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This is the first publication exclusively focusing on yak wool production and its commercialization, incorporating the socio-environmental narrative attached to High Asia region and its herders communities. A proposal is provided to set the ground for a first regional-level project to build a community-based yak wool production.

The report was produced by IFAD in collaboration with the YURTA Association.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Individual authors, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
Topic: Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous peoples, Social services, Value addition
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Central Asia

The question of how to better incorporate nutrition into the livestock sector is a challenge shared by many policymakers and programme managers at regional, national and local levels, due to a lack of proven methodological tools setting out how to effectively achieve this. In response to this challenge, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with support from Action Contre la Faim and World Vision, has developed an innovative stepwise approach that combines theory and practice by establishing a theory of change and associated impact pathways. This work was carried out as part of a consultative process involving expert stakeholders from Eswatini and Zimbabwe. The results obtained demonstrate the utility of this methodological process to help policy makers and technicians formulate and evaluate nutrition sensitive policies, programmes and interventions.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Food security
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Southern Africa

L’Accord de Paris, en particulier à travers l’ETF, impose aux pays de rendre compte des mesures qu’ils prennent pour s’adapter au changement climatique. Le schéma holistique pour l’auto-évaluation paysanne de la résilience climatique (SHARP) est un outil qui permet de recueillir des informations directement auprès des petits exploitants sur la façon dont ils s’adaptent au changement climatique et développent leur résilience face au climat. Il contribue à la prise en compte des préoccupations prioritaires des petits exploitants dans les rapports des pays en matière climatique.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Climate change, Resilience
Language: Français
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Global

An online advisory and problem-solving service is helping livestock farmers to overcome challenges and increase production in Benin and other parts of West Africa. The private service grew out of a blog written by Louis Agbokou, who works as a livestock advisor at a government agricultural agency in Benin. During on-site visits to farms in the districts that he covered, the livestock engineer became increasingly convinced of the need for wide-ranging technical assistance, to be delivered remotely. The online service that he developed has proved effective in troubleshooting a range of livestock farmers’ problems. Advice is delivered via social media channels, as well as through email communication. The service has proved particularly popular with younger farmers and is provided on a fee-paying basis, while the blog can be accessed free of charge. The initiative shows that even small-scale ICT-based agricultural solutions can be effective, using basic digital tools and resources. The practice is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic when people are being urged to limit travel and face-to-face encounters.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Economy, Social services
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: West Africa

Respecting free, prior and informed consent is a collective right that belongs to every member of a community. This means that communities have the right to make decisions through their own freely chosen representatives and their institutions, customary or otherwise, such as local authorities and local elected officials. This accompanying guide must be used for training in free, prior and informed consent.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Land
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: North Africa

Située dans la partie orientale du Niger, la région de Diffa est une vaste étendue semi-aride dont l'équilibre entre les activités agricoles et pastorales est rompu par une nouvelle concurrence pour l'accès aux ressources naturelles, mais aussi par des conflits entre éleveurs autochtones et pasteurs transhumants. Ce rapport de synthèse présente les principales conclusions de l'analyse des conflits en trois parties: (i) dresse un état des lieux des conflits liés à la transhumance; (ii) identifie les initiatives de prévention et de gestion des conflits; et (iii) formule des propositions pour améliorer l'efficacité des mécanismes de prévention et de gestion des conflits. 

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Conflict, Resilience
Language: Français
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: West Africa

The Global Dialogue on the Role of Food and Agriculture in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework was convened virtually by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 6 and 7 July 2021. This joint report presents the co-chairs’ summary of the global dialogue.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
Topic: Environmental services, Food security
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Global

IFAD’s second Biodiversity Advantage report showcases five IFAD projects which highlight the integral importance of biodiversity in agriculture. These projects show how promoting biodiversity improves human and ecosystem health, and the roles of small-scale agricultural producers in preserving and restoring biodiversity and schemes that reward them for their stewardship of healthy natural environments.

Year of publication: 2021
Organization: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
Topic: Climate change, Environmental services, Food security, Resilience
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Global
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