News archive 2012
"Today we have lost a tireless advocate for the world's hungry," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, paying tribute to former U.S. Senator George McGovern, who died at a hospice near his home in the U.S. state of South Dakota. He was 90.
Eliminating hunger in West Africa is the main objective of a new, three-year project launched by West African countries, Germany and FAO. The project is co-funded by the German Government and the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Brazil and FAO signed a new South-South cooperation agreement today worth $20 million that aims to channel Brazilian expertise in cotton production to other developing countries. The four year collaborative effort will target participating countries with technical assistance and training in best practices in cotton cultivation and marketing. Cotton is fundamental to the economies of many developing nations, particularly in West and Central Africa, where around 10 million small farmers depend on the sector for their income.
As part of celebrations for World Food Week, Hunger Run 2012 will take place on Sunday 21 October 2012. The event, formerly known as the Run for Food race, has been renamed to emphasize the Rome-based agencies common goal of eradicating hunger.
FAO is providing Sierra Leone with technical assistance to improve the country's capacity to anticipate, plan for and respond to food security and nutrition threats under a two-year project signed here today.Project focus is on development of information network systems and human resources to facilitate food security planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Agricultural cooperatives, already enriching millions of small-scale farmers, could expand and make an even greater contribution against poverty and hunger, if they were given the right support by governments, civil society and academia. That is the key message of this year’s World Food Day, observed today in 150 countries.
Continuing food price volatility requires improved global governance of food security FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said. He was speaking at a ministerial meeting on food price volatility attended by some 20 ministers.
If countries step up their efforts to reduce hunger the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015 can still be reached, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told the opening session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) today.
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso meets FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in Brussels. They agree that the EU is a key strategic partner for FAO and discuss food security including development, resilience and nutrition policies, as well as global governance issues.
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 (SOFI), jointly published by FAO, IFAD and WFP, presents better estimates of chronic undernourishment based on an improved methodology and data for the last two decades.