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In Focus: Family Farming in Africa

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about two-thirds of the African population depend on family farms, comprising of 62% of the land, for food and employment. These farmers depend mostly on traditional modes of farming such as non-use of irrigation, chemical fertilizers, and commercial seed varieties. As such, they contribute to ecosystem preservation and environmental protection and are crucial for food security in the region. However, these same farmers are

IAMCR 2019 Sets Record-High Attendance

The recently concluded International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference on 7-11 July 2019 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid had its largest conference ever with 1,785 registered participants coming from 83 countries and 5 continents. Most of its participants came from the European Union, but a large number also came from Asia, Central and South America, and North America.  The theme for this year’s conference was “Communication, Technology, and

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report 2019 Released

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), and World Health Organization (WHO), recently released The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report 2019 (SOFI 2019).  The report tracks the world’s progress towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger by (1) ending hunger and ensuring access to food by all and (2) eliminating all forms of malnutrition. In

Innovations on Sustainable Food and Agriculture Recognized at FAO Awards

During the FAO Awards held on 26 June 2019, winners of the International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture were recognized.   The Award was launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Federal Government of Switzerland on October 2018 and was opened to individuals, private companies, and institutions. Over 400 proposals were received worldwide and were evaluated based on quality and merit of the innovation, its potential benefit, impact and sustainability, scalability,

Global Information Society Watch 2018 Report: Community Networks

The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 2018 edition highlights the role of community networks in achieving universal access to information. GISWatch is “a space for collaborative monitoring of the implementation of international (and national) commitments made by governments towards the creation of an inclusive information society.” In its 2018 report, it focuses on community networks defined as “built, owned, operated, and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.” The 2018

FAO and UPLB pledge to work together in promoting inclusive rural development

A formal partnership agreement on promoting rural development in the Philippines was recently signed by FAO and the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos. The agreement focuses on developing tools. methodologies, and knowledge products to make agricultural systems more inclusive and efficient. The partnership aims to strengthen national policies, strategies, and regulatory frameworks on food loss and waste through the value chain; facilitate an enabling environment for inclusive rural development and

FAO launches the UN Decade of Family Farming

Global launch of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028) will be held on 27 to 29 May 2019 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy spearheaded by UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) hopes to provide knowledge and awareness on how a family farmer is an important key player in eradicating hunger and shaping

Equator Prize 2019 awards local innovative climate solutions

Twenty-two (22) local and indigenous communities worldwide won in the 10th Equator Prize as announced by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners last 5 June 2019 in New York, USA. These organization which showcased innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, environment, and poverty challenges will be honored on 24 September 2019 at a celebratory gala in New York.This year, Equator prize awarded the groups from Guniea-Bissau for the

UN Decade of Family Farming starts this May 2019

Building on the success of the International Year of Family Farming last 2014, a Global Launch of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming will take place at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, Italy on 29 May 2019. The activity will be co-organized by the FAO and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as the Joint Secretariat of the UN Decade.  Prior to the launch, a

In Focus: The Family Farming and Rural Territorial Development Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Panorama of Rural Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, an FAO publication published in 2018, reported that for the first time in a decade, poverty in the rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean has increased. It further stated that rural poverty in the region increased by two million between 2014 and 2016, reaching a total of 59 million.  The Family Farming and Rural Territorial Development Initiative is a priority