FAO in North America

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February 27th, 2012

Tutwiler: Rural women’s potential “squandered”

27 February 2012, New York – “Rural women are active economic agents who could unleash major advancements in hunger eradication and development if they were able to participate equally with men in the agricultural economy,” said FAO Deputy Director-General Ann Tutwiler,...

February 10th, 2012

ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook

The World Bank recently launched an electronic sourcebook to explore and capture the expanding knowledge and use of information and communication technology tools in developing country agriculture. The ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook offers practical examples and case studies...

January 6th, 2012

FAO, World Bank launch safety net training course

The Food and Agriculture Organization and World Bank have launched an introductory e-learning course on social safety nets, aimed at providing an overview of safety net programmes and how they are used and customized for different contexts to reduce poverty...

November 30th, 2011

Field research benefits US graduate students and FAO

An FAO-Washington program enlisting graduate students to work on development-related research projects overseas is proving helpful for both the students and the agency.

The program started with a study this year by a group of George Washington University students...

November 16th, 2011

Preserving the global marine commons

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) last week approved a broad-scale, innovative approach to address the depletion of high-seas fish stocks and biodiversity conservation.

The new programme aims to promote efficient and sustainable management of fisheries resources and...

November 9th, 2011

Trade risks spurred guide on stemming forest pests

The FAO guide released today to stem importation of forest-destroying pests responds to risks posed by increased international trade and is the result of a significant international collaboration, a U.S. specialist on the team said this week.

Not only...

October 13th, 2011

Feeding a Hungry World

October 13, 2011, Des Moines, Iowa – With a growing global population – which is expected to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050 – investing in women farmers in developing countries pays significant dividends, a panel of...

October 10th, 2011

Diouf: Malnutrition in all its forms is ‘intolerable’

10 October 2011, Tuskegee, Alabama – Preventing malnutrition is an investment that makes sense not only ethically but also economically, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said here today.

“Malnutrition in all its forms is an intolerable situation that causes immediate suffering and...

July 1st, 2011

Deputy Director-General visits Washington

FAO Deputy Director-General Ann Tutwiler was in Washington recently for a series of meetings with various US government institutions, nongovernmental and private-sector organizations. The trip marks Tutwiler’s first visit to Washington since taking up her FAO duties. During her visit,...

February 28th, 2011

A Gateway to Biodiversity in Agriculture: Animal Genetic Resources

Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) are the biological building blocks for livestock development, and are vital to food security and sustainable rural development. The value of these resources, however, has been poorly understood and their management neglected, resulting in significant erosion...

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