Tightened rules for use of antibiotics by livestock producers go into effect in the United States

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Mass poultry production in the USA (photo credit: Oklahoma State University).

‘A new rule that aims to safeguard essential antibiotics for humans by limiting their use in food animals is now fully in effect.

‘Under the Food and Drug Administration policy, antibiotics that have been designated “medically important”—in other words, they’re needed to treat people—cannot legally be given to healthy animals to speed their growth. The policy, three years in the making, required producers of agricultural antibiotics to change labeling on the drugs to make clear they should not be used for so-called growth promotion. All manufacturers agreed to abide by the new rule.

‘The policy also requires that from now on, food animals can only be given…

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USAID to host two-day online discussion on food safety research in developing countries


Market in Malawi Fresh produce on sale in a local market in Malawi (photo credit: IFPRI).

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will hold a two-day online AgExchange on food safety beginning 20 June 2017 at 1000 hours EDT (GMT – 4). The online exchange will provide a forum to discuss key constraints and research priorities in food safety and overarching food safety needs, concerns and gaps in Feed the Future countries.

By taking part in the discussion, you will assist USAID to (1) identify gaps and weaknesses in global research for food safety and (2) evaluate the existing research portfolio to assess the need for research in food safety to ensure successful implementation of the United States Government Global Food Security Strategy.

The discussion will be facilitated by USAID staff. For more information, visit the event web page or email the Agrilinks Team at agrilinks@agrilinks.org.

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Delightful news from FAO and IRIN : urban gardens and food security (Willem Van Cotthem / IRIN / FAO)


For years we have been promoting family gardens (kitchen gardens) and school gardens, not to mention hospital gardens, in the debate on alleviation of hunger and poverty.  We have always insisted on the fact that development aid should concentrate on initiatives to boost food security through family gardens instead of food aid on which the recipients remain dependent. Since the nineties we have shown that community gardens in rural villages, family gardens in refugee camps and school gardens, where people and children grow their own produce, are better off than those who received food from aid organizationsat regular intervals.

Locally produced fresh vegetables and fruits play a tremendously important role in the daily diet of all those hungry people in the drylands.  Take for instance the possibility of having a daily portion of vitamins within hand reach.  Imagine the effect of fresh food on malnutrition of…

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Family farms are essential to food security, balanced diets, and biodiversity by preserving traditional food products


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Farmers going to work in the fields of Jalal-Abad Oblast, Kyrgyzstan, in the early morning. Some 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by family farms.

FAO launches digital platform on family farming

New initiative aims to inform policy makers, continue global conversation on food security

Recognizing the contributions of family farmers to food security and poverty eradication worldwide, FAO today launched a new digital platform that aims to become a “one-stop shop” for information, data and legislation on the sector that produces some 80 percent of the world’s food.

“Family farmers feed our communities and take care of our earth — they are crucial allies in the fight against hunger and rural poverty,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Tuesday.

By gathering digitized information on family farming from all over the world – including public programs, national and regional legislation, up-to-date…

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80 percent of the world’s food is produced by smallholder family farmers.


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The Family Farming Knowledge Platform supports family farmers around the world.

Family Farmers Feed the World

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by family farmers. And approximately 72 percent of farms worldwide are less than one hectare, while just 6 percent are larger than five hectares, according to the FAO.

To examine the challenges faced by these small family farmers and to celebrate FAO launched the new Family Farming Knowledge Platform (FFKP) to support better policies for family farmers and provide data for governments and organizations.

“There was a need to share knowledge on family farming—on the different kinds of policies that governments have implemented and the numerous activities of family farmers and their organizations in the field,” says Francesco Pierri, Chief of the Advocacy Unit in the FAO Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and…

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“Global Food Security Governance” at Kyoto University

Rural Sociology Wageningen University

By Joëlla van de Griend

lecture In-class debate on trade and food security

Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Economics, as part of the Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies (AGST), aims to contribute to sustainable development in Asia and throughout the world. Wageningen University’s Rural Sociology Group is a key partner in this platform. As a part of this partnership, Dr. Jessica Duncan has come to Kyoto University to teach a course on Global Food Security Governance.

Taking a sociological approach, the course covers a variety of angles to think about global food security governance. The course is attended by graduate students, PhD candidates and faculty members, which has contributed to rich discussions. Furthermore, amongst the participants there is a large variety of backgrounds and fields of expertise such as law, economics, development studies, business management, political science, and agricultural science with attendants coming from Asia, Europe and Africa.

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Youth Agripreneurs Project: Sowing the seed for a brighter future


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Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they all gathered in Johannesburg, where they thrilled the audiences at GCARD3 with their enthusiasm, drive and energy in describing their YAP projects. Now they are looking back at what the past year has brought them, what challenges they had to deal with, and what the the mentoring, coaching and training that came along with the seed funding through YAP, has meant for them as businesspeople and as individuals. They are also wondering what the future holds for them. It is inspiring to read how motivated they are, and how a small project has made a major difference in the lives not only of these selected agri-preneurs but in the communities where they…

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