urbanization is being conflated with other long-term processes, such as economic ...

  • The food price crisis and urban food (in)security

    The food price crisis and urban food (in)security

    Rapid increases in food prices in 2007 and the first half of 2008 attracted high-level policy attention. During the course of 2008, the United Nations organized an inter-agency High-Level Taskforce on the Global Food Security Crisis and issued a Comprehensive Framework for Action. Over 40 heads of state and government attended a High-Level Conference on World Food Security, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ...

  • Urbanization and rural development in Viet Nam's Mekong Delta: Livelihood transformations in three fruit-growing settlements

    Urbanization and rural development in Viet Nam's Mekong Delta: Livelihood transformations in three fruit-growing settlements

    In recent years, the poverty rate among fruit farmers in the rural Mekong Delta has declined more rapidly than among all rural households in the region and in Vietnam. This is despite huge fluctuations in export markets for fruit in the last decade. The findings from this case study in three rural settlements in Tien Giang and Vinh Long provinces suggest that the main driver of rural development is a positive reciprocal relationship between ...

  • Workshop on Status and Trends in Aquatic Genetic Resources. A basis for international policy. 8-10 May 2006, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (En)

    Workshop on Status and Trends in Aquatic Genetic Resources. A basis for international policy. 8-10 May 2006, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (En)

    Series: FAO Fisheries ProceedingsFish genetic resources (FiGR) comprise all finfish and aquatic invertebrate genetic material that has actual or potential value for capture fisheries and aquaculture. In capture fisheries more species are becoming endangered and more stocks overexploited. Management of FiGR can help maintain and rebuild these fisheries. Deep-sea fisheries and modern genetic technologies are emerging areas that require at

  • New actors and land acquisition around Lake Bazèga. Burkina Faso

    New actors and land acquisition around Lake Bazèga. Burkina Faso

    In Burkina Faso, undeveloped rural lands, especially fertile wetlands, are being appropriated by a new type of farmer known as the ‘new actor’. Supported by government policy in an attempt to modernize agriculture through agribusiness, these new actors are made up of officials from the public and private sectors and others from mainly commercial backgrounds. By making these new actors key players in rural land relations, the government ...

  • Outside the Large Cities; The demographic importance of small urban centres and large villages in Africa, Asia and Latin America

    Outside the Large Cities; The demographic importance of small urban centres and large villages in Africa, Asia and Latin America

    Human Settlements Discussion Paper (series) Urban03A quarter of the world’s population (and half its urban population) lives in urban centres with fewer than half a million inhabitants. Of the 1.5 billion people living in these ‘small urban centres’, nearly three-quarters live in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Several hundred million more live in these same regions in ‘large villages’ that have urban characteristics and that could be c

  • Family and commercial farming in the Niayes area of Senegal

    Family and commercial farming in the Niayes area of Senegal

    This paper examines the impact of the promotion of agri-business on small holder farmers in the Niayes area of Senegal. The Niayes area was chosen because of the development of commercial farming in the region and because the expansion of peri-urban areas has created growing markets for agricultural produce. This work is part of IIED’s programme on transformations in West African agriculture and the role of family farms which aims to feed into ...

  • Livelihood diversification and rural-urban linkages in Vietnam’s Red River Delta

    Livelihood diversification and rural-urban linkages in Vietnam’s Red River Delta

    This paper explores the nature and role of non-farm employment, access to urban markets and migration in the livelihoods of the residents of two villages in Vietnam’s Red River delta. The case study province, Ha Nam, presents many of the challenges that the region and the nation will need to address in the near future. With growing population density and land scarcity, poverty reduction and local economic growth will increasingly depend on the ...

  • Rice is Life. International Year of Rice 2004 and its implementation (English)

    Rice is Life. International Year of Rice 2004 and its implementation (English)

    The United Nations General Assembly declared during its 57th session the International Year of Rice 2004: never before had a single crop achieved such recognition from the global community. The first part of this book presents the International Year of Rice and hundreds of events that took place worldwide in 2004 to implement the Year with the enthusiastic and extensive participation of people from rural and urban areas, developed and developing ...

  • Rural-urban marketing linkages. An infrastructure identification and survey guide (English)

    Rural-urban marketing linkages. An infrastructure identification and survey guide (English)

    Series: FAO Agricultural Services BulletinsBy 2030, 60 percent of the world's population are expected to be living in urban areas. Population growth is not solely in larger metropolitan centres - the mega cities. The numbers of small and intermediate-sized urban centres are also increasing and have an important role as links in the marketing system. This guide provides a simplified aid to understanding the physical implications of marke

  • Globalization of food systems in developing countries: impact on food security and nutrition (En)

    Globalization of food systems in developing countries: impact on food security and nutrition (En)

    Series: FAO Food and Nutrition PapersFood systems are being transformed at an unprecedented rate as a result of global economic and social change. Urbanization, foreign direct investment in markets of developing countries and increasing incomes are prime facilitators for the observed changes, while social changes such as the increased number of women in the workforce and rural to urban migration, provide added stimulus. Changes are also

  • Transformations in West African agriculture and the role of family farms.

