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Ethiopian women cooperative increases incomes thanks to FAO-Eataly partnership
25 Feb 2015
A cooperative of women in Ethiopia is set to reach the international market thanks to a partnership between Italian gourmet food store Eataly and FAO. The two joined forces in 2013 to support family farmers around the globe in boosting their production and finding ways to reach new overseas customers. The work with the women's cooperative is one example of this collaboration.For a few years Tsega Gebrekidan...
25 Feb 2015
粮农组织和中华人民共和国一致同意加强协作,保护标志性传统农作系统,如壮观的云南哈尼稻作梯田。   双方最近签署了一项新的《谅解备忘录》:“通过南南合作框架下开展的能力建设促进实施全球重要农业文化遗产系统计划”,在粮农组织全球重要农业文化遗产系统计划范围内加强合作。   粮农组织正在与其全球、区域和国家合作伙伴积极开展合作,确定、支持和保护由农业、林业、渔业和畜牧业传统系统构成的全球重要农业文化遗产系统。这项工作注重小生产者、家庭农民、土著居民和当地社区在保护和可持续利用生物多样性和遗传资源方面的关键作用。   “自2002年粮农组织启动全球重要农业文化遗产项目以来,该举措为保护生物多样性、弘扬本土农业知识、振兴农村地区发展和帮助农民增收发挥着重要和积极的作用,并为实现全球粮食安全和农业可持续发展提供了新方法,”中国农业部国际合作司司长王鹰先生说。   “中国是全球重要农业文化遗产系统计划的创始国之一,对该项目给予了坚定不懈的支持,”参加仪式的粮农组织土地及水利司司处长阿舒里说。  
Sweden’s Aura Light pledges revenue share to food security cause
18 Feb 2015
For the next three years, Swedish lighting company Aura Light will donate 1 percent of its revenues on all sustainable lighting installation and products sold in southern European retail outlets to the global effort to eliminate hunger. Aura Light International CEO Martin Malmros and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today signed a partnership agreement that will channel a portion of the company’s sales in Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal to FAO, where they will support specific projects related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, food security and sustainability. “Sustainability and social responsibility comes naturally to us, so I am very proud to...
“Land issues also affect Europe and Central Asia”
29 Jan 2015
29 January 2015, Rome – The European Coordination of La Via Campesina (ECVC) today presented its conclusions on common land issues in Europe and Central Asia regarding progress on the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure (VGGT).  “Despite our perception, we have observed strong dynamics of concentration of land and land grabbing also taking place in Europe. Agricultural lands are being transformed into non-agricultural use at a fast pace. We have also noticed a problem on access to land for small scale farmers, young, and prospective farmers,” said...
Coalition for Africa Rice Development member states vouch for reliable statistics on rice production
19 Jan 2015
19 January 2015, Kampala – Member countries of the Coalition for Africa Rice Development (CARD) launched a new project aimed at improving capacity of these countries for timely collection and provision of reliable statistics on rice...
Brazil offers an extra $17 million to FAO projects as new government takes helm
31 Dec 2014
31 December 2014, Rome - Brazil has added $17 million in funding to projects undertaken in its ongoing partnership with FAO, highlighting the Latin American country's role as a key regional and global contributor to the fight against hunger...
South-South Cooperation: “A relationship among equals”
15 Dec 2014
15 December 2014, Rome/Marrakesh - Horizontal cooperation between countries of the global South is increasingly important to meeting the sustainable development challenges of our time, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the first International Conference on South-South Cooperation in Marrakesh, Morocco, this weekend...
FAO and ActionAid International continue shaping their upcoming partnership to fight food insecurity
27 Nov 2014
25 November 2014, Rome – FAO and ActionAid International strengthened synergies for an upcoming Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a technical meeting held today in Rome at FAO Headquarters. “We wanted to identify specific capacities of ActionAid and match them with FAO activities in an effort to further the implementation of the Strategic Objectives through the Regional Initiatives and country level activities,” said Rodrigo Castañeda, Chief of Partnerships FAO. According to the International Programme Manager of ActionAid International, Ruchi Tripathi, the meeting offered the opportunity for a knowledge exchange. “We want to...
Developing countries engage in a
26 Nov 2014
UN Radio - Interview with Dr Festus Akinnifesi - 26 November 2014 - The promotion of development around the world is no longer based solely on developed countries helping developing ones, according to a senior official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization...
Improving nutrition is a public good and a responsibility of all - FAO welcomes support from leading Italian mobility companies to ICN2
19 Nov 2014
Malnutrition is one of the greatest threats to people’s health and well-being. It imposes unacceptably high health, social and economic costs, especially on women, children and the elderly, and more broadly on families and society. Improving nutrition, and ensuring everyone has access to a healthy diet, is not the responsibility of the individual alone. Nutrition is a public issue that must be addressed primarily by governments, in collaboration with other stakeholders including civil society, the private sector and academia. In this partnership framework, FAO especially welcomes the support of Italian transport giants Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), Ferrovie dello Stato...