IAFN Updates

The Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and unanimously adopted by all member states of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2004.

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. 

Until young people are brought to the table, their investment in the future of agriculture is not being fully actualized. From October 15-19, I had the honour of attending the 45th session of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45). During CFS week, I represented 4-H Canada as part of the Private Sector Mechanism's (PSM) youth delegation. The event took place at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy.

11 years ago today, we opened our office in Nairobi - our first in Africa. Since then, we’ve been focused on our mission to make information accessible and useful to everyone and we’ve initiated programmes to connect people, equip young Kenyans with digital literacy skills, support local businesses to get the most out of the web, and to put Kenyan tourism on the global map. 

Today, we’re announcing more products and programs aimed at boosting the Kenyan economy.

On 16 October 2018, the Private Sector Mechanism hosted its annual High Level Dinner during the 45th Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security. Attended by over 200 guests, of which about a third were Ambassadors and member state representatives, the theme of the Dinner was "Engaging, Recruiting, and Retaining Youth in Agriculture." Read on for the full report. 

CFS45 took place at FAO Headquarters in Rome from October 15-19, and the Private Sector Mechanism had its largest delegation to date, with 180 business leaders, including over 65 youth and representatives of youth organizations, registered from 40 countries.

The SDGs represent a cross-cutting strategy to eradicate extreme poverty, using an integrated approach to address all three aspects of development: economic, environmental, and social. The CFS must ensure that its work is aligned with and relevant to ongoing SDG (or other UN) processes and multi-stakeholder partnerships, as well as draw attention to the vital contribution CFS activities can make to them. The SDGs touch every single person on the planet with the stated intent to leave no one behind. No organization (whether public, private, or other) can afford to stand on the sidelines. 

When vulnerable young children in India eat foods prepared with wheat enriched with zinc, they spend significantly fewer days sick with pneumonia and vomiting, shows a study published this week. Diets in India commonly lack sufficient zinc and consequently nearly 40% of children under five years of age are physically stunted and markedly vulnerable to common infections, like diarrhea and pneumonia. When not corrected prior to the second year of life, stunting may become irreversible, gravely impairing individual and societal development.

September 27, 2018 - All are invited to join a new online community dedicated to scaling and replicating inclusive business worldwide: www.inclusivebusiness.net  

The new platform has been created to ensure access to up-to-date knowledge and insights on inclusive business that can help turn great ideas into practical outcomes to improve the lives of the world’s poorest.

17 September 2018, Rome - With climate change poised to alter significantly the ability of many world regions to produce food, it is expected that international trade in agricultural products will have an increasingly important contribution to feeding the planet and responding to climate-related hunger flare-ups, says a new report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Mark your calendars: Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition, a global event hosted by @IFPRI and @FAO in B… https://t.co/CqfspwRdqa
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