Stories we loved the week of July 17, 2016:
New Index to Spur Action on SDGs – Sustainable Development Solutions Network
“Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung launched a new Sustainable Development Goal Index and Dashboard to provide a report card for tracking SDG progress and ensuring accountability. As ministers gather in New York to review progress on the SDGs, plenty of work lies ahead: The report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important reforms. In order to achieve the ambitious goals, immediate and comprehensive action is needed in the crucial first years of implementation of the new global agenda.”
Smallholder Initiatives to Feed the Future – Innovation Forum
“New projects involving business and government seem to be engaging more effectively with the 500 million smallholders that are vital for the world’s supply chains…Helping smallholders towards greater productivity, and towards greater integration into markets, is of course, crucial in boosting security of the food supply in those countries where populations are rising most rapidly, and that are likely to suffer the worst effects of climate change. And it also ensures supply continuity for some of the world’s biggest brands who rely on their smallholder suppliers for basic agricultural commodities.”
FAO and IMFN Partner for Landscapes – FAO and IMFN
“The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and International Model Forest Network (IMFN) Secretariat have agreed to strengthen cooperation to realize shared goals around innovative approaches to sustainable forest management (SFM) and conservation including shared governance of natural resources between all stakeholders at the landscape level.”
Featured image: “Kenyan farmers on their 4-acre plot where they grow oranges, avocado, vegetables, maize” by McKay Savage, on Wikimedia Commons.