Rome, 20 May 2016. IFAD’s publication sees territorial approaches as an entry point for governments and donor agencies to address the full range of factors affecting development processes, such as rural-urban linkages, geographical, social, economic, and environmental concerns. They are also suitable for directly addressing the spatial concentration of poverty and food insecurity. Territorial development approaches are a supreme tool that provide an overview of the diversity across territories and will serve greatly towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals.

London, 12 May 2016. On May 11, coinciding with the 4th anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land (VGGT), DFID’s LEGEND flagship programme launched a comprehensive “State of the debate” report on land governance. The report reviews progress made in the four years since the Voluntary Guidelines were adopted, and makes recommendations on next steps, including a call by businesses to governments to show more political will to drive transformation and be robust on implementation.

Bonn, 9 May 2016. At a time when a growing world population needs to be fed on limited resources in a changing climate, the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biological diversity gains utmost importance. Agrobiodiversity plays a crucial role in food security and nutrition, as well as in the provision of environmental services and livelihoods. It is critical to the sustainability, resilience and adaptability of agricultural production systems.

Accra, 28 Apr 2016. On 12 April 2016, the Global Panel and the AU’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) held a High-Level Roundtable in Accra, Ghana, that brought together decision-makers from across Africa to discuss issues around food safety and inform and inspire high-level champions to tackle aflatoxins in African countries. The roundtable took place to coincide with the 12th Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program Partnership Platform.

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