IAFN Updates

To mark World Youth Skills Day celebrated every July 15th, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) and the Climate and Agriculture Network for Africa (CANA) have organised a discussion forum from the 13th – 22 July 2016. The aim is to invite various stakeholders to dialogue on the engagement of the youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This discussion is hosted on CANA: http://canafrica.com/caina_blog/csa-and-youth-engagement-in-the-sdgs/ 


The below presentation "‘Animal agriculture is the Cinderella of the agricultural world’, Jimmy Smith tells the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development" was done by Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute, to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development.

A High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) is the science-policy interface of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which is, at the global level, the foremost inclusive and evidence-based international and intergovernmental platform for food security and nutrition.

The post was the keynote address "Balancing the Plate" by Jimmy Smith, Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). This was delivered during the International Fund for Agricultural Research Luncheon on the ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’  for the Private-Sector Mechanism Partnerships Forum on Livestock, which took place 30 June 2016

Op-ed by Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, in the framework of the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Medellín, Colombia (June 2016).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, two landmark agreements adopted by the international community in 2015,  send a clear message that the prevailing development pattern is unviable from the perspective of the three dimensions of sustainable development —economic, social and environmental— thus calling into question the future of humanity.

All the presentations delivered during the “Trade and Nutrition: Opportunities and Risks” event have now been posted on the CFS website and can be seen here.

The draft strategy for the UN Network for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) contribution to the SUN Movement (2016 – 2020) is available for comment by any interested stakeholders here

Forty Five per cent of child deaths are because of undernutriton. Tackling it should be the highest of priorities for our decision makers, especially because a majority of those deaths are amongst the most vulnerable and poorest communities.

FAO will host a Symposium on "Innovation systems for food security and nutrition: understanding the capacities needed on June 21 (2-5 pm Sheikh Zayed Center).

A special event will take place June 16, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium, during the European Development Days 2016 (#EDD2016). This event will discuss accelerating the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2.

More than a billion farmers and their families around the world are on the front line of climate change. Their lives and livelihoods are directly affected by its impacts, but they are also vital to implementing many of the solutions we need to help prevent it. But what exactly is “climate-smart agriculture”, and how is it working around the world?