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State of the World's Forests 2016 (SOFO):Forests and agriculture: land use challenges and opportunities

The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2016 shows that it is possible to increase agricultural productivity and food security while halting or even reversing deforestation, highlighting the successful efforts of Costa Rica, Chile, the Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Tunisia and Viet Nam. 

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The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016 (SOFIA): Contributing to food security and nutrition for all

This issue of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture aims to provide objective, reliable and up-to-date data and information to a wide range of readers – policy-makers, managers, scientists, stakeholders and indeed all those interested in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. As always, the scope is global and the topics many and varied. This edition uses the latest official statistics on fisheries and aquaculture to present a global analysis of trends in fish stocks, production, processing, utilization, trade and consumption. It also reports on the status of the world’s fishing fleets and analyses the make-up of human engagement in the sector.

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, among others, have set global targets for action on sustainable development

This FAO manual provides technical advice and guidelines for each of the livestock interventions most common during emergency response to natural and human-induced disasters. These are: destocking, veterinary support, provision of feed, provision of water, shelters and provision of livestock. There is also a chapter on the use of cash transfer and one on monitoring, evaluation and assessing the impact of emergency livestock projects. The manual complements the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) handbook (www.livestock-emergency.net/)

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Lessons Learned in Water Accounting

One of the frameworks for environmental and economic accounting is constituted by the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), which the United Nations Statistical Commission endorsed as an international standard in 2012. SEEA contains standard concepts, definitions, classifications, accounting rules and accounting tables for producing internationally comparable statistics. This document examines the accounting tables designed by the SEEA accounting framework and investigates the likelihood of the SEEA reflecting the dependence of the fisheries sector on water resources and accounting for fisheries and aquaculture fisheries water uses and requirements. Through the lens of the fisheries sector, a more in-depth understanding of the SEEA framework for water accounting emerges.

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Planning, implementing and evaluating Climate-Smart Agriculture in Smallholder Farming Systems

The pilot projects of the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme of FAO in Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania have integrated climate-smart agriculture (CSA) into development programmes. 

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025—Special focus: Sub-Saharan Africa

The twelfth joint edition of the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook provides market projections to 2025 for major agricultural commodities, biofuels and fish. The 2016 report contains a special feature on the prospects for, and challenges facing, Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Summary: OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025

This flyer summarizes the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025. The report provides an annual assessment of prospects for the coming decade of national, regional and global agricultural commodity markets. This year’s Outlook contains a special focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Pulses: Nutritious seeds for a sustainable future

The aim of raising global awareness on the multitude of benefits of pulses was integral to the International Year of Pulses. This coffee table book is part guide and part cookbook— informative without being technical. The book begins by giving an overview of pulses, and explains why they are an important food for the future. It also has more than 30 recipes prepared by some of the most prestigious chefs in the world and is peppered with infographics. 

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2015-2016 El Nino Early Action and Response for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition

The publication provides an overview of the impacts of the El Niño phenomenon on agriculture and food security. El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months. While the main threat to food production is reduced rainfall and drought in some regions, El Niño can also cause heavy rains and flooding in other regions. Current consequences at global, regional and country level are highlighted (including data on: crop production; livestock production; number of food insecure people) as well as FAO actions and funding requirements.

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Street food in urban Ghana: A desk-top review and analysis of findings and recommendations from existing literature

In Africa street food vending and consumption have proliferated in the last three and a half decades, especially in urban areas. People who face barriers to the formal wage labor market find in street food vending a viable income option, as it requires little start-up capital and no formal education. In the meantime, the increased commuting distances and faster living pace in developing cities turn street food into the best option among the growing urban low and middle working classes looking for inexpensive, quick and nutritious food out of the house. Despite its nutritional, economic, social and cultural importance, street food in Africa is undermined by food safety issues, poor nutritional variety, widespread informality of vendors , and policy gaps. Major findings provided by literature throughout the last two and a half decades are analyzed, along with the recommendations that the authors made to key stakeholders to improve street food safety and nutrition quality, as well as vendors’ livelihoods and working conditions.

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Addressing Women's Work Burden: Key issues, promising solutions and way forward

This factsheet discusses women's triple work burden in the household, as producers and at community level and highlights their time poverty. It introduces labour saving technologies, practices and services as potential solutions and describes the adoption constraints women may face. A section is on tested technologies and the concluding page is on the way forward, as addressed by FAO, IFAD and UNDO.

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