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Below you can find the complete list of online discusions held until now.
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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

Supporting small-scale farmers to access value-added agribusiness and other market opportunities

Supporting small-scale farmers to access value-added agribusiness and other market opportunities

What are the ingredients of successful agribusiness initiatives for small-scale farmers in developing countries? How to face the numerous challenges in supporting farmers willing to market their products further down the supply chain?

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26.04.2010 - 17.05.2010

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Agricultural technologies and innovation; opportunities for making a difference

Agricultural technologies and innovation; opportunities for making a difference

How can we make the best use of agricultural technology to achieve food security? Is there still a role for older technologies and for traditional approaches? Or embracing industrial production systems should be the way forward?
Peter Steele from FAO Cairo is raising this topic inviting members and anyone interested to share their views. At the background of the debate lies the African context, where the challenges and potentials are huge and where, unlike Asia, a green revolution, with its pros and cons, never took place.

 

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06.04.2010 - 30.04.2010
Livestock keepers' rights - an important concept for food security?

Livestock keepers' rights - an important concept for food security?

Can Livestock Keepers' Rights help in improving food security of people living in marginal lands? Evidence of the importance of small-scale livestock production systems making use of uncultivable lands and crop is strong; should they be given prominence over commercial producers, producing large amounts of cheap animal protein based on imported breeds and imported feed?

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08.03.2010 - 29.03.2010

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Towards a statement on food, agriculture and cities for the World Urban Forum

Towards a statement on food, agriculture and cities for the World Urban Forum

With different partners, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is committed to the World Urban Forum V (WUF V). The WUF V will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 22 to 26 March. Its theme is: “The Right to the City, Bridging the Urban Divide”. Food and agriculture issues are at stake as they are a growing concern as well as a part of the solution.

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04.03.2010 - 23.03.2010
Packaging of agricultural products

Packaging of agricultural products

UNDP Burundi is assisting the government with several initiatives that aim to create jobs for people in the rural areas. The key strategy that has been identified is adding value to agricultural products through agro-processing. A key step in the process is to have access to affordable packaging. Unfortunately there are no packaging facilities in Burundi.

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16.02.2010 - 26.02.2010