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Green revolution in Africa, what is the reality?

The African Green Revolution Forum took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia September 1-4th. Aksel Naerstad, International co-coordinator of the More and Better Network, was one of the about 1000 participants. A lot has changed - he says - since the 1st African Green Revolution Conference in Oslo in 2006, organized by the world largest fertilizer company, Yara. A key question is: are the changes only rhetoric or also in reality?” 

  • International Forum for Agroecology postponed

    The International Forum for Agroecology that was to be held in the Center of Nyéléni (Mali) from the 7 to the 12 of November has been postponed to 2015. We will provide you with more information as soon as the new dates are set. Please, come back to visit us, or check the CNOP Mali website to stay up to date.

  • CSOs call for effective participation in the process leading to the ICN2

    Civil society organizations and social movements express serious concerns about their limited participation in the policy processes towards the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). In an informal statement to ICN2 joint working group, they strongly object the "non-state" actor model adopted for the meeting...

  • Call for articles: Family farmers in living landscapes

    Farming Matters magazine is looking for stories about the relation between forests, sustainable farming and resilient landscapes, and about the connection between landscape (or territory), local culture and the regional economy for its September 2014 issue. The articles can be sent in English (preferred), Spanish, Portuguese or French. Deadline: June 15th, 2014. More information in the following call..

  • Right to Food Guidelines:online consultation until May 26

    Ten years after the adoption of the Right To Food Guidelines by the FAO council, the Right to Food team together with FIAN is coordinating an online consultation to seek inputs on three major issues. Deadline for sending in comments has now been extended to the 26th of May. 

  • Negotiations on CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture

    The negotiations on the First Draft of the CFS-RAI Principles will take place at FAO, in Rome, May 19th -23rd. Representatives from civil society will meet on May 17-18th to prepare for the negotiations. The More and Better Network will be present both at the civil society’s meeting and at the negotiations.  

  • Agriculture and nutrition in the Sustainable Development Goals

    A High-Level Roundtable on what should be in the Sustainable Development Goals on agriculture and nutrition took place in New York in the end of March. Aksel Naerstad, international co-coordinator of More and Better took part in the two days meeting (27-28 March). The outcome document is available in English here, feel free to share it. 

  • CFS Principles for Responsible Investements in Agriculture: Draft One is out

    On April 1st the Secretariat of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) published the First Draft of the Principles for Responsible Investments in Agriculture. You can download the document here. This Draft is the result of feedbacks received during the Regional and Global consultations undertaken from September 2013 – March 2014, on what should be added, changed, and improved based on the Zero Draft

  • Stop Enabling Land Grabs: Agriculture Doesn’t Need World Bank’s Business Indicators

    We are pleased to announce that we have signed on to the joint statement promoted by the Campaign Our Land is Our Business. Right now, millions of people are being thrown off their land because large corporations are being given special rights.The World Bank is driving this destructive trend with its Doing Business rankings.Stand with us to tell the World Bank and the land grabbers it’s our land, our business.

  • The More and Better General Meeting in Nyélény, November 13th 2014

    This year we have the pleasure to hold our General Meeting in Mali, at the Nyélény Centre (Sélingué), a place with a strong symbolic value for social movements, NGOs and civil society organizations that support food sovereignty. Our General Meeting will take place on November 13th, just after the International Forum for Agroecology. The organizational process has just started, more detailed information will be provided in the next weeks. Meantime, put a mark on your agenda!

  • Statement of the 2014 Farmers' Forum

    21/02/2014. We, delegates in the 5th Farmers’ Forum, representatives of small-scale producer organizations, speak on behalf of millions of small-scale farmers, artisanal fishers, pastoralists, livestock breeders, and indigenous communities. Through this statement communicate our views and proposals to IFAD and its governing bodies.
    IFAD was founded in 1977 to work for the rural poor. With the creation of the Farmers’ Forum in 2005 it began to work with the rural poor. At that time it was way ahead of the rest of the UN system in opening up to systematic dialogue with organizations representing the intended beneficiaries of its action...