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Action Plan for the implementation of the FAO Strategy on Mainstreaming Biodiversity Across Agricultural Sectors 2024–2027
The Action Plan for the implementation of the FAO Strategy on Mainstreaming Biodiversity across Agricultural Sectors 2024–2027 reflects experiences gained from the implementation of the 2021–2023 Action Plan. It takes into account the Framework for Action on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, endorsed by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) and by the Council in 2021. It is aligned with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), adopted by the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in December 2022.In alignment with the FAO Strategy on Mainstreaming Biodiversity across Agricultural Sectors, FAO implements the Action Plan based on the principles of effective governance, partnerships, a knowledge-based approach, inclusiveness, and gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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FAO publications catalogue 2023
This catalogue aims to improve the dissemination and outreach of FAO’s knowledge products and overall publishing programme. By providing information on its key publications in every area of FAO’s work, and catering to a range of audiences, it thereby contributes to all organizational outcomes. From statistical analysis to specialized manuals to children’s books, FAO publications cater to a diverse range of audiences. This catalogue presents a selection of FAO’s main publications, produced in 2023 or earlier, ranging from its global reports and general interest publications to numerous specialized titles. In addition to the major themes of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, it also includes thematic sections on climate change, economic and social development, and food safety and nutrition.
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The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security 2023
Disasters are resulting in unprecedented levels of destruction across the world. These shocks and disruptions affect the functioning and sustainability of agricultural production and threaten the livelihoods of millions of people reliant on agrifood systems.Reducing the impact of disasters in agriculture requires a better understanding of the extent to which these events produce negative impacts in agriculture and necessitates an investigation into the underlying risks that make agriculture vulnerable to the effects of disasters.The FAO flagship report on ‘The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security’ provides a timely and comprehensive overview of how disasters are affecting agriculture and food security around the world.Building on previous work of the FAO on this topic, the report estimates losses caused by disasters on agricultural production over the past three decades and delves into the diverse threats and impacts affecting the crops, livestock, forestry, and fisheries and aquaculture subsectors. It analyzes the complex interplay of underlying risks, such as climate change, pandemics, epidemics and armed conflicts, and how they drive disaster risk in agriculture and agrifood systems at large.The report provides examples of actions and strategies for investing in resilience and proactively addressing risks in agriculture. It demonstrates ways to mainstream disaster risk into agricultural practices and policies and calls for a deeper understanding of the context in which these solutions are implemented.
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Agrifood solutions to climate change
Amid a worsening climate crisis and slow progress in cutting greenhouse gases, sustainable agrifood systems practices can help countries and communities to adapt, build resilience and mitigate emissions, ensuring food security and nutrition for a growing global population. FAO is working with countries and partners from government to community level to simultaneously address the challenges of food security, climate change and biodiversity loss.But none of this will ultimately succeed unless the world commits to a significant increase in the quality and quantity of climate finance.

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    Respecting free, prior and informed consent
    Practical guidance for governments, companies, NGOs, indigenous peoples and local communities in relation to land acquisition
    2014
    Improving governance of tenure is the objective of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Guidelines), which serve as a reference and set out principles and internationally accepted standards for responsible practices. The Guidelines state that responsible investments should do no harm, safeguard against dispossession of legitimate tenure right holders and environmental damage, and should respect human rights. This technical guide on Respecting free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) sets out practical actions for government agencies to respect and protect FPIC and for civil society organizations, land users and private investors globally to comply with their responsibilities in relation to FPIC, as endorsed by the Guidelines.
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    The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2024
    Blue Transformation in action
    2024
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    The 2024 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture features the Blue Transformation in action, illustrated by activities and initiatives, led by FAO in collaboration with Members, partners and key stakeholders, to integrate aquatic foods into global food security and sustainability, enhance policy advocacy, scientific research and capacity building, disseminate sustainable practices and technological innovations, and support community involvement. Part 1 of this edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture benefits from significant improvements in data collection, analytical and assessment tools and methodologies to present the most up-to-date review of world fisheries and aquaculture production and utilization. Part 2 highlights the role of FAO and its partners to catalyse the transformational changes required to support aquaculture expansion and intensification, effective management of global fisheries and upgrading of aquatic value chains. Part 3 covers the high-impact challenges and opportunities of the untapped potential of utilizing whole fish and by-products to improve food security and nutrition, expounds on the role of aquatic food systems in providing critical climate, biodiversity and environmentally sound solutions, and highlights the importance of their integration into national and multilateral processes. It also presents an outlook on future trends up to 2032 based on projections. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2024 provides the most up-to-date and evidence-based information, supporting policy, scientific and technical insights on challenges, opportunities and innovations shaping the present and future of the sector, for the benefit of a wide and expanding audience of policymakers, managers, scientists, fishers, farmers, traders, civil society activists and consumers.
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    Compulsory acquisition of land and compensation 2008
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    Compulsory acquisition is the power of government to acquire private rights in land without the willing consent of the owner or occupant in order to benefit society and is often necessary for social and economic development and the protection of the natural environment. The exercise of these powers is frequently contentious and problematic. The guide explains what compulsory acquisition and compensation are, and what constitutes good practice in this area, examining the consequences of poor legi slation, procedures and implementation. It is likely to be of most use in countries that are seeking to understand good practice in this area and to improve their own legislation, procedures and implementation in compulsory purchase and compensation in the interests of society as a whole.
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    Free Prior and Informed Consent: An indigenous peoples’ right and a good practice for local communities 2016

