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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

Europe and Central Asia: Regional food market situation and policy bulletin in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

According to the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS), cereal production in 2019 and the estimated closing stock in 2019/20 are both near record highs and supplies in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) and around the world are estimated to be sufficient. As a result, global cereal markets...
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
Rice diversity and farmers’ preferences for varietal attributes in Myanmar

Myanmar falls within the center of the genetic diversity of many economically important crops, including wild and cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.). However, the majority of the genetic resources of Myanmar, particularly local varieties, and their distribution remain poorly understood. The present study was conducted to investigate the on-farm varietal diversity...
2020 - Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Situating Small-Scale Fisheries in the Global Struggle for Agroecology and Food Sovereignty

This report explores the politics and practices in smallscale fisheries that form part of the global struggle for agroecology and food sovereignty. It first frames the political context and explains the challenges facing small-scale fisher (SSF) initiatives and communities as well as how fishers are organised in order to confront...
2020 - Transnational Institute; Association Pleine Mer; and Solidaritas Perempuan

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

​Barefoot Guide 1

Working with ​Organisations ​ ​and Social ​Change
This is a practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributions to a more humane society. It has been developed by the Barefoot Collective.
2020 - The Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI)

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

FAO Agroecology Newsletter #40

Agroecology Newsletter of October 2020

Anuario 2020 - Agricultura Familiar en España

Un año más, el Anuario de la Agricultura Familiar en España sale a la luz gracias a la Fundación de Estudios Rurales, entidad creada en el año 2000 en el seno de UPA con el objetivo de impulsar el estudio y debate de todos los aspectos culturales, económicos, sociales y...
2020 - UPA

Blog article
Launch of the “Pregnant Women Food Scheme” in South Korea

The Pregnant Women Food Scheme started from January 1st, 2020 with the aim of providing environmentally-friendly food to 45,000 pregnant women and new mothers. But with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number has been extended to 80,000.
Republic of Korea

Blog article
The challenges of being a beekeeper

Food Security Center interviews an entrepreneur beekeeper in Greece regarding the challenges that beekeepers are facing nowadays.
A bee helps 75% of crops producing fruits and seeds to pollinate. It increases biodiversity and food production, while it provides us with micronutrient-rich foods. Last but not least, it maintains the ecosystems. After all these, we can all realize that a bee is much more than “just a bee”....
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

Blog article
LIFE programme: over €280 million in EU funding for environment, nature and climate action projects

The European Commission has approved an investment package of more than €280 million from the EU budget for over 120 new LIFE programme projects. This EU funding will trigger total investments of nearly €590 million to help meet these projects' ambitious goals for environment, nature, and climate action. This amount represents a 37%...
European Union
2020 - European Commission
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