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    Ensuring the full participation of family farmers in agricultural innovation systems: Key issues and case studies. Background Document to an FAO e-mail conference 2012
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    In December 2011, the UN General Assembly in New York declared 2014 to be the International Year of Family Farming and invited the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to facilitate implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with Governments, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and other relevant organizations of the UN system, as we ll as relevant non-governmental organizations (UN, 2012). Among its initiatives for the International Year, FAO is planning to publish a major study on family farming and agricultural innovation systems (AIS) in 2014 as part of its State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) series. SOFA is FAO’s premier, award-winning, flagship publication and is the oldest ‘global’ report in the UN system, produced since 1947. Every year, SOFA carries a special report on a major theme in world agriculture, from the p erspective of reducing food insecurity and poverty. Recent reports have covered investing in agriculture for food security (2012 - being finalized); women in agriculture (2010-11); livestock (2009); bioenergy (2008); environmental services (2007); food aid (2006); agricultural trade and poverty (2005); and agricultural biotechnology (2003-04). The report is published in 6 languages, is covered extensively by the international media and has helped to shape the global debate on some of these impor tant issues in world agriculture.
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    Report of the Expert Consultation on Best Practices for Safety at Sea in the Fisheries Sector 2009
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    This document contains the Report of the Expert Consultation on Best Practices for Safety at Sea in the Fisheries Sector, which was held in Rome, Italy, from 10 to 13 November 2008. The Consultation was convened by the Director-General of FAO to provide guidance to FAO regarding the development of guidelines for best practices to improve safety at sea in the fisheries sector. In its consideration of the draft outline of the guidelines, the Consultation was of the opinion that the principal objec tive should be the improved safety and health of those working in the fisheries sector through the development of national strategies, and that this objective could be achieved through the use of a set of readily understood guidelines. It was emphasized that the guidelines should ensure a holistic approach so that all factors influencing safety are comprehensively covered, and that awareness raising of safety issues should be accorded high priority. In its consideration of the strategy and its structure, the Consultation agreed on an outline for the development of these guidelines, based on a series of four interlinked “pillars”. Under each of these pillars, three layers of guidance are provided: a first layer directed at the policy level, supported by a second layer setting out more detailed procedures and checklists, and a third layer providing detailed working instructions, case studies and reference material. The Consultation also made recommendations regarding the scope of the guidelines, the special needs of developing countries, and other specific considerations and goals, as well as on the appropriate next steps that might be taken following the completion of the Consultation. The draft executive summary of the FAO/NIOSH International Study on Fishing Management Regimes and their impacts on Fishing Safety: Synthesis of Case Reports was considered by the Consultation. The purpose of this study was to document (globally) the relationship between safety at sea and fisheries management practices and to provide practical guidelines for fisheries managers as to how they can help to make commercial fishing safer. The experts agreed with the report’s main finding that fisheries management has indirect and direct effects on fishing safety. The Consultation was funded by the United States National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation (BOBP-IGO), India, and the Gover nment of Norway through the FAO FishCode Programme.
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    An FAO e-mail conference on agricultural innovation systems and family farming: the Moderator's summary 2012
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    From 4 June to 1 July 2012, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted a moderated e-mail conference on 'Ensuring the full participation of family farmers in agricultural innovation systems: Key issues and case studies'. About 560 people subscribed to the conference, from nearly 50 countries.

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