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Bioversity, IFAD, EU Step-up Work on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMay 2015: Bioversity International has launched an initiative to enhance the use of neglected and underutilized crop species (NUS) to manage risks and empower the poor in three target countries. Among other objectives, the initiative will build the capacity of farmers, researchers and government actors to integrate nutrition, resilience and income considerations in the development of more sustainable farm and livelihood systems.

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Global Land Forum 2015 Opens with Africa Day [viewed]

global_land_forum12 May 2015: The 2015 Global Land Forum opened in Dakar, Senegal, with a day dedicated to showcasing responsible land governance practices in Africa. Highlighting Senegal's land governance reform process that seeks to contribute to the country's efforts to achieve food security, Amadou Kanouté, Executive Director of the host organization, CICODEV (Pan African Institute for Consumer Citizenship and Development), expressed hope that the Forum will provide an impetus for joint land reform efforts across all regions in Africa.

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FAO, Partners, Mark 3rd Anniversary of Voluntary Guidelines on Land [viewed]

dissemination-of-the-voluntaryMay 2015: The May 2015 edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative commemorates the 3rd anniversary of the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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Event: Second Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD [viewed]

The global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will convene prior to the 38th session of IFAD's Governing Council. The meeting will focus on indigenous food systems and sustainable development. The Forum, which institutionalizes IFAD's consultation and dialogue with indigenous peoples' representatives at the national, regional and international levels, held its first global meeting in 2013. In preparation for the second Forum, regional workshops took place in late 2014 in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America.  

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Event: 38th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 38th session of the Governing Council for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will focus on the theme 'Rural Transformation: Key to Sustainable Development'. The session will discuss topics including indigenous peoples and sustainable food systems, overcoming challenges to rural transformation through the post-2015 sustainable development goals, innovations in financial inclusion, and empowering women to transform rural areas. It will also include a briefing by Turkey on the G20 Presidency. The session will feature high-level officials as keynote speakers such as John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, His Majesty Tupou VI, King of Tonga, and Pier Carlo Padoan, Minister of Economy and Finance, Italy.  

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IFAD Project Combats Land Degradation in Ethiopia [viewed]

IFAD16 January 2015: An International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-supported project in Ethiopia is making progress in addressing land degradation. The 'Community-based Natural Resource Management Project,' located in the watershed of Lake Tana in the northwest of the country focuses on combating land degradation and promoting sustainable land management (SLM) to increase agricultural productivity, household food security, incomes and climate change resilience.

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GEF Updates on Sustainable Cities, Deforestation and Food Security Programmes [viewed]

GEF5 January 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released its first updates on three 'integrated approach' programmes focused on: sustainable cities; taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains; and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The updates provide an overview of the history, background and aims of each programme as well as their next steps. Each of the three programmes is expected to submit a Programmatic Framework Document to the 48th GEF Council Meeting in June 2015.

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IFAD Launches Recipes for Change Campaign [viewed]

IFAD8 December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a campaign ‘Recipes for Change' to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on food crops and traditional recipes, particularly in developing countries, and how small-scale farmers can adapt. A series of Recipes for Change online videos will share recipes from rural communities, being prepared in the homes of rural families and using local ingredients that are threatened by climate change.

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IFAD, Montpellier Panel Urges Actions to Reverse Land Degradation in Africa [viewed]

IFAD4 December 2014: The state of Africa's soils represent an obstacle to achieving the region's development and food security goals, according to a report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Montpellier Panel. The report, titled ‘No Ordinary Matter: Conserving, Restoring and Enhancing Africa's Soils,' analyzes land management in Africa and provides recommendations for governments and donors looking to conserve, restore and enhance African soils.

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