New report: Food systems experts urge global shift towards diversified farming systems

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We are pleased to hear that on the 2nd of June a new report was released by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), urging for a global shift from industrial agriculture towards diversified, agroecological solutions. The report was shared at the 8th Trondheim conference on Biodiversity that was themed “Food systems for […]

Upcoming event: Indigenous Terra Madre 2015

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The Indigenous Terra Madre 2015 meeting will be held in Shillong, Meghalaya (North East India) from 3rd to 7th November, 2015. International Mei-Ramew 2015 (IMR 2015) — Mother Earth in the local Khasi language — is the preferred name of the people of Meghalaya for the second edition of the Indigenous Terra Madre. It is a joint venture of the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty, Rome, Italy; Slow Food International, Bra, Italy; and the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS), Shillong, India. Forty one villages from Meghalaya have agreed to be co-hosting villages for ITM 2015/IMR 2015.

Global Survey – ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity

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At its last meeting the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture requested its Secretariat to carry out a survey that would help identify “Lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems”. This survey was carried out […]

International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, 18 -19 September 2014, Rome

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FAO will host an International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition from 18th to 19th September to explore recent scientific research and knowledge and promote open dialogue while showcasing existing experiences and programs on Agroecology. The event brings together international experts in the field of Agroecology and within the new FAO Strategic Framework […]

Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) March 16-18 2015, Montpellier, France

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According to the FAO, Climate smart agriculture (CSA)  is a way to achieve short and long term agricultural development priorities in the face of climate change and serve as an integrator to other development priorities. It seeks to support countries and other actors in securing the necessary policy, technical and financial conditions to enable them […]

Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security

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By Colin K. Khourya, Anne D. Bjorkmanc, Hannes Dempewolf, Julian Ramirez-Villegas, Luigi Guarino, Andy Jarvis, Loren H. Riesebergd, and Paul C. Struik This publication provides evidence of change in the relative importance of different crop plants in national food supplies worldwide over the past 50 years. Within a global trend of increased overall quantities of […]