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February 15, 2017Knowledge Portal
The number, size, and distribution of farms, smallholder farms, and family farms worldwide

This article scrutinizes the link between farm size and farmland distribution and its contribution to food security, reduction of poverty and decreasing inequality. Many advocates emphasize the importance of “smallholder farming” or “family farming”, however there is a lack of data. »

June 29, 2016Knowledge Portal
Global gender and environment outlook: The critical issues

The first Global Gender and Environmental Outlook presents an overview of critical evaluations and analyses of the interlinkages between gender and the environment. It shows their importance for gender-sensitive policy-making and actions and provides an overview of existing knowledge on these subjects. »

Agricultural policy to stem migration: A look at Syria and the Sahel
April 12, 2016News
Agricultural policy to stem migration: A look at Syria and the Sahel

Can the EU stem migration flows to Europe by supporting agriculture in countries of origin? In some situations, it can. The impact could be particularly large if Europe worked to increase the resilience of the food system and the people in countries with self-sustaining farming, thereby reducing reasons to migrate. Yet in countries that rely on market-oriented farming, the context is too complex to find a simple solution. »

July 15, 2015Knowledge Portal
How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data?

This discussion paper elaborates on the role of open data in solving practical problems in agriculture and nutrition sectors. The authors state that alongside the challenges the world faces with regard to food security, there are also great opportunities due to the emerging global data infrastructure. The paper highlights three ways open data can contribute to increase food security. »

June 1, 2015Knowledge Portal
Finance for Smallholders: opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organisations

This research (PDF) initiated by the Rural Finance working group of NpM, coordinated by ICCO Terrafina Microfinance and carried out in cooperation with AgriProFocus and the Wageningen UR, aimed to investigated the bottlenecks that exist to finance smallholder farmers. The research provides insight into how food production systems work and how they can be strengthened with »