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FAO Land and Water at the Committee on Agriculture - COAG 24
Work of Land and Water division in focus at a series of events at FAO's main technical advisory committee on agriculture
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COAG 24 © FAO/R.Pareggiani Several key aspects of the Land and Water Division's work came under the microscope at FAO's bi-annual review last week, including sessions on 'Water Governance for Agriculture and Food Security', 'The Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems' and also the 'Report of the Second Meeting of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership' COAG 24 took place at FAO HQ in Rome from 29 September - 3 October.
frecciaFAO calls for “paradigm shift” towards sustainable agriculture and family farming
frecciaFAO Water Flickrstream: COAG 24
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World Soil Day 2015: Soils, a foundation for family farming
Main celebration to take place on 5 December at FAO Headquarters
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5 December 2014 has been designated the first official World Soil day and 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soil. This event is intended to celebrate the first official World Soil Day and will also constitute the launch of the International Year of Soils in FAO as similar events are organized in New York and Bangkok. The overall aim of this event is to create full awareness of all stakeholders about the fundamental role of soils for human life.

World Soil Day

frecciaLearn more about World Soil Day

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The role of women in agricultural water management
Results of a pilot project to develop gender-sensitive indicators for inclusion in AQUASTAT
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AQUASTAT Gender-disaggregated information is a necessary tool to address questions on gender equality. AQUASTAT, FAO’s global water information system, implemented a pilot project to develop methodological tools for the integration of gender-sensitive indicators on the water sector in general and on agricultural water management in particular. Results of the project, implemented in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, are now available.
frecciaView the report of the results
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Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
First high-level training course to take place in Beijing
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FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) China are organizing the “First High-Level Training course on the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) – Think Globally, Act Locally". The course will be held in Beijing, from the 14 to the 28 September 2014. Field visits will be made to selected GIAHS sites in China. Participants will be guided through the process of developing a GIAHS proposal for their own countries. 

©FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico
frecciaMore on the training course
frecciaDownload the course prospectus

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AQUASTAT: Global water information system
New transboundary surface water flow visualizations
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AQUASTAT- transboundary surface water flow visualizations Almost two-thirds of the countries in the world have rivers flowing into their territories from upstream countries. AQUASTAT, FAO’s global water information system, created interactive visualizations to observe the flow of surface water from one country to another. Two different chart types have been prepared: Sankey charts and Network charts, They both are interactive, so mouse-over and drag & drop!
frecciaView the visualizations
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Crop yield response to water
Irrigation and Drainage Paper now available in Spanish
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Abstracting from the scientific understanding and technological advances achieved over the last few decades, and relying on a network of several scientific institutions, FAO has packaged a set of tools in this Irrigation and Drainage Paper to better appraise and enhance crop yield response to water. This groundbreaking paper has now been released in Spanish.

Crop Yield Response to Water
frecciaDownload the Spanish paper
frecciaMore on Water productivity

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