Agriculture & Food Security

Food Loss and Waste Accounting Standard Released [viewed]

food_and_waste6 June 2016: The Food Loss and Waste (FLW) Protocol, an international multi-stakeholder partnership, has released version 1.0 of the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard) providing requirements and guidance for quantifying and reporting on the amount of food lost in the food supply chain. The report aims to enable countries, cities, companies and other entities to develop inventories of FLW and inform policy making, target setting and the development of strategies reduce FLW.

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Trondheim Conference Addresses Linkages between Biodiversity and Agriculture [viewed]

trondheim6 June 2016: Participants at the eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity recognized biodiversity and ecosystem services as essential in supporting agriculture in multiple ways and at all levels, stressing their integration into other sectors as essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference focused on the interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture to develop food systems for a sustainable future.

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STAP Reports Advise GEF Council on SLM, Sustainable Agriculture, Project Design and Source-to-Sea Continuum [viewed]

gef_stapJune 2016: As input to the 50th meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the GEF produced four reports, addressing: the design of sustainable development projects; sustainable land management (SLM) and food security; indicators for assessing the sustainability of agricultural production; and a framework for managing flows in the source-to-sea continuum.

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European Green Week Adopts Urban Agenda, Agrees to Accelerate Transition to Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

green_week3 June 2016: The 2016 edition of Green Week focused on the theme 'investing for a greener future.' Participants discussed how to promote the role of green investments in achieving sustainable development and agreed on a range of measures to advance the European Union (EU) Urban Agenda, the blue economy and the transition to a low-carbon future, among other areas.

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FAO, EU Promote Voluntary Guidelines to Enhance Peacebuilding in Colombia [viewed]

fao_eu26 May 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the European Union (EU) are supporting a three-year project that will support responsible land tenure principles to secure the rights of indigenous communities and contribute to biodiversity conservation and peacebuilding in Colombia.

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GSP Plenary Assembly Endorses Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)27 May 2016: The 4th Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM). Held from 23-25 May 2016 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, the GSP Plenary Assembly also endorsed the establishment of the Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Briefs UN Security Council [viewed]

UNCCD logo​26 May 2016: While not offering a silver bullet, a land-based approach involving increased investment in land rehabilitation for frontline villages and communities would be “cheaper and more effective than investing in walls, wars and relief,” stressed UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Monique Barbut at a UN Security Council briefing in New York, US on 26 May 2016. The briefing aimed to enhance understanding of the security implications of climate change in the Sahel and was addressed by representatives of more than 15 countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

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ELD Study Analyzes Links Between Land Degradation and Poverty [viewed]

eld23 May 2016: The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative has published the results of a global study, titled ‘Does Land Degradation Increase Poverty in Developing Countries?' The study describes the distribution of rural populations on degrading agricultural land as an “overwhelmingly developing country problem,” and concludes that the associated spatial distributions of rural populations could impact significantly on future poverty reduction efforts.

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CIFOR Brief Analyzes SBSTA Submissions on Agriculture and Adaptation [viewed]

cifor_briefMay 2016: In a brief, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has analyzed Party submissions on agriculture and adaptation as submitted to the 44th meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and recommended that SBSTA should establish a work program to determine how agriculture will fit into the new climate regime.

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UNFSA Adopts Recommendations to Conserve Migratory and Straddling Fish Stocks [viewed]

fish_stockes30 May 2016: The Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNFSA, or the Agreement) agreed on an outcome document with a set of recommendations for securing the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks.

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