Events of the week (October 19 - 25)

October 19 - 20: “International Conference on the Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition Policies” - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have embarked on a joint multi-year initiative to assess Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) policies from a territorial perspective.
This conference is organized as part of this initiative and during it the joint FAO-OECD-UNCDF publication “Adopting a Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition Policy” will be presented. The publication covers five country case studies, namely Cambodia, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco and Peru, assessing the relevance of territorial approaches to address food insecurity and rural poverty. The conference will also provide the opportunity for the exchange of experiences, lessons learnt and recommendations for more effective FSN policies between policy makers, international organizations, and academia.
The conference will be attended by high level representatives of developed and developing countries (Ministers and Vice-Ministers), development and donor agencies and international experts. Info and programme available here

October 19 - 20: Eighth session of the Global Food Market Information Group and  "Food Market Outlook - An AMIS Perspective for 2015/16" - At the invitation of the Italian Government, country focal points will gather in the Expo Auditorium to discuss the latest market developments of AMIS crops, and review progress in collecting and harmonizing forecast information from AMIS participating countries. Info and programme available here.

October 20:  “Improvement of the agro-food market access, development and transparency” - Conference organized by the Italian Online Commodities Exchange (Borsa Merci Telematica Italiana – BMTI). Mr George Rapsomanikis, Senior Economist, Trade and Markets Division (EST) will provide an ‘Overview of the global situation on access, development and transparency of agro-food markets’. After the welcome addresses of the hosting institutions, representatives from international organizations will introduce the subject of market access, development and transparence at international level and from an academic point of view; after which national agencies and institutions will explain the experience of Italy on these themes with the Italian Online Commodities Exchange.

October 22: “Accelerating the Shift towards a Sustainable Food Future”, Expo Milano - Swiss Pavilion Official Kick-off Event of the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme, co-convened by Switzerland and South Africa, with the support of FAO and UNEP. The event will launch the implementation phase of this global multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable food systems. With the participation of Adrian Aebi, Assistant Director-General, Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture; Thembelihle Ndukwana, Director: Agro-Processing, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa; Ren Wang, Assistant Director-General, FAO; and Ligia Noronha, Director, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, UNEP.


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