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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
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...
31 Oct 2014
The complete list of FAO partnerships with Non-State Actors is available online
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
30 Oct 2014
The biggest small-scale producer platform and FAO take another step forward in their partnership
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...
29 Oct 2014
29 October 2014, Rome – FAO 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,...
15 Oct 2014
"Silent crisis of hunger and poverty a major challenge and common responsibility" - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
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...
15 Oct 2014
Graziano da Silva addresses private sector representatives attending the CFS
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...
15 Oct 2014
Joint EU-FAO programme supports the learning needs of agricultural and food security professionals
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...
15 Oct 2014
Feeding the global family: Does climate change put us all at risk?
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...
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...
11 Oct 2014
11 October 2014, Rome - Civil society plays a crucial role helping building consensus, giving a voice to the hungry, representing the diversity that exists in society and being a part of international decision-making processes, FAO Director-General told civil society representatives today at the Organization’s headquarters, where they began the annual forum of the International Civil Society Mechanism to UN Committee in World Food Security (CFS). Opening debate More than 200 civil society representatives will assess this weekend the last five years of the CFS since its reform in 2009.  Civil society representatives will work to...