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The Future of Farmer Field Schools for Sustainable Agri-food Systems in the NENA Region- Agenda

Minya, Egypt. 29-30 May 2023













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    Engaging cities in sustainable and inclusive agrifood systems transformation in the Near East and North Africa region - AGENDA
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    In recognition of the importance of food secure and resilient cities, many local governments across the world are prioritizing food systems in their policies and plans. Their actions usually aim at addressing broader sets of challenges such as malnutrition, environmental challenges and resilience to shocks and extreme events. However, despite the progress, the role of local and regional governments in promoting urban food systems transformation has not been sufficiently recognized at national and global levels. In most cases, particularly in developing countries, local and sub-national governments lack financial and technical capacity to advance sustainable transformation of agrifood systems at scale. To support municipalities in putting cities in the driving seat for sustainable agrifood systems, there is a growing number of urban food systems networks and initiatives at global, regional and national levels.
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    Terminal evaluation of the project “Strengthening capacities of agricultural producers to cope with climate change for increased food security through the Farmer Field School approach in Mozambique”
    Project code: GCP/MOZ/112/LDF - GEF ID: 5433
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    Mozambique is a low income country, with almost 70 percent of the population living in rural areas. Farmers suffer from lack of access to technology and qualified technical services. The country is also extremely vulnerable to increasingly prevalent natural phenomena, such as cyclones Dineo, Idai and Kenneth, which destroyed crops and agricultural infrastructure between 2017 and 2019. The country faces challenges in implementing regulatory instruments for the integration of practices climate change adaptation (CCA) in the agricultural sector. The Government of Mozambique, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have joined efforts to increase the capacity of Mozambique's agricultural and pastoral sectors to deal with climate change. The project generated relevant results, including the incorporation of specific actions for CCA in strategic plans at ministerial level and in Economic and Social Plans and District Budgets (PESOD); the preparation of Mozambique's nationally determined contribution (NDC); the creation of local and community plans to adapt to climate change; the installation of 11 agrometeorological stations and greater financial autonomy for beneficiary women. The evaluation recommended that FAO support the government to ensure the integration of CCA into key policy documents and the integration of the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) into future rural development programmes, including the new Sustenta Programme, and that, in future programmes, FAO will focus on developing value chains and promoting farmers' access to markets.

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