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Boosting private-public sector cooperation to strengthen Egypt’s food security
26 Jun 2013

26 June 2013, Rome -Unlocking Egypt’s agricultural potential was the focus of a two-day, high-level forum “Private Sector for Food Security: Improving the Investment Climate in Egypt’s Agribusiness Sector” which ended in Cairo today.

Organised by FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, the forum brought together policy-makers, investors and representatives of international financial institutions to discuss ways to increase the efficiency of Egypt’s agricultural sector and reduce its food trade deficit.

All participants agreed that the private sector – bolstered by cooperation with the...

FAO welcomes greater commitments on nutrition</div>
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08 Jun 2013

London/Rome FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva welcomed the new funding pledges, commitments and targets for action on nutrition announced by governments, the private sector and civil society at the high-level Nutrition for Growth meeting held in London today.

"I welcome the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact agreed at the meeting. FAO will work with all committed governments to realize their food security and nutrition goals," Graziano da Silva said.

"The cost of inaction is too high," the Director-General stressed. "Malnutrition kills millions every year, and damages billions of lives. It costs up to 5 percent of global GDP...

The Brazilian experience
07 Jun 2013

An approach to development centred on hunger eradication

In the 1930s, Josué de Castro reached the conclusion that hunger in Brazil was the consequence of distortions created by an economic development model that exploited the poor, effectively excluding them from enjoying its benefits. By the end of the 20th century, Brazil’s economy was growing fast, but the gap between rich and poor was widening and 44 million of the country’s 170 million people were caught in a hunger trap. They were too poor to buy the food they needed for a healthy life and so were denied the opportunity of participating in Brazil’s growing prosperity. Zero Hunger...

FAO participates in  the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
29 May 2013

A side event at the 12th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York brought together a panel of FAO experts, indigenous peoples leaders from Asia and Latin America and the Government of Philippines. The panellists presented the critical linkages between the Voluntary Guidelines on tenure, and how inclusive tenure of land, fisheries and forests is at the core of family farming. Quoting Victoria Tauli-Corpuz from the Asian Indigenous Caucus” Indigenous peoples have been doing family farming for millennia, for generations. Indeed whether through communal or family management of the natural resources, family farming is...

La lucha contra el hambre es un compromiso ético innegociable
28 May 2013

Guadalupe Valdéz es Diputada Nacional del Congreso de República Dominicana. Desde el inicio de su trayectoria política, ha abogado por la participación de la sociedad civil en los procesos de decisión. Miembro del grupo Frente Parlamentario contra el Hambre en América Latina y el Caribe, está comprometida con  la necesidad de hacer de la seguridad alimentaria un asunto estratégico de la actividad legislativa. Gracias a labor de personas como ella, se logran importantes avances en la promoción de marcos institucionales favorables a la realización plena del Derecho a la Alimentación en América Latina y el Caribe.

Señora Valdéz, enhorabuena por este...

Civil Society Dialogues: civil society perspectives on small scale fisheries
22 May 2013

OCP invites you to its fourth CSO dialogue this coming Friday 24 May from 1-2 pm in the Philippines Room (C277):

FAO has the pleasure of welcoming:

• Margaret Nakato, Executive Director of the World Forum of Fish Workers and Fish Harvesters (WFF);

• Chandrika Sharma, Executive Secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF); and

• Naseegh Jaffer, Co-chair of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP).

Proposed agenda:
Moderator: Marcela Villarreal, Director of the Office of Communication, Partnerships and Advocacy

• Opening remarks
• Topics for discussion:

o Current key issues for small scale fisheries;
o CSO perspectives...

Los Diálogos de la FAO con la sociedad civil: una nueva experiencia en Roma
16 May 2013

El equipo de relaciones con la sociedad civil (OCPP) de la FAO ha puesto en marcha una serie de encuentros informales con representantes de la sociedad civil. Con el título "Civil Society Dialogues", este programa tiene el objetivo de proporcionar un espacio para el intercambio de experiencias y saberes entre los miembros de la sociedad civil y el personal de la FAO.

Hasta la fecha, se han organizado tres de estos encuentros, contando con la partipación de las siguientes organizaciones:

1. Comité Internacional de Planificación para la Soberanía Alimentaria (CIP): coincidiendo con la reunión de la Comisión de Recursos Fitogenéticos,...

Dialogues with civil society: a conversation  with Mirna Cunnigham
09 May 2013

Please join us for our third CSO dialogue this coming Wednesday 15 May from 1-2 pm in the Iran Room (B116 bis). FAO has the pleasure of welcoming Mirna Cunningham, current chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Proposed agenda

Moderator: Marcela Villareal, Director of the Office of Communication, Partnerships and Advocacy

Opening remarks

Points for discussion:

  • Permanent Forum’s key issues for 2013-2014 and linkages with FAO’s work;
  • Entry points for greater FAO engagement on these matters;
  • Perspectives on Strategic Objective 1: establishing enabling environments: creating spaces for meaningful participation of civil society actors among them indigenous peoples
  • International Year of Family Farming 2014: opportunities for indigenous peoples’...
FAO’s partnership strategies approved by the Council
25 Apr 2013

This week, FAO Council approved and adopted two important FAO partnerships strategies: FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations and FAO Strategy for Partnerships with the Private Sector.

The approval of these revised strategies will allow FAO, especially at field level, to better establish partnerships with civil society and private sector stakeholders in its different activities as outlined in the Country Programming Frameworks (CPFs). 


Implementation and Tools

Both strategies identify six main areas of collaboration and two main levels of interaction (global level and decentralized level) and will be accompanied a by a...

New dialogues with Civil Society
15 Apr 2013

The Office of Partnerships and Advocacy Branch (OCPP) is launching a series of CSO dialogues on key issues of concern to FAO. The dialogues provide a forum for civil society perspectives to be heard and discussed with FAO staff.

The first session titled Plant Genetic Resources: perspectives from the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) will be held on Tuesday April 16th. The IPC will present its working group on seeds and agrobiodiversity. 

IPC is an international network that brings together several global and regional organizations representing small scale food producers, fisherfolks, agricultural workers and indigenous peoples. It plays an active...