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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...

FAO sets wheels in motion to help launch 2015 world forum on access to land
14 Nov 2014

2nd meeting of the organizing committee on access to land calls for civil society organizations and governmental institutions to mobilize and launch global debate on land tenure and investment agreements 

 

The International Organizing Committee of the World Forum on Access to Land and Natural Resources (WFAL) held its second meeting at FAO’s headquarters in Rome earlier this month, encouraging a discussion on solutions to help improve poor farmers’ access to land, water and natural resources.  

Signatories of the WFAL call for a global forum on the subject to be held next year to...

FAO has formalized 54 agreements with key Non-State Actors since the approval of the Strategies for Partnerships in 2013
31 Oct 2014

31 October 2014, Rome - Since the approval of the FAO Strategies for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector in April 2013, FAO has formalized 54 agreements with Non-State Actors (NSA). The complete list of FAO partnerships with Non-State Actors, including their link to Strategic Objectives and initial progress in their implementation, can be found

FAO and The International Planning Committee work together to find new areas of collaboration
30 Oct 2014

30 October 2014, Rome – The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) and FAO took another step forward in their longstanding and collaborative relationship. Representatives of the biggest small-scale producers’ platform in the world and FAO held today a technical meeting in the framework of their renewed partnership to discuss how to open up spaces for inclusive participation and dialogue in key thematic areas such as Land, Fisheries, Agroecology, Livestock, Pastoralism and Indigenous Peoples.

“IPC brings key capacities and experience in regional and global policy dialogue and normative activities, which can contribute greatly to FAO’s work,” said...

FAO and La Via Campesina look for new convergences to deepen their partnership
29 Oct 2014

29 October 2014, RomeFAO and La Via Campesina (LVC), one of the largest social movements in the world, met today at FAO Headquarters in Rome to identify new concrete areas for joint collaboration to strengthen their partnership, formalized through an exchange of letters signed in October 2013.

“This meeting is the result of the hard work displayed by FAO and La Via Campesina in coming together to bring strengths and capacities to the table, in order to further the collaborative work in the fight against hunger,” said Rolf Hackbart,...

FAO Director-General: Private sector plays a crucial role in fostering responsible investments
15 Oct 2014

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today urged private sector representatives to contribute to the creation of conditions that ensure responsible investments in food production and agriculture.

“Investment is a private decision. It’s your decision. You are the only ones responsible for investments, which however need an enabling environment,” the FAO Director-General said speaking to members of the Private Sector Mechanism partnership attending the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome.

“Help these principles become part of the environment considered necessary for investment,” Graziano da Silva said, referring to the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI) that were...

China pledges $50 million to FAO in support of South-South Cooperation
15 Oct 2014

15 October 2015, Rome - China has announced a $50 million donation to FAO to support the Organization's program of "South-South Cooperation" to improve food security and promote sustainable agricultural development over the next five years...

E-learning course puts gender equality at the centre of agricultural planning
15 Oct 2014

15 October 2014, Rome - To strengthen the capacities of member countries in reducing gender inequalities in agriculture and increasing productivity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, with support from the European Union, has produced a new e-learning course to help policy-makers and agricultural planners develop gender-responsive policies and programmes for food and nutrition security.                      

The course, “Gender in Food and Nutrition Security”, is the result of the combined efforts of a multidisciplinary team of international and local practitioners. It is designed to help professionals...

FAO-Thomson Reuters Foundation roundtable event
15 Oct 2014

Rome

Roundtable on feeding the global family: Does climate change put us all at risk?

When: 15 October 2014 - 1500 – 1600 (GMT +2)

Where: Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO Headquarters

#hungryplanet

 

ROUNDTABLE

MODERATOR and PANELISTS 

Moderator: LAURIE GOERING - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Laurie Goering edits AlertNet Climate, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s news website on the humanitarian and development impacts of climate change. Previously she was a Chicago Tribune correspondent based in New Delhi, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Havana, Rio de Janeiro and London.

LESLIE LIPPER - Senior Environmental Economist, Economic and Social Department, FAO

Leslie...

Civil Society ready to speak as one voice at Committee on World Food Security
13 Oct 2014

13 October 2014, Rome - Civil society representatives met last weekend at the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) to the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to reflect and prepare together their positions on issues to be discussed at the CFS this week.

Protracted crisis, food losses and waste and fisheries and aquaculture were some of the main topics discussed during their annual forum. Discussions also touched upon the review of the 10 Years of the adoption of the Right to Food Guidelines, the Post-2015 Framework and progress made by the International Year of Family Farming.

The purpose of the CSM is to facilitate civil society participation in agriculture, food security and nutrition policy...

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