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The future of food and agriculture: Trends and challenges

What will be needed to realize the vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition?After shedding light on the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and throughout the 21st century, the study provides insights into what is at stake and what needs to be done. “Business as usual” is not an option. Major transformations in agricultural systems, rural economies and natural resources management are necessary. The present study was undertaken for the quadrennial review of FAO’s strategic framework and for the preparation of the Organization Medium-Term plan 2018-2021.

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Roadmap for the establishment of Forest Reference levels and the National Forest Monitoring System

The Government of Kenya is in the process of establishing a National REDD+ Programme through the Kenya Forest Service (KFS). Two critical elements of the National REDD+ Programme are forest reference levels (FRL) and a National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS). This document describes the steps towards establishing the design of the NFMS and reference levels, through an enumeration and description of required tasks.

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Yemen Emergency Livelihoods Response Plan

The Emergency Livelihoods Response Plan (ELRP) is a tool that allows FAO to scale up its response in Yemen to prevent the already dramatic levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. The ELRP sets out the key emergency agricultural livelihoods interventions to be implemented in Yemen in 2017, within the framework of the Yemen HRP. This document is predominantly for donors and the humanitarian partners in Yemen.

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2016 IPPC Annual Report

The year 2016 has been a milestone for the IPPC as it was the first year to implement the IPPC annual themes with a view towards 2020. Key tasks continued to be more focused and operational mechanisms were optimized on an ongoing basis, while an increasing emphasis was being placed on the standardization of operational procedures and processes. The renewal of the IPPC Secretariat continued to build on the good foundations established in 2015, with a focus on moving towards “One IPPC”. Strengthened cooperation with NPPOs and RPPOs was also emphasized. The IPPC annual theme for 2016 was “Plant Health and Food Security”.

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Kuxur rum agroforestry system against natural hazards in Guatemala

he intensive cultivation of corn, beans and sorghum has degraded the land, making it increasingly less suitable for agriculture. Against this backdrop, a practice known as Kuxur rum – a set of soil, crop and forestry management technologies – is being used in Ch’ortí region to build people’s resilience to natural hazards.

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The charcoal transition: greening the charcoal value chain to mitigate climate change and improve local livelihoods

The overall objective of the publication is to provide data and information to allow for informed decision-making on the contribution sustainable charcoal production and consumption can make to climate change mitigation. More specifically, the publication aims to answer the following questions: - What are the climate change impacts of the current practices on charcoal production and consumption worldwide and across regions? - What is the potential of sustainable charcoal production in GHG emission reductions and how such potential can be achieved? - What are the key barriers to sustainable charcoal production and what actions are required to develop a climate-smart charcoal sector?

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Guidelines for applying and strengthening the use of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest and rangelands management in the Near East and North Africa region

The aim of the practical guidelines presented in this document is to support the adoption and usability of the criteria and indicators (C&I) for Sustainable Management of Forests and Rangelands (SFRM) adopted by the 22nd Session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission (NEFRC). The guidelines are based on the review of existing literature and on consultations with national experts and relevant institutions in Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia regarding challenges identified in the use of the proposed C&I for SFRM.

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FAO's strategic work to enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems

FAO helps to build safe and efficient food systems that support smallholder agriculture. In order for developing countries to benefit from globalization and commercialization, FAO assists countries in building the capacity to access international markets, meeting international standards for food safety and hygiene and improving processes along entire value chains.

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Strategic Work of FAO to Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods

Together with its partners, FAO works to increase the resilience of agricultural livelihoods at risk of disasters and crises. People with resilient livelihoods are better able to withstand damage, recover and adapt when disasters cannot be avoided. The increasing frequency and intensity of disasters caused by climate change reinforces the urgency to build the resilience of agricultural livelihoods of vulnerable communities.

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Strategic work of FAO to Reduce Rural Poverty

FAO helps countries achieve SDG1 (No poverty) and SDG2 (Zero hunger) by improving the livelihoods of poor and extreme poor rural people, including smallholders and family farmers.

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Strategic work of FAO to Help Eliminate Hunger and Malnutrition

The Organization supports governments in the development of coherent and evidence-based policy and programmes with stronger focus on food security and nutrition, including greater commitment and allocation of human and financial resources for implementation and stronger and more inclusive coordination across sectors and stakeholders.

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