Agriculture & Food Security

Bioversity International Examines Policy and Practice of Protecting Farmers' Crop Varieties [viewed]

Bioversity International11 April 2016: Bioversity International has published an edited volume examining technical, policy and legal issues relating to the conservation and use of crop plant varieties developed by local farmers. The publication also examines approaches to increase the share of benefits farmers receive from the use of such varieties.

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FAO Conference Discusses Policy Framework for Integrating Africa's Agricultural Production Targets with the SDGs [viewed]

fao_au8 April 2016: A report, titled ‘Boosting Africa's Soils: From the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers to a Sustainable Soil Management Framework for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2030,' explores how various regional plans for enhancing agricultural productivity can take “better consideration of the approaches and needs of African farmers under the umbrella of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the policy document was discussed at a high-level session on the sidelines of the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC29), which took place from 4-8 April, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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IPPC Governing Body Discusses Management of Plant Pests and Risks Related to Sea Shipping Containers [viewed]

ippc8 April 2016: The eleventh annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11), the Governing Body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), discussed, among other issues, phytosanitary standards for the management and treatment of plant pests and pathogens as well as risks relating to plant pest introduction through sea shipping containers. Held under the theme 'Plant Health for Food Security,' CPM 11 highlighted the role of plant pest management and phytosanitary measures for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal to "end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture" (SDG 2).

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Asia-Pacific Countries Take Action on Forestry, Freshwater Resources, Illegal Logging and Wildlife Trade [viewed]

asian_pacificApril 2016: Countries in Asia and the Pacific have engaged in a range of recent project activities and workshops that aim to promote forestry, biodiversity and coastal wetland conservation, ensure sufficient freshwater resources and address threats from illegal trade in wildlife, illegal logging and invasive alien species (IAS).

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Event: Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life [viewed]

Convened under the auspices of the International Year of Pulses 2016, this seminar will be jointly hosted by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Bioversity International of the CGIAR Consortium and the Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN. The event will focus on the reciprocal relationship between soils and pulses, while also discussing how the cultivation of pulses can help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting will specifically address how pulses can contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 2) (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 15 (protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss). Sub-themes will explore: pulses in crop rotations and intercropping to increase soil fertility, biodiversity and land productivity; increased consumption of pulses for economic, social and human well-being; awareness raising about the nutritional value of pulses to help consumers adopt healthier diets; and how to develop good practices and policy solutions with a view to contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.  

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International Agricultural Research Community Takes Action to Align Research with SDG Implementation [viewed]

gcard38 April 2016: The 3rd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) adopted an outcome statement to guide the work of partners and stakeholders on agricultural research and food systems and to align research activities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the priorities of countries.

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Event: CFS Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Nutrition [viewed]

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition will address challenges and opportunities resulting from rapid urbanization and the transformation of agriculture, food systems and rural spaces. Building on the outcomes of reports of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), it will discuss areas for policy consideration, including: inclusive growth; poverty eradication; economic, environmental and social sustainability; support of local food systems and economies; and food security and nutrition. The aim of the Forum is to develop a better understanding of issues at stake and identify areas of intervention and potential roles for the CFS.  

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Event: 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security [viewed]

The 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is expected to address a series of items arising from its Multi-year Programme of Work, including: nutrition; engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); connecting smallholder farmers to markets; urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition; and monitoring. A thematic event is expected to share experiences and take stock of the use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.  

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ECA Launches Handbook on Blue Economy [viewed]

United Nations3 April 2016: With the launch of a policy handbook during African Development Week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is encouraging countries on the continent to implement “blue economy” policies and to make long-term investments in oceans, lakes and other bodies of water.

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UNEP-WCMC Report Identifies MEA Contributions Towards Achieving CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc31 March 2016: In order to identify potential areas for collaboration, the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has prepared a report and database compiling guiding decisions adopted under biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that support implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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