IAFN Re-elected as PSM Focal Point

For the second year in a row, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meetings for the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) were held virtually. 

Typically, the AGMs take place in Rome over the course of two days and include a series of bilaterals with individuals from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). In order to accommodate time zones and  schedules, the AGMs took place from 1 June – 10 June 2021. In total, eight meetings took place over the course of the ten days, in addition to the 48th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS48) which took place 3–4 June. The Membership and the Secretariat were very busy in June!  

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The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future

The European Development Days (EDD) is organized by the European Commission. It is a conference that aims to provide the development community with a common platform each year to share ideas and experiences. New partnerships and innovative solutions are born through this event, thus providing answers to some global issues. This year, the European Development Days were organized virtually from June 15-16. For EDD 2021, the theme was “The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future”. The European Green Deal is the EU’s roadmap for a green and inclusive transition to help improve people’s well-being and secure a healthy planet for generations to come.

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Agroecological and other Innovative Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

On June 4 2021, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) had their 48th special session. In the bid to take bold and transformational steps to move the world on to a sustainable and resilient path, the committee met to endorse the Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and other Innovative Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems that Enhance Food Security and Nutrition. Among the challenges is the fast-growing numbers of undernourished people in the world. It is estimated that 690 million people are suffering from chronic undernourishment, 135 million are faced with acute food insecurity, and 2 billion suffer from moderate food insecurity. Unsustainable agriculture and food systems are putting pressure on the world natural resources and, in addition, extreme poverty among the rural populations and COVID-19 remain a global threat to food security.

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World Milk Day 2021

Happy World Milk Day! Every year on June 1, the world celebrates the importance, benefits and contribution of dairy to our everyday lives. In 2001, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) set aside June 1 as World Milk Day, a day to raise awareness on how the dairy sector is contributing to the world’s economic development, livelihoods, nutrition and environmental sustainability. 

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Cultivating the Africa We Want

On Africa Day, we find that there is so much to celebrate Africa for. The continent is rich with diverse culture and abundant natural resources, including gold, diamonds, copper, crude oil, forests, rivers and so much more. However, the richest resource of my continent is its youth. Almost 60% of Africa’s population is aged below 25 with over 200 million youth living in sub-Saharan Africa. This active population has the potential to contribute massively to the food systems sector as about 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land can be found on the continent. The Africa Agriculture Status Report 2017 also shows that more than 70% of the African population is in the agricultural sector. This and other factors have led many experts to conclude that agriculture is one of the key ways Africa can grow inclusive economies and create employment for the youth.

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The Art and Science of the Fight Against Malaria

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The latest World Malaria Report shows that progress has stalled in the global fight against malaria since 2015, hitting a plateau in the last three years. The African continent, which bears 93% of the global malaria burden, seems to have been particularly impacted, with data showing that annual malaria case numbers in sub-Saharan Africa have remained unchanged at 230 million in the past 5 years. In the face of growing drug and insecticide resistance, research into new tools that could complement existing efforts is needed in order to sustain hard fought gains and ensure this preventable and treatable disease becomes a thing of the past. 

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Dairy’s Sustainability and Innovation Story

In 2001 the United Nations declared June 1 as World Milk Day to spark conversation on the contribution of the Dairy industry to Nutrition, Community and Livelihoods, and the Environment globally. The year 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of World Milk Day celebrations and despite the restrictions from the pandemic, the virtual commemoration was largely successful. The hashtag #WorldMilkDay reached 842 million impressions for the global campaign (including #EnjoyDairy plus 17 translations and local hashtags) with over 60,000 posts on various social media platforms! From May 29 to June 1, the Enjoy Dairy Rally and World Milk Day celebrated the benefits of milk and dairy products around the world. 416 campaigns took place in 68 countries.

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A Worrying Outlook for the Worst Food Crises In 2021

 

The development community needs to step up efforts to feed and nourish the more than 690 million people who are hungry today – and the additional 2 billion people the world will have by 2050.  The UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and the High Level Political Platform on Sustainable Development provide an opportunity to emphasize the role that resilient agri-food systems play in contributing to sustainable solutions to food crises. This calls for strong innovative, transdisciplinary partnerships that can deliver game changing solutions to feed and nourish the world.

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The Seventh Oatmeal Recipe Contest 

Life can get monotonous and routine especially now with the restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, you can spice up your life from your kitchen. Not only do these new recipes add variety to your diet and mealtimes but preparing them also offers a whole new adventure. What if you stood the chance of winning something in the process?

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Enough to Feed and Save the Earth

In 1970, 20 million Americans came together to call for the protection of planet earth and this was recorded in history as the first ever Earth Day. Also known as International Mother Earth Day, April 22 marks the day of the year when the public is made aware of the state of the planet. 

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