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Putting people at the centre of forest policies

The challenge is to maintain and develop the socioeconomic benefits from forests while safeguarding the resource. FAO’s State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2014 argues that if the focus of data collection and policy is shifted from trees to people, forests can be sustainably managed to meet society’s growing demands.

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Multicriteria-based ranking for risk management of food-borne parasites

Useful for risk assessors and risk managers, the Codex Alimentarius Comission, governments and regulatory agencies, as well as  for food producers everywhere, this volume contains vital information on foodborne parasites and their impact on food safety, public health and livelihoods.

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Voluntary standards for sustainable food systems

With the sustainability of food systems becoming central to achieving food security, this report of the 2013 workshop on voluntary standards for sustainable food systems addresses in particular issues from the point of view of the many different stakeholders involved. By addressing the needs of all the various stakeholders, the likelihood of  uptake and scaling up of the voluntary standards is substantially increased.

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FAO's BEFS Bioenergy and Food Security Approach

Nearly one in five people in the world does not have access to modern energy services and some three billion rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. Under the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, the goal is universal access to energy services by 2030 while improving energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. FAO’s Bioenergy and Food Security Approach helps countries understand what to do and how to promote sustainable bioenergy.

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Identification guide to the deep-sea cartilaginous fishes of the Indian Ocean

Fishers will have an easier job of identifying deep-sea sharks thanks to a new series of FAO guides designed to improve reporting on catches and make deep-sea fisheries more sustainable. This fully illustrated guide of deep sea cartilaginous fish of the Indian Ocean will be updated, offering the possibility of adding new species as more information emerges.

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Value chain dynamics and the small-scale sector

This technical paper focuses on pricing in small and large-scale fisheries and aquaculture value chains in 14 countries. Given the importance of fisheries and aquaculture to livelihoods and the food security of millions of people, the paper considers the sector’s contribution and provides policy recommendations. A special section focuses on women and their significant role in fisheries and aquaculture value chains.

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Developing new approaches to global stock status assessment and fishery production potential of the seas

This two-part study focuses on determining the status of fisheries stocks at the ecosystem level taking into consideration the varieties of species, their interactions and other factors that cannot be understood by looking at each stock in isolation. Part one provides the results of a simulation testing of four methods that can be used to assess stocks where data is limited. Part two reports on estimates of production potential at the ecosystem level using satellite-based estimates of productivity.

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