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    Framework perspective on local participation in policy: Views through FAO experience 2007
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    The goal of this exercise is to identify some of the tools a development agent needs for achieving effective local participation in policy development. The intended audiences are FAO professionals and their colleagues, in other agencies and in the field programs. This paper uses an analogy of walking and climbing to separate the familiar project experiences (the walking) from the less-known territory of policy influence (the climbing). This exercise is unusual in that it looks back at a number of field experiences that were not formulated with a focus on local participation in policy development (no one started out with the intention to climb). From a research perspective we attempted to understand processes after the fact rather than following them as they developed, and we leaned on fields such as organizational management that deal with such challenges on a regular basis. The case studies here were written with the aim of learning about the participatory policy development processes that took place around and within the contexts of the FAO projects. The majority of selected cases constitute a series of projects that started with a technical orientation (e.g. food security) and over time began to appreciate the significance of the policy context as an area where the project could play a direct role. All projects contributed by creating new capacities at the individual and organizational levels. They created networking opportunities (spaces) w hereby different stakeholders gained a voice. While many of those spaces were temporary, their very existence established both a precedent and a sense of what is possible. However, by not having an explicit “policy influence” agenda, the projects may have missed opportunities to document and report on some of these achievements. In the analogy: the walker may have climbed without knowing he followed good practices because he did not know their name, or their foundation.
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    World Soil Day 2017 | Events around the globe in pictures 2018
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    The World Soil Day Photo book 2017 presents WSD photographic stories in a visual narrative. This publication recognizes and prizes the efforts of all WSD event organizers worldwide. On 5 December more people than ever celebrated soil, carbon, and the opportunities right under our feet under the slogan “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground”. Healthy soils are the living, breathing ecosystems that help grow our food, clean our water, store carbon, and reduce risks of droughts and floods. With 201 registered events and celebrations organized in 72 FAO member countries World Soil Day 2017 was a huge success. More people than ever took part in the celebrations, conveying the FAO message on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. Observances worldwide reach record high (35% increase) and registered great echo in the media and amazing results on social media. Conferences, seminars and workshops were among the most typical events. The opening of soil laboratories, soil painting competitions, soil experiments dedicated to children, spectacles, soil science fairs, quizzes and soil judging contests among the most innovative. Enthusiasm, involvement and soil awareness are indeed the keywords of this yearly appointment and show how the interest in soils is moving forward in the global and local agendas.
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    Yummy and Healthy Recipes for Kids
    Created by Slow Food USA and FAO North America in support of World Food Day
    2019
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    Every year on October 16, World Food Day celebrates healthy eating and reminds us to lead an active life. We take this opportunity each year to focus on the nutrition in our food and where it comes from, as well as those who do not have enough of it. Our aim is to achieve Zero Hunger. That means bringing the number of people who are over or underweight to zero while ensuring that no one goes to bed hungry. The good news is that healthy food is also super delicious. When we eat in season and cook with our families and friends, being healthy means laughing and learning together, and experiencing fresh and delicious flavors. In this recipe book, you’ll find a variety of fun, simple and healthy dishes using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients that are good for you and our planet too. You are the judge here—so tell us which dishes are your favorite and share them with your friends! Now, time to wash up, get your apron on and change the world one dish at a time.

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