Online, 16 Oct 2014. To ensure investment in agriculture and food systems benefits local food security and workers’ rights, the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems were approved by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). They build on and are complementary to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, endorsed by the CFS in May 2012.

Online, 16 Oct 2014. In 2004 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) adopted the Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realisation of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security (RtAF Guidelines). The Guidelines which were initiated by civil society and unanimously adopted by all FAO member states were intended to start a discussion with the ultimate goal to reach a consensus on what was needed to make the human right to adequate food and nutrition a reality for everyone. The Guidelines recognised the need for an integrated approach that includes legal entitlements, policy coherence and participation.

Online, 15 Oct 2014. Millions of rural women worldwide live and work on family farms. In recognition of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) in 2014, IFAD is dedicating the International Day of Rural Women to each. Women carry out a substantial and growing part of the work on family farms and represent 43 per cent of the global agricultural workforce. Indeed, in many parts of the world, women are more likely to work in agriculture than in any other sector. Much of this work is unrecorded, undervalued and unpaid. In addition, the challenges that are common to all family farmers are often exacerbated for rural women, impeding their ability to improve their own livelihoods and those of their families.

Rome, Italy, 15 Oct 2014. Members of the Global Donor Working Group on Land presented the updated Land Governance Programme Map and the Group’s road map for 2014-2017 at a side-event in the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security. The database initially launched in January 2014 presents a compilation of data on the land and resource governance programs from 16 bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors and development agencies. This interactive map publicly available in the website of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development visualizes approximately 554 active land governance programs that work towards specific aspects of the Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure in 125 countries with a total value of approximately US$4.6 billion.

Online, 14 Oct 2014. The Post 2015 agenda is being discussed by the international community, focusing on a renewed approach to tackling outstanding and emerging development challenges once the era of the Millennium Development Goals comes to a close. An important consideration of the discussions is the mobilisation of resources to finance the achievement of the Post 2015 goals. The Development Co-operation Report 2014 (DCR 2014) provides an overview of the sources of finance available to developing countries and proposes recommendations on how to mobilise further resources.The report also explores how to better mobilise resources to finance the provision of global public goods, for example in combating climate change, promoting peace and security, and creating a fair and equal trading system.

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