Agriculture & Food Security

FAO's State of the World's Forests Calls for Positive Interactions Between Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

cofo2318 July 2016: It is not necessary to cut down forests to produce more food. Promoting more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry can stop deforestation, build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security. This is the key message of 'The State of the World's Forests' (SOFO), the flagship publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), presented at the opening of the 23rd session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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African Union Summit Reviews Progress on Gender Equality, Women's Land Rights [viewed]

au_eca_afdb17 July 2016: The 27th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened on the theme 'Women's Rights, Human Rights,' recognized Algeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia as the best-performing countries in promoting women's rights and gender equality across the political, social and economic arenas. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Land Policy Initiative launched a campaign to achieve 30% documented allocation of land by African women by 2025.

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ELD, PROFOR and UNCCD Marshall Evidence in Support of Land Restoration [viewed]

eld_cgiar_unccd_proforJuly 2016: Partners of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative are fine-tuning a joint roadmap for the next phase of the Initiative, which aims to increase awareness raising and engage key stakeholders to scale up efforts to promote sustainable land management (SLM). Some recent studies bolstering the case for large-scale land restoration initiatives include: the ELD synthesis report, 'The Value of Land'; the forthcoming Global Land Outlook, to be published by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 2017; and an article by the Program on Forests (PROFOR), which draws some lessons from Fazenda da Toca, a large-scale land restoration project in São Paolo, Brazil.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth [viewed]

fao_headquarters15 July 2016: The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) has concluded with participants welcoming the entry into force of the Agreement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA). The meeting also featured discussions on aquaculture, food security and blue growth, among other issues.

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EC Adopts First-Ever EU List of Invasive Alien Species [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL13 July 2016: The European Commission (EC) has adopted, for the first time, a list of invasive alien species (IAS) that identifies 37 non-native plants and animals that threaten the EU's environment. Species on the list will be subject to the restrictions and measures set out in the EU Regulation on IAS. EU member countries now have three years to implement control measures for species on the list.

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IOC-UNESCO Assesses Status of LMEs and Open Oceans [viewed]

UNESCO IOC13 July 2016: Fifty percent of all fish stocks in large marine ecosystems (LMEs) are overexploited and 60% of the world's coral reefs are threatened by local activities, according to the findings of a series of assessments by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). The Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) carried out the global assessments of transboundary water systems around the world in LMEs and the open ocean.

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African Stakeholders Call for Prioritizing Water at COP 22 [viewed]

conference_international_d'eau12 July 2016: In preparation for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), 650 decision makers, researchers, technical experts, financiers and civil society members from 40 countries came together for an International Conference on Water and Climate. Organized under the theme 'Water Security for Climate Justice,' the conference resulted in a ministerial call from 22 African countries emphasizing the importance of implementing and funding water initiatives in Africa, both in the context of the COP 21 outcomes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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SDG 2 Event Highlights Need for Deep Transformation [viewed]

sdg212 July 2016: A discussion hosted by Biovision, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the Permanent Mission of Senegal highlighted two initiatives to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture).

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FAO Highlights Publications by DFID and USAID on VGGT Implementation [viewed]

didf_usaid_faoJuly 2016: The inaugural ‘State of the Debate' report of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) programme on ‘Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development' (LEGEND) takes stock of land governance initiatives around the world. It concludes that four years since the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines or VGGT), much more needs to be done to ensure that they are realized in practice. The report is featured in the July 20016 issue of the Governance of Land Tenure Newsletter of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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