In preparation for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a draft outcome report laid out a new global framework for financing sustainable development as part of the post-2015 agenda, aiming to mobilize financial and technical resources for development, strengthen national and international policy environments, close technology gaps, and increase public and priv

Agriculture carries with it a number of inherent risks. Weather, pests and crop disease, and variable local and global markets are all out of a farmer’s control, making it difficult to generate stable income. While farmers in developed countries and large-scale farmers in emerging economies can hedge these risks through the use of credit, insurance, and other financial instruments, developing country farmers typically rely on more “traditional”, and less effective, risk management techniques because they lack access to formal financing options.

A person’s aspirations, or goals and targets for their future, can be a driving force in their life, providing motivation and guiding their choices. But when forming aspirations, all people dismiss some options for their future lives, and fail to even imagine other options or opportunities. Once formed, our aspirations can limit the possible futures we consider by focusing our attention on some future options and filtering out others.

On August 14, IFPRI and the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) held a Policy Forum on food and nutrition security in Zambia. The meeting was attended by 66 representatives of various international organizations and government ministries, including the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the European Union.

The August edition of the FAO Monthly News Report on Grains was released today. The report covers ongoing global and regional trends in grain prices and policies. This month's edition covers bumper grain crops in China, the impact of imported European feed wheat on Asian corn markets, and declining production in Ukraine.

Global and regional experts will meet in El Salvador on September 10-11 to discuss new ways to enhance food and nutrition security in Central America.

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Written by David Cozac

Ensuring that small-scale farmers and producers enjoy a bigger piece of the financial pie is the aim of a new web resource on agricultural development.

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By Rebecca Sullivan

At the L’Aquila G-8 summit in 2009, governments and organizations committed more than $20 billion to agriculture and rural development as a means of promoting food and nutrition security.