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    Fruit products for profit 2011
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    Growing fruit as an enterprise requires only a very small plot of land, commonly a home garden, some labour and minimal capital. The fruit enterprise can provide a plethora of products: fresh fruit, jams, juices, chutneys and pickles. By-products can be used for fermented products such as fruit wines, fruit waste can be used for animal feed, while fruit seeds and nuts can be pressed for oil. Fruit provides a number of benefits, with important nutritional elements that contribute to improve diets , help support family food security and are an important source of income when sold fresh and/or processed. Fruit trees provide also numerous benefits to the natural environment and to the sustainability of other farm-based livelihood enterprises. Encouraging and promoting fruit trees as a viable enterprise to small-scale farmers can only but enhance livelihoods. It is hoped that policy-makers and development personnel recognize the numerous opportunities that producing and marketing fruit ca n bring to small-scale farmers.
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    Traditional fermented food and beverages for improved livelihoods 2011
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    Small-scale on-farm fermentation enterprises are important both for stimulating sustainable development in rural and peri-urban areas of countries, and for making food available to the increasing populations in urban areas. It can play an important role in strengthening livelihoods of millions of people and reduce their vulnerability to poverty, through both income generation and by making an important contribution to dietary variety and food security. Small-scale on-farm fermentation enterprise s also provide linkages to other income generating activities such as the manufactures of equipment, packaging and other ingredients that may be required for fermentation. This booklet is intended to heighten awareness about the potential of fermented foods and beverages as a viable enterprise that can contribute to small-scale farmers’ income. It provides information to decision-makers at policy-level and those involved in development programmes about opportunities, markets and technical sup port required for such a diversification enterprise.
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    Beekeeping and sustainable livelihoods
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    There have always been people in communities the world over who keep bees for their products and services that they offer. Bees produce numerous products, the most popular being honey, as well as beeswax. Importantly bees provide for pollination services that not only ensure a good harvest, with increased yields, but quality of the harvested produce. More practically, however, a colony of bees provides food and income for the farm family and not only. This booklet is intended to raise awareness and promote beekeeping, among people and organizations involved in supporting small-scale farming, as a successful diversification enterprise that small-scale farmers in rural, peri-urban and urban centres can integrate into their farming systems easily.

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