Agriculture & Food Security

GSP Newsletter Recounts Soil Achievements in 2015 [viewed]

fao_gsp_iys4 January 2016: The eighth edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Global Soil Partnership (GSP) newsletter reviews major developments on the international soil agenda in 2015, including the adoption of land- and soil-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, and the conclusion of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, which was marked by more than 600 events around the world. The newsletter highlights several new initiatives to keep soils on the global agenda in 2016, including the proposed establishment of a World Soil Prize to be announced on 5 December, which is World Soil Day.

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Fifty African Countries and China to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade, Strengthen Cooperation on Environment​ [viewed]

focac8 December 2015: Fifty African countries and China agreed to scale up their response to wildlife crime and trafficking at the Sixth Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The FOCAC Johannesburg Action Plan 2016-2018 commits the countries to work closely to tackle illegal trade in wildlife.

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Event: Second World Irrigation Forum [viewed]

The Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) is organized under the theme, 'Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production'. The meeting will discuss: how actors are balancing the demands of maintaining water supply, producing food, generating energy and protecting ecology; managing climatic extremes, especially floods and droughts; and "smart actions" for alleviating hunger and poverty through irrigation and drainage. WIF is a multi-stakeholder forum focusing on water management in agriculture that takes place every three years. WIF2 is organized by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and hosted by the Thai National of ICID (THAICID). Abstracts of proposed papers may be submitted by 28 February 2016.  

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Governance of Tenure Newsletter Highlights Civil Society Implementation of Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: The December 2015 edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Governance of Tenure newsletter features a discussion of a training programme for civil society organizations (CSOs) to enhance their use of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines). Launched in 2014 and co-implemented by FAO and FIAN International, with financial support from Belgium, the programme has developed and tested a modular framework to enhance the capacities of CSOs in Guatemala, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Senegal and South Africa.

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Event: Fourth African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID) [viewed]

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is organizing this conference, which is hosted by the Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID), on the theme, 'Agricultural Land and Water Management for Sustainability under Climate Variability'. The conference will focus on boosting agricultural productivity in Africa, based on irrigation and drainage. Keynote speeches will address: the farm and science interface under climate change; improving agricultural water management in Africa; and Water-Food-Energy nexus challenges at the farm. The conference, which takes place in Aswan City, Egypt, comprises technical sessions, an exhibition and book fair, and a one-day post-conference study tour.  

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Event: Sixth Global Meeting of the Farmers' Forum [viewed]

The sixth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum, marking the Forum's 10th anniversary, will set the stage for revisiting the Forum's objective and modalities within the context the relationships between smallholder, family farmers and development actors, taking into account the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) new strategic framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also review progress this partnership has made. The Forum will be preceded by a special session on pastoralism on 12 February and followed by side events on 18 February. It will also share its messages with IFAD's Governing Council, which will meet from 17-18 February. The Farmers' Forum, established in 2005, is a bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between smallholder farmers' and rural producers' organizations, IFAD and IFAD member States. The Forum, which aims to strengthen effective partnerships and collaborations between IFAD and farmers' organizations in country programmes and investment projects, meets every two years in conjunction with IFAD's Governing Council.  

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Event: 39th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 39th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet under the theme ‘Inclusive investment - Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda'. The meeting has on its agenda, inter alia: the election of the Governing Council's Bureau; a statement of IFAD's President and general statements; the report of the Tenth Replenishment of IFAD's Resources; consolidated financial statements of IFAD for 2014; IFAD's 2016 results-based programme of work and regular and capital budgets, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD's results-based work programme and budget for 2016 and indicative plan for 2017-2018; the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); emoluments of the President; and an update on the Ad Hoc Working Group on Governance. The IFAD Governing Council, which meets annually, is the Fund's principal Governing Body.  

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Global Soil Partnership Outlines Mitigation Potential of Soil Organic Carbon [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)15 December 2015: The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released a briefing paper on the role of soil organic carbon (SOC) in offsetting climate change. The paper reviews recent research on SOC and concludes that actions to reverse the loss of soil organic matter could be one of the most effective tools to mitigate climate change.

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FAO Expert Workshop Agrees to Develop Methodology to Estimate IUU Globally [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the greatest threats to aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity and undermines regional and national efforts to sustainably manage fisheries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). However, global data on the characteristics and magnitude of IUU fishing have not been updated since 2003. Consequently, FAO convened an Expert Workshop to consider approaches for developing a methodology to estimate IUU fishing globally.

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CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse 2016 Programs of Work, Admit Brunei Darussalam [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative15 December 2015: Participants at the 11th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM-11) agreed on a number of decisions, including on the admission of Brunei Darussalam as a CTI-CFF member, a report on activities of the CTI-CFF since SOM-10 and the 2016 budget.

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