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July 2011
SAFEGUARDING BIODIVERSITY
THE COMMISSION ON GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

Isses in the spotlight. The Thirteenth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was held at FAO Headquarters 16-22 July 2011. Many issues were on the agenda, including approval of the Multi-year Programme of Work. In light of so many challenges threatening global food security, greater attention is being concentrated on the need to preserve biological diversity for food and agriculture. We take a look at some of the key areas where safeguarding biodiversity will be critical for the food security needs of future generations.

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July 2011
Payments for Ecosystem Services and Food Security

A healthy ecosystem can provide a variety of crucial services for public goods, such as clean water, nutrient cycling, climate regulation and food security — services that contribute directly or indirectly to human well-being. Yet today, many ecosystems are in decline; this is of particular importance to agriculture, which depends on ecosystem services. Loss of healthy ecosystems will seriously affect the production of food, both today and in the future. Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) is an economic instrument designed to provide positive incentives to users of agricultural land and those involved in coastal or marine management. These incentives are expected to result in continued or improved provision of ecosystem services, which, in turn, will benefit society as a whole.

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June 2011
CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SYSTEMS RESILIENCE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

This volume demonstrates the possibility of harmonizing agricultural production with the wellbeing of the biosphere – and that this can be achieved in Africa, our biosphere’s least developed continent, and the continent which is likely to suffer most from climate change. The work presented in this volume stems from a Conference on Ecological Agriculture held in Ethiopia in 2008. Through the discussions held during this Conference and field visits to Tigray, a region struck by hunger in the eighties and largely food secure today, participants shared insights on Africa’s potential for intensifying its agriculture through a better use of natural resources and ecosystem services.

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May 2011
Report on the Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture
Fourth session, 26-28 November 2007

Since its formation, the Panel has opened up the general discussion of ethical issues in food and agriculture. A major focus of attention has been the ethical issues arising in food and agriculture from economic globalization and the intensification of agriculture. A second and related issue has been the exploration of ethical aspects of the global emergency of hunger. The Panel has examined a wide range of specific topics including: ethical issues in fisheries; the ethics of food safety; ethical issues in food aid; ethical perspectives on animal welfare and the intensification of animal production; the issues surrounding global goods, global services and privatization; and intellectual property rights. This publication reports on considerations from the Panel’s fourth session.

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