Stories tagged: SDGs

MAR142017
Sustainable smallholder development

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14-15 March 2017

London, UK

A two-day conference on how business can engage with small farmers to ensure supply security and resilience at scale. We will focus on the top priorities across commodities to provide high-level insight and practical, actionable guidance on how business can implement effective programmes that will boost the resilience of smallholders at scale. Read more >>

MAY222017
2017 ECOSOC forum on financing for development

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22 – 25 May 2017

New York, US

The 2017 Economic and Social Council forum on financing for development follow-up will convene from 22 to 25 May, on an exceptional basis, without prejudice to General Assembly resolution 68/1 and without setting a precedent for future discussions, and will include the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Read more >>

Sue Carlson: Why Agriculture is Essential to the Success of the SDGs as a Whole

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Farming First is at the United Nations today, addressing a session on Financing for Development and the Post-2015 process. The delegation is bringing agriculture’s central role in achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals to the attention of negotiators, not just those relating to hunger.

Sue Carlson, Chair of the Women’s Committee of the World Farmers’ Organisation has also highlighted concern that access to inputs and extension is not currently featured in the draft outcome statement of the International Conference on Financing Development. Read her statement below. Continue reading

David Donoghue: Why Food Security and Agriculture is at Core of SDG Agenda

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As part of our ongoing series that explores the state of the negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals, Ray Jordan, CEO of Irish charity Gorta-Self Help Africa sat down with Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Ambassador David Donoghue, who is acting as co-facilitator in the negotiations. Continue reading

Guido Schmidt-Traub: Three Challenges to Address to Make the SDGs Work

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In the first installment of Farming First’s new blog series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Guido Schmidt-Traub identifies three main challenges facing the SDGs as we enter the final stretch towards their implementation.

With the issuance of the December Synthesis report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the recent start of negotiations in the General Assembly we are entering the final stretch towards the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals will pick up from the successful Millennium Development Goals that expire of this year to guide international collaboration among governments, business, and civil society towards sustainable development. Well-crafted SDGs will mobilize expert communities around practical solutions and goal-based strategies. Continue reading

NOV252013
EVENT (25 Nov): Eradicating Hunger and Malnutrition in our Lifetime

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Farming First is hosting a high-level luncheon “Eradicating Hunger and Malnutrition in our Lifetime” at the United Nations (West Terrace Dining Room) in New York this Monday, 25th November, 1-3pm.

Participation is limited so please RSVP to info@farmingfirst.org to secure your place.

Farming First UN flyerAgriculture should be central to the post-2015 development process and the formulation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Supportive policies are needed to encourage investments in agriculture and innovation that lead to food security, economic development, rural employment and national security. The intersection of food security with development is not only an immediate measure of hungry mouths, but also the long term implications on a country’s well being.

The luncheon will be organized in eight roundtables dealing with the proposed Post 2015 topics and have a roundtable discussion on the key metrics for that goal. Facilitators and rapporteurs will be assigned to each table to guide and record the specific discussion points which arise.

  1. End hunger and protect the right of everyone to have access to sufficient, safe, affordable, and nutritious food.
  2. Reduce stunting and anemia for all children under five.
  3. Increase agricultural productivity with a focus on sustainably increasing smallholder yields and access to irrigation.
  4. Adopt sustainable agricultural, ocean and freshwater fishery practices and rebuild designated fish stocks to sustainable levels.
  5. Reduce postharvest loss and food waste.

Please RSVP to info@farmingfirst.org to secure your place.