With the aim of assuring crop diversity and farmers’ resilience, FAO today published the Voluntary Guidelines for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Farmers Varieties/Landraces, which advises countries on how to develop national plans to conserve these critical resources.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm (EDT)
IFPRI, Washington, D.C. 

Food systems in developing countries are undergoing a rapid transformation shaped by global and regional events. But country actions will be critical in shaping future food system outcomes. 

Some countries are taking a systemic approach to assessing and acting on food system transformation—considering consumption and food environments, food supply and sustainability, health, and socioeconomic outcomes.

This seminar will introduce this approach, and representatives from Nigeria and Viet Nam will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and trade-offs they encounter in enabling food system actors in their countries. A panel will share insights into how food systems can develop in a healthy, sustainable, and equitable way.

Live webcast and post-event viewing available here.

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The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) today approved $161 million in funding to support climate resilient projects in Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal.
The prevalence of adult obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean has tripled since 1975, affecting one in four adults in a region where hunger has grown once again, reaching 42.5 million people, according to a new United Nations report issued today, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2019.
FAO and Russia’s non-governmental organization “Russian Geographical Society” (RGS) are stepping up efforts to facilitate technical expertise and knowledge exchange in the field of forestry, conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, climate change and other areas of mutual interest.
The Director-General gave the keynote speech to the Vatican's Conference on Food Loss and Waste Reduction hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Rome. Pope Francis has described food waste as scandalous and called for urgent economic and social initiatives to end hunger
International co-operation and information sharing was essential for saving plants and ensuring crop diversity to protect farmers’ livelihoods, FAO’s Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, said today.
FAO today launched a new $7.1 million project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to make forest data more accessible, transparent and available, and, in particular, help developing countries to meet the Paris Climate Agreement’s enhanced transparency requirements.

11-22 November 2019
Chile

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World meat production is expected to decline in 2019 for the first time in more than two decades, as the African Swine Fever outbreak in China decimates pig herds. Output is forecast to drop 1.0 percent from the previous year, according to the FAO Food Outlook published today.