26 Oct 2007

Food security and trade in the Caribbean

Investment Centre staff in the Latin America and Caribbean Service have contributed to the successful approval of a new food security project for the Caribbean region which will be financed by the Government of Italy. The Centre prepared the first umbrella food security project in 2001, and during 2005 and [...]

08 Oct 2007

Portuguese-speaking countries join in fight against desertification

“Improving the quality of life of rural populations affected by desertification and drought” is the principal objective of a South-South and North-South Cooperation Programme to Combat Desertification, which was presented by the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) on 12 September 2007 in Madrid, during a side-event co-organized by FAO within [...]

21 Sep 2007

FAO Mobilizes US$31.4 million Funding for Irrigation and Drainage Schemes in Myanmar

Technical Cooperation Department, Rome - FAO’s prompt response in preparing a project blueprint for the construction of irrigation schemes in the drier regions of Myanmar has mobilized US$31.4 million worth of funding from both the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the Government of Myanmar. Thanks to the Technical [...]

14 Sep 2007

International meeting on avian influenza focuses on long-term planning and future of poultry sectors

This summer, an important event to help guide international and national strategies in improving global and country preparedness for avian influenza was hosted by FAO in Rome. The “Technical Meeting on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Human H5N1 Infection”, held 27 to 29 June, was organized by FAO, the World [...]

30 Jul 2007

Fighting for Sustainable Land Management in Portuguese-Speaking Countries

Thanks to the FAO Investment Centre Division and the Global Mechanism (GM), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), a major strategic framework for the promotion of sustainable land management, was a main agenda topic at the XV Meeting of the Focal Points for Cooperation of the Community [...]

26 Jun 2007

Tackling hunger in the Horn of Africa: Governments, UN agree on road map

The Investment Centre is leading FAO’s collaboration in the UN Secretary General’s Special Humanitarian Envoy Initiative on Food Security in the Horn of Africa, in collaboration with the World Food Programme. More information at :

24 Jan 2007

FAO urges food aid reform

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today proposed a series of major changes in the way international food aid is managed and delivered. More information at :

20 Dec 2006

Innovative investment project for young farmers wins award

A project jointly prepared by a team of experts from Mexico’s Secretariat of Agrarian Reform, the World Bank and FAO’s Investment Centre, working in the Latin America and Caribbean region, has been awarded the 2006 “Golden Plough for Innovation” for Agriculture and Rural Development by the World Bank. The award [...]

05 Dec 2006

FAO, IFAD and WFP executive heads in joint visit to northern Ghana

Amid growing calls for reform and coherence among United Nations partners, the heads of the three Rome-based food and agriculture agencies demonstrated their determination to strengthen joint efforts to reduce hunger and poverty at the grassroots level by visiting Ghana’s food insecure Northern Region this week. More information at :

27 Nov 2006

Workshop on rural and agricultural finance in Tajikistan

A two-day workshop in Dushanbe, organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and FAO looked into ways of expanding rural and agricultural finance in Tajikistan. Given the importance of the agricultural sector for the Tajik economy, improved access to loans and other financial services is crucial for [...]


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