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State of Food and Agriculture 2017

The State of Food and Agriculture

One of the greatest challenges today is to end hunger and poverty while making agriculture and food systems sustainable. The challenge is daunting because of continued population growth, profound changes in food demand, and the threat of mass migration of rural youth in search of a better life. This report presents strategies that can leverage the potential of food systems to become the engine of inclusive economic development and rural prosperity in low-income countries. It analyses the structural and rural transformations now under way, and examines the opportunities and challenges they present to millions of small-scale food producers. It shows how an “agroterritorial” planning approach, focused on connecting cities and towns and their surrounding rural areas, combined with agro-industrial and infrastructure development can generate income opportunities throughout the food sector and underpin sustainable and inclusive rural transformation.

SOFA 2017 digital report.

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Unasylva: XIV World Forestry Congress. No. 247/248. Vol. 67 2016/2-3

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FAO-OIV Focus 2016 Table and Dried Grapes: Non-alcoholic products of the vitivinicultural sector intended for human consumption

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Review of the development of the rice industry in Fiji

This publication reviews the progress of the rice industry in Fiji. The report includes findings and results of a mission which took place in September 2016. It offers feasible options for promoting the development and revitalzation of the rice industry which will assist food security by alleviating dependance on rice imports.

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The Bucharest Declaration on Black Sea Cooperation

Outcomes of the High-level Conference towards enhanced cooperation on Black Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture (Bucharest, Romania, 25 October 2016)

For the first time in the region, this declaration marks a strong political commitment to adopt a common and collaborative approach to promote the rational exploitation of marine living resources and sustainable aquaculture development, to fight against illegal practices and to mitigate threats to the marine environment. 

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Review and analysis of international legal and policy instruments related to deep-sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ

The purpose of this document is to identify the range of instruments that are relevant to deep-sea fishing and its impacts on marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a view to providing advice to states on what steps may be necessary to implement these ienstruments at the national level. The document is specifically targeted to government offcials who wish to familiarize themselves with the international instruments related to deep-sea fishing and its impacts on marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, as of January 2017.

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Case study on the use of Information and Communication Technology in the management of rural groundwater in China

The objective of this case study is to understand the application of ICT technologies for rural groundwater management in China, and it’s impacts on the rural poor. This will help understand the physical and policy context this technology is being applied and expanded, its impact on resource management, and changes in water delivery service to farmers. These understanding will help improve this technology and provide data and information for its replication in other parts of Asia. It will also help understand the capabilities of the ICT within the water sector applications.

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