Bonn, 22 May 2015. “…It is very important that the Platform sets out why food, agriculture and nutrition are key priorities going ahead, not just in terms of the food crisis that we faced seven years ago”, said John Barrett, former DFID officer, during the Annual General Assembly in December 2014. This year was a crucial year for the international development community for setting the groundwork and course for various milestones of global development in 2015 and beyond. Accordingly the Platform was busy with adapting to new developments and emerging issues.

New York, 19 May 2015. The Rome Based Agencies co-organised a side event at the FfD3 Second Drafting Session to review the required changes in the financial framework for the SDGs. The three agencies shared with the participants their joint paper on FfD and the Principles of Responsible Agricultural Investment as preparation to discuss the different strategies to strengthen the role the agricultural sector plays for developing economy and therefore also its role in the post-2015 development agenda.

Online, 18 May 2015. “Agriculture has a role to deliver on nutrition in its own right, independent of engagement in multisector interventions – albeit that including other interventions would magnify agriculture’s nutritional impact” says Lynn Brown, chairperson of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development's Agriculture and Nutrition workstream, in her new blog. The blog discusses the need to rebalance agriculture to deliver its core mandate on nutrition.

Online, 15 May 2015. Agriculture is central for sustaining food security especially in developing countries. The industry is also a big contributor to the climate change, causing big portion of the worldwide green gas emissions, methane emissions and deforestation. Now the international community is committing climate-smart agriculture as an approach that supports the more efficient use of resources and links research and science for sustainable practices and enhanced capacity building strategies. Of great importance is the Global Alliance for Climate-smart agriculture that was launched by the United Nations in 2014.

Online, 12 May 2015. The Expo 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee produced a discussion paper on the role of research in global food and nutrition security as part of its participation at Expo Milano 2015. The discussion document gives an overview of where European research can add the most value in relation to tackling food and nutrition security challenges and points to areas where it can expand research potential.

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