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Committee on World Food Security opens

The 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security opens on 7 October. More than 30 ministers will attend the session and there were more than 1,000 registrations to the Plenary.

The entire week will be webcast at http://www.fao.org/webcast

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IDS Annual Report features Future Agricultures work

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Our research on Pastoralism and our three new Africa hubs have been highlighted in this year's annual report from the Institute of Development Studies.

The article includes details of our policy workshops in Nairobi and Addis Ababa, and the launch of the book Pastoralism and Development in Africa.

The IDS report also features the new Africa-centred structure of Future Agricultures, with three regional hubs in Africa to convene events, support researchers and manage budgets.

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Call for papers: the 'new security convergence'

trefoil knotThe journal Water Alternatives will publish a special issue on Critical Thinking on the 'New Security Convergence' in Energy, Food, Climate and Water, with financial support from the ESRC STEPS Centre.

The editors invite abstracts by 15 December 2013 on the points set out below. For full details, please visit the Water Alternatives website.

Guest Editors:

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Water Alternatives: call for papers

2013 Yara Prize honours Lindiwe Sibanda

Lindiwe SibandaFuture Agricultures advisory council member Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is one of the two winners of the Yara Prize for 2013, in recognition of her policy and advocacy work with FANRPAN.

Dr Sibanda was awarded the prize for her many years of work generating knowledge and facilitating dialogue to develop informed, research-based development through policy and advocacy across Africa as CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), where she has served since 2004.

FANRPAN is perceived to be one of the most influential policy networks across the African region. Its focus areas include policy research and advocacy work on food policy, agricultural productivity, natural resources and environment, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on farmers livelihoods.

Dr Sibanda is a member of the newly-formed Future Agricultures advisory council, which brings together thought leaders from across Africa to shape the organisation's strategic direction.

The other Yara Prize winner was Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, founder and CEO of the Smallholders Foundation in Nigeria, who was honoured for his use of radio to educate small farmers in southeast Nigeria.

Consultation launched on smallholders and food security

Ugandafruits2On 20 December 2012 the Knowledge network on Food Security and Nutrition launched a new consultation on behalf of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), aimed at gathering inputs on the Version 0 draft (V0 draft) of the report on Investing in smallholder agriculture for food and nutrition security.

The invitation is also available in French and Spanish and comments are welcome in these languages. The deadline is 18 January 2013.

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