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Global drought snapshot 2023: the need for proactive action

UNCCD launched ‘Global Drought Snapshot’ report at COP28 in collaboration with International Drought Resilience Alliance (IDRA) Recent drought-related data based on research in the past two years and compiled by the UN point to “an unprecedented emergency on a planetary scale, where the massive impacts of human-induced droughts are only...
2024 - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Blog article
Why reviving old crops is key to saving Africa's degraded soils

The interview with Cary Fowler, US Special Envoy for Food Security, underscores the urgency of shifting agricultural practices in Africa from monocultures to diverse, traditional crops to address food security and soil fertility challenges. Highlighting Africa's pressing need due to soil degradation and population growth, Fowler emphasizes the significance of...
2024

Policy brief/paper
Cultivating change with agroecology and organic agriculture in the tropics

Bridging science and policy for sustainable production systems
Agroecology and organ agriculture present promising alternatives to the current food system, supported by a growing body of evidence. Despite the potential of AE/O, their full benefits cannot be realised in most countries due to political and institutional barriers and lock-ins, including incentives and funding that favour “business as usual”...
2024 - FiBL

Article
Fields of contestation and contamination: Maize seeds, agroecology and the (de)coloniality of agriculture in Malawi and South Africa

Farmer-managed seed systems and the conservation of agrobiodiversity are increasingly recognized as important components of food and seed sovereignty. In contrast, hybrid, genetically modified (GM), and, increasingly, gene-edited crops continue to be promoted by Green Revolution proponents as a “climate smart” package that includes fertilizers, pesticides, purchased seeds, and links...
Malawi - South Africa
2024

Book
The World of Organic Agriculture 2024

Statistics and Emerging Trends
Organic agriculture is practised in 188 countries, and more than 96 million hectares of agricultural land are managed organically by at least 4.5 million farmers. Global sales of organic food and drink reached almost 135 billion euros in 2022. The 25th edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture", published by the...
2024 - FiBL

Report
The unjust climate

Measuring the impacts of climate change on rural poor, women and youth
Developing policies to foster inclusive rural transformation processes requires better evidence on how climate change is affecting the livelihoods and economic behaviours of vulnerable rural people, including women, youths and people living in poverty. In particular, there is little comparative, multi-country and multi-region evidence to understand how exposure to weather...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Article
Estimation des surfaces irriguées ripariennes à l’aide de Earth Engine. Une étude de cas dans le sous-bassin versant de la Haute-Comoé, Burkina Faso

La mise au point d’une méthode automatique d’estimation des surfaces irriguées par les petits exploitants agricoles en Afrique aux abords des cours d’eau, à partir d’outils libres et de données satellitaires gratuites, reste un défi majeur à cause de la diversité des cultures qui y sont pratiquées, de l’étroitesse des...
Burkina Faso
2024

Technical paper
Innovation and family farming

Family farmers innovate by developing assemblages of old and new food system practices and organizational processes, using both traditional and diverse forms of knowledge and connecting these with newly available information and technologies. These innovations have a holistic approach and can take many forms: technological, social, policy, financial, marketing, legislative...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical paper
Family farming and climate-resilient agrifood systems

Food and agricultural production practices applied by family farmers – including agroecological and integrated systems; recycling of nutrients, energy and waste; natural pest control; crop diversification; and efficient management of natural resources and soil health – present promising opportunities to address climate change, given that they allow high-level adaptation capacity...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Website
Repositorio de Documentos: Conferencia Regional para América Latina y el Caribe (LARC)

En esta web encontrará todos los documentos de la 38ª Conferencia Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe.    
2024 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Blog article
La 38 Conferencia Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe se inicia con una importante participación de Presidentes y Ministros de la Región

Representantes de todos los países de la Región participaron in situ en la ceremonia de apertura en Guyana. La 38 Conferencia Regional de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) comenzó hoy en Georgetown, Guyana, con la presencia de Ministros y Viceministros de todos los...
2024 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Practices
Good Practices for the Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas

Euromontana kicks off the year with the publication of its annual booklet of good practices for sustainable mountain development. This publication showcases 10 inspiring initiatives from across Europe (EU and non-EU) collected by Euromontana throughout 2023 to promote initiatives that drive sustainable change in mountain areas. The booklet covers key issues for...
Austria - France - Germany - Italy - Norway - Poland - Romania - Spain - Switzerland
2024 - Euromontana - European Association of Mountain Areas

Report
Advancing agrobiodiversity: why organisations of smallholders and Indigenous Peoples are vital

Agrobiodiversity is the subset of biodiversity found within agricultural ecosystems. It feeds us with nutrients vital to our health. It fuels and furnishes our homes. It underpins cultural traditions. It sustains farm productivity in the face of climate change. But agrobiodiversity is rapidly being lost.  Just three crops account for half...
Ecuador - Ghana - Madagascar - Nepal - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia
2024 - International Institute for Environment and Development IIED

Website
Material de comunicación de la Alianza Mundial de los Suelos

Este repositorio cuenta con una serie materiales comunicacionales elaborados por la Alianza Mundial por el Suelo de la FAO, en varios idiomas para difundir información relevante y que la comunidad en general, pueda aprender más sobre este tema.  
2024 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Journal article
Predicting animal abundance through local ecological knowledge: An internal validation using consensus analysis

Given the ongoing environmental degradation from local to global scales, it is fundamental to develop more efficient means of gathering data on species and ecosystems. Local ecological knowledge, in which local communities can consistently provide information on the status of animal species over time, has been shown to be effective....
2024 - CIFOR-ICRAF

Fact sheet
Developing Gender Transformative Approaches to Strengthen Women’s Land Rights in Bangladesh. Foundational Gender Analysis

Gender Transformative Approaches address root causes of gender inequality by fostering lasting changes in decision-making and resource control, offering a strategic framework to enhance women’s empowerment in accessing and managing land and production means, as well as natural resources.
Bangladesh
2024 - CIFOR-ICRAF

Report
Troubling waters

Understanding global water security
The world is not on the precipice of a global water crisis: it is decades into an escalating catastrophe.   Today, global water demand already outstrips availability, with at least half of the global population experiencing highly water-stressed conditions. That is, they live in a region of the world that is highly water stressed for at...
2024 - Center for Strategic and International Studies

Blog article
Joint Programme on Gender Transformative Approaches for Food Security and Nutrition: Reinas Obreras: the women apiarists transforming their local community in Ecuador

The story of female beekeepers in Ecuador shows that by giving women more equitable access to resources and markets, improving their technical skills and knowledge, and addressing deeply rooted social norms perpetuating gender inequalities, gender transformative programming has the potential to enhance food security, improve nutrition and transform agrifood systems....
Ecuador
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
World Water Day 2024: Invest in women for peace and water security

This year's World Water Day theme, "Water for Peace," is particularly relevant given the global water, food, and humanitarian crises. These crises, exacerbated by conflicts, disproportionately affect women and girls, highlighting the urgent need to empower women in water management and crisis response. Investing in women not only enhances peace...
2024 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI)

Policy brief/paper
Information brief

The wildlife–livelihoods–health nexus: challenges and priorities in Asia and the Pacific
The interplay between infectious diseases and wildlife, people and their livelihoods has always been an intrinsic part of human existence. Until recently, however, this nexus has been minimally considered in research and policy. The need for change is increasingly recognized following the emergence of zoonotic diseases such as severe acute...
2024 - FAO
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