IAFN Updates

The FAO international symposium on “The role of agricultural biotechnologies in sustainable food systems and nutrition” took place from 15 to 17 February 2016 at FAO headquarters, Rome. Over 400 people attended, including 230 delegates from 75 member countries and the European Union, as well as representatives of intergovernmental organizations, private sector entities, civil society organizations, academia/research organizations and producer organizations/cooperatives. The symposium encompassed the crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors and was organized around three main themes:

Nairobi, 7th September 2016 - “Countries that have implemented the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) have posted higher agriculture productivity and stronger GDP growth as well as sharper declines in malnutrition compared to countries that have not adopted it.” This is contained in the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)’s 2016 African Agriculture Status Report (AASR) that was released today during the 2016 AGR Forum.  

CFS Negotiations on “Sustainable Agriculture, including the role of livestock” will take place in Rome, on September 8th-9th. The PSM is taking an active role in this process, drawing attention to the importance of investment in livestock research, increasing productivity and efficiency, caring for animals, minimizing waste, and promoting healthy diets and adding value.

The registration deadline for CFS43 is fast approaching. Join the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) delegation at the 43rd Session of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome, Italy, to discuss the issues and solution on global food security and nutrition. Register today!

The Zero Hunger Challenge has launched a new website and a new Zero Hunger Action Network to support advocacy efforts through the global movement for Zero Hunger, and a new set of pathways for engagement, for civil society, business and other organizations that want to join the Zero Hunger Challenge.

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.

The Development Cooperation Forum report on measuring “Private Development Cooperation” is now available online. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UK AID and many partners have released this report here.

In this guest blog post, Courtney Paisley, Director of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) shares the stories of success from young Kenyan agriculture enthusiasts who have taken part in a pilot mentoring program.

This article originally appeared in the July edition of WFO’s F@rmletter.

Switch your eyes and ears off, for a moment, to the on-going discourse about agriculture as an “ageing sector” that doesn’t attract the youth anymore. Instead, step into YPARD: a vibrant international network of young professionals for agricultural development, which counts thousands of members all around the world.

We are living in an era in which rapid urbanization has led to a decline in rural populations, and for the first time ever the majority of the world’s population lives in a city. The UN World Health Organization predicts that “by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people”. This means that more young people than ever before are moving to cities and towns to find work, leaving few behind to work in rural areas.

Visit the Bizfor2030's blog for their most recent post recapping the sessions of the 2nd SDG Business Forum held on July 19, 2016 during the High Level Political Forum. Business for 2030 helped curate one of the day’s sessions, which featured a 17 person ‘rapid fire’ review of how 17 different representatives of the private sector were addressing each SDG. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the UN Global Compact were the lead organisers of the SDG Business Forum, which had over 400 participants in attendance throughout the day.

The commissioner for rural economy and agriculture of the African Union, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, has called on the private sector to invest in agriculture to increase productivity and food security in Africa.