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.
Practical Action's policy and advocacy teams seek to influence policies, institutions and processes to bring about changes that bring benefits to poor women and men.
Biodiverse agriculture for a changing climate
This paper explores biodiverse agriculture as a realistic and proven alternative to industrial methods of production.
Climate change and agriculture
Support and change are needed to ensure effective adaptation.
Feeding nine billion in the face of climate change
By Simon Trace, Chief Executive, Practical Action
Practical Action Publishing produces books, journals and catalogs covering a range of development fields including water and gender issues, agriculture and health. It aims to provide academic information and support to where it is needed most in the world.
Beating Hunger, The Chivi Experience
This book describes a project among small-scale farmers in the drought-prone and arid communal lands of Zimbabwe which, within the broad remit of promoting food security, helped the farmers identify their problems and choose their own solutions to them.
Sustainable Mountain Agriculture 1
This volume considers: mountain agricultural development strategies, farmers' response to development efforts, farming-forestry-livestock linkages, biological diversity, agro-ecosystems, and geographic information systems.
Sustainable Mountain Agriculture 2
This volume considers: farmers innovations and agricultural technologies, diversity of farming systems in mountain regions, indigenous farming technologies, irrigation systems, agroforestry, rural development, and mountain agricultural technology development and diffusion.
Agromisa is a Dutch non-profit organisation affiliated with the Agricultural University of Wageninen in the Netherlands which aims to strengthen self-reliance of the rural populations in the South.
Marketing for small-scale producers
Marketing for small-scale producers PDF
Entering the organic export market
Entering the organic export market PDF
Starting a cooperative
Starting a cooperative PDF
The rural finance landscape
The rural finance landscape PDF
Agtube is an initiative of Access Agriculture www.accessagriculture.org, an international NGO that encourages the use of training videos to help farmers, pastoralists and rural businesses to improve their profits and livelihoods. Those with an interest in sustainable agriculture around the world can upload and share video clips in any language.
African Farming and Food Processing
A magazine for the agricultural and primary food processing industries distributed throughout English-speaking Africa.
AMA – Agricultural Mechanization in Asia, Africa and Latin America Farm Machinery Industrial Research
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An international English magazine publishing the papers written about the ways to develop the agriculture in developing countries.
TEEAL - The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library
TEEAL is a digital collection of research journals for agriculture and related sciences with thousands of full-text PDF articles available without the use of the internet to institutions in income-eligible countries. TEEAL is a project of Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library in cooperation with over 50 major scientific publishers, societies, and index providers. The project is administered through the Service and Collections Department of Albert R. Mann Library The Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), formerly the TEEAL Africa Office, conducts awareness and training missions throughout Africa.
Conservation Farming Unit
The Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) is an independent organization registered under the Societies Act of Zambia associated with the Zambia National Farmers Union focused on supporting African farmers to convert to more efficient farming practices that protect their soils and the environments in which the live? Conservation agriculture, also known as No-till farming , zero tillage or direct drilling, is a way of growing crops without disturbing the soil through tillage in order to increase water infiltration and retention of organic matter.
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