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60th Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

The 60th Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held virtually from 23 to 25 February 2021. The meeting is being organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), as secretariat of the Conference,...
2021 - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Case study
Applying blockchain for climate action in agriculture: state of play and outlook

The objective of this study is to provide insights into potentialities, steps, and best practices in applying blockchain technology (BCT) to use cases in agriculture in the context of climate change, to explore the opportunities and challenges in applying the BCT in agricultural sectors with the aims of reducing greenhouse...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Magazine article
Missed opportunities for delivering nutrition interventions in first 1000 days of life in India: insights from the National Family Health Survey, 2006 and 2016

Existing health and community nutrition systems have the potential to deliver many nutrition interventions. However, the coverage of nutrition interventions across the delivery platforms of these systems has not been uniform. We (1) examined the opportunity gaps between delivery platforms and corresponding nutrition interventions through the continuum of care in...

From Space to Farm: Characterization of Small Farms Using Remote Sensing Data

This publication describes the analytical process carried out under the European Union-funded SALSA project which enabled the development of a European map of the distribution of small farms at the NUTS-3 level and assessed the capabilities and usefulness of Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites for small farms monitoring, specifically in...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Effects of COVID-19 and other shocks on Papua New Guinea’s food economy: A multi-market simulation analysis

Understanding how the Papua New Guinea (PNG) agricultural economy and associated household consumption is affected by climate, market and other shocks requires attention to linkages and substitution effects across various products and the markets in which they are traded. In this study, we use a multi-market simulation model of the...
Papua New Guinea
2021 - IFPRI


EcoAgtube is a new video-sharing platform for all those with an interest in sustainable agriculture and sustaining the environment around the world to showcase their experience and local innovations. EcoAgtube is an initiative of Access Agriculture, a non-profit organisation that promotes agroecology and rural entrepreneurship through capacity development and South-South exchange...
2021 - Access Agriculture

4. #Organics: An international food market, with Beate Huber

In the past decade, the demand for organic food has grown exponentially in the EU. The EU has set rigorous criteria for European farmers who want to have their products certified with the EU organic logo, but what rules apply to products imported from non-EU countries? In the fourth episode of...
European Union
2021 - European Commission

Blog article
EP Think Tank underlines Euromontana’s contribution to the Smart Villages concept

Euromontana has worked on the Smart Villages concept since 2017 as member of the European Network for Rural Development’s Thematic Group on the topic. Through the Horizon 2020 project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas), Euromontana also contributed to broaden the definition of the concept, by advocating that the Smart Villages approach...
2021 - EuroMontana

Blog article
FAO outlines strategy for healthy and productive livestock in Europe and Central Asia

With the main aim to improve the animal health and production practices of smallholders and reduce the threat of antimicrobial resistance, FAO published an animal health and production strategy for Europe and Central Asia. Available in English and Russian, A wake-up call for impact urges both the private and public sectors to...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

3. #Organics: Strengthening the EU organic label, with Irène Tolleret

Introduced more than 10 years ago, the EU organic logo embodies rigorous organic food production rules. The logo guarantees that at least 95% of a food product’s ingredients are organic. It also confirms that products respect the environment, soil fertility, biodiversity, animal welfare and do not contain chemicals or GMOs. More...
European Union
2021 - European Commission

Blog article
FAO and Central Asia work towards climate-friendly and resilient livestock development

A complex, FAO-led effort concluded by addressing the challenges posed by climate change to livestock keepers, as well as exploring opportunities of meat, milk, and wool production with lower emissions in the ecological and social structures of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The project, entitled “Identifying low carbon and climate resilient pathways...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

2. #Organics: Building trust in organic farming in Europe, with Wolfgang Burtscher

Increasing demand for organic food products across Europe has made it clear that the European Union must help more farmers transition to organic farming and strengthen trust in the EU organics system among consumers. New legislation on organics is set to come into force early next year. What kind of...
European Union
2021 - European Commission

Fact sheet
Enhanced livelihoods of rural Tajik families help overcome the COVID-19 crisis

Agriculture has a central place in the culture of mountainous Tajikistan. In fact, more than 60 percent of Tajik people work in agriculture, cultivating the country’s arable land that extends over 850 thousand hectares. The Nurobod district, located in the Rasht valley, boasts beautiful landscapes with high agricultural biodiversity that contributes...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

1. #Organics: The European Union’s role in shaping the market, with Commissioner Wojciechowski

European consumption of organic products has exploded over the last years. Currently, the European Union is ranked second in global organic consumption after the US. By 2030, it aims to convert 25% of farmland to organic. Right now, it is only around 8 %. Is the EU on the right...
European Union
2021 - European Commission


The “SSF University” is designed to build capacity of small-scale fishers and fish workers on select topics, to share knowledge and to promote the exchange of best practices throughout the Mediterranean and Black Sea region.  This initiative responds to the recommendations within the Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Policy brief/paper
SALSA Project Summary Booklet 2016-2020 - Placing small farms under the microscope

The SALSA project has closed a long-standing gap in research by looking into the status of small farms in different regions of both Europe and Africa. Its findings should help these farms live up to their true potential. Thirty reference regions, 25 of them in Europe and five in Africa. That’s...
2021 - SALSA Project

Blog article
Global fisheries and aquaculture hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic

Global fisheries and aquaculture have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and could face further disruption in 2021 as lockdowns affect supply and demand across the sector, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Cozinhando Agendas Políticas

Guia Feminista Sobre o Direito à Alimentação e à Nutrição das Mulheres Rurais
Cozinhando Agendas Políticas – Guia Feminista Sobre o Direito à Alimentação e à Nutrição das Mulheres Rurais oferece a essas mulheres – pertencentes ou não a organizações locais ou nacionais – orientações práticas para a construção coletiva de estratégias e ações transformadoras com ênfase nesse direito fundamental, conhecido pela sigla Dhana,...
2021 - FIAN Brasil

Blog article
Organic Agriculture is Good for All, so has a Bright Future…

China and India are the major organic agriculture producers in Asia. But other Asian countries too are working well to increase their share in the global organic market. Some countries worth mentioning are Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, which are making systematic efforts to promote organic agriculture in their own ways....
2021 - AESA

Blog article
Project strengthens food safety systems in five countries of Europe and Central Asia

Unsafe food is a major threat to human health and economies globally. A new project has been kicked off to strengthen official food safety control and risk communication systems in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, and Turkey. Implemented under the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture, funded by Turkey,...
Azerbaijan - Kyrgyzstan - Republic of Moldova - Tajikistan - Turkey
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO
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