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SAVE FOOD: Seeking end to loss and waste of food along production chain
10 Dec 2013

Each year, the world loses or squanders a third of the food it produces. This means that somewhere between planting seeds in fields and providing nourishment to the world’s 7 billion people, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food with a value of more than US$1 trillion is lost or wasted. These numbers are simply untenable in a world where, according to FAO, some 870 million people do not have enough to eat. In fact, according to the FAO-commissioned study that tallied these numbers, if just onefourth of lost or wasted food were saved, it could end global hunger. When...

Countries help turn Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure into action
06 Dec 2013

In the first decade of this century, the developing world dealt with an unprecedented level of large-scale land acquisition by international speculators and global agribusinesses, mainly in Africa. Other, related issues included corruption in natural resource administration, conflicting claims over natural resources, and lack of recognition of customary tenure systems. This focused global attention on the need for more responsible governance of tenure. It was against this backdrop that more than a thousand experts from governments, academia, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, representing 133 countries, participated in a series of consultations, workshops, drafting committees and intergovernmental...

Le secteur privé invité à jouer un rôle plus important dans la lutte contre la faim et la pauvreté
04 Dec 2013

Rome - Le secteur privé peut apporter une contribution notable à la lutte contre la faim et la pauvreté et promouvoir la production et la consommation des denrées alimentaires de manière durable, a déclaré aujourd'hui M. José Graziano da Silva, Directeur général de la FAO, au cours de sa rencontre avec des représentants d'associations et de fédérations du secteur privé.

Le Directeur général, qui s'adressait au siège de la FAO aux responsables de plus de cinq mille entreprises privées, inaugurait ainsi la première d'une série de rencontres-débats axées sur la participation du secteur privé aux initiatives de réduction de la...

FAO and civil society strengthen partnerships in Asia-Pacific
28 Nov 2013

Civil society and FAO agreed on improved space for dialogue and enhanced mechanisms to foster both closer partnerships and wider balanced representation in pursuit of the shared goal for eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific.

Despite important progress obtained over the years, today’s world continues to face serious problems of poverty, hunger and malnutrition. CSOs play a crucial role in food security and poverty reduction is several areas: from policy dialogue and discussions on substantive matters to programme and project design and implementation.

A CSO/FAO consultation in Bangkok on 20 and 21...

FAO and UN Alliance of Civilizations sign Memorandum of Understanding </div>
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26 Nov 2013

FAO and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) have agreed to strengthen ties, using food as a bridge to improve cross-cultural relations and promote shared prosperity.

At a signing ceremony Friday at FAO’s New York office, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the new partnership.

“A hungry world is not a peaceful world,” declared the FAO Director-General. “Sustainable food production bolsters not only food security, but also human security in all its forms.” Food also brings people together, added...