Feeding the 10 billion people projected to live on planet earth in 2050 must aim to go beyond producing more with less to balancing the focus on quality and diversity, linking productivity to sustainability and addressing the needs of people. A fundamental premise for delivering sustainable food and agriculture is the creation of an enabling policy environment and the need for sectoral ministries to change the way they work and coordinate policies across government.
The transition to more sustainable agriculture and food systems requires action that builds political alliances and coalitions with actors beyond food and agriculture. Consistent with the 2030 Agenda’s call for transformation, many of the approaches presented in this guide cut across sectors and depend ... Read more
released by FAO, July 2018
Amid increased uncertainties from recent rising trade disputes, agricultural markets have so far remained relatively stable thanks to generally good supply conditions across most commodities. Nonetheless, in the context of heightened food import bills, food markets remain vulnerable, with weather shocks and external developments always difficult to predict. Read the full report here.
La conférence vise à favoriser les échanges entre les parties prenantes sur les connaissances et les meilleures pratiques au sujet des interfaces entre l'agriculture, l'emploi des jeunes, l’entreprenariat, les innovations dans le domaine des TIC, afin de prioriser les interventions pour aller de l’avant.
Pour en savoir plus, allez sur : http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/youth-in-agriculture/fr/
The map incorporates diverse socio-economic and agro-ecological data so that responders can visualise where the underlying risk of household food insecurity due to Fall Armyworm is highest. The tool consists of a number of layers allowing users to disaggregate risk into its constituent parts. By highlighting potential "hotspots", the tool is intended to assist decision-makers in prioritising and preparing for early action in targeted areas.The tool developed by FAO is part of innovative projects awarded funding by the Government of Belgium.
click for the interactive map below: http://www.fao.org/emergencies/resources/maps/detail/en/c/1110178/
Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System
The FAO e-Agriculture Newsletter issue 6 is focusing on the Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) . FAMEWS is a monitoring and education tool that feeds several platforms that are used to make decisions about Fall Armyworm (FAW). The App was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as part of the fight against the Fall Armyworm scourge.
Data are inputted via an app for smartphones, which provide exact locations of the source of the information. Data can be collected on FAW prevalence in fields (infested crop plants) or from pheromone traps that attract adult moths. Data collection is done using FAO’s FAW Guidance Notes and is available in five languages. The app also provides basic background information on FAW and will soon incorporate an Artificially Intelligent Assistant who will provide advice in several languages. Data can be transmitted immediately from the field via telephone or can be saved to the phone
What efforts need to be made to effectively mainstream gender in agrifood value chain projects and programmes? When can a value chain intervention be considered ‘gender-sensitive’? What actions can be implemented to address gender inequalities along the chain?
These guidelines aim to respond to these questions and support practitioners in translating the Gender-Sensitive Value Chain Framework, developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) into action (FAO, 2016a). Building on FAO’s comparative advantage on gender in agriculture and food security, these guidelines are primarily intended to assist practitioners in designing and implementing interventions that provide women and men with equal opportunities to benefit from agrifood value chain development. They offer practical tools and examples of successful approaches to foster a more systematic integration of gender equality... Read more
L’édition 2017 de ce rapport FAO étudie l’impact des menaces qui pèsent sur l’agriculture, allant des catastrophes naturelles aux crises de la chaîne alimentaire et aux crises complexes et prolongées, y compris les conflits civils et la guerre. Il en ressort qu’en Afrique, la sécheresse et les inondations sont les catastrophes naturelles les plus coûteuses, avec des pertes évaluées respectivement à 29 et 19 milliards de dollars entre 2005 et 2015. Les ravageurs de cultures et les maladies animales comptent aussi parmi les catastrophes les plus coûteuses pour les agriculteurs africains.
Rapport FAO : Impact des catastrophes naturelles et crises sur l'agriculture et la sécurité alimentaire
FAO, 2018L'édition 2017 de ce rapport FAO étudie l'impact des menaces qui pèsent sur l'agriculture, allant des catastrophes naturelles aux crises de la chaîne alimentaire et aux crises complexes et prolongées, y compris les conflits civils et la guerre. Il en ressort qu'en Afrique, la sécheresse et les inondations sont les catastrophes naturelles les plus coûteuses, avec des pertes évaluées respectivement à 29 et 19 milliards de dollars entre 2005 et 2015. Les ravageurs de cultures et les maladies animales comptent aussi parmi les catastrophes les plus coûteuses pour les agriculteurs africains.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to share with you the new publication titled Gender and food loss in sustainable value chains. A guiding note.
The purpose of this publication is to help policy-makers, project designers and field practitioners to understand and analyse the nexus between gender equality and food loss, while offering practical guidance on, and tools for, integrating gender concerns into the planning and implementation of food loss studies and reduction strategies and interventions.
The publication will support the implementation of FAO’s Food Loss Analysis Methodology, which provided the base for more than 70 case studies in the scale agriculture and fisheries subsector of 24 countries. The guiding note may also serve as a supporting document in the mainstreaming of gender and social considerations into the food loss assessments in general.
Please find the links to the publication below:
- PDF URL: http://www.fao.org/3/I8620EN/... Read more
Bonn, Germany – The signature decision on agriculture coming out of this year's climate talks in Bonn, called the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, provides a new opportunity to address how climate change impacts on agricultural production have put millions of lives and livelihoods at risk worldwide.