    This Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Manual is designed as a tool for project practitioners of a broad range of projects and programmes of any development organization, by providing information about the right to FPIC and how it can be implemented in six steps.

    In an FPIC process, the “how”, “when” and “with and by whom”, are as important as “what” is being proposed. For an FPIC process to be effective and result in consent or lack of it, the way in which the process is conducted is paramount. The time allocated for the discussions among the indigenous peoples, the cultural appropriateness of the way the information is conveyed, and the involvement of the whole community, including key groups like women, the elderly and the youth in the process, are all essential. A thorough and well carried FPIC process helps guarantee everyone’s right to self-determination, allowing them to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

    This FPIC Manual will ena ble field practitioners to incorporate FPIC into project and programmes’ design and implementation, ensuring that indigenous peoples’ rights are duly respected. FPIC can be considered the “gold standard” because it allows for the highest form of participation of local stakeholders in development projects.

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    The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2023
    Urbanization, agrifood systems transformation and healthy diets across the rural–urban continuum
    2023
    This report provides an update on global progress towards the targets of ending hunger (SDG Target 2.1) and all forms of malnutrition (SDG Target 2.2) and estimates on the number of people who are unable to afford a healthy diet. Since its 2017 edition, this report has repeatedly highlighted that the intensification and interaction of conflict, climate extremes and economic slowdowns and downturns, combined with highly unaffordable nutritious foods and growing inequality, are pushing us off track to meet the SDG 2 targets. However, other important megatrends must also be factored into the analysis to fully understand the challenges and opportunities for meeting the SDG 2 targets. One such megatrend, and the focus of this year’s report, is urbanization. New evidence shows that food purchases in some countries are no longer high only among urban households but also among rural households. Consumption of highly processed foods is also increasing in peri-urban and rural areas of some countries. These changes are affecting people’s food security and nutrition in ways that differ depending on where they live across the rural–urban continuum. This timely and relevant theme is aligned with the United Nations General Assembly-endorsed New Urban Agenda, and the report provides recommendations on the policies, investments and actions needed to address the challenges of agrifood systems transformation under urbanization and to enable opportunities for ensuring access to affordable healthy diets for everyone.

