On International Women’s Day, here are ten inspiring life-stories of rural women who are refusing to give into violations of their human rights. Especially their sexual and reproductive rights.

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      english final version for circulation
      spanish final version for circulation


      Rome Declaration on Nutrition
      Dichiarazione di Roma sulla nutrizione

      Framework for Action
      Quadro d’azione


      ICN2 CSO Forum Agenda - English - Nov 14

      CSO Vision Statement - 13 Nov 14

10 Years of the FAO Right to Food Guidelines
Progress, Obstacles & the Way Ahead


10 Years of the FAO Right to Food Guidelines - Progress, Obstacles & the Way Ahead

Civil Society Synthesis Paper for the 41st Session of the UN Committee on World Food Security

Ten years ago, in November 2004, the FAO Council adopted the Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.

But what happened in the last ten years? What trends and events have shaped the context in which the right to food must be implemented? What, if any, successes at implementation have been achieved at the national, regional, and global level? What obstacles and challenges have inhibited progress? And how do we move forward to ensure a world where every person and community can enjoy the right to adequate food and nutrition?

To mark the 10th anniversary of the RtAF Guidelines, civil society and social movements contributing to the promotion and defense of the human right to adequate food and food sovereignty have embarked on a critical assessment of where we are now in the struggle for solidifying the human right to adequate food and nutrition and where we must go.

This paper is a product of a broad civil society consultation process, facilitated by the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition, with the political support of the member organizations of the Civil Society Mechanism to the Committee on World Food Security.

Direct Link to Full 52-Page 2014 Publication:

    European Photo Competition:
“Women and girls, stop wasting” (Italian winners)

Foto di Paola Peila

Title: “The fresh garden”
Reason for picture: an old fridge and cans are used to create an original garden where the harvest is always fresh.
Foto di Roberta Ghidoni

Title: "More than a shadow”
What inspired the participant to take the photo: I saw a piece of waste ground and I thought to wasted food: the maize flour and my hand shadow.

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Agriculture entering the future


ARTICLE of Prof. McMichael - Dept. of Development Sociology at Cornell University. Farmers Forum Statement - EN      (CSM website:

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New IISD Policy Briefs on Investment in Agriculture/ Nouvelle série d'IIDD sur les investissements dans le secteur agricole

IISD is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of policy briefs on investment in agriculture.
The first in the series, The Global Response to Foreign Investment in Agriculture, explores the dozens of initiatives and principles that have been developed to assist governments, investors and communities respond to investor interest in agriculture. These responses have helped turn investment into opportunities for rural development and poverty reduction.
Upcoming publications in the series:
- Policy brief #2: Agricultural cooperatives and the role of investment
- Policy brief #3: Financing for agriculture: how to boost opportunities for developing countries

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IIDD est heureux d'annoncer le lancement d'une nouvelle série de notes de synthèses sur les investissements dans le secteur agricole.
Le première de cette série, La réponse mondiale à l'investissement étranger dans le secteur agricole, donne un aperçu des dizaines d'initiatives et de principes qui ont été élaborées pour assister les gouvernements, les investisseurs et les communautés à répondre à l'intérêt des investisseurs dans le secteur agricole. Ces réponses ont contribué à transformer l'investissement en une opportunité pour le développement rural et la réduction de la pauvreté.
Les publications à venir:
- Note de synthèse 2: Le rôle de l'investissement dans les coopératives agricole
- Note de synthèse 3: Le financement en agriculture: comment favoriser les opportunités pour les pays en développement.

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Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries?    [read more ...]

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The importance of small and family farms is a leading topic in the recent edition of a publication supervised by the Agricultural Economics Society and the Europeaan Association of Agricultural Economists "EuroChoices" which is available on Wiley Online Library.

The latest issue of EuroChoices is available on Wiley Online Library

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FINAL DECLARATION of the 5th IFAD Farmers' Forum on 17-18 February 2014

Farmers Forum Statement - EN   

Farmers Forum declaracion - ES   

Declaration Forum Paysan - FR   

Sondaggio Agriregionieuropa

Aiutiamo l'Italia a prendere le proprie decisioni in materia di PAC 2014-2020 !!

Come è noto, alcune importanti scelte attuative della PAC 2014-2020 sono state demandate agli Stati membri. L'Italia deve assumere queste decisioni ed è già in corso il confronto politico tra Stato e Regioni, mentre le Organizzazioni interessate all'agricoltura stanno esprimendo le proprie preferenze. Agriregionieuropa, con questo sondaggio, intende coinvolgere i propri lettori, chiedendo loro di indicare quali scelte dovrebbe compiere il nostro paese. La compilazione del questionario richiede meno di dieci minuti. Il questionario è anonimo.

