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China and FAO working together to preserve globally important agricultural heritage sites
23 Feb 2015

FAO and the People’s Republic of China have agreed to bolster their collaboration in the safeguarding of iconic cultural farming systems such as the spectacular Hani rice terraces in Yunnan province.

The two partners have recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) - Strengthening the Implementation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Initiative through Capacity Development under the South-South Cooperation (SSC) Framework - to scale-up cooperation under FAO's Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems Initiative.

FAO is actively engaging with its global, regional and country partners to identify, support and safeguard the traditional systems of agriculture, forestry, fisheries...

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...

Conference promotes knowledge sharing among developing nations
19 Nov 2014

CCTV America - 19 November 2014, Washington D.C. - Hundreds of representatives from the southern hemisphere of the world gathered in the United States today to discuss ways to improve the lives of developing nations through sustainable agriculture. CCTV America’s Frances Kuo reported this story from Washington D.C...

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