Sustainable Food and Agriculture


New publication: Transforming food and agriculture to achieve the SDGs – Good practices from FAO-GEF projects around the world

05 June 2020

With just ten years to go to the 2030 Agenda deadline, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals requires immediate action and effective solutions. Countries, organisations, communities, and all those working to achieve more productive and sustainable food and agriculture systems can greatly benefit from employing practices that have been tested on the ground and proven to deliver results.

The FAO publication Transforming food and agriculture to achieve the SDGs – Good practices from FAO-GEF projects around the world features a selection of good practices that were adopted and, in some cases, pioneered in various projects implemented by governments with support from FAO, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and local partners.

These FAO-GEF projects addressed a range of issues in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors in multiple areas that are essential to food production, such as biodiversity conservation, land and watershed management, climate change adaptation, disposal of obsolete pesticides, marine ecosystems’ and bycatch management, and improvement of livelihoods. A broad range of good practices contributed to the success of these projects, encompassing innovative frameworks and modern technologies, as well as traditional and indigenous approaches.

For each project, the publication provides background information, good practices employed, key outcomes, and SDGs the project contributed towards. Furthermore, it links practices and activities carried out under the project with FAO’s 20 actions guidelines, as detailed in Transforming food and agriculture to achieve the SDGs – 20 interconnected actions to guide decision-makers.

“This publication highlights replicable practices that delivered concrete results on the ground,” says Mona Chaya, Deputy SPL2, “but it also exemplifies FAO’s belief that strong, long-term partnerships, such as the one between FAO and GEF, are key in the transition to more productive and sustainable agriculture and food systems.” 

With the 2030 Agenda deadline looming, practices such as those included in this publication can accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and a #ZeroHunger world.

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