The FAO Food Price Index averaged 160.1 points for the month of November, down 1.3 percent from October and 8.5 percent from a year earlier.

Deadline: 13 December 2018

The Sustainable Food Systems Programme of the UN One Planet Network has launched the online consultation Towards a common understanding of Sustainable Food Systems. This work is in support of the development of a publication on Key Approaches, Concepts and Terms in Relation to Sustainable Food Systems to help reach a common understanding of the challenges faced in the transformation of our food systems. Through this consultation we invite you to share your comments on the V 1.0 draft of the publication to help ensure that key concepts and principal components of a sustainable food systems approach are adequately reflected.

The discussion is also available in French and Spanish on the FSN Forum website and we welcome comments in any of the six UN-languages.

To take part, share your comments on the  FSN Forum website or send them to fsn-moderator@fao.org by 13 December 2018.

We look forward to receiving your inputs and please do not hesitate to extend this invitation to your friends and colleagues.

ANKARA – An art exhibition created by women refugees in Turkey opened on Wednesday at Istanbul’s Yenikapı subway station, a major transit hub. Part of a three-month art initiative, it’s funded by a European Union assistance programme for refugees across Turkey.
Urgent action is needed to address soil pollution and contain the multiple threats it poses to global food safety and food security, said FAO today marking World Soil Day.
The contribution will help farmers to enhance their capacities in soil condition assessment and informed decision-making regarding sustainable soil management, particularly soil fertility, as well as facilitate knowledge exchange among farmers.
JAKARTA, INDONESIA – The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Indonesia are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their partnership this month, and remain committed to working together to address hunger and malnutrition and reach Zero Hunger across the archipelago by 2030.
Hanoi – A report launched today by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Viet Nam found that rural livelihoods in Viet Nam are highly sensitive to climate change, especially in the northern mountainous regions and the central highlands. The report also found that resilience must be boosted to safeguard food security and nutrition progress made in recent years.

Open until 7 January 2019.

During its 45th Plenary Session (15-20 October 2018), the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested its High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a short report (around 20 pages, approximately 20 000 words) entitled “Food Security and Nutrition: Building a global narrative towards 2030” to be presented by the first semester 2020.

 To implement this CFS request, the HLPE is launching an open e-consultation to seek views and comments on the following scope and building blocks of the report, outlined below. To participate, please visit the dedicated HLPE e-consultation website: http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/cfs-hlpe/discussions/global_FSN_narrative

 Comments can be submitted online, by mail to FSN-moderator@fao.org, or directly to the HLPE Secretariat at cfs-hlpe@fao.org.

The e-Consultation will be running until 7 January 2019

For more information visit the HLPE website

3 December 2018, 9.00-10.30 CET at IFAD HQ – Oval Room and via webcast

The event will present the Nutrition-sensitive value chains: A guide for project design, a practical guide that describes a step-by-step approach for designing NSVC projects, drawing on the latest research and field-tested approaches in Indonesia and Nigeria. The event will also highlight the collection of materials IFAD has produced to support development of NSVC projects, including a technical Research Paper describing the underlying framework and practitioner-friendly summaries of the results of applying the approach in Indonesia and Nigeria.  

The guide's authors, Isabel de la Peña (Nutrition and Value Chain Specialist, IFAD-ECG Consultant) and James Garrett (Senior Research Fellow, Bioversity International) will present key features of the guide and the approach. IFAD colleagues who participated in the process of developing the guide will also describe their experiences. 

The full set of publications can be accessed through the links below: 

o   Nutrition-sensitive value chains: A guide for project design Volume I and Volume II

o   IFAD Research paper: Nutrition-sensitive value chain from a smallholder perspective: A framework for project design

o   Nutrition-sensitive value chains – Country Brochures for Nigeria and Indonesia

 

 

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today called on countries to urgently address all forms of malnutrition, during his opening address to FAO’s Council, the organization’s executive body.