International Agri-Food Network


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The associations which comprise the Network have members in 135 of the 193 countries in the UN.
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The International Agri-Food Network is a network rather than an association. It is not incorporated and operates on a virtual basis with no office premises

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On April 4th, 2018, the International Agri-Food Network held a Panel and Discussion on the topic of Agroecology and Innovations in the context of the 2nd FAO International Symposium on Agroecology. 

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FAO provides essential services to all countries, all forms of agriculture, and should play an active role in advancing agriculture and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. There appears to be a lack of coherence in the way core and voluntary funding is shifting the priorities and resources of FAO. It may be timely to consider how the core responsibilities of FAO have been handicapped by flat budgets and short-term, arbitrary resources. Long-term underfunding and human resourcing of the core programs of FAO including statistical data, the IN-FOODS database, plant protection, crop production, livestock, forestry and fisheries remain acute while other programs are growing. In particular, success at the global normative role of FAO underpins the success of smallholder farmers, family farmers, and all food producers.

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The International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) is a coalition of international trade associations involved in the Agri-Foodsector at the global level.The network monitors and provides input into multilateral processes related to food security, nutrition, agriculture and tradeissues. It is not incorporated and operates on a virtual basis with no physical office premises

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Both the Agroecology Symposium and the BioDiversity Dialogue developed initiatives and next steps for action by FAO, member states, the RBAs and other stakeholders.  With a welcomed and unique interactive process, the forthcoming Innovation Symposium intends to capture and build on the discussion and outputs of the events of the three days themselves. Some of the possible outcomes that could be highlighted include: 

  1. Reinforce FAO’s mandate to support and promote innovation as essential to meet global goals on zero hunger and the larger sustainable development goal agenda. 
  2. Promote a scientific evidence-based balance of views when promoting innovative solutions. 
  3. Develop innovation principles focused on science, technology, invention, social and institutional change.
  4. Acknowledge that encouraging access to innovation is equally as important as promoting innovation and therefore access to extension services is essential.
  5. Request FAO, together with the RBAs, to develop a well-resourced innovation ‘nexus’ and knowledge hub that encourages greater stakeholder collaboration in identifying, sharing of best practices and upscaling innovations.
  6. Encourage FAO to specifically include innovation on the agenda of Regional Meetings and showcase regional and country level innovators at those meetings.
  7. Use the FAO Regional Offices, and dedicated staff, to promote an enabling environment for innovation at regional and national levels.   
  8. Foster collaborative action on innovation throughout the production and consumption value chain between public, private, farmer organisations, academia, civil society and UN bodies for the efficient and safe production, distribution and consumption of food and agricultural products. 
  9. Develop new processes, and use existing fora, to showcase national innovation mechanisms to Member States and other stakeholders around the world. 
  10. Support a Multistakeholder Partnership Initiative called ‘Scaling up the Adoption of Innovation’ with a clear focus on practical, farmer-based initiatives to support uptake and implementation.


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The international Agri-Food Network Brochure

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 The modalities described in this document represent the private sector arrangements to coordinate participation in the CFS. 

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The Private Sector Mechanism in Numbers for 2011-2014. 

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