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Invitation to the Global Dialogue on the Role of Food and Agriculture in the Global Biodiversity Framework, 6-7 July 2021

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/CC/89700 (2021-043)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA National Focal Points, ABS Focal Points, Cartagena Protocol Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities and relevant organizations

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India’s dietary guidelines have a relatively lower carbon footprint: study

Growing conversations on climate change in the context of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have sparked more meaningful conversations on dietary diversity, ethical consumption and planetary health in recent years with many celebrities also embracing the ‘green living’ chatter.

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Farmers urgently need to diversify, but they cannot do it alone

Boosting biodiversity on farms is crucial to make them more resilient to climate change and protect future food security, but it will not happen without change across the food supply chain from seed producer to consumer, agronomists say.


42nd Session of the FAO Conference

14 - 18 June 2021, Online, Rome, Italy

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Give farmers, citizens key role in Kenya food system

Achieving food and nutrition security is an international and national goal. Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) seeks to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.

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Regenerative agriculture a game-changer for farmers

Practices wider and more advanced than organic farming, says grower On Canadian farms, something important is growing – farmers are turning to regenerative agriculture.

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Deforestation is driven by global markets

The world is at a crossroads, as humanity tries to mitigate climate change and halt biodiversity loss, while still securing a supply of food for everyone. A recent study in Nature Communications shows that global demands for commodities, especially in connection with agricultural development, ar ...

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Pollinators Are the Buzz for This B-Corp’s Focus on Regenerative Agriculture

Danone North America recently announced an expansion of its regenerative agriculture program on participating dairy farms and almond producers. That commitment is certainly important for its portfolio of brands, which includes numerous dairy products and popular non-dairy alternatives such as Da ...

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Helping farmers in Kenya keep produce cool to cut food waste

Small-volume farmers of avocado, mango and french beans in Kenya are helping to test the model from SokoFresh, which manages mobile cold storage units that run on 100% solar energy.

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Rethinking Food Systems

Over decades, as populations have grown, more people are consuming – and wasting more food – than ever before. Unsustainable food production and consumption patterns are a common thread, running through many of the greatest challenges facing humanity today.

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McCain pledges to use only regeneratively-farmed potatoes by 2030

Sustainable agricultural practices offer net zero and biodiversity benefits, the frozen chips giant claims Frozen chips giant McCain has pledged to use potatoes grown using regenerative agricultural practices across its portfolio of products worldwide by the end of the decade, it announced today.

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Half of Your Grocery List Contains Byproducts of an Environmental Scourge

A few weeks ago, the Sri Lankan president announced that his government would ban all imports of palm oil, with immediate effect, and ordered the country’s plantation companies to begin uprooting their oil-palm monocultures and replacing them with more environmentally friendly crops.

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Is carbon the 'crop' of the future?

An increasing awareness and concern about the environment, changes in government policy, America's re-entry into the Paris Agreement and a robust demand for carbon offsets all point toward an appetite for a different type of agricultural crop—carbon.

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The brilliance of brown lawns: why your grass shouldn’t always be greener

Watering our gardens is wasteful and mowing them a nightmare for biodiversity. So is it time to embrace long, brown grass or more radical options such as patchwork lawns?

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Managing agricultural biodiversity takes time

A three-year research project shows how functional traits drive pollinator and predator responses to semi-natural grassland strips embedded in agricultural landscapes. The findings are published in Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Investigation of Ireland’s farm biodiversity baseline begins

Habitat surveys will be carried out on about 8,000 farms, in a pilot scheme first phase of a comprehensive analysis of farm habitats and biodiversity, which will eventually provide a baseline on which to base future targeting of agri-environmental schemes and measures.

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One year on, are MEPs ready to boost biodiversity and farm to fork strategies?

When the European Commission announced the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, exactly one year ago, we estimated that they could be potential game changers for EU nature, food and farming policies.

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World bee day: The dwindling global bee populations

Bees are among the most important creatures on the planet. They play a critical role in food production and improving biodiversity by pollinating thousands of cultivated and wild plants.

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‘Farmers are making a significant contribution to biodiversity’

Marking the start of National Biodiversity Week, Minister Pippa Hackett acknowledged the contribution of farmers in maintaining biodiversity on their land.

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Soil is the solution

What do you think of when you hear the word “desertification”? Sand dunes slowly encroaching on bountiful farmland? The Sahara and Gobi taking over Africa and Asia?

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Cypriot grapes perform well in heat and on taste

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found several grape varieties native to Cyprus, which tolerate drought conditions better than some international varieties popular in Australia, contain chemical compounds responsible for flavors preferred by Australian consumers.

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Save the Bees means save our food (and planet)

Let’s start with a simple fact: bees and pollinators play a crucial role for the planet, for the protection of biodiversity and for agriculture. They are an integral part of our food system because they pollinate the cultivated plants that end up as food on our tables.

