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August 2012
Recurring droughts highlight need to better manage water resources, safeguard food security
New FAO framework launched

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July 2012
Global Soil Partnership video interviews

The newly established Global Soil Partnership, just endorsed by FAO’s Committee on Agriculture in May 2012, provides an exciting opportunity to collaborate internationally to pool knowledge and experience on all aspects of soil science. Speaking at a recent meeting at FAO headquarters, soil specialists, international organization staff, the donor community and academics share their views on just what such collaboration can achieve.

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July 2012
Integrated land, water and energy management video interviews

During the recent Committee on Agriculture held at FAO Headquarters in May 2012, FAO Water Officer Jean-Marc Faures and Energy Officer Olivier Dubois discussed the challenges facing these sectors today and explained how better integration of the work in these three sectors is key to meeting the food security needs of our planet’s growing population.

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June 2012
NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT NEWSLETTER
June 2012- Number 12

In the June issue of the Natural Resources and Environment newsletter, we examine the importance of the newly established Global Soil Partnership. Soil specialists, international organization staff, the donor community and academics discuss what such collaboration can achieve. We note the events of World Water Day, highlighting water and food security. Moreover, a new web site, Sustainability Pathways, focuses on greening the economy with agriculture and related ecosystem services.

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June 2012
Towards the future we want
End hunger and make the transition to sustainable agricultural and food systems

Much work has been done since 1992 to move the world closer to a common and sustainable future, but 20 years down the road we have yet to deliver on this fundamental principle – too many people in this world are still not living a healthy and productive life while the world grows in ways that are not always in harmony with nature. FAO seeks to stimulate consensus on the changes needed at, global, regional and national levels to eradicate hunger, support the transition to sustainable food consumption and production systems and ensure greater fairness in food management. It calls for this consensus to be translated into a deep and sustainable commitment to act. And it appeals to all stakeholders represented at Rio+20 to adopt with urgency a new resolve to work together in a genuine spirit of cooperation and partnership to implement the steps needed and hold themselves accountable for achieving the first principle of Rio 1992.

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