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Markets Toolkit

The conceptual framework for the markets toolkit is described in part in article by Niederhauser, Oberthu, Kattnig and Cock (2008). The Toolkit is currently under development by Ecoagriculture Partners’ Markets Program.
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Bioversity, formerly the International Plant Genetics Research Institute IPGRI), is perhaps the best source of information about genetic diversity measures that scientists use.   Many resources on traditional knowledge and agrobiodiversity are available on the internet. Explore for ideas and information about how local people identify, value, and protect crop, livestock, forest and fishery diversity in their landscapes.  Share [...]

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Exceptionally readable and ‘accessible’ guidelines are presented in this manual.
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Secondary sources

Secondary sources generally refer to published documents and statistics.  Governments at various levels commonly assume responsibility for pubishing specified types of information that correspond with their mission and mandate.  Some types of publications are produced on a regular (periodic) basis, and some are occasional, or one-time-only studies.  It is useful to become familiar with the types of [...]

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A geo-referenced household survey is developed by spatially locating (geo-referencing) the sample of households where an interview or questionnaire survey is administered. Hand-held GPS (global positioning system) devices are used to mark the location of the households in the survey sample. Geo-referencing household survey data makes it possible to examine effects that spatial location in the [...]

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Profitability Analysis

Resources that can aid in analyzing the profitibility of a farm-based enterprise include those below:
Assessing and improving farm profitibility
Participatory market chain analysis for small holder products – CIAT
Evaluating a rural enterprise – ATRA
 
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Water Productivity

Water productivity links the water consumed with the outputs produced. Just as “crop yield” is the productivity of land, often measured as kilograms per hectare or tons per acre, water productivity of the same crop is measured as the “crop per drop”, for instance as kilograms of rice or wheat per cubic meter of water [...]

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Global positioning systems (GPS) enable the development of ground-based data through the use of satellites which accurately determine the position and altitude of any point on Earth. Handheld GPS units, which weigh only a few ounces and cost as little as $100, tend to be accurate to within 2-20 meters, depending on the model. While [...]

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The first thing to realize about ground-based monitoring, compared to remote sensing, is that it is impossible to monitor every location for every attribute of interest. Therefore, in deciding what data to acquire it is important to begin by asking four key questions:
1) Where will the monitoring occur? Or, in other words, how will the [...]

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A first step in many landscape monitoring projects is to obtain remotely sensed imagery such as aerial photographs or satellite images. Table 1 summarizes some of the best sources for remotely sensed imagery for use in landscape monitoring. Once images have been obtained, they can then be analyzed to map land cover-land use and [...]

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