Focus on governance for more effective policy and technical support. Framework paper
Bringing together insights from FAO’s rich experience and knowledge and global literature, this paper introduces an operational four-phased framework for analysis and integration of governance analysis and action into formulation and implementation of interventions at country, regional and global...
Core food and agricultural indicators for measuring the private sector’s contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
FAO is developing guidance on how to measure the contribution of food- and agriculture private actors to the achievement of the SDGs in a consistent manner and in alignment with countries’ needs on monitoring the attainment of the SDG agenda. With this online consultation, the Office of the Chief Statistician of FAO aims to gather feedback on the draft indicators and guideline that have been developed in this context.
Inclusive public school food procurement to improve schoolchildren nutrition
Public School Food Procurement can be an effective tool for improving the nutrition of schoolchildren and to integrate local producers into school food programmes. The aim of this discussion is to exchange experiences and lessons learned among experts of the region, as well as to identify good practices, challenges and barriers to an effective public school food procurement.
FAO Private Sector Consultation
FAO is developing a new strategy for engagement with the private sector. To ensure that the strategy is fit for purpose, FAO is seeking inputs from the private sector. To do so, FAO is hosting a series virtual meetings and a 3-part online consultation during the period 2 to 24 July 2020 to discuss how FAO and the private sector can work together in accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals.
Webinar: Promoting Collaborative Research for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems for Achieving Agenda 2030
FAO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in July 2018 with the Italian Research Institutions: the National Research Council (CNR); the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA); the National Agency for New Technologies, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA); and the Italian Institute for Environmental Research and Protection (ISPRA). The overarching objective of the cooperation between FAO and CNR, CREA, ENEA and ISPRA is the promotion of sustainability at large in the context of joint efforts for achieving Agenda 2030.
This cooperation also promoted the secondment of staff and researchers from the developing countries to work with Italian Research Institutes. As part of the joint work plan, there were number of activities successfully completed including the research work of the visiting scientists to ENEA from Burkina Faso, Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. To promote communication initiatives aimed at enhancing the impact and visibility of the activities undertaken in the context of MoU, FAO’s Research and Extension Unit (AGDR) and the National Agency for New Technologies, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) are jointly organizing a webinar on “Promoting collaborative research for sustainable agri-food systems for achieving Agenda 2030”.
This webinar will focus on the results of the research work carried out by the visiting scientists from Africa to ENEA in the field of microbiome application for sustainable agri-food systems.
The webinar will be an opportunity for all partners of the MoU to briefly share their reflections and to promote interactive discussion on the topics of presentations.
- The ENEA Initiatives in supporting the Sustainable Agri-food systems: ENEA–TWAS Research Training Fellowships Programme 2018-2020 (Massimo Iannetta, ENEA)
- Antifungal activity of local plants extracts against seed-borne fungi in Burkina Faso (Leon W. Nitiema, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso)
- Soil organic matter, C and P dynamics in the mixed-species plantations of Acacia and Eucalypts in the Congolese coastal plains (Stella-Koutika, Research Center on Sustainability and Productivity of Industrial Plantations (CRDPI), Republic of the Congo)
- Optimization of the antimicrobial efficiency of low thermal treatment of fruit juices in combination with natural aroma compounds (Alex Dimitri Tchuenchieu Kamgain, Centre for Food and Nutrition Research, IMPM, Cameroon)
- Microbiome application for sustainable food system: from field to food quality and safety (Annamaria Bevivino, ENEA)
Researchers and development practitioners interested and engaged in agricultural research on agri-food systems and related topics.
The webinar has limited number of participants, thus we invite your early registration here. It will also help us to stay in touch and keep you informed on our next webinars of the partnership between FAO and the Italian Research Institutions! The webinar will be in English, for duration of 100 minutes.
The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement and agricultural development: challenges and prospects
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement presents Africa with a unique opportunity to unleash its economic potential for inclusive growth and sustainable development. For it to be conducive to food security and improved nutrition it is widely agreed that AfCFTA will have to be supported with accompanying measures and policies. This online discussion aims at opening an exchange of ideas, good practices and lessons learned on the challenges and prospects to the implementation of the AfCFTA in the agricultural sector.
e-Panel discussion - How to improve results in the agriculture sector: a discussion on leadership and Results-based management in Africa
Wednesday 6 May 2020, 11:00 to 12:00 CEST / 9:00 to 10:00 GMT.
Please register here:
The panel is jointly hosted and organized by AVANTI and EvalForward.
AVANTI is an IFAD funded initiative supporting national governments to assess and build RBM capacities in order to better measure SDGs in up to 20 countries globally. It is implemented by Helvetas and Itad.
EvalForward is a community of practice on evaluation for Food Security, Agriculture and Rural Development, supported by the evaluation offices of FAO, IFAD and WFP.
AVANTI & EvalForward are collaborating to share their joint experience and specific learning by an pool of expert panellists consisting of:
- Angela Dannson (Director, Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Department, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana)
- Elias A.K. Segla (Evaluation Specialist, Presidency, Republic of Benin, Bureau of Public Policy Evaluation and Government Action Analysis)
- Ian Goldman (Advisor on Evaluation and Evidence Systems, CLEAR Anglophone Africa)
- Riff Fullan: e-Panel Facilitator and Knowledge Component Lead for AVANTI
- Ethel Sibanda: Chat Moderator and AG-Scan methodology Lead, AVANTI
- Cesar Robles: e-Panel Technical Coordinator and Communications Lead, AVANTI
- Renata Mirulla: Facilitator, EvalForward
Questions to be addressed in the e-Panel
Some of the questions under discussion include:
- What is the importance of leadership in mainstreaming RBM in agriculture-related ministries and other institutions?
- What factors are most influential in enabling or hindering leadership’s contribution to improved RBM in the agriculture sector?
- What concrete actions can key stakeholders take to create an enabling environment for effective leadership in the pursuit of SDGs?
For more information please contact: [email protected]
Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food and nutrition security - an overview
The important role that small farms play in supporting rural livelihoods, conserving biodiversity and maintaining traditional landscapes, rural traditions and cultural heritage is widely accepted. Nevertheless, they are often under the radar of the agriculture policy mechanisms, which tend to focus...
Can small farms and small food businesses in SALSA’s Southern European countries contribute to sustainable food security?
It is estimated that the total number of small farms in Southern European (SE) countries has decreased by 33% between 2010 and 2019. This loss is despite the widespread acknowledgement and appreciation of the important role that small farms play in supporting rural livelihoods, conserving...
Can small farms and small food businesses in Northern Europe contribute to sustainable food security?
There is widespread acknowledgement and appreciation in Northern Europe of the important role that small farms play in supporting rural livelihoods, conserving biodiversity, and maintaining traditional landscapes, rural traditions and cultural heritage. The EU-funded SALSA project set out to examine...