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Pay dirt: $200 million plan for Australia’s degraded soil is a crucial turning point

The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the air we breathe, the water we drink – it’s all underpinned by healthy and productive soils. Since Europeans arrived in Australia, the continent’s soil has steadily been degraded. Yet, until now, we’ve lacked an integrated national approach to managing thi ...

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$32.1 million for agriculture biodiversity stewardship

2021-22 Budget confirms the Australian Government’s commitment to promoting biodiversity stewardship on agricultural land

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How insect hotels and honey highways are helping bee populations in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the world’s second-largest agricultural exporter after the US, 75% of food crops and more than 85% of wild plants are reliant on them. But across the globe they’re declining – and more than half of the Netherlands’ 360 bee species have come under threat as areas of wildflower ...

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Pollinators and biodiversity: a fundamental duo for us and the planet

That’s right, bees are not good just for producing honey. Pollinating insects, in general, play a crucial role for us and the planet: with their tireless work they protect biodiversity and along with it our health.

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Why imported veg is still more sustainable than local meat

A former colleague who was a researcher and promoter of local food systems once argued that local meat markets connect children with reality. “If young people do not have a direct experience with food”, he told me, “they might think it originates on supermarket shelves.

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Opportunity to deliver ‘much-needed change’ to agricultural policy

A report ‘Towards a New Agricultural and Food Policy for Ireland’ sets out recommendations to government in the hope that it will deliver much needed change to Irish agricultural policy.

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No substitute for honey

How adulteration and bee malnutrition threaten the future of this food, the bees that make it, and all the other plants they pollinate.

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Kenyan Experts: Pesticides Killing Bees, Forcing Farmers to Hand-Pollinate

Kenyan farmers say they are being forced to hand-pollinate their crops due to a decline in bee populations from pesticides. Kenya’s insect experts say the chemicals, meant to kill desert locusts and other pests, are killing off bees and other pollinating insects.

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Civic Sanskriti: Mango magic... the treasure troves that sustain us all

While the brilliant Amaltas flowers are a visual delight, it is the Mango that is perhaps the most loved and delicious component of the golden Indian summer

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Step by step guide on disease, weeds and pest control

Any seasoned farmer knows that crop interferences brought about by plant pests, diseases and weeds can wipe out their hard work and cause significant crop loss if not 100 per cent loss.


166th session of the FAO Council

26 - 30 April 2021, Rome, Italy

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Treated like dirt: urban soil is often overlooked as a resource

When you think about soil, you probably think of rolling fields of countryside. But what about urban soil? With city dwellers expected to account for 68% of the world’s population by 2050, this oft forgotten resource is increasingly important.

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Ireland’s strategy to be a world leader in sustainable food by 2030

Ireland’s plan to be a world leader in sustainable food systems by 2030 has been thrown open to public consultation. Submissions or observations on the draft Agri-Food Strategy to 2030 and associated Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement are invited, until June 15, 2021.

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Plant breeding: 10,000 years of biodiversity threats?

For years, NGOs and politicians opposing modern breeding methods such as gene transfer or genome editing have claimed that these “manipulations” would pose serious health risks, from allergies to cancer or autism. However, after more than two decades of consuming transgenic crops, there is not a ...

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Africa: Giving a Voice to Soil Organisms - Our Silent Allies in the Fight Against Hunger

The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) kicked off yesterday with a call to preserve this vast community of living soil organisms and the vital ecosystem services they provide.

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Nestlé scientists uncover low carbon and drought-resistant coffee varieties

In a new breakthrough, Nestlé plant scientists have developed a generation of low carbon coffee varieties, through classical non-GMO breeding that harnesses the plant’s natural biodiversity.

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The US food system creates hunger and debt – but there is another way

Michael Fakhri, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, says the US food system is built on injustices but there is hope where people are prioritizing the right to food

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Can Grazing Antelope Regenerate South Africa’s Coastal Vegetation?

On July 29, 2020, five eland antelope ambled through the gates of a vineyard on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. They didn’t come for the wine, but rather to graze.

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Food tribes must find common ground to solve hunger and climate change

Divisions over what makes a healthy, sustainable diet are so entrenched it is easy to assume that ‘food tribes’ – from the plant-based movement to the committed carnivores – have nothing in common.

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What’s the buzz? Why the cottagecore garden trend is great for bees and biodiversity

The interiors trend will also be seen outside this summer – bringing colour, life and beauty to our green spaces

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Eco.business Joins forces with Co-operative Bank to Finance Sustainable Agriculture

The eco.business fund has provided its first investment in Kenya in the amount of Ksh 1 billion to Co-operative Bank of Kenya, one of the leading commercial banks in the country. The subordinated loan will be on-lent to sustainable agribusinesses, contributing to the fund’s mission of conserving ...

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Small farms outdo big ones on biodiversity — and crop yields

Large-scale farms account for most of the global food supply, but smallholdings protect species and are just as profitable.Small farms tend to be more productive and biodiverse than large ones, and are roughly as profitable and resource-efficient.

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