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The draft of the XIII World Health Organization (WHO) general programme of work 2019-2023 is focused on three interconnected strategic priorities to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages: advancing universal health coverage (UHC), addressing health emergencies and promoting healthier populations. At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to the 2017 World Bank/WHO report.

In order to feed a world of nine billion people by 2050, we need more people working in agriculture in all its forms. Despite the universal agreement on the importance of agriculture to our future, however, we are not succeeding in attracting high-potential young people and women to the field. While the reasons for this are many, we believe that one central problem is an insufficient attention given to creation of robust, productive networks.

On 28 March 2018, an Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition meeting was held at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. At this event, the Private Sector Mechanism delivered the following statement concerning the development of Terms of Reference (ToR) for the proposed nutrition guidelines that are to be the next major policy product of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). 

The Global Agripreneurs Summit is an industry highlight in the agrifood tech sector that dives deep to understand where the source of our food is coming from.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its partners have ambitious climate-smart agriculture (CSA) goals:

  • Reducing GHG emissions from agriculture and land use by 50% by 2030
  • Making 50% more nutritious food available by 2030 (including reducing food loss and waste)
  • Strengthening the climate resilience of agricultural landscapes and farming communities

by Tiare Boyes, commercial fisherwoman from Canada

Attending The Economist World Oceans Summit was an eye opening experience. Over the course of three days, I met students, CEOs, professors, philanthropists, economists, biologists, fishers, and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds, specialties and visions. The connecting thread that brought all of us here this week is our concern over our ocean’s future. The Economist curated a comprehensive line-up of experts in finance, fisheries, robotics, aquaculture, remote monitoring, engineering, plastics and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) among many other subjects. 

27/02/2018 - Eni and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed yesterday a Collaboration Agreement to foster access to safe and clean water in Nigeria by drilling boreholes powered with photovoltaic systems, both for domestic use and irrigation purposes. The project aims to contribute to the humanitarian interventions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities, suffering from the North East - Lake Chad crisis, which have led to unprecedented levels of population displacements and prolonged disruption of agricultural, livestock and fishing activities.

On July 17, 2018, the SDG Business Forum will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, in the context of the High Level Political Forum, which is running from July 9-18. The Business Forum is a multistakeholder platform to support business action and partnerships to achieve the SDGs. It fosters public-private dialogues, catalyzes new partnerships and alliances, and explores innovative business solutions to accelerate sustainable development. Over 1,000 leaders from business and government are expected to attend. Learn more here. Please mark your calendars! 

In 2014, the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition provided an opportunity to share experiences and build the evidence base on agroecology, as well as reaching a consensus on the priorities for achieving more sustainable food systems through agroecology. It also endorsed FAO’s role in supporting further implementation and promotion of agroecological approaches.

This week, from Thu through Sat (18–20 Jan 2018) several ILRI scientific directors and staff (Jimmy Smith, Shirley Tarawali, Dieter Schillinger, Lutz Merbold and Kristina Roesel) will be participating in the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), held in Berlin, Germany. This location is particularly appropriate as Germany is an important and long-standing donor to ILRI and livestock research for development in general.

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