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Building peace through agriculture in the Central African Republic
25 Mar 2014
FAO senior officials met today with a high level clerical delegation working in the Central African Republic to talk about FAO’s work in the country and how agriculture can play a role in building peace in the country.    Deputy Director-General for Operations Daniel Gustafson and Emergency and Rehabilitation Division Director Dominique Burgeon, who was recently on a field visit to the Central African Republic, held talks with the Catholic Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the chief Imam of Bangui, Kobine Layama Omar, and the leader of the Federation of Protestant Churches of the Central African Republic, Nicolas Guerekoyame Gbangou, invited...
 Civil Society Organizations discuss contributions to the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Africa
21 Mar 2014
A meeting of more than 50 representatives of international, regional and national Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) based in Africa opened in Tunis today to discuss priority issues related to the development of agriculture and rural areas in Africa. Participants at the two-day consultation at Carthage Thalasso Hotel, hosted by l’Union Maghrébine et Nord Africaine des Agriculteurs (UMNAGRI), include farmers, artisanal fisherfolk, herders/pastoralists, landless, urban poor, workers in the food sector, women, youth, indigenous people, forest dwellers and other various constituencies. “It has become a tradition now in FAO, to organize consultative meetings with Non-State Actors (NSA) as an integral part of the...
Asia-Pacific Civil Society Organizations meet on food and agriculture
08 Mar 2014
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific opened a two-day Consultation today to discuss their joint concerns about the future of small farmers, landless farmers, farm workers and other concerned stakeholders.  This parallel Consultation is organized just prior to FAO’s Thirty-Second Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), also in Ulaanbaatar, 10-14 March. Forty participants representing different CSOs and their organizations from the region and Mongolia are participating in the Consultation and their conclusions will be shared with delegates through formal interventions during the APRC. In his welcome remarks as the host organization’s president, Bayartsaikhan Nadmid, of the...
Graziano da Silva holds a meeting with Mary Robinson
07 Mar 2014
  7 March 2014, Rome- Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and current head of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, welcomed “FAO’s approach in promoting new and stronger partnerships to combat global challenges of hunger, food insecurity and climate change” at a meeting with FAO Director-General today. Robinson was the keynote speaker at the International Women’s Day event held at FAO headquarters in Rome. She underlined that problems brought on by gender inequalities and lack of access to resources in agriculture were compounded by the unpredictable consequences of climate change. Graziano da Silva informed Robinson that FAO is...
La FAO apoya el establecimiento de una Comunidad de Países de Lengua Portuguesa Sin Hambre
07 Mar 2014
La FAO y la Comunidad de Países de Lengua Portuguesa (CPLP) han unido sus fuerzas hacia el establecimiento de una Comunidad de Países de Lengua Portuguesa Sin Hambre. El Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, y el Secretario Ejecutivo de la CPLP, Murade Isaac Miguigy Murargy, han firmado hoy un programa de cooperación técnica que unirá a la FAO y la CPLP. Con una contribución total de 500 000 dólares estadounidenses, el programa apoyará a la CPLP y a sus gobiernos, parlamentos y actores no gubernamentales para ejecutar una Estrategia Regional para Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional aprobada en...
1st World Wildlife Day sees launch of human-wildlife conflict management centre in Zimbabwe
03 Mar 2014
Over the last decade, Africa has witnessed demographic expansion resulting in encroachments into wildlife habitat, and increased cases of Human-wildlife conflicts (HWC), threatening both human and wildlife populations. Similarly, dramatic trends in criminal hunting and trade are threatening many wildlife species to the verge of extinction. Concerted and efficient Human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategies need to be implemented to manage wildlife in order to provide ecological, social, economic and cultural contributions to human development, food security, and find a right balance for living in harmony with nature. Against this background; and on the occasion of the 1st World Wildlife Day on 3 March,...
Encuentro con la Confederación de Organizaciones de Productores Familiares del Mercosur (COPROFAM)
24 Feb 2014
El Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, ha agradecido hoy el papel desempeñado por la Confederación de Organizaciones de Productores Familiares del MERCOSUR (COPROFAM) en la campaña para el Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar durante un encuentro mantenido con sus dirigentes en la sede de la Organización en Roma. Graziano da Silva ha destacado que el Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar que se celebra en 2014 es una gran oportunidad para mostrar al mundo la contribución de la agricultura familiar para la seguridad alimentaria y la lucha contra el hambre y para lograr dietas más nutritivas...
Graziano da Silva se reúne con el presidente de Unilever
19 Feb 2014
El director general de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, y el presidente ejecutivo de Unilever, Paul Polman, han dialogado sobre la importancia de apoyar a los pequeños agricultores en su encuentro de hoy en la sede central de la FAO. “Esta reunión ha sido una oportunidad para analizar problemas mundiales que necesitamos resolver, entre los que la seguridad alimentaria es una de las prioridades en nuestra agenda,” afirmó el presidente de Unilever. “Es inaceptable que a día de hoy casi 1.000 millones de personas se vayan con hambre a la cama. Este hecho convierte a la FAO en un socio...
FAO and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) sign a collaboration agreement.
19 Feb 2014
FAO and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) will step up its ongoing cooperation on areas such as capacity development, gender and nutrition. The Chief of the Research and Extension Unit in FAO, Mr. Andrea Sonnino, and the Deputy Director of Agridea, Ms Sylvie Aubert, as well as the Deputy Head of Department Rural Development, Markets and International of Agridea, Mr. Ernst Bollinger and the Chair of GFRAS, Mr. Francesco Aguirre, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 19th of February 2014 which will allow the two organizations to formalize a long standing collaboration.  “FAO has been...
France to collaborate on FAO strategic objectives
04 Feb 2014
FAO and French research institutions will step up cooperation in key research areas and coordinate their actions within the global framework of FAO’s renewed strategy. Two agreements signed today cover a broad spectrum of joint activities, including agro-ecology, biodiversity, animal health, food loss, agrarian reforms and genetic resources, which will contribute to FAO’s Strategic Objectives. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Agreenium President Marion Guillou, and International Cooperation Center in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD) President Michel Eddi signed the agreements during a visit of a high-level French delegation to FAO headquarters. The agreements aim to strengthen and develop a...