World Water Council and FAO step up their partnership – The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to intensify their collaboration in a bid to strengthen global water and food security.
New roadmap for boosting small-scale and family forest producers – Indigenous peoples, local communities and private smallholders own or manage a growing proportion of the world’s forests and can play a significant role in tackling deforestation and reducing poverty – especially if they band together in producer organizations, say two new publications released today by FAO and a group of its partners.
Putting people at the centre of forest policies – Countries should put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the vital contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy, according to FAO’s flagship publication The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO), published today.
Farmers’ battle to cope with climate change could spark rural renewal – Shifting world agriculture to a ”climate-smart” approach will not only help prevent future food security crises but holds the promise of sparking economic and agricultural renewal in rural areas where hunger and poverty are most prevalent.
Action needed to safeguard genetic diversity of the world’s forests – According to the first-ever edition of The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources report, half of the forest species reported as regularly utilized by countries are threatened by the conversion of forests to pastures and farmland, overexploitation, and the impacts of climate change.