20 Dec 2010

RuralInvest Spreads to Turkey

For the First Time Since Inception, RuralInvest Training Conducted Fully in Turkish  Afyon, Turkey- The very first RuralInvest training in the Turkish language took place from December 2nd to 9th, 2010. The training, funded by FAO’s Investment Centre and co-funded by Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF), successfully trained MOEF's staff on [...]

15 Dec 2010

Farm-level Irrigation Modernization Project in Egypt

An FAO Investment Centre team has provided substantial support to the Government of Egypt in the identification and design of the Farm-level Irrigation Modernization Project approved by the World Bank on 14 December 2010. The team members (David Lugg, Senior Agricultural Officer, Yoshiko Ishihara, Rural Sociologist and Juan Morelli, Economist, Consultant), [...]

09 Dec 2010

New impact assessment report

Farmers weigh in on FAO support during food crisisSmall farmers around the world, made vulnerable by rising food, fuel and input prices, managed to rapidly boost their food production at a critical time thanks to FAO support, according to findings in a new impact assessment report.  In mid-2008, when international food [...]

29 Nov 2010

Investments in agriculture must grow

Rise in food prices make structural changes urgent 23 November 2010, Abu Dhabi - The key to long-term food security lies in boosting investment in agriculture, particularly in low-income food-deficit countries, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said today.The rapid increase in hunger and malnourishment since the food crisis of 2008 reveals the [...]

25 Nov 2010

Three new countries to receive USD 97 million to tackle hunger

The Governments of Ethiopia, Mongolia and Niger got a big boost in their fight against poverty and hunger when they were awarded grants totaling USD 97 million from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a multi-donor funding mechanism. FAO welcomes this latest round of GAFSP funding, which will bolster [...]

29 Oct 2010

Joint statement from the EBRD, the UN’s FAO and leading grains and oilseeds companies

EBRD grains and oilseeds roundtable   28 October 2010 Joint statement from the EBRD, the UN’s FAO and leading grains and oilseeds companies The EBRD, with the support of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, held a workshop in London on 28 October with senior representatives from the largest global and local companies in [...]

20 Oct 2010

Russia Needs a New Generation of Skilled Workers to Help Revitalize the Agricultural Sector

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Modernizing Russia s Agricultural Curriculum 20 October 2010, Moscow - Cooperation between the public and private sector is crucial to reinvigorate Russia's agricultural education system, a study presented in Moscow today finds. The study was commissioned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and carried [...]

13 Oct 2010

The world’s next breadbasket - Unleashing Eastern Europe and Central Asia’s agricultural potential

13 October 2010, Istanbul - The countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia have vast untapped agricultural resources and can play a vital role in improving world food security, the FAO and EBRD said at the opening of a two-day meeting in Istanbul today. With global demand for food, [...]

08 Oct 2010

Feeding Bangladesh's growing population amid rising climate challenges

7 October 2010, Barisal and Khulna, Bangladesh - At first glance it looks like another of Bangladesh's hundreds of rivers − that is, until the half-submerged houses and blackened trees come into view. Thousands of acres of rice paddy have been under water in Koira Upazila (sub-district) in southern Bangladesh since Cyclone Aila [...]

06 Oct 2010

Boosting incomes of Bangladesh’s rural poor

Barisal and Khulna, Bangladesh – Shefali Rani, a Bangladeshi woman in her fifties, dreams of starting her own paper bag making business one day. And it is her pregnant goat – her sole asset – that holds the key to that dream, she says. “I hope to sell one of the [...]


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