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Fisherfolk in Peru preserve mangroves and ocean resources through co-management

Communities in Peru work with local authorities to manage the unique marine ecosystems on which their environment and livelihoods depend. The Global Environment Facility-funded, FAO Coastal Fisheries Initiative has built the capacity of the community to ensure that they can oversee their ecosystems in a sustainable and productive way.
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organic Hemp - Harvest products products and opportunities

Enthusiastic fans see hemp as a crop that can meet current challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity. But can hemp really fulfill this expectation and what potential does the plant offer organic farms in Switzerland? A new fact sheet provides essential information on organic hemp cultivation for interested...
2023 - FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

Case study
Youth in Mauritania uncover the potential that their lands have to offer

An FAO project develops young people’s skills and sets minds towards agriculture
Aly Oumar Mohamed Sy used to almost dread the idea of making a living from farming. But “now that I’ve learned how to take care of the soil and cultivate it, I consider farming as my life's work,” says the 24-year-old from Mauritania’s Trarza region. What’s made the difference is...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Guidelines on forest biodiversity monitoring methodologies for Central Asian countries

For effective forest biodiversity monitoring in FAO Sub-regional Office for Central Asia (SEC) countries (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Türkiye), it is important to develop cost-effective and efficient monitoring methods. The main purpose of the guidelines on forest biodiversity monitoring methodologies is to support FAOSEC countries in their...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

From Germany to Uganda: Stephan’s Mission to Elevate Robusta Coffee

At the heart of the Slow Food Coffee Coalition, there are individuals—coffee farmers, entrepreneurs, and coffee lovers—each with a remarkable and deeply intertwined story. Their connection goes beyond just signing the Manifesto and embracing the values of the Slow Food network; it’s fueled by a profound passion that fuels a...
2023 - Slow Food

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

How to manage fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) on smallholder farms

Fall armyworm (FAW), an agricultural pest native to the Americas, was first detected on the African continent in 2016 and has since spread across Africa and Asia. FAW feeds on over 350 plant species but prefers maize and other staples, and hence potentially threatens the incomes and food security of...
2023 - Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry CIFOR-ICRAF

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...
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