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Challenges for Transforming the Rural Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean: Rural Territorial Development, Family Farming, Social and Economic Inclusion and Innovation









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    FAO Regional Initiative: Family farming and inclusive food systems for sustainable rural development in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016
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    Since the land reforms of the 1990s, dualistic farm structures characterize the landscape of most transition countries in Europe and Central Asia, with large numbers of small subsistence and semi commercial family farms. Poverty, social vulnerability and other difficulties could prevent rural communities from fulfilling their role as important building blocks of food security. By enhancing productivity and income levels through sustainable intensification of production, better organization, ade quate services and integration into agrifood value chains, this Regional Initiative can contribute to the global goals of eradicating rural poverty and achieving food security and sustainable growth. Activities focus on sustainable management of agricultural land and water resources; sustainable intensification of smallholders’ production; strengthening the organizations of small producers and family farms; and enhancing access to rural services – such as advisory services and micro-loans.
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    Family farming in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016
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    This paper presents an analysis of the characteristics of family farming in Latin America and the Caribbean, and discusses what might be its role in overcoming some of the major challenges to the development of this region. Hence, the main objective of the study is to analyze the evolving process that places the concept of family farming at the political and institutional agenda in Latin America and Caribbean as well as to depict it's diversity in the region. Furthermore, it examines the contrib ution of family farming to agricultural and rural development, food and nutrition security. The paper also presents some key recommendations and discusses the enabling policy environment that should be built and deployed to overcome the challenges family farmers face, highlighting the policies and best practices involving family farming that are being implemented in the region.
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