Agricultural production in many parts of the world is carried out on a small-scale by farmers with little income or natural resources making their lives vulnerable to unforeseen setbacks but farming methods can be improved without relying on large amounts of external financial assistance but relying more on farmers cooperating on activities that would not be possible by individuals working on their won and by appropriate financial arrangements such as micro financing.
Some of the options available to small-scale farmers are highlighted by the research carried out be Practical Action and by the many other organisations that have also researched small-scale agricultural practice and made their findings available.
From Practical Action Publishing
Beating Hunger, The Chivi Experience
This book describes a project among small-scale farmers in the drought-prone and arid communal lands of Zimbabwe which, within the broad remit of promoting food security, helped the farmers identify their problems and choose their own solutions to them.
Sustainable Mountain Agriculture 1
This volume considers: mountain agricultural development strategies, farmers' response to development efforts, farming-forestry-livestock linkages, biological diversity, agro-ecosystems, and geographic information systems.
Sustainable Mountain Agriculture 2
This volume considers: farmers innovations and agricultural technologies, diversity of farming systems in mountain regions, indigenous farming technologies, irrigation systems, agroforestry, rural development, and mountain agricultural technology development and diffusion.
From Agromisa http://www.agromisa.org/
Agromisa is a Dutch non-profit organisation affiliated with the Agricultural University of Wageninen in the Netherlands which aims to strengthen self-reliance of the rural populations in the South.
Marketing for small-scale producers
Marketing for small-scale producers PDF
Entering the organic export market
Entering the organic export market PDF
Starting a cooperative
Starting a cooperative PDF
The rural finance landscape
The rural finance landscape PDF
Biodiverse agriculture for a changing climate
This paper explores biodiverse agriculture as a realistic and proven alternative to industrial methods of production.
Climate change and agriculture
Support and change are needed to ensure effective adaptation.
Feeding nine billion in the face of climate change
By Simon Trace, Chief Executive, Practical Action
Resilience in Practice
Briefing Paper on how Practical Action is working across the V2R framework, taking into account hazards and stresses, livelihoods, governance and future uncertainty. The paper uses six case studies from Practical Action's projects in Peru, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sudan and Kenya.