Agriculture & Rural Development

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This topic covers a wide range of issues relevant to agriculture and rural development, extending to climate change, water, land, territorial development, innovation, risk management, commodities, livestock, SPS, access to markets, farmers' organisations, etc. and cross-cutting issues. It provides access to essential reading materials on these themes, EC practical tools and seminar contents, and links to partners and experts in the the field.

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November 4 2015 by Coordination Team
By 2050, the world’s farmers will have two billion more mouths to feed. Significant improvements to agricultural productivity are needed - particularly on the small farms of less than two hectares which produce nearly 70% of the world’s food. Supporting and promoting these smallholder farmers is increasingly urgent.
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October 16 2015 by Coordination Team
Securing nutritious food for the world’s growing population is essential to ensure health and quality of life. But beyond that, it can be a driver for development. It creates rural employment, which can reduce migration. It boosts education through better school attendance and concentration, which develops human capital and helps break the cycle of poverty. In addition, sustainable agriculture methods can combat climate change. Everything begins with food, and achieving these goals will require cooperation between governments, local authorities and private sector organisations.
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July 10 2015 by Coordination Team
"For many communities in Myanmar who grow opium, for them opium is not the problem, it is the solution to their problems," said local project consultant, Tom Kramer, from the Transnational Institute. And therein lies one of the greatest challenges for policy makers in the fight to eradicate the scourge of drug crops in developing countries.
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June 12 2015 by Coordination Team
Twelve years after the European Union launched a plan to tackle illegal logging, independent evaluators are assessing progress and shortcomings. Their findings could contribute to the definition of any future EU forest policy.
March 25 2015 by Coordination Team
“If we can replace the hand hoe with a smartphone as the most common tool in the hands of an African farmer, then we are halfway towards our dream,” said Theo de Jager, President of the Pan African Farmers Organisation and the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions. That dream is to combat poverty in Africa by helping growers make the most of increasingly abundant data on prices, materials and weather.
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November 28 2014 by Coordination Team
What illicit trade is worth up to $23 billion each year, threatens the environment, food security and the economies of developing countries, and is now the subject of a special taskforce at INTERPOL? The answer is illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
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October 13 2014 by Coordination Team
Wherever you are in the world, beekeeping is a guaranteed source of income. The international market varies but in developing countries honey production remains a vital means of subsistence. It supports the environment too, but plummeting bee numbers now jeopardise food chains in developing and developed countries alike, and experts are scrambling to coordinate a response.  
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May 27 2014 by Coordination Team
Agriculture accounts for two-thirds of Africa’s labour force yet less than 20 percent of its gross domestic product. In the developing world, agricultural and rural nonfarm activities are usually simple and labour-intensive, with little capital and few purchased ‘inputs’, such as fertiliser. As a result, a 2012 study for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) found productivity, income and returns for families remain low.
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December 10 2013 by Coordination Team
There is much discussion in the development arena about the struggle ahead to feed the seven plus billion, of the methods proposed towards food security, building resilience, safeguarding water resources and so on. But few stop to ponder the basic ingredient in all of this: the very land under our feet, and the starting point of all agricultural productivity. At the European Development Days, EuropeAid hosted a Lab session dedicated to the relevance of soils in development policy, featuring the release earlier this year of the first Soil Atlas of Africa.
August 29 2013 by Coordination Team
Last month, consultant Yves Leenaerts, working with colleagues from the EuropeAid Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition Unit, borrowed the capacity4dev video camera and editing suite, creating two new videos. This month we’re featuring the second interview, which was conducted in person with Professor Philippe Lebailly, who works in the Economy and Rural Development Department at the University of Gembloux in Belgium. This interview is in French.
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Posted August 22 2013 by Raymond Lataste
This video shows impressive results of System Rice Intensification (SRI) in Nepal. The introduction of SRI in selected villages in 2009 was...
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