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    Impacts of Bioenergy on Food Security
    Guidance for Assessment and Response at National and Project Level
    2012
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    FAO’s Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project has developed a set of indicators that be used to assess the impacts of bioenergy on food security at both national and levels. In addition, BEFSCI has identified range of possible responses to these impacts. Modern bioenergy development, through its environmental and socio-economic impacts, may have positive or negative effects on the four dimensions of food security: availability; access; utilization, and stabilit y.
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    Support to Domesticating the SADC [Southern Africa Development Community] Regional Agriculture Investment Plan (RAIP) and Regional Agricultural Development Fund by Member States (Eswatini, Namibia and Zimbabwe) - TCP/SFS/3704 2022
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    In the Southern Africa Development Community, agriculture provides livelihoods for a majority of the region’s population It is central to poverty reduction, economic growth and food and nutrition security As such, in 2014 SADC Member States approved the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy ( which defined common objectives and measures to guide, promote and support national and regional actions to contribute to the achievement of the common agenda, as well as regional integration The RAP foresees a Regional Agricultural Investment Plan ( for each phase of the implementation plan However, institutions in the Member States face challenges with respect to the integration of regional protocols in their national systems The success of the RAIP depends on the uptake of various measures, support is needed to create the necessary institutional mechanisms for its implementation As such, FAO was requested to provide support on the customization of the RAIP and the SADC Regional Agriculture Development Fund ( in Eswatini Namibia and Zimbabwe The aim of the project was to facilitate the domestication of the RAIP, which is expected to further support increased private investment in the agriculture and food sectors, as well as associated sectors in these three countries.
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    Promoting sustainable aquaculture for food security and economic development 2022
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    In the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region, it is estimated that around 100 million people eat fish and other aquatic foods (molluscs, crustacea) regularly. Aquatic foods are generally the most affordable source of dietary animal protein containing essential fatty acids and micronutrients, and are therefore of overwhelming importance for food and nutrition security, particularly for poorer segments of the population, and for sustaining livelihoods and driving economic development. However, per capita consumption of aquatic foods in SADC (2015) at 11.3 kg/yr is 79 percent lower than the global average of 20.2 kg/yr; moreover, the high consumption rates in some of the island and coastal states mask the very low consumption rates of around 5 kg/capita/yr in the rest of the region. With rapid population growth, the gap between supply and demand of aquatic foods in most SADC countries continues to increase. Taking only fish into account, it is predicted that SADC Member States will collectively have a supply deficit by the mid-2020s of around 570 000 MT per year.

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