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State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests | FAO

State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests | FAO | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it

Across the world, forests, trees on farms, and agroforestry systems play a crucial role in the livelihoods of rural people by providing employment, energy, nutritious foods and a wide range of other goods and ecosystem services. They have tremendous potential to contribute to sustainable development and to a greener economy. Yet, clear evidence of this has been lacking. This evidence is critical to inform policies on forest management and use, and to ensure that the benefi ts from forests are recognized in the post-2015 development agenda, not only with respect to the environment, but also for their contributions to broader social issues.

This edition of State of the World’s Forests addresses this knowledge gap by systematically gathering and analysing available data on forests’ contributions to people’s livelihoods, food, health, shelter and energy needs. Crucially, the report also suggests how information might be improved and policies adjusted, so that the socioeconomic benefits from forests can be enhanced in the future.

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Addresses the contribution of forests to food security and health:

1) provision of woodfuel to cook (food security) and sterilize water

2) value of forest services, such as erosion protection and pollination

 

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The research being undertaken by World Agroforestry Centre and the CGIAR's Research Programme for Forests, Trees, Agroforestry (CRP6) is precisely to address this gap.

 

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The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 | FAO, IFAD, WFP

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 | FAO, IFAD, WFP | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets. The latest assessment shows that further progress has been made towards the 2015 MDG target, which remains within reach for the developing regions as a whole, although marked differences across regions persist and considerable and immediate additional efforts will be needed.

The 2013 report goes beyond measuring food deprivation. It presents a broader suite of indicators that aim to capture the multidimensional nature of food insecurity, its determinants and outcomes. This suite, compiled for every country, allows a more nuanced picture of their food security status, guiding policy-makers in the design and implementation of targeted and effective policy measures that can contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

Drawing on the suite of indicators, the report also examines the diverse experiences of six countries in more detail, finding a mixed picture of progress and setbacks. Together, these country experiences show the importance of social protection and nutrition-enhancing interventions, policies to increase agricultural productivity and rural development, diverse sources of income and long-term commitment to mainstreaming food security and nutrition in public policies and programmes.
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How experts are chosen to inform public policy: Can the process be improved? | J. Health Policy

"This paper explores the issue in some depth, proposing a set of principles for determining considerations for service on expert advisory committees. Although the issues around scientific policy counsel and the selection of advisory panels clearly have global applicability, the context for their development had a US and Canadian focus in this work. The authors also call for a broader discussion in all sectors of the research community as to whether and how the process of empaneling food science and nutrition experts might be improved."

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38 maps that explain the global economy | Vox

38 maps that explain the global economy | Vox | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
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Climate Change, Ethics, and Food Production | Springer

Climate Change, Ethics, and Food Production | Springer | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
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Food Consumption in Global Perspective

Food Consumption in Global Perspective | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
The globalization of food consumption has often been equated with the loss of culinary traditions and the homogenization of cuisines. By contrast, the anthropologists, historians and sociologists contributing to this collection reveal both rapid changes and also profound and sometimes surprising continuities in local food consumption practices in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and use these to shed light on shifting social boundaries and cultural identities. The volume combines ethnographic, historical and comparative analyses, situating local practices of eating, cooking and sharing food within transnational processes and contexts. In so doing, the volume celebrates and furthers approaches developed in Jack Goody's seminal 1982 book, Cooking, Cuisine and Class: A Study in Comparative Sociology. With studies of China, India, West Africa, South America and Europe, the book provides a truly global perspective on the social dynamics of food consumption in the modern world.
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The Global Food Security Index 2014: An annual measure of the state of global food security | The Economist

The Global Food Security Index 2014: An annual measure of the state of global food security | The Economist | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it

The Global Food Security Index considers the core issues of affordability, availability, and quality across a set of 109 countries. Learn more.

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To calculate the index they the GFSI uses the State of Food Insecurity in the World report (FAO), the Global Hunger Index  (IFPRI), and the Maplecroft Food Security Risk Index, among others.

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A useful collection of material available for downloading

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Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
Based on research and interviews with members of the Taliban and Al-Shabaab, this HPG policy brief explores how these armed groups perceive aid agencies and the implications on humanitarian response in those areas.
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State of the World's Forest 2014 | FAO

State of the World's Forest 2014 | FAO | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it

"This edition of State of the World’s Forests addresses the knowledge gap by gathering and analysing available data on forests’ contributions to people’s livelihoods, food, health, shelter and energy needs. Crucially, the report also suggests how information might be improved and policies adjusted, so that the socioeconomic benefits from forests can be enhanced in the future."

