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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...