Enhancing the contribution of family farmers to sustainable development

Family farmers need enabling public policies and legal frameworks that will “allow them to adapt and flourish in today’s changing environment” and maximize their contribution to sustainable development, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Tuesday.

He made the remarks at the launch of the UN Decade of Family Farming on the sidelines of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York.

The event saw the participation of the heads of FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which lead the implementation of the Decade, co-organizers Costa Rica and France, as well as La Via Campesina, the World Rural Forum and the World Farmers’ Organization among others.

“We need to reform our food systems and link the activities of the Decade of Family Farming with the Decade of Action on Nutrition. Family farmers are the ones who produce healthy foods. They can save us from the epidemic of obesity, and we need them for healthy diets,” Graziano Da Silva said.

Read the full story here: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1202098/icode/

Nominations Open for ESMRC Science Advisors

The Ecosystem Services Market Research Consortium (ESMRC) seeks nominations to form an inaugural team of science advisors to participate in ESMRC Working Groups. ESMRC Working Groups will provide expert insight and advice on the ESMRC research and demonstration agenda and activities to develop advanced ecosystem services markets for agriculture.

The submission deadline for nominations of working group science advisors is Friday 13 September 2019. Please click here to access the ESMRC Call for Nominations For Working Group Science Advisors; an ESMRC Working Group Science Advisor Nomination Form; a Bio-sketch form;  and additional information on ESMRC Working Groups.

Ethical Corporation Magazine-Saving Our Soils

This month we have a fresh look for the magazine and a fresh angle on one of the most important issues facing responsible business, the sustainability of our food and agriculture systems.

Rather than the hi tech side of climate-smart agriculture, this month’s magazine looks at the companies, NGOs, and multi-stakeholder organisations, that aim to feed the world sustainably through regenerative agriculture methods and boosting soil health.

Amy Brown provides an overview of the challenges with food security and nutrition at risk from climate change, biodiversity loss and a world population that is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. She also features the farmers who are ploughing a new furrow of regenerative agriculture in the US, and looks at what is behind the growing plant-based diets movement.

Read the full story here: https://events.ethicalcorp.com/reports/docs/239879/magazine-june-2019.pdf