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Breaking the cycle of unsustainable food systems, hunger, and debt

The food price crisis is entering a dangerous new phase – a debt crisis that is plunging millions more into hunger. IPES-Food’s new special report urges decision-makers to act on comprehensive debt relief and food system transformation, before it’s too late.  Although food prices have receded from 2022’s record highs, public...
2023 - IPES Food

Breaking the Cycle of Unsustainable Food Systems, Hunger and Debt

The food price crisis is entering a dangerous new phase – a debt crisis that is plunging millions more into hunger. IPES-Food’s new special report urges decision-makers to act on comprehensive debt relief and food system transformation, before it’s too late.  Although food prices have receded from 2022’s record highs, public...
2023 - IPES-FOOD

EUR-Organic: European Master in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems

The programme EUR-Organic follows a holistic approach involving all aspects of organic food systems. The students profit from the distinct research foci of the partner universities, which in turn are reflected in the diverse specialisations available for students participating in the programme. None of the partner universities alone can offer such a wide...
Austria - Denmark - France - Germany - Poland
2023 - University of Hohenheim (UHOH), Stuttgart, Germany University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS-SGGW), Warsaw, Poland Aarhus University (AU), Aarhus, Denmark Institut supérieur d'agriculture et d'agroalimentaire Rhône-Alpes (ISARA-Lyon), Lyon, France

Diversidad natural y cultural

Desde su origen la humanidad ha utilizado a la flora y la fauna de diversas maneras, como alimento, bebida, medicina, ropa, materiales de construcción y combustible. No es de sorprenderse entonces que a una escala planetaria, la diversidad cultural de la especie humana se encuentra estrechamente asociada con las principales...
2023 - Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)

La gestión del conocimiento: conceptos, metodologías y herramientas

La Oficina Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe tiene el agrado de invitarles a participar en el curso virtual “La gestión del conocimiento: conceptos, metodologías y herramientas”. La gestión del conocimiento (KM por su sigla en inglés) se puede definir como el conjunto de procesos que facilitan la generación,...
2023 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Blog article
Czech CAP Strategic Plan – Redistributive Payments and the Counter-Productive Tension Between Small and Big

A well designed redistributive payment is an essential tool to reduce inequalities among CAP beneficiaries and farming systems. But as is often the case, the best design strongly depends on national and regional specificities. The Czech Republic’s approach to the redistributive payment is a good example of that. The Czech...
2023 - ARC2020

The Agroecological Transitions Program for Building Resilient and Inclusive Agricultural & Food Systems

In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), agricultural investment remains a priority for economic development. Sustainability is a key challenge in LMICs, as many of the current agricultural practices reduce soil fertility and greatly depend on external inputs. Agroecological approaches are increasingly recognized as a means to improve sustainable development of...
2023 - The Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT, CIFOR-ICRAF, IRRI, IWMI, The Transformative Partnership Platform, University of Vermont

EU Organic Awards

Increases in organic production contribute significantly to reducing the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and antimicrobials and have positive effects on our climate, the environment, biodiversity and animal welfare. That is why organic production has been identified as playing a key role in achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal,...
European Union
2023 - European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Region, COPA-COGECA and IFOAM Organics Europe.

the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023)

The United Nations General Assembly at its 75th session in March 2021 declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). FAO is the lead agency for celebrating the Year in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders. Millets can grow on arid lands with minimal inputs and are resilient to changes in...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Teaching the teachers

The best way to educate consumers is right at the start, when they are school children. In early 2021, Roxana Castellón, who works at Agrecol Andes, a Bolivian NGO, began approaching public schools around Cochabamba, asking the directors if they were interested in adding a new topic to their biology curriculum....
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2023 - Access Agriculture

Technical paper
Assessing impact of agroecological interventions in Niger through remotely sensed changes in vegetation

Water scarcity is a major challenge in the Sahel region of West Africa. Water scarcity in combination with prevalent soil degradation has severely reduced the land productivity in the region. The decrease in resiliency of food security systems of marginalized population has huge societal implications which often leads to mass...

Blog article
Making farmers anonymous

Short food chains narrow the gap between producers and consumers, but when food is traded through wholesalers and when supermarkets sell their own brands, active efforts are undertaken to make farmers anonymous. This never really occurred to me until Vera Kuijpers, from the organic farm and farm shop Het Eikelenhof in north-eastern Limburg,...
2023 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
Filling the Gap Between Seeds Research and Small-Scale Farmers

CARE’s Farmer Field and Business School (FFBS) model focuses on improving small-scale farmers’ productivity, resilience and access to markets. FFBS is a hands-on, learning-by-doing approach through which groups of farmers meet regularly during the course of their value chain production cycle to learn about new agricultural techniques and to experiment...
2023 - AgriLynks

Illuminating Hidden Harvests

The contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development
Illuminating Hidden Harvests: the contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development (hereinafter IHH) is a global study uncovering the contributions and impacts of small-scale fisheries through a multidisciplinary approach to data collection and analysis. The study provides information that quantifies and improves understanding of the crucial role of small-scale fisheries...
2023 - ​FAO; Duke University; WorldFish;

Food trends Food Endangered foods: why our diet is narrower than ever – and the UK urgently needs to save these seven foods

This article explains how quickly we are losing our food diversity and the consequences. Despite the appearance of a wide variety of food options for consumers, global food diversity is rapidly decreasing. The majority of products in supermarkets are made from a small number of ingredients, such as wheat, maize,...

Blog article
Nuevo reto a EEUU: México prohíbe maíz transgénico para alimento humano

El Gobierno Mexicano emitió y publicó un nuevo decreto presidencial para revocar y no dar más autorizaciones para el uso de maíz genéticamente modificado, específicamente en productos destinados a la alimentación humana, así como el uso del herbicida glifosato, con una transición gradual. Esto ante presiones sobre la primera disposición...
2023 - Regeneration International

Blog article
African, Caribbean and Pacific countries ready to show the true potential of their fisheries and aquaculture sectors

Joint programme by FAO and its partners analyzes value chains in Côte d’Ivoire, Guyana, the Marshall Islands, Senegal and Tanzania
A key fisheries and aquaculture development programme implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has highlighted significant potential to boost these sectors in Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Tanzania, Guyana and the Marshall Islands, making them more self-sufficient, creating jobs and preserving biological stock levels.The countries are...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Tanzania: New National Strategy to Boost Organic Agriculture Looms

The government of Tanzania has drafted a strategy to improve the performance of organic agriculture and increase the production of organic foods in the country. The "National Ecological Organic Agriculture Strategy" is an eight-year initiative coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, which will officially launch in June 2023. The strategy...
United Republic of Tanzania

Governance in small-scale fisheries

  Topic outline   This course aims to contribute towards creating an enabling environment for implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, by strengthening the capacity of government officials and fisheries practitioners at local, national and regional levels, and...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Smart projector -- a revolutionary tool for rural actors

Farmers are increasingly facing challenges relating to climate change. It is vital therefore to make them aware of good agricultural practices that can help them increase not only production, but also their resilience. Having understood well such problems, Access Agriculture is working in Benin, West Africa, to provide rural actors with...
2023 - Access Agriculture
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