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Forgotten Foods Cooking Contest: Dry Meat with Bou Khuda (Bangladesh)

Dry Meat with Bou Khuda Prepared by Joshna Begum Gram Unnayan Songostha (GRAUS) #Bangladesh The main ingredient of this dish is rice processed using a husking pedal. It also contains sun-dried meat (beef), which was how people in the old days preserve meat. Due to the availability of electricity, most...
2023 - Asia Pacific Farmers

Trade policy supportive of food security and nutrition

This course analyses trade policy design and implementation in the context of agricultural development and structural transformation.
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Efficient seed extraction in organic tomato cultivation

Tomato is a special case among vegetables, as its seeds can only be extracted from the pulp after a fermentation step. In order to optimise this working process, various harvesting frequencies and extraction timepoints were tested at FiBL Switzerland. The availability of organic seed has come into focus, as derogations to...
2023 - FiBL Switzerland

Gender Transformative Approaches to Strengthen Women’s Land and Resource Rights

International standards and policies are clear about women’s right to equality in the enjoyment of all their rights, including rights to access, use, inherit, control and own land. Sustainable Development Goal Target 5.a specifically calls for reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to,...
2023 - Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD

Magazine article
BRU - Bamboo & Rattan Update

Sharing the latest news and activities from the bamboo and rattan sectors
This issue of the Bamboo & Rattan Update Magazine highlights the unique advantages of bamboo for contributing to the goals of the UNCCD, and considers the untapped promise of the plant. Landscape restoration schemes rely upon accurate baseline data, so decision-makers can allocate resources in an optimal manner. However, in many...
2023 - The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR)

Family Farming Cooperatives. Ensuring Inclusive and Sustainable Food Systems

Small-scale family farmers and their organizations are at the heart of sustainable food systems. In particular, family farming cooperatives are pivotal actors in many activities which food systems encompass, from production, aggregation and processing to distribution and consumption, providing key services and being often a driver of innovation. While developing...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

A regional framework among regional fishery bodies

Scaling up cooperation and coordination towards sustainable fisheries
This publication provides information on the main outcomes of the Regional Consultation among Regional Fishery Bodies in the Indian Ocean (Maputo, Mozambique, 22–24 June 2022), and of the Regional Consultation among Regional Fishery Bodies in the Eastern Central Atlantic Ocean (Accra, Ghana, 30 November to 2 December 2022) that were...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Practices to improve soil fertility and nutrient availability in organic fruit orchards (Biofruitnet Practice Abstract)

Organic fruit orchards are dependent on commercial organic fertilizers derived from intensive conventional animal husbandry. These inputs are contentious and to be phased out.
2023 - Biofruitnet

Blog article
Réchauffement climatique : “Comment l’agroécologie peut sauver l’agriculture”

Spécialiste de l’agroécologie, Emmanuel Torquebiau est chercheur émérite au Cirad de Montpellier. Il explique en quoi le moment est charnière, pris en étau par ce qu’il appelle des “coups durs”, ces “crises” environnementales répétées, incendies de 2022, sécheresse et canicule historique en 2023. Des crises peut-être, finalement, salutaires “pour une...

Livestock solutions to regenerate soils and landscapes for sustainable agri-food systems transformation in Africa

Agri-food systems approaches have gained international recognition over the last years. The role of livestock—both in mixed crop-livestock and pastoral systems—in sustainable agri-food systems transformation remains contested. In this review paper we present new analyses of original data from an international livestock expert survey, a quantitative search in Web of...

A framework for gender-responsive livestock development

Contributing to a world free from hunger, malnutrition, poverty and inequality
Gender dynamics affect the ways in which the livestock sector contributes to sustaining livelihoods. Women comprise most poor livestock keepers in low- and middle-income countries, and are less represented in scaled-up production enterprises and other income-earning livestock-related activities. They also have limited access to livestock information, input and output services,...

CIFOR-ICRAF Annual Report 2022. Interconnected: Trees, people, planet

For the world’s trees and forests – and for those who steward them – 2022 offered several glimmers of hope, with United Nations agreements to protect biodiversity and to compensate nations for climate change-related losses and damages, and the Forest and Climate Leaders’ Partnership. It was also the first year in...

Journal article
Agroforestry policy development in England: a question of knowledge transference

Agroecology as a concept for reimagining food systems has grown in popularity and is now used in several food and agriculture policy frameworks around the world. While there is a significant body of research around agroecology, its origins, applications, and as a much-needed transition pathway to sustainable food systems, there is limited understanding...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The transformative role of agriculture in refugee settings

Amplifying the voices of refugees and host communities
Forced displacement has reached a scale not seen since records began. It has not only increased to an unprecedented level, but so too has its average duration. Latest reports indicate that over 110 million people are currently estimated to be forcibly displaced, and two in three refugees are projected to...
Kenya - South Sudan - Uganda
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

VIDEO Lanzamiento de primer piloto del "Programa Global de Doctores de los Suelos"

El Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero, SAG, y el Instituto de Desarrollo Agropecuario (INDAP), presentaron en la región de Los Lagos el primer piloto del “Programa Global de Doctores por el Suelo en Chile”, patrocinado técnicamente por la Alianza Mundial por el Suelo de la FAO. Esta iniciativa mundial busca mejorar...
2023 - Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (SAG)

First Global Forum of The United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019–2028

The First Global Forum of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019–2028 was co-organized by FAO and IFAD, with the aim of leveraging the experiences of different actors in order to take stock of the achievements and challenges faced since the launch of the UNDFF. The different sessions hosted...
2023 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Case study
Anticipatory action helps flood-affected communities in Cameroon’s Far North

Early warning, anticipatory action and rapid response help villagers bounce back from floods
Every year, the Far North region of Cameroon is the setting of devastating floods that leave thousands homeless. In the department of Logone-et-Chari, the localities of Blangoua and Makary are among the most affected areas. Torrential rains and rising waters from the Logone, Chari, El beid, Taf Taf and Serbowel...
2023 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Governance of trade, food security and nutrition

This course discusses policy space for food security in the multilateral trading system, and the coherence between policy processes at the national and global level.
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Towards net zero in agriculture: Future challenges and opportunities for arable, livestock and protected cropping systems in the UK

The agricultural sector faces multiple challenges linked to increased climate uncertainty, causing severe shocks including increased frequency of extreme weather events, new pest and disease risks, soil degradation, and pre and postharvest food losses. This situation is further exacerbated by geopolitical instability and volatility in energy prices impacting on fertiliser...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Terminal evaluation of the project "Enhancing Climate Change Resilience in the Benguela Current Fisheries System"

Project codes: GCP/SFS/480/LDF and GCP/SFS/480/SCF - GEF ID 5113
The project’s objective was “to build resilience and reduce the vulnerability to climate change of the marine fisheries and mariculture sectors in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) through implementation of adaptation strategies”. The recommendations are around: involvement of FAO Country Offices in regional projects to facilitate transfer of...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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