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Discussions

Below you can find the complete list of online discusions held until now.
To participate in the ongoing discussions and for more information such as summaries proceedings and resources please click on the title. 

Ongoing discussion

Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries?

Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries?

Care farming (also called social farming) is an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, rural employment and the social inclusion of vulnerable people. The aim of the discussion is to gather examples of the use of care farming in developing countries. 

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Previous discussions

Making agriculture work for nutrition: Prioritizing country-level action, research and support

Making agriculture work for nutrition: Prioritizing country-level action, research and support

There is now considerable interest among international development organizations and practitioners in agriculture programming and policy to improve nutrition. This discussion is an opportunity to review the substantial international dialogue on improving nutrition through food and agriculture, to identify the research gaps and to distil and prioritize the actions needed at country-level.

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12.09.2012 - 09.10.2012
Coming to terms with terminology

Coming to terms with terminology

While the relationship between food security and nutrition security might seem straightforward from a technical perspective a lively debate is taking place on how to best capture these concepts in a common definition that is both technically and politically acceptable. At present, food security, nutrition security, food security and nutrition and food and nutrition security are all being used.
The paper "Coming to terms with terminology" proposes to move towards the more inclusive terminology food and nutrition security in order to better reflect the conceptual linkages between food security and nutrition security.
What are your views on this and the new proposed definition of food and nutrition security?

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Enabling rural cooperatives and producer organizations  to thrive as  sustainable business enterprises

Enabling rural cooperatives and producer organizations to thrive as sustainable business enterprises

Rural cooperatives and producer organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty, in the promotion of social harmony and in the achievement of more equitable economic growth. What are the ideal conditions that will enable these member-based organizations to become more self-reliant and sustainable business enterprises?

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Innovative financing for agriculture, food security and nutrition

Innovative financing for agriculture, food security and nutrition

Reaching the goal to feed a growing world population is threatened by an important lack of investment in agriculture and a decreasing Official Development Assistance (ODA) in agriculture. To tackle this issue, Innovative Financing Mechanisms (IFMs) are being discussed as a means to complement ODA without replacing it to provide reliable and predictable financing for development and specifically for agriculture and food security and nutrition, especially by catalyzing and encouraging new projects.

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Biofuels and Food Security - A consultation by the HLPE to set the track of its study

Biofuels and Food Security - A consultation by the HLPE to set the track of its study

Following the request by the CFS, the HLPE is approaching the issue of biofuels through the lens of food security, taking into consideration a wide range of issues such as: forecasted demand, competition for biomass feedstock and for land, benefits along the biofuel production chain, the role of smallholders, social issues, new technologies etc. Please share your knowledge and views on this multifaceted topic to respond to the key question: are biofuels compatible with food security concerns or are they not adding too much to the – already unmet -  challenge to feeding the world?

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