1 March 2012, Rome - Strong rural organizations like producer groups and cooperatives are crucial to hunger and poverty reduction. They allow small producers to play a greater role in meeting growing food demand on local, national and international markets, while improving their own economic, social and political opportunities.
This thinking connects a series of case studies found in a new
23 February 2012, Rome - Improving agricultural data systems and boosting support to smallholder farmers in the fight against hunger emerged as key topics during discussions between Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today at FAO headquarters.
The philanthropist and digital technology icon met with the head of the specialized UN agency, discussing ways to improve FAO's data collection
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today that there was still time to avoid food security crises in the Sahel, during a high level meeting convened by the World Food Programme (WFP) to discuss the situation in that region.
Drawing on lessons learned from the Horn of Africa, the Director-General said that we needed to assure that early warning led to early action, that a twin track approach be
“Long-awaited rains coupled with substantial agricultural inputs and the humanitarian response deployed in the last six months are the main reasons for this improvement,” FAO’s new Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a press conference in Nairobi after visiting southern Somalia.
“However, the crisis is not over. It can only be resolved with a combination of rains and continued, coordinated, long-term actions that build up the resilience of local populations
Nairobi, Kenya. 1 February 2012. FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki, and Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga, coincided on the need to build resilience so farmers and pastoralists are able to face the recurrent droughts that affect the Horn of Africa.
“We cannot avoid droughts, but we can work to make its impact less severe on the rural communities,” said the Director-General of FAO after meeting