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Feeding the World - NR fact sheet

Sustainable Management of Natural Resources







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    Education and training for food security
    Capacity Building and Good Practices in five African Countries
    2007
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    Education and training strategies need to be integrated within sustainable rural development strategies, through plans of action that are multisectoral and interdisciplinary. This means creating new partnerships among policy-makers and practitioners working in agriculture and rural development and those working in education. This book was prepared by the FAO Interdepartmental Working Group on Training for Technicians and Capacity Building within the framework of Education for Rural People to exchange good practices. Access to virtual training materials in the area of agriculture and food security represents an enormous potential for enhancing and enriching the capacity of technicians, especially of those working in rural areas. The book provides a source of information for the general reader as well as policy makers and teachers Education for Rural People (ERP) is crucial to achieving by 2015 the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger (No . 1), achieving universal primary education (No. 2), promoting gender equality (No. 3) and ensuring environmental sustainability (No. 7). The World Food Summit, held in Rome in 1996, highlighted the need to increase access to education for the poor and the members of disadvantaged groups, including rural people, in order to achieve poverty eradication, food security, durable peace and sustainable development. The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg, also emp hasized the role of education. As the majority of the world’s poor, illiterate and undernourished live in rural areas, it is a major challenge to ensure their access to quality education. The lack of learning opportunities is directly related to rural poverty. Hence, education and training strategies need to be integrated within sustainable rural development strategies, through plans of action that are multisectoral and interdisciplinary. This means creating new partnerships among policy-makers and practitioners working in agriculture and rural development and those working in education. To address these challenges, the Directors-General of FAO and UNESCO jointly launched the flagship programme on ERP (http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/) during the World Summit on Sustainable Development. ERP promotes inter-agency collaboration to facilitate targeted and coordinated actions. Moreover, ERP is a flagship to alert donors and other stakeholders of the need for systematic action and investment in education, training and capacity building related to MDGs one, two, three and seven. This book was prepared by the FAO Interdepartmental Working Group on Training for Technicians and Capacity Building within the framework of ERP. Previous titles of ERP publications, prepared in collaboration with the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) or other partners, are listed at the end of this book. FAO is the UN lead agency of the ERP Flagship external network whereas the Int erdepartmental Working Group on Training for Technicians and Capacity Building (IDWGTT) is the ERP network within FAO. The Group aims at strengthening the capacity of technicians working in the development of food security, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, sustainable rural development and natural resources management. ERP shares with member countries and UN organizations the knowledge generated and managed by FAO during the last decade in the area of education and training. The new developmen ts in information and communication technology have increased the demand for training materials available on the Web. Technicians are the massive and basic target of the capacity building efforts, with often limited access to conventional training materials. Access to virtual training materials in the area of agriculture and food security represents an enormous potential for enhancing and enriching the capacity of technicians, especially of those working in rural areas.
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    FAO Sub-Regional Priority Framework for the Countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen(SNGPF) 2012
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    The FAO Sub-regional Office for the Countries of the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen (SNG) covers Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirate and Yemen. The SNG is a very arid Sub-region, and water is the scarcest factor of production. Despite the several challenges facing the agriculture, natural resources and rural development in the Sub-region, the SNG countries attach high priority to the development and modernization of their food, agricultur al, livestock and fisheries sectors. Agriculture including crop and animal production and fishing represents a way of living to a sizable portion of the population in several parts of these countries and contributes significantly to the economic diversification, rural settlement, poverty reduction and social stability in the Sub-region. While the SNG countries have no foreign exchange limitation to fund the Sub-region’s food imports (with the exception of Yemen), they face immense challenges to achieve the goals of its member countries managing and using its natural resources in an environmentally sustainable manner while addressing the pressing issues of food security, reducing poverty, combating desertification and enhancing rural development .In general, the Sub-region faces the following overall common challenges of: (1) Sustainable management of limited and environmentally-sensitive natural resources including saving water and protecting soils, natural vegetation and biodiversity , preserving the fisheries potential, and rehabilitation including trans-boundary diseases; (2) Sustainable availability of safe and nutritional food including the challenges of increasing food supply only based on comparative advantage and water availability, enhancing food quality and safety, managing the quantity and prices risks, diversifying the offer of food and harnessing the SNG comparative advantages; (3) Agriculture as engine for economic diversification, rural settlement, poverty redu ction and social stability; and (4) Climate changes. The SNGPF aims at translating the FAO global strategies and the Regional Strategic Priorities Framework into sub-regional priority areas and actions for achieving the Summits’ objective of halving the undernourished by 2015 in the SNG. The SNGPF takes into consideration the Sub-region’s characteristics, needs, challenges and aspirations; and proposes sub-regional inter-disciplinary priority areas for sustainable food security, agricultural and rural development. Thus, the SNGPF intends to: (1) Streamlining the functions of the Sub-regional Office for the Gulf States and Yemen in line with the regional and corporate FAO Reform and Vision; (2) Adapting FAO’s global strategies into a regional and sub-regional setting; (3) Assisting member countries in highlighting strategic priority areas in line with MDGs; and (4) Highlighting areas where the Sub-regional Office for the Gulf States and Yemen (SNG) has comparative advantage for inter-di sciplinary work.
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    Regional Overview of Food Insecurity Near East and North Africa
    Strengthening Regional Collaboration to Build Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition
    2015
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    This year, the world takes stock of progress made towards achieving the 2000–2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In concert with this milestone and, for the first time, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) publishes a Regional Panorama on Food Security and Nutrition in its Near East and North Africa (NENA) region. The goal of the Panorama is to give an overview of NENA’s progress towards the achievement of the MDG and World Food Summit hunger targets, using dat a from the 2015 edition of FAO’s State of Food Insecurity in the World. It also provides an in-depth analysis of the current situation in the region, viewed through the four dimensions of food security: availability, access, utilization and stability.

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