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Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

We have 18 items tagged with ‘Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)’.
  • Central Malawi: Belia Sikelo farms groundnuts using 'conservation agriculture', a set of practices including no-till farming, designed improve soil structure and help resist erosion. (Photo: T. Samson/CIMMYT)

    2015: the International Year of Soils

    The UN has formally launched 2015 as the International Year of Soils. Much of IIED's work involves soils, including our work on agroecology, food and agriculture, biodiversity, adaptation to climate change, and drylands

    9 April 2015 | Article | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Northern Ghana: a village chief learns forestry skills. Rural communities need investment to build up forest and farm enterprises and link them to markets and support networks (Photo: Treeaid, via Creative Commons)

    It's time for revolution in forest business

    Where will the investment come from to scale up successful locally controlled forestry? That was the question facing participants at a recent South-North Dialogue in Helsinki, Finland

    17 November 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Leaders of the Southern Aberdare Conservation Network (SACN) discussing support from the Forest and Farm Facility (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Taking the brakes off forest farm development in Kenya

    Kenya needs to fix a wood demand-supply gap of 12 million m³ per year. So the launch of the Forest Farm Facility in Nariobi on 6 November was timely

    11 November 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • A community protests against illegal land development in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia (Photo: World Resources Institute via Flickr)

    Understanding growing pressures on land: 'land grabbing' and beyond

    Land is central to livelihoods, culture and identity for millions of people across the developing world. But there is growing concern that people's connection to their land is being undermined

    13 October 2014 | Project | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Large scale oil palm plantations in Borneo. It is estimated that two thirds of Indonesia’s palm oil production is managed by multinational companies (Photo: Rainforest Action Network via Creative Commons)

    Accountability in agricultural investment chains

    Many countries have seen large-scale acquisitions of land for plantation agriculture. Improving accountability is critical to ensure that investment processes respond to local needs and aspirations

    9 October 2014 | Project | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Delegates at the international symposium on agroecology (Photo: John Choptiany/FAO)

    Agroecology offers FAO a 'new window' on agriculture

    Long-neglected by mainstream development actors, agroecology is gaining momentum as a farming and landscape approach – as a recent Food and Agriculture Organisation symposium demonstrates

    2 October 2014 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Forests image

    New roadmap for boosting small-scale and family forest producers

    30 June 2014, Rome – Indigenous peoples, local communities and private smallholders own or manage a growing proportion of the world's forests and can play a significant role in tac

    30 June 2014 | News | Forests
  • This family in the Mecati Forest, Mozambique, cut down trees and cleared the land on this hillside to grow a crop of cowpeas. They will use this land for two more years, use the cut timber for firewood, and them move on (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    2014: the International Year of Family Farming

    See how IIED's work during the International Year of Family Farming helped to raise the profile of family and smallholder farming and its contribution to eradicating hunger, reducing rural poverty and more

    22 April 2014 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • This week in Myanmar, pictured, the Forest Farm Facility is funding a national exchange between forest and farm producer groups and many other producer groups (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Forest and Farm Facility: Getting resources to those who matter

    Improving the participation of rural people has been in vogue for years, often with limited success. Here's one scheme that lives up to the hype by involving forest and farm producers on their own terms

    24 March 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Unleashing the economic power of forest lands through producer organisations

    The plan is an outcome of a conference, aptly named 'Strength in numbers', which took

    5 December 2013 | News | Forests
  • Countryside in Guangxi Autonomous Region, China. Photo: Duncan Macqueen

    Strength in numbers: The promise of forest producer organisations

    Organisations of forest farmers have much to offer society — if they get the support they need from governments, donors, the private sector and NGOs.

    28 November 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • Tested tools for righting resource wrongs

    A new publication provides communities and nongovernmental organisations with effective tools to secure equitable access to land and other natural resources.

    14 October 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • Group of participants stand for a picture during the International Forest Connect workshop in Nepal in February 2013.

    Forest Connect

    To restore forests and get out of poverty, rural communities need the knowledge and connections to build flourishing enterprises. Forest landscapes are among the most isolated and marginalised areas in the world, where land, food and energy security and income generation are pressing concerns. Achieving sustainable development in the forest landscape while addressing those immediate needs is a complex challenge that requires joined-up efforts

    12 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Drying medicinal plants, the knowledge of which is passed down through generations. In South Asia alone, there are more than 8,000 plant species with known medicinal value.Photo: Bioversity International/B. Sthapit

    Sustaining local food systems and agricultural biodiversity

    How and under what conditions can decentralised governance, capacity building and participation by farmers promote food systems that adapt to changing conditions and climates and maintain agricultural biodiversity?

    15 August 2013 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Roasted coffee beans.

    World Food Day: how do you keep co-operatives competitive?

    The Food and Agriculture Organization's 2012 World Food Day focuses on co-operatives.This time around co-operatives need to be what the small-scale farmers actually want. Sometimes that means something quite informal.

    15 October 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Logs from a community-managed forest in Ethiopia.

    Rio+20: Forests form important foundation for a green economy

    The potential role of the forest sector in emerging bio-economies is immense. Vietnam has spotted the potential and is driving the sustainable management and expansion of its forests.

    26 June 2012 | Blog | Forests
  • Agricultural development: business as usual is not an option

    Following the 2008 global food price hikes and riots, national governments and transnational corporations are increasingly interested in investing in large-scale African agricultural projects. While these land acquisitions gather pace, 925 million people remain undernourished worldwide, with 239 million living in sub-Saharan Africa. In this new context, the question is not only how sustainable large-scale industrial agriculture is, but also what model of food production and farming is most effective in addressing the question of hunger – and for whom.

    5 April 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Local voice, global forest, local forest, global voice

    Who had heard of G3 eighteen months ago? Nobody, because it didn’t exist.Yet an alliance known as The Three Rights Holders Group has had a strong presence at COP 16 in Cancun, manning an information booth and participating in various panels.The group’s message was a simple one, advocating for sustainable forest management and locally controlled forestry as a vital component in any realistic strategy going forward to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.So who is this group and where has it come from?

    17 January 2011 | Blog | Forests
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