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RAP SOFI 2016

Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Insecurity: Investing in a Zero Hunger Generation

The year 2015 marked the end of the global Millennium Development agenda and 2016 heralds a transition to the new 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. Asia-Pacific Region not only met the MDG target of halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger, but was also the region with the largest reduction in the number of undernourished people in the world. Despite good progress being made by many countries in tackling malnutrition, the overall rate of progress is less than desired and there are several countries and sub-regions where the prevalence rates are still very high. The analysis presented in this report will help encourage dialogue and shape a new public narrative towards eradicating hunger and malnutrition and creating a transformative change for sustainable development. This year, the focus is on the importance of milk and smallholder dairy in view of the remarkable growth in the production and consumption of milk and milk products in the region. 


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Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan 2017–2019 for Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan aims to provide focus for the FAO gender-related work in Asia and the Pacific and identify delivery mechanisms for the period 2017-2019. The Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan encompasses work at both the regional and country level and is primarily intended for the FAO regional office for Asia and the Pacific, country offices, and project staff.

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The present study is a gender assessmentof the dairy value chain in selected sites inEthiopia: North Shoa Shewa (Degem woreda),East Gojam (Dejen woreda) and Gamu GofaArba Minch (Arba Minch Zuria woreda). Itrelies on evidence gathered through fieldworkcomplemented by a review of specializedbackground documentation.

The present study is a gender assessmentof the dairy value chain in selected sites inEthiopia: North Shoa Shewa (Degem woreda),East Gojam (Dejen woreda) and Gamu GofaArba Minch (Arba Minch Zuria woreda). Itrelies on evidence gathered through fieldworkcomplemented by a review of specializedbackground documentation. 

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Low emissions development of the beef cattlesector in Uruguay

The study evaluates the potential for improving productivity while reducing enteric methane emission intensity from beef production in Uruguay. The overall objective of this study is to support Uruguay in identifying low-cost strategies to reduce enteric CH4 emissions while contributing to Uruguay’s short-and long-term social and economic development and increasing resilience to climate change.

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Developing an Environmental Monitoring System to Strengthen Fisheries and Aquaculture Resilience and Improve Early Warning in the Lower Mekong Basin

These proceedings report the result of a sub-regional consultation on the existence and effectiveness of environmental monitoring systems for fisheries and aquaculture in the Lower Mekong basin. The document also includes a baseline assessment of environmental monitoring systems in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, and the report of a regional workshop to discuss the assessments findings and future steps to improve an environmental monitoring and early warning system that will improve climate change adaptation in fisheries and aquaculture in the area.

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Strengthening Agricultural Water Efficiency and Productivity on the African and Global Level Water harvesting for agriculture: Status, performance and scope assessment in Uganda, Burkina Faso and Morocco

This assessment targets agricultural water extension agents and technical experts, providing them with clear indications on how to improve water harvesting (WH) capacity for agricultural production in the three case study countries, as well as how to select feasible and suited WH techniques for different geographical areas. 

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Report of the International Emergency Fish Disease Investigation Mission on a Suspected Outbreak of Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome (EUS) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 13–19 March 2015

The overall objective of the Task Force was to (1) confirm that an outbreak was happening; establish a case definition and presumptive diagnosis of the causative agent; (2) collect and process fish samples for relevant laboratory tests; (3) identify risk factors, confirm diagnosis and define further investigation or follow-up work; (4) recommend border/cross border control measures to prevent further spread of the disease; (5) identify specific short-term and medium-term biosecurity action plans that the government may undertake; and (6) provide further recommendations to FAO on how to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

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Governing Tenure Rights to Commons: A Technical Guide to support the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security

This Technical Guide on Governing Tenure Rights to Commons aims to support states, community-based organizations and civil society organizations, the private sector and other relevant actors to take proactive measures to implement the standards and recommendations of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (Tenure Guidelines) for legally recognizing and protecting tenure rights to commons and community-based governance structures.

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Towards inclusive Pluralistic Service Systems: Insights for innovative thinking

Based on extensive literature review, the paper provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on “inclusive pluralistic service systems”, examining the need for demand-driven service provision, the diverse providers and approaches to service delivery, and the policy considerations and institutional challenges constraining the operation of inclusive PSS.

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New directions for Inclusive Pluralistic Service Systems:Report of FAO expert consultation

A growing variety of public and private agricultural advisory services are available today, leading to increasingly ‘pluralistic service systems’ (PSS) in which advisory services are provided by different actors and funding sources. PSS hold the potential to overcome constraints related to funding, staffing and expertise, and making advisory services more demand-driven.

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A Scheme and Training Manual on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Fruits and Vegetables: Volume 1 The scheme - standard and implementation infrastructure

Food safety begins right from the stage of the farm. It is therefore important to follow Good Agricultural Practices at the farm level. Many countries do not have GAP standards or the institutional infrastructure for supporting the same in terms of their implementation, certification and accreditation infrastructure. This publication supports countries to establish an infrastructure in terms of standards, certification processes and accreditation systems in line with international standards and practices to facilitate regional and global trade.

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