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An update from a CARE workshop on smallholder agriculture, climate change and food and nutrition security.

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The close of 2013 brings with it the inevitable series of lists of the best and worst of the year. It's good to reflect on deeds past, but this list takes a different approach: it describes what these lists should say a year from now.

Six business specialists from across CARE International answered the question: "What is your vision for inclusive business in 2014?" They identified 6 ambitious but achievable milestones for the new year that could change the future of inclusive business.

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After the annual meeting of the world’s largest and most important body for agreeing international food and nutrition security policy, Larissa Pelham questions on World Food Day whether NGOs really have a voice in the process.

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The 2013 Annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report was launched last week, in time for the annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). This year’s report estimates that progress has been made towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve the level of global hunger, albeit with wide disparities across regions.

It’s refreshing to have some positive news about the decrease in the number of people who are food insecure and I was pleased at the prominence given to social protection in the report. (See more on the positives below). However there were some glaring omissions. What about the focus on governance and women’s voice? Where is a reflection on the contribution of climate change to food security? And why, at a time when 4 million people inside Syria face food insecurity, does the report stay silent on emergencies and the impact of conflict and crisis on immediate and long term food insecurity? All at a time when the CFS, this week, is finalising policy recommendations for managing food insecurity during protracted crises.

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This document explains CARE’s role and position at the 40th annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security. It is intended as information for CARE’s partners and interested parties, on a focal area of CARE’s international advocacy work on food and nutrition security (FNS).

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The leaders of the G8 came to the UK over a month ago and David Cameron hosted a ‘Hunger Summit’. While the summit did pledge up to $4.15bn (USD) to tackle malnutrition did it take the opportunity to boost public investment in the small holder farmers that feed a third of the world’s population?

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Despite the fact that there is enough food for everyone, almost 870 million people go hungry every night. 2.3 million children die needlessly because of malnutrition each year and 165 million more have their future potential permanently damaged because they don’t receive the right nutrients at the start of life. This is a human tragedy, with a clear moral imperative for world leaders to act and the UK should play a leading role.

This policy briefing draws on a report, commissioned by the UK Hunger Alliance (HA) and written by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), which investigates smallholder agriculture’s contribution to better nutrition.

Findings suggest that smallholder agricultural development that is environmentally sustainable, can dramatically reduce poverty and hunger. To have greatest impact, investments should:

  • Empower small-scale women farmers
  • Promote small-scale farming including home gardens, small-scale livestock and fish-rearing
  • Complement agricultural programmes with education and nutrition communication, health services, clean water and sanitation.
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