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World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2016 at FAO
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A special celebration for the WDCD took place at FAO HQ on Friday 17 June The days' theme "protect earth, restore land, engage people", captures the importance of inclusive cooperation for protecting land and water resources and restoring and rehabilitating degraded lands.

The event advocated urgent action to achieve a land degradation-neutral world and highlighted ongoing and planned collaborative efforts by FAO and partners to halt the progress of desertification by addressing its root causes pro-actively within the context of sustainable development Agenda.
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frecciaFAO News: Partnership makes strides in promoting sustainable land management in Africa
frecciaView a selection of photos from the celebration

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FAO Water Report 42
Drought characteristics and management in the Caribbean
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© FAO Drought is a normal phenomenon of all climates, with varying characteristics between regions. It materializes in a reduction of precipitation from the long-term average, that extends over a given space scale for a specific period of time and results in impacts. This new report reviews the Caribbean, a region commonly hit by climate-related hazards, including drought. It also identifies relevant national and regional agencies and focal points involved in drought management, and brings together information on their work at national and regional level.
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TerrAfrica Project report
Informing Future Engagement for Scaling up
Sustainable Land Management in Africa
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This new report explores the lessons learned for decision makers from a review of experiences of the TerrAfrica Strategic Investment Programme on SLM in sub-Saharan africa (SIP) under the Nepad – TerrAfrica partnership framework

The report provides an abridged summary of the findings for easier access by country policy / decision makers, agencies, development partners and donors, as a basis for informing future interventions for scaling-up sustainable land management (SLM).
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Vacancy announcement:
Senior Land and Water Officer- FAO HQ
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A new position - Senior Land and Water Officer (Chief Technical Advisor) - within the Land and Water Divsion (AGL) at FAO HQ in Rome, is now open for applications as part of the FAO Project “Using Remote Sensing in support of solutions to reduce agricultural water productivity gaps”. The successful candidate will give high level technical guidance to the Project and will ensure the successful delivery of the project with strong functional links with the FAO Information Technology Division (CIO), including through formal service agreements and through direct consultations with the Director, CIO on IT aspects of the project. The deadline for applications is 28 June 2016

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New project webpage
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investments in water for poverty reduction
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The new webpage for the project "More effective and sustainable investments in water for poverty reduction" is now online. This project aims at improving food security and reducing rural poverty of smallholder farmers through providing guidance and technical support to enhance the quality, impact and sustainability of agricultural water management investments. The project is currently being developed in six African countries: Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Rwanda and Tanzania. © FAO

frecciaVisit the project wepage
frecciaDownload the project brochure

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Land and water working paper #12
Safeguarding and enhancing land-based livelihoods
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© FAO The main purpose of FAO’s Social Protection Framework is to serve as a basis for the provision of more effective support to countries in delivering social protection to fight hunger, malnutrition and poverty in coherence with agricultural, food security, nutrition and rural development efforts.

This paper provides elements for an answer to the question: ‘If the declared objective of the Social Protection interventions is to reduce vulnerability and food insecurity, does it make more sense to invest money on widening the rights based approach to natural resources, land in particular, or in social protection schemes?’.
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