On my way to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this morning I passed by a small food growing space set up by local residents. Onion leaves could be spotted popping out of the soil. Only a few inches away were the graffitied walls of the busy train station. Quite a contrast! But -- what… Continue reading Sowing the seeds of change: urban food policies
The Zero Hunger Race – one, two, three, GO!
Transforming rural, agricultural and food systems The race to feed the world’s population has started, Preeti Ahuja, Sector Manager for the World Bank, told those gathered at a Side Event of the 43rd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The topic of the event, “Policies for Effective Rural Transformation, Agricultural and Food… Continue reading The Zero Hunger Race – one, two, three, GO!
Two bees, or not two bees; that is the question
...And it's a matter of perspective. “If no one is to be left behind, all relevant actors are to be heard,” José Graziano da Silva, Director General of theFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), told those at the opening of the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS43). It… Continue reading Two bees, or not two bees; that is the question
This week marked a milestone for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). For the first time since its reform, it recognised the role of livestock in addressing malnutrition, sustainable agriculture and climate change. Two years ago CFS asked the High Level Panel of Experts to prepare a report on sustainable agricultural development for food… Continue reading Livestock counts
Ranging “from too little to too much”: Malnutrition is complex
Leaving the opening plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which took place in Rome today, one of the aspects discussed there stuck with me like a gum on the sole of my shoe: the complexity of malnutrition. Because, while there are more than 800 million hungry people around the world (one… Continue reading Ranging “from too little to too much”: Malnutrition is complex
Forward to the past
Developing and agreeing on policies for food security is just the beginning. During this first day of the Committee on World Food Security, numerous members of the plenary addressed the following question: “what is the next step?” Scientists around the world are developing innovative and modern techniques to improve crop yields, their nutrition content and… Continue reading Forward to the past
Trust, togetherness and tea: Adding value back into collaboration
“Collaboration” is a pretty simple concept, isn’t it? We all know what being “inclusive” means. Or do we? Words get tossed around and jargon changes over time, but we would all agree that we come together as development practitioners because we want to reach a goal for the common good. Our ultimate goal is to… Continue reading Trust, togetherness and tea: Adding value back into collaboration
Time for a holistic approach to rural poverty
Can we be more innovative in how we approach rural transformation? That was the key question in my mind after attending a Side Event on the topic, part of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held in Rome this week. The event, “Policies for Effective Rural Transformation, Agricultural and Food System Transition"… Continue reading Time for a holistic approach to rural poverty
Join the #CFS43 social media bootcamp!
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) are joining forces to extend the social media outreach for 43rd session of the CFS (#CFS43). #CFS43 will be held in Rome on 17-21 October 2016. CFS is the foremost inclusive platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure… Continue reading Join the #CFS43 social media bootcamp!