"This bold landmark decision brings agriculture to the forefront of the international climate change agenda, and looks directly at important issues such as assessing adaptation and mitigation benefits of agriculture, improving soil health, nutrient management and livestock systems, and addressing the socio-economic and food security issues associated with climate change in the agriculture sectors," said Julia Wolf, Natural Resource Officer and Coordinator from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the Un... Read more
2nd International Symposium on Agroecology
Dear partners and colleagues,
As you may know, FAO is organizing the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology (more information here: https://goo.gl/ic7PTf).
Agroecology depends on the co-creation of local capacities and knowledge –often building on traditional knowledge- that works with complex systems under changing environmental, social and economic conditions. That requires shifting the emphasis from traditional technology transfer approaches to identifying, supporting and strengthening the institutions and processes needed to enable innovative ways of knowledge creation and sharing.
As part of the Symposium, FAO will co-organize and host a ‘Market place on innovation for agroecology’. With the present call, we would like to highlight innovative example actions or processes from a wide range of actors involved in agriculture and food systems in their diversity
Tuesday, December 5 is World Soil Day, a day set aside by the United Nations http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/about-world-soil-day/en/; to acknowledge the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.
An international day to celebrate Soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 and requested its official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013 the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day.
AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in partnership with various governmental and non-governmental organizations, organized "Et... Read more
Pulses are a leguminous crop that are harvested solely for the dry seed and they include beans, lentils, chick peas, cowpeas, groundnuts and peas. FAO have shared an interesting article about this type of crops and why you should choose pulses for your health as explained below;
1- Low in fat and contain no cholesterol.
2- Low in sodium.
3- Great source of plant -base protein.
4- Good source of iron.
5- High in potassium.
6- High in fibre foods.
7- Excellent source of folate.
8- Pulses can be stored for long time.
9- Low glycemic index foods.
10- Pulses are naturally gluten-free.
Read int details about this ten benefits of pulses HERE.
FAO e-learning center offers free interactive courses- in English, French and Spanish on topics ranging from food and nutrition security or climate change to land tenure.
The courses are suited to agricultural and food security professionals, students, and anyone interested in the broad range of topics offered by FAO. Also this will give you more opportunity to learn and knowledge in agriculture.
Find the topics titles below;
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Source: The NewTimes
Gerard Munyeshuri Gatete inspects a solar powered water pump on an 8-hectare farm in Barija Sector in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province. It pumps water 60 metres underground to irrigate his crops during drought.
Gatete said that before getting the technology one year ago, he and family members who co-own the farm would harvest about one tonne of beans per hectare, but now they harvest 2.5 tonnes.
As one of the planned agenda items of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO will select and showcase successful experiences in agroecology in action that can be scaled up and out. We will select 12 cases to be presented by speakers during a session of the International Symposium (10min each presentation). The selection of cases will be based on the following criteria:
· Contribution made to scale-up agroecology
· Potential to be replicated and further scaled-up/out
· Addresses each of the three pillars of sustainability (social environmental and economic)
· Regional balance will be ensured
· For each region, case studies involving governmental and non-governmental initiatives will be included
· All the cases need to be based either on policy or practices... Read more
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) boss Mr. Igbokwe noted that global agricultural production is already being affected by changes in rainfall and temperature thus compromising food security. “Many studies reveal that small farmers who follow agro-ecological practices cope with, and even prepare for climate change. Through managing on-farm biodiversity and soil cover and by enhancing soil organic matter, agro ecological farmers minimize crop failure under extreme climatic events,” he explained.
Igbokwe noted that global agricultural production is already being affected by changes in rainfall and temperature thus compromising food security.
Full article here
The vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on all countries and stakeholders to work together to end hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition by 2030. This ambition can only be fulfilled if agriculture and food systems become sustainable, so that food supplies are stable and all people have access to adequate nutrition and health. The start of the 2030 Agenda coincided with the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025), adding impetus to these commitments by providing a time-bound, cohesive framework for action.
This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World marks the beginning of a new era in monitoring the progress made towards achieving a world without hunger and malnutrition, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the report will monitor progress towards... Read more
FAO Indonesia has concluded a livelihood recovery programme for communities affected by Mt
Sinabung eruption in Karo District by March 2017. One of the implemented activities was the support
for coffee farmers in developing their coffee products as one of the most resistant commodity during
eruption. The intervention covered the production, post-harvest, until marketing stage. In the latest
development, the intervention managed to provide additional income to the coffee farmer since they
have regular buyer from local coffee company.
To ensure that the good initiatives are sustainable and beneficial to the community, as well as to
identify the gap on coffee value chain that hasn’t been addressed in previous intervention, FAO
Indonesia is looking for short term consultant to conduct assessment on coffee value chain in the
area of Karo District - North Sumatera and the surrounding area. The assessment... Read more
The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO), one of the Organization’s flagship publications, addresses the latest developments and trends in global agricultural commodity markets. In its 2018 edition, the report will focus on the role of agricultural trade and trade policies in promoting food security and sustainable agricultural production in the context of climate change.
In preparation for the report, this conference will explore the linkages between climate change, agricultural trade and food security. It will provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners from around the world to come together and exchange ideas on the study and management of the ways in which climate change will affect agricultural production and international agricultural trade.
The main conference language will be English. Simultaneous i