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In the Dosso region, agriculture is the main economic activity for local communities and the biggest source of household revenue. However, land access for women remains a major obstacle to rural development. According to a study by the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency, very few women own land, despite the existence of customary laws which recognize their right to inherit property. The situation is very challenging, but solutions can be found, as shown by the case of Seybou Djamma. 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - The International Agri-food Network in partnership with the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), the Young Professionals for Agricultural Research and Development (YPARD) and others are spearheading a Call to Action document for talent development in agriculture titled Growing Ambitions for Agricultural Professionals.

This post was written by Steve Godfrey, Chief Investment Officer, and Beatrice Montesi, External Relations Associate, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Originally posted on Inclusive Business Hub.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a new course for nutrition and human development. Through SDG2, for the first time, the international community is committed to “ending malnutrition in all its forms.” This means that we have the opportunity to improve the health and lives of an estimated 800 million people who remain undernourished and of the billions of people who suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, or from overweight and obesity. It is a radical new agenda. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before them, the SDGs emphasize the need for businesses to be a central partner with the potential to contribute in multiple ways to global development objectives.

The United Nations Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres today announced that he will be appointing Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as the UN deputy chief, on his assumption of office as the ninth chief of the global Organization in January 2017.

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is currently the Minister of Environment of Nigeria, where she steers the country’s efforts to protect the natural environment and conserve resources for sustainable development, read a statement issued by Mr. Guterres’s office.

Read the full press release on UN News Centre

Nuffield International was a member of the PSM delegation to CFS in 2016. IAFN would like to congratulate Kathryn Stack for being awarded the 2017 Nuffeild International Farming Scholarship.

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Do you have a fundable idea in Food, AgTech or Agriculture that could secure your spot as one of the 50 selected innovators from more than 150 different countries?

The 3rd Future Agro Challenge (FAC) Global Championships will take place this year in Johannesburg, South Africa, from March 12-15, 2017.  As the world's leading competition, FAC mobilises local communities all over the world to discover innovative and fundable ventures in Food, AgTech and Agriculture, addressing national, regional and global challenges. 

António Guterres was sworn in December 12, 2016, as the ninth and next United Nations Secretary-General. António Guterres pledged to reposition development at the centre of the Organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community.

“The United Nations needs to be nimble, efficient and effective. It must focus more on delivery and less on process; more on people and less on bureaucracy,” said Mr. Guterres after taking the oath of office at a ceremony before the 193-member UN General Assembly.

Read the full story on the UN News Centre

SCN NEWS is the peer reviewed publication of the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN). It is printed and distributed to a readership of 7,500 nutrition professionals, programme managers and policy-makers – 75% of whom reside in developing countries. It is also made available online.

A short film by Richard Curtis featuring Usain Bolt which helps explain why we should finish what we started with the Millennium Development Goals and end poverty by 2030 and tackle inequality and climate change.

Courtesy of The Global Goals.

A successful side event organized at the margins of the Committee on Commodity Problems

How often do we think about all the regulations that surround our food? Probably never. And yet, before we can enjoy any meal, a lot of standards have been playing their role in the background to make sure our food is safe for consumption. As the world population is growing fast, so are the technologies in food safety, improved standards and trade flows enabling the agriculture industry to keep up with the growing demand. This pace is necessary to be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and especially Goal 2.