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Natural Farming Through a Wide Lens - True Cost Accounting Study of Community Managed Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh, India

Global agriculture and food systems are not on track to achieve the targets set by Agenda 2030 to achieve zero hunger and eradicate malnutrition by 2030. There is an urgent need to develop strategies that can provide enough nutritious food for all in a manner that enhances livelihoods and does...
2023 - Global Alliance for the Future of Food

What’s the Buzz about bees?

Having adapted to local environments, you can find a wide range of bee species and races living in different regions of our planet. Several species (and subspecies) are kept by humans for honey production or pollination services
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Resultados Económicos de Modelos Productivos Porcinos. Informe Nº 81. Abril 2023

Este documento elaborado en el marco del Proyecto “Caracterización de gestiones económicas de sistemas de producción agropecuarios de pequeña y mediana escala” (vigente desde enero del 2020) presenta estimaciones sobre comportamientos de resultados económicos de modelos productivos y tiene como propósito aportar información que favorezca la inclusión de productores, mejore...
2023 - Centro de Información de Actividades Porcinas (CIAP)

Blog article
Anniversary voices: "A national organic action plan would be extremely beneficial for Switzerland"

These voices will share their perspectives on FiBL and talk about their relationship with the institute. This time, it is Maya Graf's turn. She is a politician, social worker and co-owner of her family's organic farm in Sissach in the canton of Baselland. In 2001, she moved into the Swiss National...
2023 - FiBL Switzerland

Blog article
Millet: the “forgotten crop” is making a comeback

The drought-resistant cereal millet is now undergoing a renaissance in its cultivation and consumption as an important crop in sustainable agrifood systems. Türkiye ranks high in the world as a drought-risk prone country. As climate change accelerates the frequency and severity of droughts, it is  the production of drought-tolerant crops...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Case study
Smartphones are boosting gender equality in Georgia and beyond

Women smallholder farmers are leveraging technology and innovation as new agricultural tools
Nestled in the vast plains of Georgia, in the shadows of the snow-covered Caucasus mountains, Malika Machalikashvili’s farm in Pankisi Gorge was once pretty traditional. She and her family shared the day-to-day work of caring for the livestock and poultry, gardening the vegetables and taking care of the hazelnut orchard,...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
FAO–Türkiye Partnership Programme enhances collaboration among food safety authorities in the region

The Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture (FTPP), a collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Türkiye, includes a spectrum of activities aimed at strengthening the food and agriculture sector in Central Asia. FAO, with funding from Türkiye, is now midway through the implementation...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Access Agriculture Panorama No. 32 - March 2023

This monthly e-newsletter gives a bird’s eye view of all the exciting updates from Access Agriculture, a world-leading organisation for quality agricultural training videos in international and local languages, working across the Global South.
2023 - Access Agriculture

The agroecology assessment framework

The agroecology assessment framework was developed to evaluate individual projects/initiatives,or entire portfolios of projects, for their degree of agroecological integration or, we might say, their“agroecologicalness“. This framework, based on the High-Level Panel of Experts’ (HLPE) 13 AgroecologyPrinciples. It represents collaborative work by a community of practice on financing agroecology thatincludes...
2023 - Agroecology Coalition

Case study
Upgrading traditional techniques boosts production of famous Azerbaijani tomatoes

Farmers have joined together to update time-honoured practices and increase yields
Sayad village is one of the most ancient settlements nestled on the Caspian Sea coast of Azerbaijan’s Khachmaz district. It’s long been famous for its numerous varieties of succulent tomatoes thanks to the farmers’ careful cultivation of the crop and the sunny climate. But something new and transformative is happening....
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

The Republic of Moldova: Rapid response plan, March–December 2023

The compounded impacts of the war in Ukraine and adverse climatic conditions underline the urgency of supporting the livelihoods of the most vulnerable farming households in the Republic of Moldova. In addition to the impacts of the war in Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova has a high level of exposure...
Republic of Moldova
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Spanish Operational Groups on animal health

Feuga (Galician Enterprise-University Foundation) recently organised an event to showcase Spanish Operational Groups working on animal health. For example, TIRAC and MICOALGA-FEED worked on the reduction of antibiotics through, respectively, the use of algae in rabbit feed to avoid digestion problems, and the use of fungi and microalgae supplements in...
European Union - Spain
2023 - EU CAP Network

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2023: partnerships and cooperation for water

Water is the lifeblood of humanity.  It is vital for survival itself and supports the health, resilience, development and prosperity of people and planet alike. But humanit y is blindly travelling a dangerous path.  Vampiric overconsumption and overdevelopment, unsustainable water use, pollution and unchecked global warming are draining humanity’s lifeblood,...
2023 - UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water

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Food crisis looming in West and Central Africa

Partnerships need to be enhanced to prevent and treat acute malnutrition among children and promote climate-smart programmes that help to reduce the region's high vulnerability to climate shocks and the risk of natural resource depletion. Acute food insecurity is on track to reach a ten-year high in West and Central Africa...


Making Ecosystem-based Adaptation Work in Agricultural Landscapes
The aim of this report is to encourage the agriculture and climate communities to find common, integrated, and systemic responses to one of the most urgent questions for humanity: How to develop climate-resilient and sustainable food systems in times of multiple crises that are threatening global food security? Today’s planet...
2023 - German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Blog article
La FAO convoca a autoridades sanitarias de ocho países de América Latina para trabajar en respuestas de emergencia por crisis de influenza aviar

Como parte de la agenda de trabajo para hacer frente a la crisis por influenza aviar, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) convocó a una reunión para informar a los países de América Latina respecto del plan de acción que realizará la entidad...
2023 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Guide for monitoring and evaluation of the public agricultural extension and advisory service system

This guide is aimed to propose a holistic, systemic, and easy-to-use methodology that is multiscalar, multisectoral, and multidimensional for the M&E of public EAS systems to help identify gaps and pathways to strengthen and reform the public EAS system. It starts with analyses of the common objectives, subject, challenges, lessons...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Young people in farming

Only 11% of all farm holdings in the European Union are run by farmers under 40 – and persuading more young people to begin farming is a significant challenge. Faced with an ageing farming population, the EU is stepping up its efforts to encourage young people into farming. Young farmers are...
European Union
2023 - European Commission

Análisis de la variabilidad espacial del daño ocasionado por heladas en el cultivo de trigo en floración

La primavera del año 2022 presentó condiciones climáticas poco frecuentes para el área núcleo de la Región Pampeana: Buenos Aires, sur de Santa Fe y este de Córdoba. Los suelos de la zona iniciaron el período con limitada disponibilidad de agua útil, debido a un escaso aporte de agua de...
2023 - Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR)

Ciclo de Aprendizaje Regional: Lecciones aprendidas para la inversión en delimitación y reconocimiento de territorios indígenas y afrodescendientes de América Latina

Un ciclo para intercambiar experiencias entre diferentes países y brindar orientación y recomendaciones, con el objetivo de abordar procesos de regularización y fortalecimiento de los derechos de tenencia de los pueblos indígenas y afrodescendientes. El análisis de los derechos a la tierra y los territorios de estas colectividades permitirá ahondar...
2023 - International Land Coalition América Latina y el Caribe (ILC LAC)
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