IAFN Updates

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, as delivered by David Nabarro, Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to the Economic and Social Council Partnership Forum, in New York today:

I am pleased to send greetings to the annual Partnership Forum of the Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC].  To successfully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we must swiftly move from commitments to action and, to do that, we need strong, inclusive and integrated partnerships at all levels.

Giving local leaders a global stage to inspire transformational action on the SDGs.

The SDGs lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future, and will shape a new era for business. The UN Global Compact is taking the lead on turning these goals into drivers for sustainable business to unlock economic, social and environmental gains for the world.

FAO welcomes resolution as a leap forward in galvanising international action on nutrition

1 April 2016, New York - The United Nations General Assembly today proclaimed a UN Decade of Action on Nutrition that will run from 2016 to 2025. FAO welcomed the decision, calling it a major step towards mobilising action around reducing hunger and improving nutrition around the world.

(TORONTO) Today, Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), sent letters to congratulate national leaders of 13 countries that highlighted biofuels as part of their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) plans at the recent Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris.

FAO Director-General and President of Security Council share views on importance of early warning information

30 March 2016, New York - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva and the President of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Ismael Gaspar Martins, have concurred upon the importance of the use of FAO’s regular advanced and updated analysis of food security status in countries in conflict, during a meeting held in the President’s Office, in New York, at the sidelines of the UNSC’s Arria Formula on Food Security and Peace.

IFPRI’s flagship publication, the 2016 Global Food Policy Report, is now available.

The report examines the major food policy issues, developments, and international commitments of 2015, presents the latest research and data on key food policy indicators, and proposes policy options for 2016 and beyond.

Farming First has announced an exciting new partnership with the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) – and they want to invite YOUR organization to get involved!

As drought and El Niño wreak havoc on crops and rainfall around the world, discussions around water have never been more important.

We wish to inform you that the full proceedings of the open eConsultation (9 December 2015 – 15 February 2016) on the Issues Note for the HLPE report on Nutrition and Food Systems are now available here.

On March 15, 2016, more than 550 farmers, food producers and processors, student leaders, private-sector businesses, and representatives from universities and rural communities visited Washington to celebrate National Agriculture (AG) Day. Held each year since 1973, National AG Day helps consumers, the administration and Congress understand how farmers grow safe and affordable food, and underscores the essential role of agriculture in maintaining both a strong economy and national food security.