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  1. Library Resource
    January, 2009
    South Africa

    This report outlines how climate change is expected to have serious environmental, economic, and social impacts in South Africa. It states that rural farmers, whose livelihoods depend on the use of natural resources, are likely to bear the brunt of adverse impacts. The research uses a “bottom-up” approach to gain insights from the farmers themselves based on a farm household survey collected from 794 households in the Limpopo River Basin of South Africa for the farming season 2004–2005.

  2. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    June, 2009

    Se estudia el conflicto en torno a la propiedad de la tierra en el sur de Chile (principalmente en la Araucanía, Valdivia y Osorno), el que tuvo como protagonistas al Estado, chilenos y extranjeros. Se revisan los antecedentes del problema, especialmente la llegada de población chilena y extranjera a la zona y la presencia de comunidades indígenas, entre mediados del siglo XIX y 1929. Después, la búsqueda de una solución, a través de diversas leyes, la acción de un ministerio especial y, particularmente, la política estatal sobre comunidades indígenas.

  3. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    January, 2009

    Summary: Since 2005, the Burmese Government has encouraged
    investors from China, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Kuwait to
    invest in contract farms; to date, only the Thais have a
    formal agreement to farm 120,000 acres along the Thai-Burma
    border. Over the past six months, several Burmese companies
    -- Tay Za's Htoo Trading, Zaw Zaw's Max Myanmar, Steven Law's
    Asia World, and Aung Thet Mann's Aye Ya Shwe Wa -- were given
    more than 100,000 acres of farmland in the Irrawaddy Delta

  4. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    June, 2009

    This paper analyzes the economic effects of agricultural price and merchandise trade policies around the world as of 2004 on global markets, net farm incomes, and national and regional economic welfare and poverty, using the global economy wide Linkage model, new estimates of agricultural price distortions for developing countries, and poverty elasticity's approach. It addresses two questions: to what extent are policies as of 2004 still reducing rewards from farming in developing countries and thereby adding to inequality across countries in farm household incomes?

  5. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    December, 2009

    Three smallholder villages located in typical communal (from 1948), old (1987) and new (2002) resettlement areas, on loamy sand, sandy loam and clay soils, respectively, were selected to explore differences on natural resource management and land productivity. Focus group discussions and surveys were carried out with farmers. Additionally, farmers in three wealth classes per village were chosen for a detailed assessment of their main production systems.

  6. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    December, 2009
    Algeria, Morocco, Africa

    The design of public policy related to irrigation sectors in North Africa was often based on the state view. Local farmers' organizations, made up of family farms, did not contribute to building the legal framework, which was in turn unable to propose specific solutions for family farming. Legal reforms currently underway in Morocco and Algeria show how difficult it is to integrate field realities. Access to land and water resources is often obtained through informal local coordination modes.

  7. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    December, 2009

    Farming activities are major drivers of the landscape-related ecological patterning because of their multiple influences on both non-arable and arable landscape elements and mosaics. Uncertainties still remain about the way individual farmer decisions and the aggregation of their activities in space contribute to these mosaics at local landscape scales, therefore about possible levers of action in farms for ensuring sustainable landscapes. The general objective of the present study was to give an assessment of the way farms contribute to crop-mosaic patterning at local landscape scales.

  8. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    December, 2009

    In this article, we use a probit model to assess the factors that will influence the decision of Irish farmers to adopt genetically modified (GM) technology should they be given a choice in the near future of selecting between GM and non-GM varieties of crops. The results from the probit model indicate that among the likely early adopters of GM technology in Ireland are farmers with large farm acreage who are specialist crop farmers and who have formal agricultural education together with access to high-quality soils.

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