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Ruralter Editions

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RURALTER Editions aims to improve the practices of rural development actors by promoting and spreading practices, technical and economic references, and methods proven by AVSF or by its partners to be effective on the ground.

RURALTER’s publications are available in French, English, and Spanish, and are intended for technicians and leaders of smallholder organizations, rural development professionals from public and private institutions and from local communities, staff members of university and professional training programs, and young people in training.

RURALTER editorial label

The RURALTER editorial label is the property of AVSF. AVSF makes sure that the publications spread technical and methodological references and proposals in favor of:

  • gaining recognition for smallholder farming in society and for the role that it plays in rural areas: food production for local and international markets, food security, job creation in rural areas, sustainable management of land and natural resources by using production systems that respect the environment, effective participation in the creation of wealth and economic growth, contribution to the fight against climate change, etc.;
  • strengthening legitimate and autonomous smallholder organizations, capable of defending their interests vis-à-vis other actors in society: economic actors and businesses, local authorities, other civil society organizations, the government and cooperation agencies, etc.;
  • ensuring equitable rural development for smallholder families.

The RURALTER editorial label also ensures that the proposals presented are based on real experiences, carried out and proven to be successful on the ground, that had undergone collective promotion, study, and analysis.

An ad-hoc committee (Comité Ruralter et Compétences) made up of recognized rural development professionals carries out the editorial committee tasks: it evaluates the quality of the productions and works to improve them.

Main Topics

Although it is interested in all innovative topics, RURALTER Editions focuses its publication efforts on priority topics, those at the heart of the cooperative efforts of AVSF and its partners:

  • sustainable and efficient management of natural resources within smallholder production systems: How can smallholder families secure access to resources (particularly land and water)? How can production systems that are efficient, eco-friendly, and that ensure the protection of plant and animal biodiversity be strengthened?
  • adaptation of smallholder farmers to climate change and mitigation: How can smallholder farmers, faced with the effects of climate change, maintain and intensify their production? How can revenue, jobs, and services be generated for smallholders in the South while at the same time integrating them as actors in limiting greenhouse gases?
  • participation of smallholder organizations in foodstuff and export supply chains and markets: What innovative mechanisms for integrating smallholder organizations into plant and animal product supply chains will help ensure the supply of food to cities and rural areas?
  • development of livestock farming for food security: How can small-scale livestock farming be assisted in developing the production of food products of animal origin and improving food security?
  • animal health and veterinary public health: What tools can be used to help strengthen the capacities of preventative medicine, monitoring, and combatting zoonoses and other diseases with potentially big economic impacts, while closely linking livestock farmer organizations and private veterinarians? How can producers in the South integrate production and the well-being of animals?

Finally, RURALTER Editions focuses on the training and employment of young people as well as strengthening the political and socio-economic power of women in rural areas.

RURALTER collections

  • Metodológica: methodological proposals in the form of methodological and educational guides
  • Praxis: technical and economic references from innovative and proven activities in rural development, agricultural, and livestock farming programs
  • Studies and testimonials: experiences and first-hand accounts in the field of rural development as well as studies, analyses, and articles that present innovations for supporting smallholder farmers

In these collections, you can also find:

  • "AVSF Reference Documents": constitutive and emblematic texts of AVSF's strategies and activities (accessible through the search engine by selecting “reference documents”)
  • publications published in collaboration with associates and allies, particularly: Traverses (review published by Groupe Initiatives) as well as studies and texts published with Coordination Sud and VSF Europa.

The Metodológica collection

The publications in the "Metodológica" collection include methodological proposals that have been tested and proven to be successful in the cooperation programs carried out by AVSF and its partners.

The "Metodológica" collection propagates working methods and tools that have been tested and proven to be successful on the ground. The publications within the collection are in two formats:

  • methodological guides accessible to project technicians, smallholder leaders, association managers, and all other political and economic actors working alongside smallholder organizations and families;
  • educational modules intended for technicians and trainers.

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In this collection, you can also find:

  • "AVSF Reference Documents": constitutive and emblematic texts of AVSF's strategies and activities (accessible through the search engine by selecting “reference documents”)
  • publications published in collaboration with associates and allies, particularly: Traverses (review published by Groupe Initiatives) as well as studies and texts published with Coordination Sud and VSF Europa.

The Praxis collection

The publications in the “Praxis” collection include technical and economic references that have proven to be successful in development projects carried out by AVSF and its partners for strengthening smallholder farming by developing rural, agricultural, and livestock farming. These publications are intended for project technicians, smallholder leaders, association managers working in rural areas, and any other political and economic actors working alongside smallholder organizations and families.

