Online, 19 Nov 2014. ‘More than 500 million family farms manage the majority of the world’s agricultural land and produce most of the world’s food. We need family farms to ensure global food security, to care for and protect the natural environment and to end poverty, undernourishment and malnutrition. But these goals can be thoroughly achieved if public policies support family farms to become more productive and sustainable; in other words policies must support family farms to innovate within a system that recognizes their diversity and the complexity of the challenges faced.'

CAADP

Brussels, 10 Nov 2014. The next phase of CAADP will surely be critical, new modes of thinking will have to enter the minds of the implementers to be successful. Many different stakeholders are asked now to buy into the new strategy and provide input to the draft strategy document. Donors are part of the equation. They are currently discussing their perspectives and how to structure their feedback. 

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Online, 29 Oct 2014. 1.3 billion tonnes of food are globally lost and wasted each year. In this context, the digital platform Global Community of Practice (Cop) on Food Loss Reduction was launched during the October CFS41 by the Platform members FAO, IFAD, WFP and funder SDC. In serving as a global convener and an integrator of knowledge related to post-harvest loss (PHL) reduction, the CoP fosters efforts to reduce food losses and improve post-harvest management through knowledge sharing, partnering and mainstreaming. Besides sharing and discussing best practices, stakeholders can access relevant resources and connect to networks, projects and programmes. In detail, the platform offers:

UN Women

Online, 28 Oct 2014. This year’s commemoration of the International Day for Rural Women on 15 October was focused on the importance of achieving sustainable development. The empowerment of rural women is agreed to be the key motor for economic, environmental and social transformation that is required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon went further to accentuating the essential role women would play for the universal climate agreement and expressed the urgency of reducing discrimination, deprivation and poverty for rural women.

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Online, 23 Oct 2014. Global Donor Working Group on Land welcomes endorsement by CFS of RAI Principles. On 15 October 2014, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) officially endorsed the globally negotiated Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). This new landmark set of principles provides guidance to ensure investment in agriculture and food systems contributes to food security and nutrition. The principles enable larger and more sustainable investment in agriculture while also making stakeholders responsible for creating the conditions for the principles to be met.

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