Agriculture & Food Security

Event: World Mountain Forum 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 World Mountain Forum (WMF) will convene under the theme, 'Mountains for our Future,' and will explore opportunities for sustainable mountain development in the context of the recently adopted Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum will focus on four sub-themes: mountains and climate change; mountain communities and livelihoods; mountain ecosystem services; and sustainable mountain agriculture. The meeting is jointly organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda, with financial and technical support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as well as diverse partners from around the world involved in the SDC-funded Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme. The previous WMF took place in Cusco, Peru, in 2014.  

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International Year of Pulses 2016: National, Regional and International Activities Gather Momentum [viewed]

yip_2016March 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) designated 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), with the aim of enhancing public awareness of the nutritional and food security benefits of pulses and their contribution to sustainable food production and the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Officially launched on 10 November 2015, and coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the year-long celebrations will include 10 ‘Signature Events' around the world, the launch of a global pulses database, and commemoration of World Soil Day 2016 on the theme ‘Soils and pulses: symbiosis for life.'

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Event: Pulses for Nutritional Security and Agricultural Sustainability [viewed]

Organized as one of 10 ‘Signature Events' of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the "PulsCon2016" international conference will provide a forum for researchers, policy makers, extension workers, traders and entrepreneurs to discuss various strategies for nutritional security and environmental sustainability through pulse crops, and to draft a road map for increasing the productivity and profitability of pulses. The themes to be addressed include: global trade, marketing and policy issues in pulses production and consumption; genetic enhancement; production and biotic stress management; secondary agriculture initiatives, including nutrition and health, biofortification, and processing and value addition; and participatory technology development and adoption. The conference is co-convened by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and its national research partners, in partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) of the CGIAR Consortium, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

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Event: Second International Legume Society Conference [viewed]

Organized under the auspices of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the Second International Legume Society Conference aims to encourage connections throughout the food chain with a view to enhancing the utilization of pulse-based proteins, increasing the global production of pulses, improving crop rotations; and addressing trade challenges in the pulses sector. The conference will address the following themes: legume quality and nutrition; farming systems/agronomy; abiotic and biotic stress responses and breeding; legume genetic resources; and new “Omics” resources for legumes. Cross-cutting themes will include health and environment benefits and legumes markets. As the final meeting of the EU-FP7 ABSTRESS project, the conference will also share results and conclusions from this, and related European research programmes.  

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Event: Annual Meeting of the Central American Cooperative Program for Crop and Animal Improvements (IYP 2016) [viewed]

Convened as one of 10 ‘Signature Events' of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), this regional conference will discuss regional strategies for food security, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, rural and territorial development, family farming and agricultural innovations to improve yields through the efficient use of natural resources. A key objective of the conference will be to promote the production and consumption of beans, as one of the most important sources of protein in Latin America and the Caribbean. Countries participating in the Central American Cooperative Program for Crops and Animal Improvements (PCCMCA) are Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Puerto Rico.  

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Malaysia MPA Will Protect Sharks, Local Livelihoods [viewed]

coral-triangle-initiative7 March 2016: Malaysia's Minister for Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Seri Masidi, announced that Malaysia will establish a 1.6 million hectare marine protected area (MPA) in north Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, a region with the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia. The Tun Mustapha Marine Park and shark sanctuary aims to balance the livelihoods of growing coastal populations with environmental protection, as part of regional efforts through the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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OECD, FAO Launch Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains [viewed]

fao_headquarters11 March 2016: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched ‘Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains,' to promote responsible business conduct and due diligence along agricultural supply chains, with the aim of ensuring that agricultural operations contribute to sustainable development, poverty reduction, food security and gender equality.

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Event: 30th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe [viewed]

The 30th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe will include a ministerial roundtable on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implications for agriculture and rural development in Europe and Central Asia. The conference will also address the priorities for FAO's work in the region, including trends, development objectives, challenges, and priority setting in the next programming cycle in preparation for the Medium-Term Plan 2018-2021. The conference will be preceded by a consultation of civil society organizations on 2-3 May and a Committee on World Food Security (CFS) multi-stakeholder dialogue on 3 May. FAO regional conferences are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.  

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Event: Women and Land: Localizing the 2030 Agenda [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Land Coalition (ILC), the Huairou Commission, Landesa and Oxfam will host this event on the sidelines of the 60th Session of the Convention on the Status of Women (CSW 60). The event aims to catalyze action to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including by highlighting the importance of women's land rights in the context of sustainable development, sharing approaches to promote the meaningful participation of women in decision-making, and discussing best practices for innovative financial mechanisms to ensure that resources reach rural women and communities. The event will feature a panel discussion on rural women's roles in localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Speakers, including representatives from rural organizations, policymakers and grassroots leaders, will discuss policy approaches, measures and tools to secure land rights for women and share experiences in mobilizing rural women to contribute to achieving the SDGs, with examples from Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, and Tanzania.  

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Event: 33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33) [viewed]

The 33rd session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC) will meet under the theme ‘Promoting food security, blue growth and empowerment of small-scale farmers and women in North East and North Africa (NENA) region'. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the contribution of livestock to food security in NENA; implementation of the Blue Growth Initiative in the region; and the empowerment of small-scale farmers and women. Conference participants will also be briefed on the regional office's progress in implementing recommendations made at the previous regional conference, and discuss programme and budget matters. The meeting will focus on FAO priority activities in the region, including the decentralization process, as well as achievements regarding the three regional initiatives: ‘Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition'; ‘The Regional Initiative on Small-Scale Agriculture for Inclusive Development'; and ‘Water Scarcity Initiative.' The Conference will start with a three-day meeting for Senior Officers designated by their governments, followed by a Ministerial Meeting on 12 and 13 May 2016. FAO regional conferences are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.  

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