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Protecting farmland pollinators

Irish Operational Group promotes actions to support biodiversity within productive farming system
The Protecting Farmland Pollinators Operational Group project encourages farmers in Ireland to make small changes on their farms which will make big differences to pollinators. These changes include providing habitats on their farms that will offer food, safety and shelter for wild bees and hoverflies and increase biodiversity in general....
European Union

Journal article
Agroecological crop protection for sustainable agriculture

Crop losses from pests threaten global food security and safety. In the last six decades, pest control using chemical pesticides has resulted in important yield gains per unit area, worldwide. However, the long-term sustainability of chemical pest control has been increasingly thrown into doubt due to the negative impact on...

International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022

Fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants are fundamental, essential and indispensable foods eaten by people around the world as part of healthy diets, cultural heritage and culinary tradition. Small-scale artisanal fisher and fish farmers produce a large portion of this food. The International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA) 2022...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Voices from the field: The future of Ireland’s sustainable farming

Tucked away in the heart of Ireland in the sleepy rural village of Cloughjordan, you’ll find an eco village which hosts ‘Feeding Ourselves’, an annual gathering of farmers and environmentalists to discuss the future of sustainable agriculture. A number of farmers came along to the event to share their view...

The guardians of the Blue Mountains coffee

Accompanying the indigenous peoples of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve in asserting their rights and commercializing their promucts, while safeguarding the environment, are the focus of the 30-year work of the Keystone Foundation, promoter of the Slow Food Nilgiris Coffee Coalition community together with Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Ltd. Specifically, the purpose of the local Coffee Coalition community is to accompany the producers of the Kurumba and Irula peoples in marketing the coffee they harvest in the forest.
The indigenous tribal communities of the Nilgiri Reserve base their economy on the collection and cultivation of forest products (including coffee), handing down their cultural, agricultural and linguistic traditions from generation to generation. Accompanying the indigenous peoples of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve in asserting their rights and commercializing their promucts, while...
2023 - Slow Food

Journal article
Linking biodiversity protection to sustainable food systems

In mid-December of 2022, more than 190 countries approved what was considered “a sweeping United Nations agreement” regarding the global protection of biodiversity. This took place at the COP15 UN Conference on Biological Diversity held in Montreal, Canada, and co-chaired by Canada and China. The agreement calls for the protection...

Blog article
Gobierno de Brasil y la FAO entregan a Colombia tecnología de última generación para la agricultura familiar algodonera

El proyecto +Algodón Colombia, ejecutado por FAO, ABC/MRE y MADR, entregó un dron al país.
El proyecto de cooperación Sur-Sur trilateral +Algodón Colombia entregó oficialmente el 23 de marzo, en Espinal-Tolima, un dron para uso de técnicos especialistas del Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA). La herramienta de última generación tiene el objetivo de mejorar la competitividad y sostenibilidad ambiental, económica y social del sector algodonero colombiano.  El proyecto...
2023 - Programa de Cooperación Internacional Brasil-FAO

EU CAP Network Newsletter May 2023

In the new EU CAP Network, innovation, knowledge exchange and EIP-AGRI play a crucial role in sharing good practices and connecting people across EU agriculture, forestry and rural areas. The new edition of the Agrinnovation magazine offers inspiring stories, interviews, Operational Group updates and other news from across Europe.
European Union
2023 - EU CAP Network

Case study
Naoberhoeve farm

The Naoberhoeve is a Bio-dynamic social farm. The name of the farm refers to an old social system of neighbours who help each-other. In our modern interpretation of ‘’Naobership’’we share the beauty, the space and the opportunities for development of the farm with people in need of care.           The Naoberhoeve is...
European Union
2023 - Social Farms

FAO Namibia Newsletter March 2023

FAO Namibia Newsletter March 2023 / Issue #1
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

NATI00NS: The Messenger of the EU Mission "A Soil Deal for Europe"

The Horizon Europe project NATI00NS contributes to the Soil Mission objectives by mobilising potential applicants for regional soil health Living Labs open calls funded by the Mission through a range of engagement events and capacity building activities. Niels Halberg, NATI00NS Project Coordinator at Aarhus University, provides an overview of the...
European Union
2023 - NATI00NS

GOOD PRACTICES -From Farm to Market – Pragati’s Journey with Finger Millet Farmers

Koraput district, in South Odisha, India, is characterized by warm and humid climate with 80% of the total annual rainfall received from the south-west monsoon in the months from June to mid-October. Agriculture is primarily rainfed with kharif (June-September) being the main cropping season. Finger millet is a major staple...
2023 - Agricultural Extension in South Asia

NATI00NS - Supporting the soil deal for Europe across national communities

NATI00NS is a European project funded under the HORIZON-MISS-2021-SOIL-02 programme and coordinated by Aarhus University (Denmark). The main objective of NATI00NS is reaching out to and preparing regional and national stakeholders across Europe to apply for and implement soil health Living Labs, facilitating the deployment of the EU Mission “A Soil Deal...
European Union
2023 - HORIZON-MISS-2021-SOIL-02 programme and coordinated by Aarhus University (Denmark)

AGROMIX | Agroforestry in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Listen to what German farmers have to say about their experience with Agroforestry in this video about the AGROMIX German pilot project field visit. The field visit was coordinated by IfaS which took place on the 9th of February 2023 in Palatinate, Germany. The field visit took participants around three...
2023 - AGROMIX Project

Policy brief/paper
Urgent preventative action for climate-related suicides in rural India

The link between increasingly severe climate events and the rising suicide rate among India’s farmers has long been a concern. But with the latest national data reporting the highest ever number of deaths by suicide, effective action to prevent the risk factors endangering farmers — and the climate events that...

UN World Water Day

World Water Day 2023 is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Dysfunction throughout the water cycle undermines progress on all major global issues, from health to hunger, gender equality to jobs, education to industry, and disasters to peace. In 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 as part...
2023 - United Nations UN

Women, Girls and Land campaign

About #HerLand campaign Together with partners, activists and influencers, UNCCD is launching the campaign #HerLand to promote successful examples of women and girls’ contributions to sustainable land management and mobilize support to advance land rights for women and girls around the world.  You too can lend your support by reaching out to your communities and advocating...
2023 - UN Convention to Combat Desertification

Blog article
Tackling loss and damage in countries vulnerable to the effect of the climate crisis: improving evidence and co-generating pathways to impact

Loss and damage is one of the most important issues for climate-vulnerable developing countries.   Communities and ecosystems around the developing world are experiencing unprecedented extreme weather events. Driven by climate change, these shocks will worsen with every increment of global heating, exposing billions of people to catastrophic loss and damage – from loss of...
2023 - IIED

Transforming dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems

This course seeks to build the competencies needed for program and project managers, field practitioners and policy makers to apply a transformational sustainability approach to decision-making in the management of dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral production systems.
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Organic's recommendations for the pesticides use regulation (SUR)

In this video, part of the longer one "Organic approach to plant health care and pesticides regulation", we focus on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Regulation that is currently being discussed in the EU. IFOAM Organics Europe supports this crucial reform, but considers that, in order for it to be...
2023 - Ifoam Organics Europe
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