    Transformations in West African agriculture and the role of family farms.

    This paper examines change in West African agricultural systems, the major challenges being faced by smallholders in the region and pathways for the future, given international pressure and domestic restraints. It aims to strengthen debate on West African agriculture, the role of family farms and trade policy at national, regional and global levels. It also aims to identify and document how agricultural patterns and livelihoods are evolving in ...

  • The Urban Part of Rural Development: The role of small and intermediate urban centres in rural and regional development and poverty reduction : Rural-

    The Urban Part of Rural Development: The role of small and intermediate urban centres in rural and regional development and poverty reduction : Rural-

    Rural-urban Working Papers No 9 A high proportion of the urban population in most nations live in small and intermediate urban centres. These centres also play an important role for rural households and rural producers and enterprises. But the potential contribution of small and intermediate urban centres to local (rural and urban) economic development and to poverty reduction is all too often ignored by sectoral policies. This paper reviews ...

  • Asia Diagnostic Guide to Aquatic Animal Diseases - part 2 (En)

    Asia Diagnostic Guide to Aquatic Animal Diseases - part 2 (En)

    Series: FAO Fisheries Technical PapersThe Asia Diagnostic Guide to Aquatic Animal Diseases is a comprehensive, up-datable diagnostic guide for the pathogens and diseases listed in the NACA/FAO/OIE Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Reporting System including a number of other diseases which are significant in the Asia region. It was developed from technical contributions of members of the Regional Working Group (RWG) and Technical Support

  • Better farming series - Complete set (En)

    Better farming series - Complete set (En)

    Series: Better Farming SeriesBETTER FARMING SERIES: Designed as handbooks for intermediate-level agricultural aducation and training courses. The complete set includes 45 booklets. Each separate booklet: US$4.00 (This series was initially produced by arrangement with the "Institut africain pour le développement économique et social" - INADES, Côte d' Ivoire.)

  • Changing Rural-Urban Interactions in Sub-Saharan Africa and their Impact on Livelihoods: A summary

    Changing Rural-Urban Interactions in Sub-Saharan Africa and their Impact on Livelihoods: A summary

    This paper draws on the findings from case studies conducted between 1997 and 2001 in Mali, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Each case study is summarised in Briefing Papers 1 to 6 in this series, and full reports are available in the Working Papers Series on Rural-Urban Interactions and Livelihood Strategies. This paper describes current patterns of change in farming systems under the influence of urban proximity, including access to natural resources ...

  • Strategic reassessment of fish farming potential in Africa (A) (En)

    Strategic reassessment of fish farming potential in Africa (A) (En)

    Series: CIFA Technical Papers(Reprint. First published in 1998) The present study is an update of an earlier assessment of warm-water fish farming potential in Africa, by Kapetsky (1994). The objective of this study was to assess locations and areal expanses that have potential for warm-water and temperate-water fish farming in continental Africa. The study was based on previous estimates for Africa by the above author, and on estimates

  • Case of Himo and its Region, Northern Tanzania, The

    Case of Himo and its Region, Northern Tanzania, The

    This paper presents the findings of research on the rural-urban interactions and linkages between the town of Himo and two rural settlements in the surrounding area. The authors describe how urban growth has affected the livelihoods of different groups: high, middle and low income; urban residents and rural dwellers. They also explore the impact of these transformations on intra-household relations, in particular between genders and between ...

  • Case of Lindi and its Region, Southern Tanzania, The

    Case of Lindi and its Region, Southern Tanzania, The

    The authors describe how urban growth has affected the livelihoods of different groups: high, middle and low income; urban residents and rural dwellers. They also explore the impact of these transformations on intra-household relations, in particular between genders and between generations. The main issues addressed in the paper are: flows of people (migration and mobility); flows of goods (agricultural production and access to markets); income ...

  • Roots and tubers - vol 16 (En)

    Roots and tubers - vol 16 (En)

    Series: Better Farming SeriesInitially published by arrangement with INADES, Institut africain pour le développement économique et social, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, the Better Farming Series booklets are designed as handbooks for intermediate-level agricultural education and training courses. They may be purchased as a set (45 booklets) or singly.