12 December 2013, Rome/Dar-es-Salaam/Dodoma - After a week of official visits to Ethiopia and Tanzania, Maria-Helena Semedo, Deputy-Director-General of FAO accompanied a delegation including Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme(WFP); and Adolfo Brizzi, the Director of Policy and Technical Advisory Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The mission ended today with a press conference following a launch event for the Bank of Tanzania's National Financial Inclusion Framework.
12 December 2013, Rome/Dar-es-Salaam/Dodoma — Why is financial inclusion necessary for agricultural development and what does it involve? In order to address those questions Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, along with senior officials of the three food agencies of the United Nations traveled to Ethiopia and Tanzania this week. Queen Máxima led the delegation in her capacity as UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). Together the group met with senior officials from government and financial organizations to discuss how expanding access to financial services - such as bank accounts, short-term credit, small loans, savings (...)
10 December 2013, Rome – Organizations and companies active in food loss or waste reduction are implementing projects and initiatives world-wide to help eradicate hunger. The strategy is to build off of resources already being used, in order to cope with the demands of a growing population. Unfortunately, many efforts are overlapping between like-minded organizations unaware of each other’s efforts. To address this issue, from 10-11 December, FAO is hosting a global partnership event. International experts and stakeholders from around the world are convening this week in order to discuss ways to create synergy among initiatives and build consensus (...)
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