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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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Guide for planning, construction and maintenance of forest roads

The first part of the Manual introduces the main steps of forest road network planning and gives guidance on road construction under different site conditions. It demonstrates good practices to minimize the area used for building purposes, to keep the environmental impact as low as possible and to maintain forest productivity. It describes the machinery suitable for the different construction phases and compares the advantages of machine types. The second part of the Manual introduces the goals and best practices of regular forest road maintenance which is a key operation that enables multi-purpose use of forests. It gives an overview on the main causes of forest road degradation and explains the different maintenance regimes and maintenance activities.

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Supporting low emissions development in the Ethiopian dairy cattle sector

This publication is intended to contribute to the implementation of the livestock and climate change development agenda. The study evaluates the potential for improving productivity while reducing enteric methane emission intensity from dairy production systems in Ethiopia. The overall objective of this study is to support Ethiopia in identifying low-cost strategies to reduce enteric CH4 emissions while contributing to Ethiopia’s short-and long-term social and economic development and increasing resilience to climate change.

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Living in and from the forests of Central Africa

Living in and from the forests of Central Africa is intended first and foremost as a full-scale extension tool concerning NWFPs in Central Africa. It is a work on the groups who have always lived in these forests, forests that contribute to every aspect of their daily lives, both material and spiritual, and enable them to survive even in periods of extreme crisis.

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Integrated Pest Management of major pest and diseases in Eastern Europe and Caucasus

This book promotes Integrated Pest Management, to contribute to reduced reliance on pesticides and the avoidance of adverse impacts from pesticide use on the health and safety of farming communities, consumers and the environment. Through the IPM approach, technical advice is provided to help plan methods and measures to control major pests and diseases occurring or expected to occur in the countries of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. The specific descriptions contain a short summary of the biology of the species, completed with information on methods and tools of monitoring and control. Preventive control methods are also discussed.

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Lake Chad Basin crisis - Response strategy (2017-2019)

In the past year, FAO scaled up its capacities and level of interventions to respond to the Lake Chad Basin crisis. In order to address food security and livelihoods-related needs on a larger scale and timeframe, the next relevant step is to provide FAO with a three year Resilience Strategy for the Lake Chad Basin – with focus on Northeast Nigeria. The document presents in a concise and comprehensive manner the impact of the crisis on food security and livelihoods in Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad. FAO’s twin-track approach is developed with emphasis on FAO’s strategic framework of intervention, including outcomes, outputs and cross-cutting priorities at the sub-regional level. Focus is also made on the country-specific plans of action.

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Water and fodder availability along livestock trade routes in the Horn of Africa: A baseline report

This report consolidates findings from previous activities by FAO and other stakeholders, and identifies in the four focus countries (Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti & Somalia): - the location and direction of the main livestock trade routes, - appropriate sites for rehabilitation & development of strategic livestock water sources, - good practices on fodder production and commercialization units as well as rehabilitation of natural rangelands in production areas and along the livestock export trade routes, and potential sites for replication/upscaling of these practices.

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Punjab & Sindh KHARIF Crop Mask

Land and crop statistics are fundamental to effective development planning in agriculture. The present study is Phase II of an annual cycle of monitoring and developing masks for seasonal crops in in Punjab and Sindh, begun with the publication "Punjab & Sindh RABI Crop Mask". Datasets reported in this publication are been collected through manual field techniques supported and well integrated by use of Remote Sensing platforms and GIS analysis.

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City Region Food Systems and Food Waste Management

This book describes the results of 13 case studies on city region food systems and food waste management. It provides lessons learned on the institutionalisation of city region food policies and programmes; provisioning of national and legal frameworks embedding city region food systems in broader legislation, on strengthening of coordination and collaboration across horizontal and vertical government levels, and on design of specific programmes and policies for sustainable city region food systems.

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E-agriculture in action

 This publication presents case studies in innovative use of emerging technologies to significantly improve the living standards of farming communities.

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