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June 2012
Road to Rio: Improving energy use key challenge for world’s food systems
FAO advocates for energy-smart food systems during UN Conference on Sustainable Development

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May 2012
Data portal aims to help unlock food production bottlenecks
FAO and IIASA launch online Global Agro-ecological Zones Interactive Data Portal

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May 2012
Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems International Forum in 2013 to be held in Japan
FAO welcomed proposal of the Ishikawa prefecture in Japan to host the meeting in 2013

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May 2012
Countries adopt global guidelines on land tenure
Historic international agreement on how tenure and access rights to land, fisheries, forests should be handled

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April 2012
A Compilation of Tools and Methodologies to Assess the Sustainability of Modern Bioenergy
Environment and Natural Resources Working Paper 51

The FAO’s Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project has compiled a set of thirty relevant and methodologies that can be used assess, during both planning and monitoring,the main environmental and socioeconomic impacts of bioenergy. The results can development of a sustainable bioenergy sustainable operations. Modern bioenergy development, through its environmental and socio-economic impacts, may have positive or negative effects (both direct and indirect) on the four dimensions of food security: availability, access, utilization and stability. For instance, bioenergy may create new employment and incomegenerating opportunities, with positive effects on people’s access to food. At the same time, if good practices are not implemented,bioenergy production may lead to negative impacts, for example,on the productive capacity of land or on water availability and quality, with negative repercussions for food security.

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