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26 May 2016
Senator Guido Girard Lavín presented the new law about food labelling of Chile in FAO Headquarters; this law will come into force in June, after a process started ten years ago and after an intense negotiation with the food industry. He affirmed that "The right to know is fundamental so that people could know what they eat and take informed decisions in order to reach a healthy diet ".  The Food Labelling Law comes in a moment of great impulse for the concept of Nutrition worldwide. The General Assembly of the United Nations declared the “Nutrition Decade” last 1st April,...
24 May 2016
Madrid, 24 de mayo de 2016. “Una Inversión responsable en la agricultura: Buenas prácticas empresariales” fue el tema de debate en el Aula Magna de la facultad de Ingeniería Agrónoma de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), que se ha realizado en el marco del convenio FAO-UPM, coordinado por el grupo GESPLAN (Grupo de investigación en planificación y gestión sostenible del desarrollo rurla-local), para contribuir a la divulgación y aplicación de los principios de inversión agrícola responsable (IAR) aprobados por el Comité de Seguridad Alimentaria en 2014. La jornada La jornada comenzó con la conferencia...
17 May 2016
17 May 2016, Rome. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Grupo TRAGSA signed today a Memorandum of Understanding forming a three-year partnership to jointly fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. Under the agreement, the parties’ will collaborate on the Global Record of Fishing Vessels, refrigerated transport and supply vessels, as well as capacity building for inspectors, traceability systems, and awareness raising campaigns. Animal health and production is the second axis of this collaboration.  Both FAO and Grupo TRAGSA recognize that to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), livestock and food systems practices must...
16 May 2016
May 2016, New York - “Global demand for South-South and Triangular Cooperation is at an all-time high,” said Carla Mucavi, Director of the FAO Liaison Office to the United Nations in New York during a High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation held at the UN Headquarters on May 16. “Countries in the South have much to share given their recent experiences in overcoming development challenges where one country context can readily relate to another,” she added. South-South Cooperation (SSC) is the mutual sharing and exchange of development solutions - knowledge, experiences and good practices, policies, technology and resources - between and among countries...
13 May 2016
13 May 2016, Rome - The European Union (EU) and FAO have agreed to step up joint efforts to support tropical timber producing countries in curbing illegal logging, improving forest governance and promoting the trade of legally sourced timber. Doing so is expected to not only reduce the environmental impacts of illegal logging and mitigate climate change but will also boost the incomes and food security of forest communities by improving access to domestic and international wood markets.    A $30 million funding agreement was formalized here today by Veronique Lorenzo of the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development,...
09 May 2016
The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have acknowledged the need to respect, protect and fulfil the fundamental human right to food and optimal nutrition in Africa. During extensive deliberations at the Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Parliament, the Parliamentarians agreed to establish a Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security.  Recognizing their role as custodians of political commitments, the Parliamentarians have agreed to work with FAO to ensure food and nutrition security for all in the Continent. The President of the Pan-African Parliament, Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang in his...
09 May 2016
9 May 2016, Rome. How do we ensure that agricultural investment contributes to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition rather than jeopardizing it? The members of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) intensely negotiated for two years to address this particular question. Their answer came in October 2014: By adopting the Principles for Responsible Investment for Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI).  The voluntary CFS-RAI is the first international multi-stakeholder agreement that defines responsible investment in agriculture (including forestry and fisheries) and food systems....
08 Apr 2016
8 April 2016, Abidjan - Results achieved through Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) financed projects are adding momentum to the vision of Africa- Africa cooperation to achieve food security across the continent.  The fund, which was set up in 2012, is widely seen as an innovative mechanism for mobilizing resources from one African country for the benefit of another, promoting intra-Africa collaboration, also known as South-South Cooperation.  Since 2013, contributions have reached $40 million, with Equatorial Guinea and Angola being the major financial contributors. To-date, the fund has allocated $ 34.5 million to 15 regional programmes and national projects which are being...
05 Apr 2016
Bolivian quinoa, spices from Cambodia and cocoa from Ecuador are but a few of the products coming sourced from small farmers in the global South that will now be sold in the bistros of the Italian and French roadside eatery chain Autogrill, , thanks to a partnership with FAO.The initiative was announced today by Autogrill Chief Executive Gianmario Tondato Da Ruos during a ceremony held in the presence of Andrea Olivero, the Italian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. "We are glad that, thanks to the partnership with FAO, we can help small farmers around the...
04 Apr 2016
2016年4月4日,罗马 - 粮农组织、中国和刚果民主共和国签署了一项为期两年,价值近150万美元的协议,旨在帮助这一饱受冲突蹂躏的非洲国家提高粮食和营养安全。 该协议建立了一个新的南南合作伙伴关系,让中国的技术和专业知识惠及该国的农业部门。这项举措将由2009年创建的粮农组织—中国南南合作计划和中国于去年提供的额外资金推动实施。 南南合作项目帮助发展中国家之间分享和传递知识和技术专长,从而使那些经过全球南部国家尝试和检验过的创新方法和良好规范惠及面临类似挑战的其他国家。 利用中国的技术专长重振农业 刚果民主共和国幅员辽阔,拥有丰富的自然资源,经济潜力巨大。但是,局部地区冲突导致数百万人丧生,造成局势不稳,应对营养不良和粮食不安全问题迫在眉睫。新伙伴关系将帮助该国改进自然资源的可持续管理和利用,从而重振农业并改善农村生计。 五位中国专家和八名技术员将被派驻该国首都金沙萨和东南部城市卢本巴希,任期两年。 他们的首要任务包括改进稻米和蔬菜生产,以及引进新技术,如专业化水产养殖和家畜繁育。 他们需要完成的几项艰巨任务包括逐步增加优质种子储备,建设专业技术队伍,改善土地和资金获取途径。中国专家将与当地伙伴合作,了解农业社区所面临的困难并制定解决方案。 增强粮食安全,改善生计 粮农组织与中国在刚果民主共和国共同实施的该项新举措将不仅帮助农民增加产量,提高产品质量,而且还帮助他们从自给自足转向将剩余产品送到市场销售。 目前正在实施的若干粮农组织与中国伙伴关系计划涉及粮食和营养安全、可持续农业和减贫等多个领域。已经落实到位的项目遍及非洲、亚洲、拉丁美洲及加勒比和南太平洋区域的至少28个国家。 粮农组织总干事若泽·格拉济阿诺·达席尔瓦认为南南合作是“粮农组织为应对可持续发展目标提出的挑战所作努力的一个核心支柱。”