IAFN Updates

The ‘Zero draft’ of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM), developed in order to promote sustainable soil management effectively in all regions,  is requesting contributions to allow the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils to better frame the multifaceted needs of all the stakeholders.

Global agriculture coalition Farming First and the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres have joined forces to highlight the powerful impact that investments in science and innovation can make on global development.  A new interactive essay compiled by the partnership demonstrates how these investments can go beyond simply meeting food security needs, but contribute to broader interlinked goals such as natural resource management, improved nutrition and resilient rural livelihoods.

14-15 January 2016. AFAAS, an organisation for strengthening Africa-wide agricultural extension and advisory services, has recently reviewed its 2015-2017 strategy, and has identified knowledge management (KM) as a key focal area. CTA’s expertise in KM will help support AFAAS in its new strategic direction.

Speech by Ms. Robynne Anderson, representating the International AgriFood Network, during Roundtable Discussion 4 of the Hearings of the General Assembly with NGOs, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector in preparation for the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development.

As the Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan to Italy and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the UN Food and Agriculture organizations in Rome, Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, takes-up her role as Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), she shares her vision for the future of food security.

Along with the release of the sixth annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report), Global Harvest Inititiative invited experts in agriculture, conservation, food security, and nutrition to contribute to a special Harvest 2050 blog series. The series will run from October to December 2015. 

Dr. David Nabarro will serve as the UN Secretary general's Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda.  He is well known for his work on a number of challenges, including food security and the emergency Ebola response. 

1 December, Paris - Google Maps and FAO have agreed to work closely together to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, providing a high-technology assist to countries tackling climate change and much greater capacity to experts developing forest and land-use policies.

Between September 20th, 2015 and September 28th, 2015 I, along with a group of farmers from all over Africa, had the opportunity to participate in an educational tour throughout India. It was planned by the East African Farmers Federation (EAFF) and supported by the FAO. We were guided by the Development Research Foundation through the beautiful states of Gujarat, Surat, and Punjab. During this tour we had the chance to witness a plethora of agricultural activities and were able to interact with Indian farmers. In the last sixty years, India has increased its food production by a striking 400%. In order to achieve this incredible growth, the country has had to make important changes to its agricultural production systems. With my colleagues from East Africa, it was our hope that we could learn what works in India, and hopefully, apply to other markets. On this trip, I found there were three important things I learned.

The international symposium will explore how the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, can benefit smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change.