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Pascal Corbé's curator insight, July 18, 3:29 AM

a so-called flagship publication

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The African Atlas of Smallholder Agriculture |IFPRI

The African Atlas of Smallholder Agriculture |IFPRI | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development contains a series of maps that illustrate the current situation of African smallholder agriculture.
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A tank of cold cleantech leapfrog to a more food secure world | Institution of Mechanical Engineers

A tank of cold cleantech leapfrog to a more food secure world | Institution of Mechanical Engineers | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is calling for urgent action to encourage the roll out of sustainable cold and frozen supply chain or ‘cold chain’ in the developing world, in order to prevent unnecessary food loss, help alleviate hunger and improve global food security. According to the report, it is estimated that about 25% of food wastage in developing world could be eliminated with better refrigeration equipment.
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Increasing the shelf life and retaining nutrients of produce by pre-cooling, chilling and/or freezing close to the point of harvest as possible will help in preventing perishable food losses.

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The Next Breadbasket: Can Africa's Farmland Feed the World? | National Geographic

The Next Breadbasket: Can Africa's Farmland Feed the World? | National Geographic | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
Can Africa's fertile farmland feed the world?
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The big farms are the ones making the headlines, but small farmers are the ones producing most of the food in Africa.

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Food securities and social conflict - CHR Michelsen Institute

Food securities and social conflict - CMI Publications
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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2014 – key findings and resources | Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2014 – key findings and resources  | Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
You can access country-specific profiles, case studies, infographics, policy briefings, all the data and an interactive databank.
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Importance of food-demand management for climate mitigation | Nature Climate Change

Importance of food-demand management for climate mitigation | Nature Climate Change | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
With food demand set to double, agriculture will account for a larger proportion of total future greenhouse-gas emissions. Yet global food production and land-use scenarios have received relatively little attention in relation to climate change mitigation. This study shows that to avoid dangerous climate change, we must address food demand, as sustainable intensification of agriculture does not, in itself, suffice.
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The Evolving Sphere of Food Security: Paperback: Rosamond L. Naylor - Oxford University Press

The Evolving Sphere of Food Security: Paperback: Rosamond L. Naylor - Oxford University Press | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
A multidisciplinary group of scholars present the many faces and facets of global food insecurity—-their symptoms, roots, and possible remedies—-through personal stories of research and policy advising at local and global scales. The authors explore the interconnectedness of food security and energy, water, climate, health, and national security as well as its policy implications.
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Vulnerability of Food Security to Global Change | Global Environmental Change, Springer

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Water for the Americas | Routledge

Water for the Americas | Routledge | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
The chapters in this volume are peer reviewed editions of the papers presented at the 7th meeting of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 15-17, 2010. The theme for Forum VII was Water for the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities. This Forum was unique in examining the water problems of the Americas and identifying water management experience gleaned in other parts of the world that might be useful in addressing the problems of the Americas. The sessions illustrated how the water problems of the Americas are common problems, differing only in degree from basin to basin. There was unanimity among the participants about the need for all inhabitants of the Americas to work together to ensure that everyone has access to adequate quantities of healthy water supplies and to appropriate sanitation services. This volume’s approach is to identify different responses and policies that address common issues and learn from contrasts and experiences. The value and potential that this approach affords is that it provides critical judgments about what has worked well and what needs to be done to gain a better future for the Americas’ water resources and society. Some issues covered in the volume are so pressing and urgent, chief among them is serving the unserved, that any delays putting out new facilities in many a rural areas of Central America may cost lives and reduce the outlook for children. Additionally, the volume makes clear that the outlook for the poorest and the future of hundreds of growing cities are threatened by climate change. This book looks into the future by analyzing present and relevant data and gains insight from the different developmental stages of the hemisphere.
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GETTING TO ‘YES’: GOVERNING GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS IN UGANDA - Schnurr | J. of International Development

GETTING TO ‘YES’: GOVERNING GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS IN UGANDA - Schnurr | J. of International Development | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
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2013-2014 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Progress Report

Public and private stakeholders in the New Alliance commit to policy changes and investments that accelerate implementation of African country plans for improving food security and nutrition.
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Under Nutrition, the mention of the forthcoming  Global Nutrition Report.  Also, launch a Technology Platform by CGIAR/IFPRI  and  Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa

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Leverage points for improving global food security and the environment | Science Magazine

"Achieving sustainable global food security is one of humanity’s contemporary challenges. Here we present an analysis identifying key “global leverage points” that offer the best opportunities to improve both global food security and environmental sustainability. We find that a relatively small set of places and actions could provide enough new calories to meet the basic needs for more than 3 billion people, address many environmental impacts with global consequences, and focus food waste reduction on the commodities with the greatest impact on food security. These leverage points in the global food system can help guide how nongovernmental organizations, foundations, governments, citizens’ groups, and businesses prioritize actions."

