Since 1995, Lotus Foods has been partnering in fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice sustainably and preserving rice biodiversity. The company is paving the way to market for smallholder farmers in Africa and

Our ordinary lives rely on reliable and affordable energy services to run easily and grow fairly. Energy systems underpin all sectors: from businesses, medicine and education to agriculture, infrastructure, communications and technology. A lack of access to energy supplies not only

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS PIECE IS AUTHORED BY,  ASTRID AGOSTINI, A SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE FAO .THIS PIECE IS PART OF A SERIES EXPLORING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. SEE THE INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES HERE.  In 2015, the international community adopted the

Cash Based Programmes Strengthening the resilience of agricultural livelihoods to adverse climate events and economic shocks is a corporate priority under FAO’s current Strategic Framework, as is linking social protection programmes (including cash-based transfers) with agricultural productive outcomes. Such schemes are

Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship Empow'her was founded in 2013 and became an NGO in September 2015 when Soazig Barthélemy, Founder and Executive Director of Empow'her, took a leap of faith and decided to dedicate her life to turning a student project

A Conversation with Michael New, World Expert on Freshwater Prawn Farming and Founder of Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) For a long time, aquaculture was the foster child of agriculture, but now it has come of age: output has more than tripled

Editor’s Note: This is the third piece in a series in collaboration with the SDSN-Y exploring the Sustainable Development Goals. See the introduction to the series here and SDG-12 here.  The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals spelled out a number of hard truths. Prominent

Editor's Note: This article was written  by Patrick Jacqueson in collaboration with Andreas Thulstrup and Indira Joshi  of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.  Almost three billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste as sources

From the Addis Ababa Third International Conference on Financing for Development to the UN General Assembly in New York, the post 2015 Sustainable Development goals take the form of: a road paved with good intentions for the poor and hungry.  In

Can new Forest ecosystems be designed and developed to provide the same type of stable and seasonal revenue as Croplands?  Hilly and mountainous areas that once were thickly-wooded or covered with forests are often reduced to stony, unproductive ground by years of

A Win-Win Partnership for Development in the 21st Century The world is changing as fast as the pace of new technological innovations that are increasingly shrinking our notion of time and space. And one of the trigger of changes is the

ICN2 is not a new disease, it's the bizarre acronym for the Second International Conference on Nutrition, held in Rome,  19-21 November 2014, at FAO Headquarters.  Anyone familiar with the United Nations "alphabet soup" won't be surprised. And in spite

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