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19 Dec 2016
Building bridges between science and development to combat climate change and its impacts is at the heart of a new partnership agreement between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) that was signed at an official event held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, on Monday, 19 December 2016.  Mustapha Sinaceur, Director of  FAO’s Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium said the partnership was based on a “pre-existing, fruitful relationship between our two institutions” and that they shared a vision and common goals for enhancing institutional capacities to address global climate change mitigation and adaptation. “FAO and UCL...
12 Dec 2016
New law includes recommendations and principles - designed with the support of FAO - for countries to strengthen family agriculture through national legislation.
Members of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (PARLATINO) unanimously approved a Model law on family farming, which includes recommendations and guidelines for countries to strengthen this key sector for food security, FAO said today. The law was voted on December 3rd during the XXXII General Assembly of PARLATINO held in Panama City. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, the new model law sets out guiding principles, definitions and obligations...
08 Dec 2016
Cancun, Mexico - More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their agriculture, forests and fisheries sectors. On 3 December, countries adopted the Cancun Declaration, named after the Mexican city where the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as 'COP13,' is being held. The Declaration represents an unprecedented recognition from the international community that biodiversity protection must involve different governmental and economic sectors and not just environment ministries. At the closure of the COP13 High Level...
01 Dec 2016
The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation advocates for South-South and Triangular Cooperation to deliver long-lasting results that can help achieve the SDGs
The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation advocates for South-South and Triangular Cooperation to deliver long-lasting results that can help achieve the SDGs 1 December 2016, Nairobi – FAO will support the new initiative on Triangular Cooperation of the Global Partnerships for Effective Development Cooperation, initiated by Mexico and Canada. A working group will work at political and operational levels to ensure that triangular programming is grounded on the core principles of effectiveness. The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation recognized South-South and Triangular Cooperation “as an increasingly potent feature of international cooperation for development”, in its Second High-Level Meeting held these...
29 Nov 2016
Budapest, Hungary – The Director-General met today with Hungarian Minister for Agriculture Sandor Fazekas, on the margins of the Regional Symposium on Agroecology for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in Europe and Central Asia.
28 Nov 2016
The Centre will support of the management and sharing of knowledge continent-wide
The centre will support management and sharing of knowledge continent-wide 28 November 2016, Addis Ababa - The African Union Commission (AUC) convened a group of stakeholders, including Regional Economic Communities (RECs), development partners and academia at the AUC premises in Addis Ababa to discuss an assessment report for the establishment of an “African Union Centre of Best Practices for Food Security (AU-CBPFS)”.  The idea of the centre emerged from the Malabo Implementation Strategy and Road Map which recommended the establishment of Centre of Excellence to contribute to the vision of Africa’s Agricultural Transformation. Facilitated by FAO and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF),...
28 Nov 2016
New agreement builds on successful exchanges with China
28 November 2016, Rome - Mongolia and FAO will work more closely together to promote international partnerships and exchanges that support sustainable agriculture in the East Asian country, the UN agency said today. A new agreement, signed by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Mongolia's agriculture minister Purev Sergelen today, will strengthen the partnership between FAO and Mongolia on South-South and Triangular Cooperation -- a form of development partnership that boosts countries' agricultural capacity by linking their policy makers and producers with experts and technologies from around the world. This includes other emerging economies that have built special expertise in...
18 Nov 2016
Last week, FAO and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) signed a Readiness Framework Agreement to enable developing countries to partner with FAO on activities enhancing their access to GCF. The agreement was signed during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech (7–18 November 2016) by Ms Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, Mr Javier Manzanares, GCF Executive Director a.i., and Mr Ousseynou Nakoulima, GCF Country Programming Director. The GCF supports countries in readiness and preparatory activities to enhance their ownership. Country readiness funding is a cross-cutting programme that aims to improve the effectiveness of...
17 Nov 2016
The UN agency based in the Italian Capital will donate excess food and other products to the Foundation of Rome’s diocese
FAO and Caritas Roma have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide assistance to people facing food insecurity in the Italian capital. Thanks to the agreement signed today by Daniel Gustafson, FAO’s Deputy Director General (Operations), and Monsignor Enrico Feroci, Director of the Rome-based branch of Caritas, the UN agency will donate excess food and other basic products coming from its headquarters,in the Italian capital to the charity for distribution around Rome.. Every year, about one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption is either wasted or lost - an amount that...
14 Nov 2016
The Partnership for Sustainable Rice Systems Development in Africa project, with funding from the Government of Venezuela, is going to support efforts to improve domestic rice supply and strengthen the rice market in the country
14 November 2016, Morogoro, Tanzania - A new project by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is set to support Tanzania’s efforts to increase rise production and productivity in twofold by 2018 through boosting productivity in farming among smallholder farmers. With funding from the Government of Venezuela, the Partnership for Sustainable Rice Systems Development in Africa project is going to support efforts to improve domestic rice supply and strengthen the rice market in the country.  “This project will provide an opportunity to build on on-going initiatives and partnerships by assessing national rice development strategies,” said FAO Country Representative,...