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This brochure presents the main features and application of TAPE, the Tool for Agroecology Performance Evaluation. A participatory tool to assess the multidimensional performance of agroecology for a transition towards sustainable agricultural and food systems

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Innovation
Language: English
Type of document: Policies and legislation
Geographical coverage: Global

With climate change impacts already felt in the world’s drylands, there is an urgent need for action, at various scales and initiated by different stakeholders, to ensure the sustainability of food production and livelihoods in these regions in the coming decades. There is also the need to rapidly establish baselines, assess and start monitoring progress on sustainability, emerging as result of the action taken. To aid in this effort, the Building climate-resilient dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral production systems will provide a short list of expected transformations (under each of the three sustainability pillars) for guiding the planning and implementation of policy, governance and practice-level actions. The paper will also present case studies portraying actions that led to progress in sustainability and directly related to the expected transformations. 

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Food security, Resilience
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Global

This policy brief is intended to inform decision-makers of nine transformational actions to sustain dryland production systems under the impact of climate change. It highlights the relevance of the local context for interventions and the importance of traditional and tested adaptive agrosilvopastoral strategies for building resilience. In addition, it emphasizes the potential for scaling up and using complementary technologies over wider areas. In particular, the roles of both women and men should not be neglected in terms of maintaining, creating and restoring dryland sustainable landscapes.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Food security, Resilience
Language: English
Type of document: Policies and legislation
Geographical coverage: Global

On top of a decade of exacerbated disaster loss, exceptional global heat, retreating ice and rising sea levels, humanity and our food security face a range of new and unprecedented hazards, such as megafires, extreme weather events, desert locust swarms of magnitudes previously unseen, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Agriculture underpins the livelihoods of over 2.5 billion people – most of them in low-income developing countries – and remains a key driver of development. At no other point in history has agriculture been faced with such an array of familiar and unfamiliar risks, interacting in a hyperconnected world and a precipitously changing landscape. And agriculture continues to absorb a disproportionate share of the damage and loss wrought by disasters. Their growing frequency and intensity, along with the systemic nature of risk, are upending people’s lives, devastating livelihoods, and jeopardizing our entire food system. This report makes a powerful case for investing in resilience and disaster risk reduction – especially data gathering and analysis for evidence informed action – to ensure agriculture’s crucial role in achieving the future we want.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Food security, Resilience
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Global

This evaluation assesses the extent to which FAO adopted an effective, coherent and transformative approach to its work on climate action from 2015 to 2020, by contributing to the achievement of SDG 13 targets and the Paris Agreement. The methodology included portfolio analysis, quantitative content analysis of over 500 documents, participatory stakeholder workshops, desk reviews, interviews with 488 stakeholders, analysis of key FAO products, 3 global surveys, and 13 country case studies.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Climate change
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Global

The purpose of this Toolkit is to provide funding agencies, diplomatic staff, and aid practitioners with strategic guidance on how to design interventions to prevent or resolve conflict associated with cross-border pastoralism. Drawing on a wealth of research and programmatic experience across the Sudano-Sahel, from Mali to Sudan. It is structured into eight sections, including an introduction and seven Modules. Each Module is tailored to a different sector and presents 3-5 tools and strategies that can be used to address one slice of pastoralism-related conflict. These tools and strategies are based on a review of past programs and include guidance on what makes these interventions succeed or fail. Each Module also contains a brief list of questions to guide context analysis and planning, and links to external resources.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Individual authors 
Topic: Conflict, Environmental services, Food security, Gender and youth, Land, Resilience
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: West Africa, Central Africa

The occurrence and spread of an animal health threat can be prevented when a timely assessment of the risk is carried out to inform prevention, response and control measures. These technical guidelines on rapid risk assessment (RRA) are designed as a simple and practical tool to be used by veterinary services to build risk assessment capacities and assist decision-makers in conducting qualitative RRA on the emergence, occurrence and/or spread of animal health threats. Using available evidence, data and information, a multidisciplinary team can conduct an RRA in a short time (within two weeks).

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Individual authors 
Topic: Healthcare, Resilience, Social services
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Global

Accurate information is critical for natural resources to be managed sustainably. Developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing, and Analysis for Land Monitoring (SEPAL) helps countries monitor and report on forests and land use. SEPAL offers users unparalleled access to satellite data, an easy-to-use interface, and powered by cloud-based supercomputers, paving the way for improved climate change mitigation plans and data-driven land-use policies.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Individual authors 
Topic: Land
Language: English
Type of document: Policies and legislation
Geographical coverage: Global
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