Per partecipare, basta accedere a questo link:[LINK]

humanitarian affairs

Severe damage to agriculture and fisheries after Typhoon Haiyan

Livelihoods and food security at risk – FAO calls for $24 million for immediate interventions

12 November 2013, Rome – FAO is mobilizing support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the country causing severe damage to the fisheries and agriculture sectors in addition to massive loss of life.
“I want to express the solidarity of FAO and myself personally with the people and the Government of the Philippines,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
“The super typhoon Haiyan has left a trail of destruction and thousands of lives have been lost. The devastation caused in the country, including in the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, puts the lives and livelihoods of many more at risk and can have a wider effect on the food supply chain and food security.”
The Organization will do everything it can to support the Government of the Philippines in the reconstruction process and to build resilience, Graziano da Silva said.
FAO called for $24 million for immediate interventions in fisheries and agriculture as part of the UN-coordinated humanitarian Flash Appeal launched today.
The Organization has already mobilized more than $1 million from its own resources.

Untold damage
“Although there is not a clear picture yet of the impact on the agriculture sector, it is evident that the damage is extensive,” said Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation Division.
The typhoon hit just at the beginning of the main rice-planting season, and FAO estimates that over one million farmers have been affected and hundreds of thousands of hectares of rice destroyed.
Severe impacts on coconut production in affected areas are expected, and there has also been wide-scale destruction to storage facilities and rural infrastructure.
Along the coast the storm surge wiped out many fishing communities, demolishing boats and gear.

Rehabilitation efforts
As part of FAO’s immediate response to the crisis, the Organization has deployed emergency response staff and will use the $1 million already mobilized to cover immediate needs such as seeds and fertilizers.
An initial total of $24 million will be needed for emergency and rehabilitation efforts including rehabilitation of storage and irrigation facilities and support to fishing communities.
The Organization will carry out a full assessment of the damage caused to the agriculture and fisheries sectors as soon as the situation on the ground allows.
Some 9.5 million people have been affected by the typhoon, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

AHG meeting on Oct. 15 2013

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Agricultura Familiar en Colombia

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2014: The International Year of Family Farming and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure - opportunities for INGOs to disseminate information and detect best-practices at national level

The IYFF aims to raise the profile of family farming and small holder farming by focusing world attention on their important role in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food and nutrition security, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and allowing a sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

Here is the report of the first Side Event at UN in May

FAO's partnership strategies approved by Council
New focus on working together with civil society and private sector

26 April 2013, Rome - FAO's governing Council today approved two new Strategies aimed at strengthening FAO's partnerships with civil society organizations on the one hand and the private sector on the other.

The Strategies provide a framework for FAO's work with private and civil society partners in pursuit of the Organization's Strategic Objectives and the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

Thanking the Council for its approval, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said, "We have repeated many times that it is possible to end hunger only if we work together. These strategies show that we are committed to working with partnerships".

FAO sees broader, improved partnerships as essential in achieving its objectives, especially in the light of its new emphasis on decentralization. "Ending hunger cannot be done by any individual organization alone," Graziano da Silva has said on many occasions. The collaboration and support of other actors is vital.

Approval of the strategies today will allow FAO, especially in the field, to better establish partnerships with civil society and the private sector. A key element will be to ensure that key stakeholders from civil society and private sector actors in the field of food security are identified and involved at country level in support of FAO's efforts.

Both strategies identify six main areas of collaboration (policy dialogue; normative work; technical and field programmes; advocacy and communication; joint use and mobilization of resources; and knowledge sharing) and two main levels of interaction (global level and decentralized level).

The two strategies are the result of extended consultations with Member States, key external stakeholders and FAO staff, both at headquarters and in the field. Consultative meetings, bilateral discussions and informal sessions were held to discuss the documents and are reflected in the final documents.

FAO's new, revised Strategic Framework for the next decade includes five Strategic Objectives:
1. Contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition
2. Increase and improve provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner
3. Reduce rural poverty
4. Enable more inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems at local, national and international levels
5. Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises.

FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations

Global Partnership Against Hunger

Marie Christine Laporte and Nathalie Santilli were introduced by Alejandra Però at the monthly meeting of the AdHoc Group last friday April 12. Very interesting discussion about the new emerging possibilities of cooperation and mutual advice among members especially towards the auspicated settlement of the Italian AHHGM... !

September launch of

The World We Want web platform is a joint initiative between the United Nations and Civil Society.
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A group of EU NGOs/CSO's (including women for water) managed to be able to send a formal petition to the European Commission on the right to water & sanitation. (for the procedure etc. see the website ...[more]

FAO opens new liaison office for agricultural cooperatives

9 July 2012, Rome - FAO opened a new liaison office for cooperatives and producer organizations today in order to revitalize the Organization's collaboration with these organizations worldwide.

The opening comes a few days after the International Day of Cooperatives, celebrated on Saturday, July 7.

"We are confident that this liaison office will allow cooperatives and producer organizations to have a stronger voice as FAO's key partners in ending hunger and poverty," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the opening ceremony, which was attended by representatives of the International Cooperative Alliance and the World Farmers Organization.


RIO+20 the World we Want