The agreement, signed in Brussels on the side-lines of the high-level event on Food and Agriculture in Times of Crises, marks the beginning of a formal collaboration in the areas of migration and rural development, with a focus on diaspora-related issues and agribusiness.
The body charged with keeping plant pests and diseases at bay and trade in plants safe adopted new international measures to prevent pests from crossing borders and spreading. The standards, including protocols to block highly invasive pests such as Xylella fastidiosa and the oriental fruit fly, were approved during the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures’ (CPM) annual meeting this week.

3 and 4 April 2019
WICC Wageningen, the Netherlands

In order to deliver on the 2030 SDG- Agenda, we need to improve on the performance of food systems. 'Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals cannot happen without ending hunger and malnutrition and without having sustainable and resilient, climate-compatible agriculture and food systems that deliver for people and planet. (Source: UN Zero Hunger Challenge - ZHC).

Better understanding of and support for inclusive and sustainable food systems is needed for improved food systems. What effective role should monitoring and evaluation play in this? New evaluation approaches need to be developed to cope with the dynamic and complex nature of food systems, which feature multiple perspectives, multiple levels, multiple actors with multiple goals operating in multiple sectors.  

The main question of the conference is: “How should and can monitoring and evaluation support the transition towards inclusive and sustainable food systems?”


  • How should M&E support food system change, in all its multiple levels, with actors in multiple sectors with multiple incentives and goals?
  • How should M&E also engage with and assist the inevitable trade-offs between competing and perhaps contradictory consequences?

A working conference

The conference will be a working conference, where space is created to share, dialogue and co-create, so as to connect different perspectives, models and experiences on M&E that support inclusive and sustainable food systems. We will use a systems perspective and methods for pulling together ideas generated in the conference. This conference builds on the WUR SDG conference focusing on SDG2 and SDG 17, building alliances between different partners that work towards inclusive and sustainable food systems, where M&E can and should play a crucial supportive role.

The conference aims to generate practical ideas and partnerships for monitoring and evaluation based on principles that support of transition towards inclusive and sustainable food systems.

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Call for papers is on Sustainable Food Systems and Diets - Deadline: 1 June 2019

The Global Food Security Journal is calling for papers on sustainable diets and food systems to help further the discussions and debate. Manuscript submissions could include sub-topics that cut across multiple spatial and time scales from global to local, that involve multiple demographic populations living in different environments (i.e. urban or rural), and that highlight multiple entry points across food systems (i.e. the middle of the value chain). Issues of equity, gender, economics, and behavioral economics, which the Commission report did not cover, will be considered.
Manuscript ideas or abstracts can be submitted to Editor-in-Chief, Jess Fanzo at Manuscripts should be a maximum of 4,000 words and should be framed as state-of-the-art reviews, perspectives opinions and debates that synthesize, extend or critique the potential of the achieving sustainable diets and food systems.

Call for Papers on “new technologies for food security and nutrition in the 21st century” - Deadline: 1 August 2019

Manuscript submissions should include the exploration, use, benefits and potential challenges of game-changing technologies that will transform food supply chains, consumer access to food, and even, utilization of foods across a range of high-, middle- and low-income countries. Technologies and innovation could cover artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, intelligent sensors, digital agriculture and nutrition tools, plant and nutri genomics (i.e. personalized nutrition), food tracking and tracing technologies, vertical farming and “agritechture,” bioeconomy, consumer apps and technology in improving access including acceptance, distribution, and shopping (ie walk in walk out technology and driver-less technology), smart phone food image recognition, microbiomics (soils, crops, animals and humans), and lab grown meats and alternative proteins to name just a few.
Manuscript ideas or abstracts can be submitted to Editor-in-Chief, Jess Fanzo at Manuscripts should be a maximum of 4,000 words, and should be framed as state of the art reviews of the new technology or perspectives opinions and debates that synthesize, extend or critique the potential of the technologies.

Around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017. However, the number of people in the world facing food crises has remained well over 100 million in the last three years, and the number of countries affected has risen. Moreover, an additional 143 million people in another 42 countries are just one step away from facing acute hunger.
Nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger are in just 8 countries
: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In 17 countries, acute hunger either remained the same or increased. Climate and natural disasters pushed another 29 million people into acute food insecurity in 2018. And 13 countries - including North Korea and Venezuela - are not in the analysis because of data gaps.

The report's findings are a powerful call for strengthened cooperation that links together prevention, preparedness and response to address urgent humanitarian needs and root causes, which include climate change, economic shocks, conflict and displacement. It further highlights the need for a unified approach and action across the humanitarian and development dimensions of food crises, and for more investment in conflict mitigation and sustainable peace.

The Global Report is produced each year by the Global Network Against Food Crises, which is made up of international humanitarian and development partners. This year's report is being presented at a two-day high-level event, ‘Food and agriculture in times of crisis' (2-3 April 2019, Brussels), and will look at innovative approaches and solutions for preventing and addressing food crises, plus a roadmap for joint future action.

For more key findings from the report, see the Global Report fact sheet.

Full report

"Access to clean water and sanitation is essential for life, and it is the basis for maintaining a healthy life and helping millions of people out of poverty and hunger," Graziano da Silva wrote in a letter to the pontiff on 1 April.
The Global Report on Food Crises 2019 presented today jointly by the European Union, FAO, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds that around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017.

2-3 April, 2019
Geneva, Switzerland

This two-day conference will look at the progress made on SDG 10, which calls for reduced inequalities. The outcomes from this conference will be used as inputs in preparation for the UN High Level Political Forum on empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality to be held in July 2019.

This event will take stock of the progress toward achieving SDG 10 and will particularly focus on issues related to within-country inequalities. Participants will share knowledge about success stories, good practices, and challenges, and identify areas of concern. The meeting, jointly organized by the World Bank and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), will help inform the 2019 UN High Level Political Forum to be held in July and serve to influence collaboration and programmes on inequality going forward from 2019.

Agenda of the meeting

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1-3 April 2019
UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UNFCCC will convene the first global multi-stakeholder conference on synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change that will serve as an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on SDG 13 (climate action) ahead of in-depth review of SDG 13 by the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2019.

The ‘Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference’ aims to promote action around the SDGs and climate change, and deliver a set of concrete recommendations for strengthening the interlinkages between the SDGs and climate action.

This EGM is part of a series of preparatory meetings for the SDGs under review.

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