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2014 Right to Food and Nutrition Watch launched at FAO
08 Oct 2014

8 October 2014, Rome – “Civil society has played a key role in the implementation of the Guidelines and has contribuited to including the Right to Adequate Food in the constitutions of 28 countries,” stated Jomo K. Sundaram, Assistant Director General – Coordinator for Economic and Social Development Department, FAO, during the presentation of the report by The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Consortium this morning at FAO Headquarters.

The 2014 Watch analyzes the “gains, concerns and struggles,” in the past ten years since the Voluntary Guidelines on the Right to Adequate Food were approved by the FAO...

FAO receives Brazilian contribution to support family farming
08 Oct 2014

7 October 2014, Rome - FAO and the Brazilian government signed an agreement today in Rome under which Brazil commits to give $ 150 000 to the Multilateral Trust Fund of the International Year of Family Farming, managed by the Organization.

The funds will be used to support the participation of the civil society in the 2014 Global Dialogue on Family Farming, to be held on 25 and 26 October in Rome, and the development of a web-based platform that will include publications, policies and laws related to family farming.

The agreement will also benefit the creation of a...

FAO and IAEA embrace increasing role of nuclear technology in food security
02 Oct 2014

Rome - As soil degradation, pests and livestock diseases continue to pose major threats to food security and food safety worldwide, there’s an increasing role for peaceful applications of nuclear technologies in food and agricultural development. 

This was the message conveyed by partners at an event highlighting successes of 50 years of the Joint Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, a strategic partnership between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and FAO created in 1964.

“The world may have changed since then, but the need, through technology, to provide more, better and safer food while sustaining...

FAO and the Kuehne Foundation join forces to support rural livelihoods through improved logistics
02 Oct 2014

FAO and the Kuehne Foundation, the Swiss-based foundation focusing on training, education and research in the field of transport and logistics, are committing to cooperation in capacity building and knowledge exchange in logistics for agriculture - in emergencies and for development of efficient food and agricultural systems.   

 

A memorandum of understanding signed today by FAO’s Director of Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS), Eugenia Serova, and the Managing Director of the Kuehne Foundation, Martin Willhaus, sets a broad framework of programmes to: 1) alleviate suffering of populations affected by the growing number of crises, ranging from natural disasters to conflicts,...

Food and ecosystems: the subject of agreement between UN agencies
24 Sep 2014
New York, 24 September 2014 – In a world where increasing urbanization, rising populations, and expanding agricultural land use are encroaching on ecosystems and impacting on biodiversity, two United Nations agencies have come together to work for a more sustainable future.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that builds on the two agencies’ past collaborations and adds four priority work areas.

“Partnerships of this kind are essential if we are to meet the challenges and demands of our changing environment and social landscape,” said Achim Steiner,...