Bonn, 24 Nov 2015. There is general consensus that Aflatoxin contamination of foods affects people and their livelihoods. Exposure to Aflatoxins is a serious health problem rooted in the whole food chain and thus requires a multidisciplinary approach for analysis, action and solutions. This problem has long been neglected, and not received the attention it requires. It not only contributes to the accumulation of the disease burden globally, being a primary carcinogen, but also threatens food and nutrition security negatively, impacting economic and social development. There is limited investment in postharvest handling of crops to minimise contamination and losses, in strengthening infrastructure, and increasing awareness among farmers in terms of farm management tools and techniques. Multiple efforts are undertaken by donors on Aflatoxin research at the country level; however most of these actions are often scattered and uncoordinated.

Seoul, 23 Nov 2015. The Republic of Korea developed a project back in the 1970’s that spurred the country’s economic growth. The Saemaul Undong Project mobilised the local rural farmers’ communities to work with the local authorities and the state to work towards transformation and ultimately progress. The success of the initiative was remarkable. It was instrumental to change the psychology of the farmers and motivate them. The local bottom-up approach addressed specifically the needs of the rural communities, by bettering the life and work conditions and strengthening cohesion. In only 20 years the rural poverty was significantly reduced and the country changed its developing status.

Rome, 23 Nov 2015. FAO released a new technical study “Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in Fisheries and Aquaculture: Available Methodologies and their Relevance for the Sector”. The publication offers an extensive overview of different methodologies to measure climate change vulnerability and their applicability to the different sectors and regions.

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