Online, 2 Dec 2015. In preparation for the COP21 CGIAR released an InfoNote that analyses the importance of agriculture the counties attribute to their Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions (INDC) strategies. The analysis found out that the majority of the countries prioritise mitigation and adaptation in agriculture. Mostly the successes in these strategies are made conditional to financial and technical support.

New York, 30 Nov 2015. The economic growth in the Least Developed Countries has slowed down since 2012. In 2014 the average growth rate of LDCs was 5.5 per cent. Their account deficit has also reached record level last year. The main source of investment remains ODA, supported by migrants’ remittances and foreign direct investment. The Least Developed Countries Report concludes that the post-2015 Agenda will open the possibilities for new and different approach to development policies in LDCs.

Online, 30 Nov 2015. The Paris Climate Change summit COP21 might set the ‚new normal‘ in climate finance. With the post-2015 development agenda a more comprehensive financial and energy systems will be needed to achieve the global sustainable goals. A new on the Global Landscape of Climate Finance 2015 concludes that public climate finance is on the rise – a sign that climate action is becoming more and more part of the countries’ national interests. Private climate change investments in renewable energy also grew by 26%. But technical expertise and risk assessment remain challenges to private investments.

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.

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