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Collective action for smallholder market access

"Issues concerning farmers with small land holdings figure prominently in global discussions about poverty reduction, as the majority of the world's poor belong to such households. Most of these households are linked to the market in one way or…

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"Land grabbing" by foreign investors in developing countries

One of the lingering effects of the food price crisis of 2007-08 on the world food system is the proliferating acquisition of farmland in developing countries by other countries seeking to ensure their food supplies. Increased pressures on natural…

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Governing land: reflections from IFPRI research

Land is still among the most important assets of the rural population in the developing world. Land resources are governed by a variety of tenure systems based on statutory, customary, or religious law. At the same time, many national, subnational,…

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Institutional reforms in Indian irrigation

Irrigation is critical to food security and economic growth in contemporary India. The performance of irrigation systems is of serious concern to farmers who rely on them for their crops and livelihoods and to governments that have invested heavily in…

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Derechos de propiedad, acción colectiva y recursos genéticos vegetales

Los recursos genéticos son el material genético de las plantas y animales que determina las características útiles que la gente puede conservar, identificar, evaluar y usar para satisfacer sus necesidades. No son simplemente los genes codificados en…

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Acción colectiva en la gestión de plagas

Cada año, las plagas de cultivos y animales privan a los agricultores de gran parte de su producción. Algunas estimaciones indican que las plagas agrícolas destruyen del 10% al 40% de la producción agrícola bruta mundial. Estas plagas incluyen una…

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Gestión colaborativa de los bosques

En el mundo entero, los gobiernos buscan cada vez más gestionar sus bosques con la colaboración de la gente que vive cerca de ellos. Por lo general, los ministerios forestales o sus equivalentes lo hacen ofreciendo a la población local acceso a…

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Strengthening property rights for the poor

Who are the landed poor? That is the question asked at the beginning of this brief. The author describes the different faces of the landed poor and then take up the issue of strengthening the property rights of these groups, offering guidelines for…

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