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Declaration of the West African Peasants Seed Fair in Djimini

The 7th West African Peasants Seed Fair was held March 15-17, 2022, in Djimini, Senegal. Participants adopted a Declaration in support of continental advocacy for a new paradigm on seed governance and policies at the end of the three-day seed, knowledge, and experience exchange gathering. Over 400 people came out...
2022 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Ukraine: FAO scales up to support rural families, safeguard food security

Team on ground regrouped; strengthened with surge personnel; Declaration of corporate scale-up response
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is rapidly scaling up its efforts to respond to urgent food security needs resulting from the unfolding war in Ukraine, focusing initially on livelihood-saving interventions for the most vulnerable smallholder farmers.   FAO has a team of 81 experts in Ukraine – 76...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

The Food for Europe podcast - A European podcast series on food and farming.

Episode 14 episode of Food for Europe is dedicated to the new EU Organic Awards which will acknowledge different actors of the organic value chain- launch date for applications March 25 – and many of the issues surrounding organic production and consumption. Key speaker is Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, who...
European Union
2022 - European Commission

Plants For A Future

Plants For A Future (PFAF) is an online free-to-use information database and associated website for those interested in edible and useful plants. Originally focused on plants suitable for temperate regions, it has now been extended to include many of the more important tropical and sub-tropical edible and useful plants. The...
2022 - PFAF charity

Knowing water better: towards fairer and more sustainable access to natural resources - KnoWat

Around the world, countries are struggling to adapt their agriculture and food systems to conditions of water scarcity, climate change and increased competition between users. Water scarcity trends are expected to increase. Smallholder farmers are particularly vulnerable to changes in water access and availability. A strengthened focus on water accounting and...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Opportunities and gaps in the agriculture, water and land use sectors

This report provides a unique, sector-specific synthesis of the agriculture, water and land use sectors in the nationally determined contributions from Near East and North Africa. It summarizes the substantial contributions already put forward by countries, opportunities for further action and the gaps, barriers and needs that will need to...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

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An alternative to industrial food systems that honors scale and the rhythm of the ecosystem via shorter supply chains.

Similar to the Foodnected project, Local Catch is a North American network of fishing families/businesses/communities, researchers, non-profit organizations, technical assistance providers, and decision-makers. We had the great opportunity to speak with Jordan Richardson – the network coordinator and Brett Tolley – the national programme coordinator for the Northwest Atlantic Marine...
2022 - Foodnected

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New FAO–North Macedonia agreement for a more competitive, sustainable, and resilient rural economy

A new five-year cooperation agreement was signed today by FAO and the Republic of North Macedonia, with both parties committing to continue the joint efforts in achieving a more competitive and resilient rural economy fostering job creation and inclusive, green growth. Priorities of FAO’s new Country Programming Framework for North Macedonia...
North Macedonia
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Evaluation of support for organic farming in draft CAP Strategic Plans (2023-2027)

All 27-EU Member States had to submit their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) national Strategic Plans (SP) by 1 January 2022 to the European Commission (EC). As of 3 March, one country has still not submitted its two CAP Strategic Plans (Belgium for Wallonia and Flanders). With this evaluation of the...
European Union
2022 - IFOAM Organics Europe

Access Agriculture Panorama No. 18 - January 2022

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.
2022 - Access Agriculture

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Partnering with the private sector for sustainable food and agriculture

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring inclusive growth requires partnerships and collaborations with everyone concerned. The expertise and experience of the private sector is also key to meet the challenges of our times and ensure sustainable agrifood systems. In this context, FAO is facilitating a consultation with the private...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Youth-sensitive value chain analysis and development

Guidelines for practitioners
This publication is intended to assist field practitioners, youth organizations and other stakeholders to identify binding constraints and viable opportunities to youth engagement in value chains that can translate into greater youth inclusion. Considering youth heterogeneity and inequalities, the youth sensitive framework for value chain analysis gives guidance to assess...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Pasture-fed production: Findings from the SEEGSLIP project

The SEEGSLIP project sought to evidence the practices of a particular group of farmers, the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) in terms of their social, ecological and economic sustainability. This video explains the project, the pasture-fed concept and some of our research findings.
2022 - organicresearchcentre

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FAO Analysis shows how Nationally Determined Contributions are lighting the way for climate action in the Near East and North Africa region

Agriculture is one of the sectors most affected by climate change, but as a recent FAO report ‘Regional analysis of the Nationally Determined Contributions in the Near East and North Africa’ illustrates, agriculture is also a key part of the solution to addressing the climate crisis, particularly in the Near East...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Training of trainers manual on the operation, maintenance and repair of farm machinery

This training of trainers (ToT) manual aims to provide insights into the operation, maintenance and basic repair of farm machinery. It provides an overview of the main concepts of equipment that can facilitate sustainable agriculture practices, with examples and guidelines on the topic. Its objective is to provide extension officers,...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
Human rights and the environment

This legal paper reflects on the evolution of international law on the interdependence of human rights and the environment. It illustrates their significance for the development and implementation of national laws on agricultural development and the management of renewable natural resources, ranging from land, water, fisheries, plants, and animals, to...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Diplomado Agaves & Mezquites Regenerando Zonas Semiáridas. 03 de junio al 24 de septiembre 2022

El Diplomado es promovido por la organización civil Vía Orgánica AC y por la Universidad de Guanajuato y va dirigido a estudiantes, agricultores y campesinos que deseen restaurar sus paisajes, enriquecer las tierras y combatir el cambio climático a través de la siembra de Agaves y Mezquites en sus comunidades....
2022 - Vía Orgánica

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FAO workshop focuses on stronger land markets in Central Asia

The basis of agricultural production is land, and farmers need a properly functioning land market in order to make the most out of this precious asset. To this end, FAO convened Central Asian representatives of all related spheres in Bishkek to discuss the potentials of developing their national agricultural land...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

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FAO’s engagement in Ukraine

Centrality of Agriculture to Ukraine and the Region
 About 30 percent (12.6 million people) of Ukraine’s population lives in rural areas (as of January 2021). Agriculture plays an increasingly important role in the Ukrainian economy, with its share of GDP (including forestry and fishery) rising from 6.3 percent in 2007 to 9.3 percent in 2020.  When upstream and downstream industries...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

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North Macedonia’s agriculture becomes more climate resilient through quality seed production

Climate change has a detrimental effect on Macedonian agriculture contributing to water scarcity, temperature variations, intense drought, severe fires, and flooding. At the same time, declining biodiversity causes (or triggers) reduced yields and damage to agricultural production, all of which affect the food security and livelihoods of the agriculture-dependent rural...
North Macedonia
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO
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