IAFN Updates

FAO's FSN Forum has just launched an open online discussion on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security.

This discussion, organized jointly with the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), invites you to join the elaboration of a background document (PDF) that the CFS Secretariat is preparing to support the discussions at theForum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security to be held at CFS 43 in October 2016.

The Forum will be an opportunity to discuss how urbanization and the transformation of agriculture, food systems and rural spaces affect growth, poverty eradication, economic, environmental and social sustainability, and food security and nutrition.

You can access the discussion page in English, French and Spanish and take part in either one of these three languages.

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Re-published with permission from wfpusa.org | 10 March 2016

A new report from the Aspen Institute outlines a vision for a future of zero hunger.

The report was authored by the Food Security Working Group—a non-partisan, international coalition chaired by Madeleine Albright and Tom Daschle. The working group’s members included experts and humanitarians from both the public and private sector, including World Food Program USA’s CEO Rick Leach.

AgTech released in March their Investing Report. They reported $4.6 billion of investment in food and agriculture technology in 20151. That's a 94% year over year increase on 2014 levels1,2. They captured 527 deals, and a record-setting 672 unique investors1 (versus 271 for all of 2014)2.

You can download the 58-page report here.

Re-published with permission from devex.com | By Briony Mathieson | 08 March 2016

With International Women’s Day 2016 on the horizon, I asked my colleagues around the world to help run a straw poll. I was curious — how does our varied female workforce, from the smallholders of India, processing units of Ivory Coast, to the coffee washing stations of Nicaragua, feel about gender parity in their respective countries?

Re-published with permission from clarmondial.com February 23, 2016

During the first four years of Clarmondial, most of our work was focused on advising investors, from family offices and fund managers to companies and foundations, on their deal sourcing, due diligence and management. Gradually, and especially from late 2013, we switched our attention to working with project developers and companies.

GFRAS and NUFFIELD are part of the global working group on Talent Development in Agriculture: A call to action. Both organisations participated (as part of the Private Sector Mechanism delegation) at the 42nd session of the World Committee on Food Security (CFS) in Rome, October 2015. During this event, a topic on “Developing the knowledge, skills and talent of youth to further food security and nutrition” was top on the agenda.

In his IFAD Lecture, Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, entrepreneur and founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, discusses the role of good governance and the private sector in building Africa’s future and the importance of creating opportunities for young people in agriculture.

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.