IAFN Updates

The Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has invited an international group of high-level experts to elaborate a Charter Document on Rural Development, which shall be presented as an input to the BMZ International Conference on Rural Development titled: ONE WORLD – No Hunger, Future of the rural world. This conference will be held in Berlin on April 27 and 28, 2017.

LONDON – March 16, 2017 – Twelve of the world's leading cocoa and chocolate companies agreed to a statement of collective intent committing them to work together, in partnership with others, to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The agreement, concluded here during a meeting hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, commits the participating companies to develop and present a joint public-private framework of action to address deforestation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) meeting in Bonn in November of this year.

Call for experiences and effective policy approaches in addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics

Following the CFS Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition held at the last CFS Plenary session, CFS is compiling experiences and effective policy approaches for addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics. The aim is to draw a set of key policy messages and to support the upscaling of successful approaches and programmes that lead to improved food security and nutrition.

The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 15–16 May 2017.

In preparation for the Forum, a Call for Innovations has been launched for the sharing of innovations that provide solutions targeted to SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14. Innovators from around the world are invited to submit their scientific and technological solutions to the challenges posed by these six SDGs by 24 March 2017 at http://stisolutions4sdgs.globalinnovationexchange.org. This year, special emphasis will be placed on learning about innovations where the Internet may have played a significant role in knowledge sharing and technology transfer.

From 30 January to 19 February 2017, UNSCN will facilitate an online consultation on the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition’s Work Programme. This opportunity is the first chance for you to comment publically on the text and help shape the agenda that follows, including during the CFS OEWG on Nutrition meeting on 10 February and the informal briefing of Member Countries on 27 February 2017. The FAO and WHO will produce a final work programme of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition to discuss with their Member States during the World Health Assembly (May 2017) and the FAO Conference (June 2017).

Davos, 19 January 2017 – Today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, 24 leading global companies announced their collaborative commitment to accelerating transformational change in global food systems. 

The companies have joined together to launch FReSH- the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health program- under the leadership of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the EAT Foundation (EAT). The program is open for more companies to participate.

The 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place from 11 to 20 July 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 22 countries presented voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and particularly the sustainable development goals (SDGs), over a day and a half during the Ministerial Segment of the HLPF under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 

GoodCompany Ventures has just launched the Climate Ventures 2.0 accelerator! Developed as part of the White House Climate Data Initiative with funding from the William Penn Foundation, CV2 is seeking entrepreneurial innovations in agriculture and water system resilience efforts. 

Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

All those working to achieve sustainable development, food security and climate resilience in Africa, please join us for this powerful multi-day learning and sharing event.

Nutritious products have been notoriously hard to sell commercially to low-income people. But the sector is making progress, with new customer insights and new models emerging. The importance of demand creation, targeted, effective marketing and innovative distribution mechanisms is particularly critical for such models to scale their impact.

This series of webinars will cover key aspects in marketing and distribution of nutritious products to base of the pyramid markets. The discussion will focus mostly on marketing nutritious products targeting infant and young children, though most of the lessons learnt apply to other nutritious foods (or even more widely to other beneficial consumer goods). It will share practical insight gathered from extensive research of models in this space by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and consulting firm Hystra.