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Sustainable food – ‘farm to fork’ strategy Initiative

A sustainable food strategy is key to achieving the goals of the EU’s Green Deal. This strategy sets out the regulatory and non-regulatory measures needed to create more efficient, climate-smart systems that provide healthy food, while securing a decent living for EU farmers and fishermen.
European Union
2020 - European Commission

Policy brief/paper
Can small farms and small food businesses in Northern Europe contribute to sustainable food security?

There is widespread acknowledgement and appreciation in Northern Europe of the important role that small farms play in supporting rural livelihoods, conserving biodiversity, and maintaining traditional landscapes, rural traditions and cultural heritage. The EU-funded SALSA project set out to examine another potentially important role of small farms – their contribution...
2020 - SALSA – Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food and nutrition security

Blog article
The Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in Times of Crisis

With the focus on food security rising, smallholder farmers have been propelled into the limelight as the heroes in the production sector. They are playing a major role in nourishing large urban populations as large-scale farmers feel the impacts of COVID 19. We spoke to two organic farmers in Uganda...
2020 - IFOAM

EIP-AGRI Focus Group Non-chemical weed management in arable cropping systems

Weeds threaten crop yield and quality. Developing and promoting non-chemical weed management techniques can help reduce the risks linked to the use of herbicides which can impact non-target organisms, the environment and animal and human health. In this EIP-AGRI Focus Group, experts worked together to identify alternatives including redesigning cropping systems,...
European Union
2020 - Eip Agri

The 2020 Global Food Policy Report

The 2020 Global Food Policy Report focuses on the need to build inclusive food systems, both to ensure that marginalized and vulnerable people enjoy the benefits and opportunities that food systems can bring and to support sustainable development. Inclusive food systems can help create better economic opportunities for poor people,...
2020 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

IFPRI Resources and Analyses on COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus)

IFPRI is curating a series of analyses from IFPRI researchers and guest contributors on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on national and global food and nutrition security, poverty, and development. The webpage will continue to be updated with new analyses in the coming weeks and months.
2020 - IFPRI

Blog article
The European Green Deal – mountain communities can make a big difference claims the CoR

In February 2020, during the first plenary session of the recently renewed European Committee of the Regions (CoR) members adopted the opinion “Towards sustainable neighborhoods and small communities – Environment policy below municipal level” by rapporteur Gaetano Armao (IT/EPP). Euromontana is pleased to see that the rapporteur integrated its suggestions...
European Union
2020 - Euromontana

Blog article
EBRD, FAO continue raising food safety standards in Serbia while preserving traditions

The Serbian Government has recently approved hygiene bylaws on food products of plant origin, in line with EU legislation, that include flexibility measures and derogations for traditional food products. Under this new legislation, Serbian producers can continue following traditional methods for making and selling food products based on fruits, vegetables and...
2020 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Policy brief/paper
Can small farms and small food businesses of Eastern European Countries contribute to sustainable Food and Nutrition Security (FNS)?

During the past 10 years, between 2010-2019, SALSA’s Eastern European (EE) countries lost an estimated 1.1 million small farms (23%). This is the equivalent of 350 small farms disappearing each day (based on EUROSTAT 2016 data).
2020 - SALSA – Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food and nutrition security

COVID-19 and Agroecology reading list

This list will be continually updated and expanded as more resources become available
Constantly updated reading list of relevant articles/materials and practical information addressing the relationship between the COVID-19 crisis and the need to transition towards sustainable food systems. e
2020 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
The influence of land-use on tropical soil

In-depth study on the effect of soil translocation on its chemistry in humid tropical Africa Soil exchange between agricultural and forest habitats Rapid decrease of organic C in all environments due to soil translocation High mobilization of exchangeable Al due to enhanced decomposition
2020 - Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Agroecology in Europe and Central Asia - An overview

This publication aims to provide an overview of actions and initiatives on Agroecology in Europe and Central Asia countries.  There is enough evidence that agroecology contributes to more sustainable food systems, in particular to delivering food production while respecting natural resources, ecosystem services and social processes. However, to assure agroecology can...

European Network for Rural Development - Newsletter March 2020

The ENRD newsletter provides all the latest rural development news from Europe straight to your inbox once a month. From policy updates to ENRD meetings and from project outcomes to online videos, this new and updated tool aims to provide something for everybody interested in rural development policy in Europe....
European Union
2020 - ENRD

Blog article
Syrian and Turkish women build a cooperative business – and self-confidence

For many Syrian refugees in Turkey, the food and agriculture sector is an entry point into the Turkish economy because of the sector’s prominence in areas hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees, particularly in the south-eastern provinces and large cities, such as Istanbul and Izmir. Many of them are engaged...
Syrian Arab Republic - Turkey
2020 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

CZU Prague ranked 31st in the Green Metric World University Rankings, and is thus one of the world leaders in terms of consideration for the environment.

CZU is once again the most environmentally-friendly university in the Czech Republic
Water management, education and waste management are the categories in which CZU received the highest ranking. As a result, according to a newly published ranking, the university jumped 15 places up from the previous year. “We had great success last year. The fact that we managed to move forward so much...
2020 - Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Blog article
Friendly Germs

At a recent event in Cochabamba, just before Bolivia went into lockdown over coronavirus, I had a rare opportunity to see how to make products or inputs used in agroecological farming. The organizers (the NGO Agroecología y Fe) were well prepared. They had written recipes for the organic fertilizers and natural...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2020 - Agro-Insight

Blog article
Striving for sustainable agriculture in Uganda

The introduction of GMO seeds has made sustainable farming in Uganda a not-so-easy case to deal with since farmers seem to continuously support the existence of GMO market.
Having a family farm in Uganda may seem the simplest thing to do. Yet, the challenges are pretty high nowadays. Many farmers out there depend on agriculture. Unfortunately, the introduction of GMO seeds, the climate change affected raining season, as well as the lack of skills and knowledge regarding some more...
2020 - Food Security Center

Blog article
The use of video in agricultural extension in Bangladesh

A lively roundtable discussion on ‘The use of video in agricultural extension,’ by thought leaders and influencers in Bangladesh, representing government authorities, agricultural extension, research and development organisations as well as media agencies, marked the recent launch of the Bangla website of Access Agriculture in Dhaka. Access Agriculture is a...
2020 - Access Agriculture

BIOSOCIAL_Small farm organic vegetable production as integrated model between production and local social impact

The proposed operative group (GO) intends to set up a new circular local economy model, which combines the profitability of farms with social productivity: the valorization of horticultural genetic resources will be based on minimum technological input and on production schedule according to the needs of the community expressed by...

Technical paper
COVID-19 will almost double acute hunger by end of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will see more than a quarter of a billion people suffering acute hunger by the end of the year, according to new figures from the World Food Programme (WFP).Latest numbers indicate the lives and livelihoods of 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be under...
2020 - World Food Programme
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