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26 May 2017
FAO provides agricultural inputs to targeted communities in five prefectures of Lower Guinea
26 May 2017, Republic of Guinea: An FAO delegation, accompanied by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, undertook a supervisory mission to the Republic of Guinea from 22 to 26 May 2017, to ensure the technical follow-up of the activities carried out in the framework of the Regional Partnership for Sustainable Rice Development in Sub-Saharan Africa project (GCP/RAF/489/VEN), funded by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The project, which targets 10 African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda), aims to promote efficient and more productive rice systems for the enhancement of...
25 May 2017
A consultative meeting between France and FAO took place on Wednesday, 17 May, at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The meeting’s goal was to assess the implementation of the framework agreement for the period of 2012-2017, signed in 2012. Also, technical and transversal aspects were subjects of evaluation.Very fruitful discussions took place with the French delegation which encompassed representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, research institutes and the ‘L’Agence française pour le développement’ (L’AFD). During the different sessions, the various means of the framework’s interventions were covered...
24 May 2017
The Annual Consultation with the Norwegian delegation was held on 19 May 2017 at the FAO headquarters in Rome. FAO acknowledged the very generous contribution of USD 45 million to the operation of the new research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen. Norway and FAO also discussed the First Meeting of the Parties to the 2009 FAO Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), and the First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group which will take place in Oslo from 29 May to 2 June 2017, with the participation of the Director-General of FAO. FAO expressed its appreciation to Norway for convening these...
24 May 2017
FAO and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica have reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate by signing an agreement to renew their partnership. CATIE is a key partner for FAO in Latin America and contributes to the increasing of FAO presence on the ground through delivery of joint capacity building and training and provision of high level local expertize for research studies.  FAO and CATIE’s partnership contributes to the better informed strategies, tools and methodologies to improve sustainable forest management in the context of climate change mitigation and helps to strengthen capacities at the national and...
19 May 2017
FAO facilitates a training workshop this week in Vientiane on operational and legal aspects of Contract Farming schemes
16 May 2017, Vientiane (Lao PDR) – Contract farming can be an attractive option to farmers who want to assure market access and support production. The agroindustry and buyers can guarantee supply through contracts under specific conditions that suit them. CF often also leads to economies of scale, which can be of potential benefit for national economies. For this reason, 25 provincial and district agricultural officers and farmers, from four target provinces of Lao PDR, received training this week on CF practices from Dr Carlos A. da Silva,...