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September 2010
A Conceptual Framework for Progressing Towards Sustainability in the Agriculture and Food Sector

Sustainability is a broadly used term that is said to encompass three dimensions of the environment, economics and social sustainability. Although sustainable development is often presented within the theory of systems analysis, at present, there are no tools that provide a practical approach to assessing sustainability outcomes. This paper identified issues, targets and performance indicators for sustainability. It represents an initial effort by FAO and ISEAL to define a universally agreed framework for sustainability which is intended to be further elaborated through the Rio+20 consultative process.

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March 2010
Africa organic export drive
African farmers take advantage of niche sectors on international markets

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January 2010
Organic Agriculture and Carbon Sequestration
Possibilities and constrains for the consideration of organic agriculture within carbon accounting systems

This document discusses the opportunities and constrains of carbon accounting for organic agriculture management in developed and developing countries. Organic agriculture offers a unique combination of environmentally-sound practices with low external inputs while contributing to food availability. In developed countries, there is a steadily growing market for organic products, driven by the rising consumer awareness for health and environment, which offers farmers a chance to produce for premium price markets and hence, an opportunity to increase their farm profitability and livelihoods. Recent studies have highlighted the substantial contribution of organic agriculture to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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November 2009
Renewed commitment to end hunger
Summit declaration vows better governance, increased investment and proactive climate change strategy

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September 2009
WORLD SUMMIT ON FOOD SECURITY

The global food insecurity situation has worsened and continues to represent a serious threat for humanity. With food prices remaining stubbornly high in developing countries, the number of people suffering from hunger has been growing relentlessly in recent years. The global economic crisis is aggravating the situation by affecting jobs and deepening poverty. FAO estimates that the number of hungry people could increase by a further 100 million in 2009 and pass the one billion mark. A World Summit on Food Security is scheduled for 16-18 November 2009 to address these issues and to agree on key actions to tackle this crisis. The Summit web site contains all information related to the upcoming Summit and the events leading up to it.

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