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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 ...

  • Sheep and goats for diverse products and profits

    Sheep and goats for diverse products and profits

    Small ruminants, such as sheep and goats, fit well into smallholder farming systems: cheap to buy and maintain, easy to work with and to market, they are widely distributed throughout the world, but policy-makers and administrators tend to overlook their contributions to the economy and rural and peri-urban livelihoods. [NOTE: The main target audience for the FAO Diversification booklets are people and organizations that provide advisory, ...

  • 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

  • Legal framework for the management of animal genetic resources, (The) (English)

    Legal framework for the management of animal genetic resources, (The) (English)

    Series: FAO Legislative StudiesBased on information gathered mainly through national surveys, the study provides an overview of the main legal instruments governing the management of animal genetic resources at the national level. Relevant international and regional regulatory frameworks are also examined. As the policy debate on the management of animal genetic resources evolves in various fora, and as FAO develops the Global Strategy

  • 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

  • Chronic Poverty: Vol 17, No 2 of the journal Environment and Urbanization

    Chronic Poverty: Vol 17, No 2 of the journal Environment and Urbanization

    This issue has an editorial that discusses what it means to be chronically poor in urban areas and the inadequacies of government responses.  There are also eight papers on different aspects of chronic poverty, including:a focus on particular groups (rickshaw pullers and street children in Dhaka, street enterprises in Kinshasa);discussions of chronic poverty in particular locations (Cape Town, urban areas in Ethiopia, garrison comm

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Guide to good dairy farming practice 2004 (En)

    Guide to good dairy farming practice 2004 (En)

    This guide has been developed by the FAO/International Diary Federation Task Force on Good Dairy Farming Practices in a user-friendly format for dairy farmers. When adopted it will support the marketing of safe, quality-assured milk and dairy products, and focus on the relationship between consumer safety and best practice at farm level. The guidelines on individual practices have been drawn from existing schemes around the world but are not ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.