At the 6th International Forest Engineering Conference, held in Rotorua, New Zealand, 16-19 April 2018, FAO launched two new publications to urge governments and the private sector to improve labour safety in agriculture and forestry. The titles of the publications are Managing heat in agricultural work and Accident reporting and analysis in forestry: guidance on increasing the safety of forest work. (In English, Spanish and French) FAO Deputy Director General of Climate and Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, said in her address to the participants in the Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin, 19-20 April, that bio products can improve access to food and help tackle issues related to climate change, when they are produced sustainably. She added that a more inclusive bioeconomy can also be beneficial to family farmers and small-scale producers. (In English, Spanish and French) Empowering women and strengthening gender equality can not only enhance equity within forest and farm communities and producer organizations, but also improve their livelihoods, as women tend to invest all their income in their families’ well-being. This was the message participants heard at a panel discussion organized by the Forest Farm Facility (FFF) in collaboration with the Sweden-based development organization WeEffect. (In English) Dschang University in Cameroon has joined forces with FAO to design study programmes aimed at strengthening forest governance, within the framework of the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) promoted by the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme to combat illegal logging. Those programmes were officially presented at the Dschang University campus in April. (In French) In a combined effort to both reduce the indiscriminate felling of trees for woodfuel and improve the health of women and children in many households, FAO is helping local authorities in Nigeria to establish fuel-efficient stove production. FAO’s Deputy Country Representative inaugurated one of the three production centres for such fuel-efficient stoves just established in Borno state. (In English) In collaboration with country ministries and international organizations, FAO is helping the Government of Guatemala to establish the National Strategy for REDD+, which aims to reduce forest deforestation and degradation in the country, by providing economic incentives for local forest owners, 30 percent of whom are women. (In Spanish)