Discussions from n.1 to n.10
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Discussion No. 10
Genetically Modified Organisms and Food Security
31.03.2008 - 09.05.2008
Forum members were invited to:
1. Share examples of where smallholder farmers use genetically modified crops and the advantages and disadvantages they have noticed in relation to conventional corps.
2. Share examples of where multinational companies/ governments and others have promoted their genetic crops to small-scale farmers, specifically thinking of promises of higher yields and greater access to new markets.
3. Provide contact details of NGOs other organisations or people who are aware or engaged in similar studies to contact and share information.
26.03.2008 - 18.04.2008
Forum members shared ideas and experiences on how individuals, communities and countries can use the food price rise as a motive for concerted action against chronic hunger and malnutrition.
Discussion No. 8
Community Forestry and Food Security
17.03.2008 - 17.04.2008
The Forum members shared documents or studies on different food security indicators. They aso discussed the following issues: lAre there studies that evaluate the contribution of community forestry to food security? What would be the best mechanisms to anchor Agricultural Activities and ensure Food Security in a Community Forestry process, which generally consists in management of natural/forest resources by and for local populations?
05.02.2008 - 14.03.2008
Which tools, indicators or methods should be used for measuring the Food Security of households containing adults malnourished with HIV/AIDS?
Discussion No. 6
The Way Forward For Small Holder Farmers
15.01.2008 - 16.02.2008
Why have the conditions of small holder farmers been getting worse and worse over the past 30 years? What is the way forward for small holder farmers and what are the implications, particularly for policy-making?
Discussion No. 5
Agricultural Biodiversity and FSN
07.01.2008 - 05.02.2008
Is the issue of Agricultural Biodiversity (i.e. the ecosystem, species and genetic diversity found in agricultural landscapes) much discussed in FSN circles? For example, are variables such as the number of different varieties of sorghum or the number of different leafy green vegetables (for example) grown by people in an area the kind of baseline data that are documented when doing livelihoods and food security vulnerability assessments?
Is this aspect of livelihoods and food security sometimes ignored, or at least not given the consideration it deserves?
Discussion No. 4
Nutrition education - essential but often neglected
19.11.2007 - 07.12.2007
The topic "Nutrition education - essential but often neglected" was raised by Ms Jane Sherman, education consultant, and facilitated by Ms Ellen Muehlhoff, Senior Officer, Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division, FAO.
Discussion No. 3
Topics on which research is most needed
12.11.2007 - 07.12.2007
The aims of this discussion were the following:
- To provide references with which we can substantiate the typical claims in FSN fields
- To collect opinions and insights on the topics on which research is most needed
- To collect opinions and insights on how to solve the lack of necessary research/evidence
Discussion No. 2
Emerging topics for the programme of the 2nd International Conference on Poverty, Food and Health
13.11.2007 - 20.11.2007
Suggestions for emerging topics for the programme of the 2nd International Conference on Poverty, Food and Health, involving the Human Rights approach, which took place in Lisbon, from 28th to 30th November, 2007.
Discussion No. 1
Drawing lessons from food security and nutrition research, analysis and information for improved decision making and response
16.10.2007 - 16.11.2007