IAFN Updates

I have been involved for over 15 years in the fight to get Africa firmly and fully engaged in biotechnology. Africa Harvest, the organization I work for, subscribes to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) definition of biotechnologies as “tools and techniques that can improve agriculture and food production.” This certainly includes new DNA techniques, molecular biology, and reproductive technological applications.

Brussels - 14 December 2017 - CropLife International welcomes the joint statement from 17 governments, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Kenya, Uganda, and the United States, circulated at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, which calls to strengthen the implementation and application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement).

The WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development is pleased to announce the launching of the Global Nutrition Monitoring Framework country profiles for 194 countries, available here

Dear partners and colleagues,

As you may know, FAO is organizing the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology (more information here).

Agroecology depends on the co-creation of local capacities and knowledge - often building on traditional knowledge - that works with complex systems under changing environmental, social and economic conditions.

Farming First is planning a campaign for March 2018 that will focus on the empowerment of rural women, showcasing stories of success from women who have managed to bridge the gender gap in agriculture.

Farming First is seeking videos on agroecology to be shared with FAO ahead of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology. To contribute to the symposium, FAO is interested in collecting and sharing video material on any topic on agroecology, and especially related to the following ones:

The Global Forum for Agricultural Research is planning its next GFAR Medium Term Plan 2018-2021. In line with GFAR's role as a multi-stakeholder global forum on agricultural research, the emphasis of the Plan will be on working together through multi-stakeholder collectives to transform the lives of resource-poor farmers and consumers in agricultural and food systems that deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

During the closing ceremony of the SUN Global Gathering (SUNGG17), the SUN Movement Coordinator, Gerda Verburg, presented the “Message from Abidjan” to the Vice President of Côte d’Ivoire, His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan, on behalf of the SUN Movement, for the Vice-President to share with African and European Heads of States at the upcoming African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan 29-30 November 2017.

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.

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