Based on centuries of experience in tackling mountain environments, farming families and communities have developed distinctive forms of institutions and organizational arrangements. This MRD Focus Issue on Family Farming in Mountains addresses the question to what extent these institutions and organizational arrangements have been able to cope with the current multiple challenges. It also explores whether family farming practices have succeeded in generating solutions in combination with new institutional arrangements and policies, and whether this enables family farmers in mountains to benefit from new opportunities. The geographical range of papers in this issue reaches from Italy to Ukraine, Slovakia, China, Bolivia, and Spain.
Our fellow Mountain Partnership colleagues Mountain Research and Development (MRD) have released a new volume on Family Farming in Mountains. It is full of a diverse range of papers covering studies on conditions in mountain ranges around the world. We encourage people to take the time and to have a look at the recently released Volume 34, Issue 4.