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Agriculture

Agriculture is by far the biggest business of the world. Most production is carried out on a small-scale, providing a livelihood for almost 40% of the world’s population (FAO 2009), and 80% of people in the countries which Practical Action work in. For those farmers in poorer regions with little income or natural resources, and thus vulnerable to unforeseen setbacks, farming methods can be improved without relying on large amounts of external financial assistance. We will look at some of the options here, such as cooperative activities and appropriate financial arrangements like micro financing. Findings are based on the research and experiences of small-scale agricultural practice by Practical Action and other organisations.

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Agriculture - General Documents

Agriculture - General Documents

General documents relating to agriculture.

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Cultivation

Cultivation

This section covers a broad range of small-scale cultivation techniques...

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Irrigation

Irrigation

Water is an essential element to agriculture. There are many ways in...

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Production Technologies

Production Technologies

Farming relies on technologies to grow crops. This section looks at the...

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Seed Supply and Storage

Seed Supply and Storage

Access to quality seed can be a difficulty for small-scale farmers. This...

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Soil Fertility and Composting

Soil Fertility and Composting

This section looks at the way in which soil quality can be maintained...

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