London, 22 Jul 2014. In a context of a changing climate and growing concerns for more healthy food systems, agroecology is gaining momentum as a scientific discipline, sustainable farming approach and social movement. Yet its promotion in public agricultural policies, research and extension is still limited. This paper explores why this is.

Berlin, 16 Jul 2014. "If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together“. This African proverb cited by the Chair of the Committee on World Food Security, Gerda Verburg, during the Policies against hunger conference translated very well the spirit of this event, organised on 30 June to 1 July in Berlin by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture. This year discussions focused on the CFS principles for responsible agricultural investments (rai), which have a far-reaching goal: guide investments in agriculture and food systems to support the realization of people’s right to adequate food all over the world and particularly in developing countries.

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Online, 16 Jul 2014. Ahead of the Climate Summit of the UN Secretary General in September, governments of developing and developed countries, small and large CSOs, farmers’ organisations, multilateral organisations, international institutions as well as other potential partners met to engage in the further development of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture. The meeting was organised by the Interim Secretariat of ACSA and hosted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands and supported by the group of friends of the Interim Secretariat which is coordinated by David Navarro, UN Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition.

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Online, 4 Jul 2014. A study of the dairy sector in six East African countries was followed by a dairy expert consultation in Uganda in April 2014. The objective of the initiative was to explore possibilities to improve coordination among development agencies, investors and other value chain stakeholders and governments, and for creating synergy within and between the different countries. This report describes outcomes of both study and consultation and is intended to serve as a reference document for all stakeholders.


Online, 1 Jul 2014. Agriculture and rural development (ARD) need to be ready to scale up risk mitigation and resilience against climate change impacts. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) has been implemented for quite a while now and a wealth of experiences has been accumulated to be made available. However, internationally CSA has not been well positioned - both in political and institutional terms. Currently, the international community, governments and civil society generate new momentum to enhance and coordinate the engagement of all actors in support of CSA. Developing countries strive to find common positions in the international climate change dialogues of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). On the other hand, integrating climate risk reduction measures into ARD and mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture into wider national and regional ARD programmes remains a great challenge.

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