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2014-2023

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2014-2023 | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it

"This twentieth edition of the Agricultural Outlook, and the tenth prepared jointly with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), provides market projections to 2023 for major agricultural commodities, biofuels and fish across 41 countries and 12 regions: OECD member countries (European Union as a region), key non-OECD agricultural producers (such as India, China, Brazil, Russian Federation and Argentina) and groups of smaller non-OECD economies in a more aggregated form. This edition includes a special focus on India."

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Includes India's food insecurity in the presence of trade surplus, and how to sustain agricultural growth and employment in highly populated rural communities.

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Land grabbing: a preliminary quantification of economic impacts on rural livelihoods - Online First - Springer

Land grabbing: a preliminary quantification of economic impacts on rural livelihoods - Online First - Springer | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it

"Global demands on agricultural land are increasing due to population growth, dietary changes and the use of biofuels. Their effect on food security is to reduce humans’ ability to cope with the uncertainties of global climate change..."

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Land grabbing -- A subject that most certainly will get more pop attention in coming years.

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Controversies in Science and Technology: From Sustainability to Surveillance | Oxford University Press

Controversies in Science and Technology: From Sustainability to Surveillance | Oxford University Press | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
When it comes to any current scientific debate, there are more than two sides to every story. Controversies in Science and Technology, Volume 4 analyzes controversial topics in science and technology-infrastructure, ecosystem management, food security, and plastics and health-from multiple points of view. The editors have compiled thought-provoking essays from a variety of experts from academia and beyond, creating a volume that addresses many of the issues surrounding these scientific debates. Part I of the volume discusses infrastructure, and the real meaning behind the term in today's society. Essays address the central issues that motivate current discussion about infrastructure, including writing on the vulnerability to disasters. Part II, titled "Food Policy," will focus on the challenges of feeding an ever-growing world and the costs of not doing so. Part III features essays on chemicals and environmental health, and works to define "safety" as it relates to today's scientific community. The book's final section examines ecosystem management. In the end, Kleinman, Cloud-Hansen, and Handelsman provide a multifaceted volume that will be appropriate for anyone hoping to understand arguments surrounding several of today's most important scientific controversies
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Chapters:From Sustainability to Surveillance.Infraestructure Development Resilience Privacy and Well Being.Food Policy Balancing Productivity Conservation and Social Justice.Chemicals and Environmental Health Defining Safety.Ecosystem Management Protecting Nature and Livelihoods.
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Poverty and its impact on Ethiopian children : the case of Amhara Region | Africa Growth, Sabinet

Poverty and its impact on Ethiopian children : the case of Amhara Region | Africa Growth, Sabinet | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it
This study investigates the relationship between poverty and other socio-demographic characteristics of a household on the nutritional status of child
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State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests | FAO

State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests | FAO | Development, agriculture, hunger, malnutrition | Scoop.it

Across the world, forests, trees on farms, and agroforestry systems play a crucial role in the livelihoods of rural people by providing employment, energy, nutritious foods and a wide range of other goods and ecosystem services. They have tremendous potential to contribute to sustainable development and to a greener economy. Yet, clear evidence of this has been lacking. This evidence is critical to inform policies on forest management and use, and to ensure that the benefi ts from forests are recognized in the post-2015 development agenda, not only with respect to the environment, but also for their contributions to broader social issues.

This edition of State of the World’s Forests addresses this knowledge gap by systematically gathering and analysing available data on forests’ contributions to people’s livelihoods, food, health, shelter and energy needs. Crucially, the report also suggests how information might be improved and policies adjusted, so that the socioeconomic benefits from forests can be enhanced in the future.

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Addresses the contribution of forests to food security and health:

1) provision of woodfuel to cook (food security) and sterilize water

2) value of forest services, such as erosion protection and pollination

 

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AfriFem's curator insight, July 1, 4:26 AM

The research being undertaken by World Agroforestry Centre and the CGIAR's Research Programme for Forests, Trees, Agroforestry (CRP6) is precisely to address this gap.