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    Evaluation of certain veterinary drug residues in food: Ninety-eighth report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives
    WHO Technical Report Series, No. 1055.
    2024
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    This report represents the conclusions of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) convened to evaluate the safety of veterinary drug residues in food: clopidol, imidacloprid and fumagillin. Annexed to this report is a summary of the Committee’s recommendations on these drugs discussed at the ninety-eighth meeting, including acceptable daily intakes (ADIs), acute reference doses (ARfDs), estimated dietary exposure and proposed maximum residue limits (MRLs). Summaries are also provided for general considerations around the matters of interest arising from previous sessions of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF), update of Guidance for the Safety Evaluation of Residues of Veterinary Drugs with incomplete data packages, and release of JECFA Toolbox for Veterinary Drug Residues Risk Assessment.This volume and others in the WHO Technical Report Series contain infrmation that is useful to those who produce and use veterinary drugs, and those involved with controlling contaminants in food, government and food regulatory officers, industrial testing laboratories, toxicological laboratories and universities.
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    Bulletin de suivi et analyse des prix alimentaires (FPMA) #5 FR, 11 juin 2024
    Rapport mensuel sur les tendances des prix alimentaires
    2024
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    Les prix internationaux de toutes les principales céréales ont augmenté en mai 2024. Les prix à l’exportation du blé ont enregistré des hausses prononcées, reflétant les préoccupations suscitées par les répercussions des conditions de culture défavorables dans les principaux pays producteurs, tandis que les prix à l’exportation du maïs ont augmenté en raison de divers facteurs. L’indice FAO des prix du riz a également augmenté en mai, sous l’effet d’une hausse des cours du riz Indica. Dans de nombreux pays qui font l’objet d’un suivi de la FAO, les prix intérieurs des denrées alimentaires de base sont restés élevés en avril et mai 2024, soutenus par des évènements météorologiques défavorables, des perturbations des chaînes d’approvisionnement causées par des conflits et des difficultés macroéconomiques qui ont contribué à l’augmentation des coûts de distribution des denrées alimentaires. Les effets persistants des conflits prolongés et l’insécurité sont restés des facteurs majeurs de la hausse des prix des denrées alimentaires en Haïti, au Myanmar, au Soudan du Sud, au Soudan et dans les pays du Sahel. En Afrique australe et en Argentine, les prévisions de contraction de la production de maïs par rapport à l’année précédente ont maintenu des pressions à la hausse sur les prix, alors que les récoltes sont en cours. En Amérique du Sud et en Extrême-Orient, les prix du riz ont généralement augmenté en glissement annuel dans les principaux pays producteurs, malgré les pressions à la baisse exercées par les récoltes saisonnières.
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    Monthly price update. Oilseeds, Oils and Meals, No. 179 | June 2024 2024
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    The Monthly Price Update is an information product provided by the oilseeds desk of the Markets and Trade Division of FAO. It reviews the development of international prices for oilseeds, oils and meals as reflected by FAO’s price indices. In May 2024, the FAO price indices for oilseeds and oilmeals rebounded after declining continuously since December 2023. By contrast, the vegetable oil price index contracted from April following two months of strengthening. The indices for oilseeds and oilmeals remained moderately below their respective levels of a year ago, while the vegetable oil index stood 7.7 percent above its year-earlier level.
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    The hidden beauty of the northern Mozambique seafloor / A beleza oculta do fundo do mar do Norte de Moçambique 2024
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    In 2018, the state-of-the-art research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen of the EAF-Nansen Programme conducted a survey of the waters off the coast of northern Mozambique, using its advanced technology and equipment to collect data and information on the resources in the area. The expedition provided a great opportunity to bring this ocean area to the attention of scientists and ocean enthusiasts, both to increase knowledge of its beauty and raise awareness of the challenges it faces. Using the findings from the research survey, this book will take you on a journey through the marine landscape. You will learn about the diversity of its unique and beautiful fauna, as well as signs of human impacts on the habitats and species of the Cabo Delgado province.Em 2018, o navio de investigação de última geração Dr. Fridtjof Nansen do Programa EAF-Nansen realizou um levantamento científico das águas ao largo da costa Norte de Moçambique, usando a sua tecnologia e equipamentos avançados para recolher dados e informações sobre os recursos na área. A expedição proporcionou uma grande oportunidade para chamar a atenção de cientistas e entusiastas do oceano para esta região oceânica, tanto para aumentar o conhecimento sobre a sua beleza quanto para sensibilizar para os desafios que esta enfrenta. Usando os resultados obtidos durante o cruzeiro de investigação, este livro irá levá-lo numa uma viagem pela paisagem marinha. Irá aprender sobre a diversidade da sua fauna única e bela, assim como sobre os sinais dos impactos humanos nos habitats e espécies da província de Cabo Delgado.
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    Circular CFP LIX (59) - Junio de 2024 2024
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    La Circular CFP es un documento clave en virtud del Convenio de Rotterdam, tanto para la operación del procedimiento de consentimiento fundamentado previo como un mecanismo para el intercambio de información. Se publica en junio y diciembre en inglés, francés y español. Se realiza conjuntamente con la Secretaría del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente de los Convenios de Basel, Rotterdam y Estocolmo en Ginebra. Apoya directamente al indicador del Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible 2.3.1, ayudando a las partes interesadas a implementar instrumentos internacionales.