IAFN Updates

The Conference of Parties at its 23rd session (COP23) has requested that the Subsidiary Bodies for Implementation and Scientific and Technological Advice address issues related to agriculture. This piece was originally published in the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development. You can read it in its original form here.

The International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) is proud to be supporting seven farmers and SME representatives to attend the FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa. The conference will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 21st – 24th, 2017.

On October 25th, 2017, the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition opened an online discussion on the following question: "What should be the nature of post-capacity development support to these youth in order to retain them in agriculture, and to ensure the sustainability and long-term impact of youth-specific CD initiatives?"

IAFN submitted the following reflection, stressing the idea that the sustainability of capacity development initiatives depends on the establishment and maintenance of strong networks. 

The Nuffield International Farming Scholars programme has partnered with IAFN this year to raise awareness of the important issue of attracting youth in agriculture.

From Sight and Life: On the evening of November 8, Sight and Life proudly announced two winners of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award at the SUN Global Gathering in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Dr. Shilpa Bhatte and Dr. Ellen Piwoz were recognized as great leaders in the nutrition field who have a vision of an improved world and who inspire others to do the same. 

We are faced with the global challenge of recruiting and retaining youth in agriculture. Human capital and talent are essential drivers of growth, sustainability, and security across the entire food value chain. Supporting young agricultural leaders means investing in education, training, new access to capital, innovative agricultural technologies, and more. Read the position paper here.  

Africa is a youthful continent, with youth – defined by the African Union as every person between the age of 15 and 35 – currently constituting 35 percent of its population. By 2050, this number is expected to double, reaching over 830 million, meaning that 29 percent of the total world youth population will reside in Africa. FAO has launched an online discussion on this topic, which all are welcomed to join. 

The Global Nutrition Report was released on November 4th, 2017. Read this brief synopsis, or find the full report here.

Mexico City, 16 October 2017: Rabobank and UN Environment announced today the creation of a new one-billion-dollar facility to finance sustainable agriculture using a combination of public and private funding. Together they also invite other interested financial institutions to sign up and work actively with global food companies to put this into practice.

By Agusdin Pulungan, President of WAMTI

First, I would like to express my thanks to the Private Sector Mechanism and the SME/Farmer grant, which supported and facilitated my CFS44 attendance as a representative of WAMTI, a farmer and fisher organization that represents the voices of 80,000 small-scale Indonesian fishers and farmers on the global stage.

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