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Civil Society and Private Sector participate in an informal meeting on ICN2
20 Jun 2014

20 June 2014, Rome - Civil society, private sector and academia representatives met today at FAO headquarters in Rome with government representatives from the Organization’s member states to discuss the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), which will be jointly organized by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) in November 2014.

The informal meeting was initiated by FAO following a request by member countries to involve non-state actors in the ICN2 process.

 “Nutrition must be addressed in a holistic approach by all stakeholders as it remains an urgent challenge. Over 840 million people in the world still suffer from undernourishment,...

World Water Council and FAO step up their partnership
18 Jun 2014

8 June 2014, Marseille/Rome - The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to intensify their collaboration in a bid to strengthen global water and food security.

Long-time partners, the two organizations will expand their joint work on a number of fronts, including: knowledge and technology development to enhance water productivity; the education of water management professionals and building human capital development in the water sector; and promoting sound water policymaking and better cooperation within the water and irrigated agriculture sectors.

FAO and WWC share the view that water...

FAO Director-General in talks with ActionAid International Executive Director Adriano Campolina
12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today metActionAid International Chief Executive Director, Adriano Campolina, to discuss potential areas of cooperation, including the promotion of family farming and the development of sustainable agriculture.

Campolina welcomed what he described as the FAO Director-General’s innovative approach of opening to non-governmental actors and welcomedFAO’s Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations. “We do not conceive food security without progress in strengthening civil society,” Campolina said, speaking after his meeting with Graziano da Silva..

“For us, the opening of the Director General towards cooperation with civil society is essential,”...

EXPO Milan 2015 and November nutrition conference to galvanize action on food security
29 May 2014

Next year's EXPO Milano 2015, with its food security-oriented theme, and an international nutrition conference coming up in Rome in November, will be "emblematic efforts that help to shape the sustainable future we want," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.

Speaking at a round-table discussion linked to EXPO 2015, Graziano da Silva said, "We need to act now, forcefully, to reach a world in which there is no over- or under-nutrition."

FAO's Director-General called for broad action to "ensure adequate food security and nutrition for all," and to support sustainable, inclusive, social and economic development.

"The fact is that hunger and...

FAO forges closer links with the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty
23 May 2014

23 May 2014, Rome – FAO and the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) are stepping up their cooperation to try and put those who produce food at the centre of the global debate on food and agriculture.

In an exchange of letters that happened today, FAO recognized IPC's important role as a global platform for small-scale food producers, rural workers’ associations, grassroots and community-based organizations and social movements that brings together over 800 organizations and 300 million small-scale food producers.

FAO believes that the new partnership will boost food security and nutrition at the global and regional level by allowing the...

La FAO y la Universidad de Buenos Aires dan un nuevo impulso a la transferencia tecnológica en América Latina y el Caribe
22 May 2014

La FAO y la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) impulsarán la transferencia tecnológica y científica en América Latina y el Caribe para el fortalecimiento de la seguridad alimentaria y el desarrollo agrícola.

Un acuerdo firmado hoy por el Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, y el Rector de la UBA, Alberto Barbieri, en la sede de la Organización en Roma prevé iniciativas de colaboración conjunta que incluyen apoyo a los países de la zona Petrocaribe para la implementación de proyectos destinados a garantizar la seguridad alimentaria, programas de formación e intercambio de estudiantes y apoyo a las...

Civil society joins the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean
09 May 2014

Representatives of ten civil society organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean met FAO Director-General  during the Regional Conference this week in Santiago de Chile, to discuss about civil society contributions to South-South Cooperation, climate change,  land access and food sovereignty.

The representative from the Latin American Agro-ecological Movement (MAELA, in Spanish), highlighted the Regional Conference as a formal space for the dialogue and  the positioning of civil society before the Goverments of the region, more specifically, of the small-scale food producers of the region.

Graziano da Silva stressed the importance of deepening the dialogue between civil society and...

Joint action needed to tackle massive global food losses
07 May 2014

Tackling the world’s massive food loss problem is a key to reducing hunger and poverty, but governments and companies must step up their collaboration on the issue, an international congress on food losses and waste heard today.

Speaking at the 2nd SAVE FOOD International Congress in Düsseldorf, FAO Assistant Director-General Ren Wang underlined that effective coordination across all sectors could make “a real difference” to one of the world’s major food security challenges.

While 842 million people suffer from chronic hunger, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year. FAO estimates that the food...

FAO and National Geographic announce collaboration exploring future of food
30 Apr 2014

The National Geographic Society and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are teaming up to raise awareness on food and agriculture issues as National Geographic, a U.S.-based nonprofit institution, begins an eight-month, in-depth report on food issues starting with a May cover story in National Geographic magazine and online atNatGeoFood.com.

The official launch of the collaboration will be marked by a three-day event taking place 2-4 May 2014 at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., beginning May 2 with an afternoon panel discussion, Food: A Forum, which will highlight issues of food security...

FAO strikes media deal with International Federation of Agricultural Journalists
29 Apr 2014

FAO and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) are joining forces to promote wider global sharing of agricultural information and better highlight FAO’s activities in specialized agricultural media worldwide. 

An agreement signed today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and IFAJ President Markus Rediger outlines various joint activities to be undertaken by the Organization and the 3,000+ journalists represented by the 32 national associations that form the IFAJ. 

The partnership aims at enhancing knowledge exchange and content publishing related to global hunger and food security, nutrition, sustainable development and the responsible management of fishery and forestry...