Here in Bangladesh, almost 40% of the people live in poverty. With rising food prices and natural disasters, children and mothers are most at risk from malnutrition. Improving food security for them is one of the most difficult tasks of the Millennium Development Goals. Three UN agencies, FAO, WFP and UNICEF, are working together to help the most vulnerable.
This first video of a three-part series observes how FAO has used EU funding to provide 44,000 farmers with training, machinery and other inputs as part of an initiative to increase agricultural production and productivity in Sierra Leone, in partnership with the Government and other humanitarian organisations.
Established to improve farming skills and raise smallholder farmers’ awareness of alternatives to toxic chemicals, the West African Regional Integrated Production and Pest Management (IPPM) Programme, by the end of 2010 worked with 116 000 farmers in four West African countries, resulting in improved yields and incomes and making substantial progress in reducing the use of chemical pesticides. The IPPM Programme is built on three main objectives: building local farming capacity, improving food security and livelihoods and raising awareness of negative externalities and positive alternatives.
21 March 2012 Twenty years have passed since the principle of sustainable development received almost universal agreement at the 1992 Earth Summit. Recent years have seen impressive progress in the realization of a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development. Stakeholders in the food and agriculture sectors have been at the forefront of this progress, improving agricultural productivity, protecting human and natural resources, and conceiving and implementing frameworks, standards and indicators for assessing and improvingsustainability across the sector and along the value chain. Yet, enormous challenges remain. The world is confronted with a multitude of crisis, from food and fuel crises to climate and financial crises. To further enhance the efficacy and efficiency of the various initiatives intackling these challenges, a common language for sustainable agriculture and food systems is needed. [more]
21 March 2012 The agriculture sector in Africa is being called on to increase food production to meet the food demand for a growing population. This formidable challenge will be further exacerbated by climate change which will have significant impacts on the various dimensions and determinants of food security. African policymakers are thus challenged to ensure that agriculture contributes to addressing food security, development and climate change. Through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) of the African Union (AU), a number of countries prepared National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) to provide opportunities to integrate the scaling up of practices that potentially benefit development, food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation into an existing continental and countryowned sustainable agriculture development framework. This paper proposes a methodology to examine the potential of existing NAFSIPs to generate climate change benefits. A rapid screening methodology is presented and applied to 14 NAFSIPs, all of which include agricultural development programmes/sub-programmes that benefit both adaptation to slow-onset climatic change and extreme events, and climate change mitigation. On average, about 60 percent of the activities planned are expected to generate climate benefits in terms of slow-onset climate change, 18 percent adaptation to extreme events, and 19 percent climate change mitigation. [more]