The "Praxis" collection also includes:

  • detailed fact sheets and overviews of innovative activities on specific topics: they indicate the results obtained and include technical and methodological notes to help ensure diffusion and replication of the activities;
  • proceedings of seminars on specific topics, compiling relevant information learned on the ground while working in support of smallholder farmers;
  • articles and texts presenting innovative approaches with respect to RURALTER Editions’ priority topics for equitable and sustainable rural development in favor of smallholder farming.

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In this collection, you can also find:

  • "AVSF Reference Documents": constitutive and emblematic texts of AVSF's strategies and activities (accessible through the search engine by selecting “reference documents”)
  • publications published in collaboration with associates and allies, particularly: Traverses (review published by Groupe Initiatives) as well as studies and texts published with Coordination Sud and VSF Europa.

The Studies and Testimonials collection

The “Studies and Testimonials” collection includes:

  • capitalizations and stories about people’s experiences in cooperation programs, and first-hand accounts from actors who took part in the activities;
  • reports of studies, training, and evaluations that are of particular interest from AVSF, its cooperation partners in the South, and its advocacy partners in the North: these are all working and reference tools for technicians, smallholder leaders, and decision-makers at the political level;
  • proceedings of seminars and articles focused specifically on rural development and intended for people working for development;
  • educational games created by AVSF and intended for trainers, students, young people in training, and any other person interested in carrying out activities in their area to educate people about development.

Search publications from the “Studies and Testimonials” collection with the moteur de recherche

In this collection, you can also find:

  • "AVSF Reference Documents": constitutive and emblematic texts of AVSF's strategies and activities (accessible through the search engine by selecting “reference documents”)
  • publications published in collaboration with associates and allies, particularly: Traverses (review published by Groupe Initiatives) as well as studies and texts published with Coordination Sud and VSF Europa.

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Recent publications
Metodologica

Agro-ecology: evaluation methods for its effects and conditions for development Vignette

2018

Berton Sylvain
Bertrand Mathieu
Burger Patrice
Cheneval Jean-Baptiste
Levard Laurent

Agro-ecology: evaluation methods for its effects and conditions for development

Metodologica

Guidelines for designing capacity-building programs for farmers’ organizations Vignette

2018

Valleur Romain

Guidelines for designing capacity-building programs for farmers’ organizations

Praxis

From emergency to development: building resilience through livestock-based interverventions Vignette

2018

Bönig Constanze
Gomarasca Margherita
Heine Cornelia
Mason Stefano

From Emergency to Development: Building resilience through livestock-based interverventions

Études et témoignages

CALAO Project: Capitalization of Experiences in West Africa; Factors that further or limit the development of agro-ecological practices; Evaluation of the socio-economic and agro-environmental effects Vignette

2018

Bertrand Mathieu
Levard Laurent

CALAO Project: Capitalization of Experiences in West Africa; Factors that further or limit the development of agro-ecological practices; Evaluation of the socio-economic and agro-environmental effects

Praxis

Agroecological innovations in a context of climate change in Africa Vignette

2015

Debray Valentine
Derkimba Adeline
Roesch Katia

Agroecological innovations in a context of climate change in Africa

Praxis

Innovation Experiences of AVSF : Proximity Animal Health Services in Cambodia Vignette

2015

Min Sophoan
Petit Hervé

Innovative Experiences of AVSF : Proximity Animal Health Services in Cambodia

Praxis

Economic efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural water use in family farming Vignette

2015

Frédéric Apollin
Merlet Michel
Richard Yves
Toelen Patricia

Economic efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural water use in family farming

Études et témoignages

InternatIonal year of famIly farmIng: for the polItIcal recognItIon of the effIcIency and performance of small-scale farmIng! Vignette

2014

Frédéric Apollin
Mainenti Carline

InternatIonal year of famIly farmIng: for the polItIcal recognItIon of the effIcIency and performance of small-scale farmIng!

Études et témoignages

Can contract farming contribute to reinforce peasant farming and food sovereignty of populations of the south? Vignette

2014

Boscher Christophe
Chauveau Christophe
Mainenti Carline

Can contract farming contribute to reinforce peasant farming and food sovereignty of populations of the south?

Études et témoignages

Thumbnail - Guaranteeing access to water for small farmers

2012

Allaverdian Céline
Frédéric Apollin
Issoufaly Hatim
Jamart Clara
Richard Yves

Guaranteeing access to water for small farmers