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Dietary patterns of households in Samoa: Identifying the factors and food items most important to understanding nutrition

Poor diet has been identified as a major risk factor contributing to rising NCD incidence rates in Samoa – yet the factors driving poor dietary outcomes are poorly understood. Using data from Samoa’s Household Income and Expenditure Survey (2013), this brief establishes the average intake of nutrients (Calories, fat, protein, vitamin A, iron and sodium) central to an adequate diet, and which households are most at risk. It identifies the food items contributing most to current nutrition outcomes and makes recommendations regarding which food items could assist Samoan households to satisfy their dietary requirements in the most cost effective way. This information is to design to help policy-makers design interventions most effective at improving dietary outcomes in Samoa.

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Facilitators' guide book for farmers field schools

This publication offers facilitators technical guidance to manage field farm schools to support local famers in all aspects of rice crop management. Technical knowledge gained by farmers will revitalize the rice industry in Fiji and assist food security by alleviating dependance on rice imports.

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Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050

 In the next 30–40 years, growing demand for meat, milk and eggs will drive significant growth in the African livestock sector. This presents substantial risks to the environment, public health and livelihoods, but also meaningful opportunities for economic growth. ASL2050 will help countries to make long term policy decisions to reduce the risks and maximise the benefits of changing dynamics in the livestock sector. 

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Training manual on linking people for quality products. Book 2: Content and theory

The guide provides concepts, recommendations and practical examples from all over the world, together with self-evaluation exercises. With a view to boosting the capacities of those involved in such procedures, increasing the number of experts worldwide and also bearing in mind the recent level of interest in this subject, FAO and REDD plan to offer a complete training tool. 

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The household- and individual-level economic impacts of cash transfer programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa

This report synthesizes the analysis and findings of a set of seven country impact evaluation studies that explore the impact of cash transfer programmes on household economic decision-making, productive activities and labour allocation in sub-Saharan Africa. The seven countries are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Results from seven recently completed rigorous impact evaluations of government-run unconditional social cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa show that these programmes have significant positive impacts on the livelihoods of beneficiary households. In Zambia, the Child Grant programme had large and positive impacts across an array of income generating activities. The impact of the programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe were more selective in nature, while the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty programme in Ghana had fewer direct impacts on productive activities, and more on various dimensions of risk management.

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Unasylva: XIV World Forestry Congress. No. 247/248. Vol. 67 2016/2-3


Forests are essential to life on our planet, to mitigating and adapting to climate change, ensuring adequate supply of fresh water, enhancing biodiversity and providing sustainable incomes and livelihoods, including food security. But they face unprecedented and unrelenting pressures. This issue includes a broad selection of the best papers submitted to the XIV World Forestry Congress (Durban, September 2015), as well as an overview of the Congress’s ambitious agenda and outcomes.

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FAO-OIV Focus 2016 Table and Dried Grapes: Non-alcoholic products of the vitivinicultural sector intended for human consumption

This report is a collaboration between the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It analyses the global market of grapes for direct human consumption (specifically for table and dried grapes). It presents the latest data on market size, consumption, domestic production, exports and imports since 2000.

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Review of the development of the rice industry in Fiji

This publication reviews the progress of the rice industry in Fiji. The report includes findings and results of a mission which took place in September 2016. It offers feasible options for promoting the development and revitalzation of the rice industry which will assist food security by alleviating dependance on rice imports.

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The Bucharest Declaration on Black Sea Cooperation

Outcomes of the High-level Conference towards enhanced cooperation on Black Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture (Bucharest, Romania, 25 October 2016)

For the first time in the region, this declaration marks a strong political commitment to adopt a common and collaborative approach to promote the rational exploitation of marine living resources and sustainable aquaculture development, to fight against illegal practices and to mitigate threats to the marine environment. 

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Review and analysis of international legal and policy instruments related to deep-sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ

The purpose of this document is to identify the range of instruments that are relevant to deep-sea fishing and its impacts on marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a view to providing advice to states on what steps may be necessary to implement these ienstruments at the national level. The document is specifically targeted to government offcials who wish to familiarize themselves with the international instruments related to deep-sea fishing and its impacts on marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, as of January 2017.

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Case study on the use of Information and Communication Technology in the management of rural groundwater in China

The objective of this case study is to understand the application of ICT technologies for rural groundwater management in China, and it’s impacts on the rural poor. This will help understand the physical and policy context this technology is being applied and expanded, its impact on resource management, and changes in water delivery service to farmers. These understanding will help improve this technology and provide data and information for its replication in other parts of Asia. It will also help understand the capabilities of the ICT within the water sector applications.

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