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The nexus between food and nutrition security, and migration: Clarifying the debate and charting a way forward.(Discussion Paper 212). Maastricht: ECDPM
Agroecology is our best option for creating an agrifood system capable of nurturing people, societies, and the planet. But it is still not widespread. Fertile Ground, edited by Groundswell International‘s Executive Director Steve Brescia, offers nine case studies authored by agroecologists from Afri…
In recent decades, the various strands of the food movement have made enormous strides in calling attention the many shortcomings and injustices of our food and agricultural system. However, the movement for fairer, healthier, and more autonomous food is continually blocked by one obstacle: land acc…
In 2015, India announced an ambitious goal of to increasing renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, with 100 GW of solar, 60 GW of wind, 10 GW of bioenergy and 5 GW of small hydro. That would mean increasing renewable power capacity fivefold in seven years, making India a clean energ…
AquaCrop is a crop-water productivity model developed by FAO’s Land and Water Division to address food security and assess the effect of the environment and management on crop production. AquaCrop simulates the yield response of herbaceous crops to water and is particularly well suited to conditions…
Drought, a devastating natural hazard, affects a significant proportion of the global population, particularly those living in semi-arid and arid regions. The consequences for agricultural communities can be stark, often reversing gains in food security and poverty, hampering efforts to reach SDG1 a…
Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by FAO. The WaPOR open-access database has gone live, tapping satellite data to help farmers achieve more reliable agricultural yields and allowing…
The Toolkit for the application of Green Negotiated Territorial Development, a new working paper from FAO’s Land and Water Division, sets out methods and tools to bring everybody together, gather the needed information and attain agreement on how to move forward.
Researchers have modelled the exposure to multiple hazards across different regions of Europe in relation to heat, cold, drought, wildfire, flooding and wind. The study indicated that, over the next century, environmental hazards are likely to increase, particularly along coastlines and on floodplai…
A new study has estimated how changes to climate might affect the value of European farmland. Based on data for over 41 000 farms, the results suggest that their economic value could drop by up to 32%, depending on the climate scenario considered. Farms in southern Europe are particularly sensitive…
IFLA Global Vision materials for self-facilitated discussions.The challenges facing the library field from ever-increasing globalisation can only be met and overcome by an inclusive, global response from a united library field. IFLA’s Global Vision discussion brings together thousands of representat…
Restoration is becoming an increasing global priority. Particularly in high impact developments like open cut mining, restoring ecosystems to pre-disturbance states is difficult but essential. Successful restoration of vegetation communities requires complex achievements of cover, density, community…
Industrial Policy in Developing Countries offers an in-depth assessment of both the potentials and perils of designing and implementing policy in countries at early stages of economic development. The range of insightful case studies illustrates the key dilemma: directing economic and social develop…
As a partner in phase 1 of the ACP MEAs programme the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Global Mechanism (UNCCDGM) was in charge of the sub-component “Combating desertification”. UNCCD-GM streamlines and prioritizes action to build scientific evidence and public awareness; advocate…
Experts, governments, UN Member States and other stakeholders met for the first informal thematic session in preparation for the intergovernmental conference on migration. Ahead of the second informal thematic session, organizers released a procedural note and inter-agency issues brief on 'Addressin…
Three Maps that Show the Tensions of Climate & Migration Research More information can be found here . Original source of the infographics can be found here .
The increase in global average air and sea temperatures, the prevalent melting of snow and ice, the intensification and high variability of extreme weather events, the acidification of the oceans, and the rising average global sea levels all bear witness to climate change. Climate change affects all…
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 4:29 - Get used to hearing the terms "Climate Migrant" or "Environmental Migrant" as each have become increasingly common across news headlines. We constantly hear or read about entire populations having to move from the places they inhabited all their lives to other locations…
ISO 14080: New standard set to play 'essential role' in climate agenda. A new international standard for climate action is set to play an "essential role" in helping businesses achieve emissions reductions in line with the Paris Agreement goals, according to industry experts
The new ISO 20400 standard provides guidelines for organisations wanting to integrate sustainability into their procurement processes.Organisations looking to integrate sustainability into procurement processes can now adopt the world's first international standard for sustainable procurement, which…
Land and Soil Actors Pilot Methodology for Global SDG Thematic Reviews. Participants at this year’s Global Soil Week (GSW) will convene a series of “Thematic Review LABs,” using an integrative land and soil perspective, as a contribution to thematic reviews to be undertaken at this year’s High-level…
In the Gulu District of Uganda villagers learn permagardening, which integrates water-saving practices, soil fertility, companion-planting knowledge, and enriched raised beds. Around the world, farmers are walking away from lands that were once cultivated or grazed because those lands have been “far…
Seventy-five percent of EU inhabitants depend on groundwater for their water supply, which makes groundwater management extremely important. To manage groundwater effectively during drought periods like 2015, data about groundwater levels are needed in (near-) real time. However, observations of gro…
A new guidance document has been developed to support the design of well-balanced strategies for Integrated Flood Management. “This guidance document serves as the operational link between the policy and tool papers previously published by the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM),” said J…
Chatham House has recently released https://resourcetrade.earth - a new website offering comprehensive and accessible data and insights into the dynamics of global resource trade, including agricultural, fishery and forestry products, fossil fuels, metals and other minerals, and pearls and gemstones…