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FAO Director-General: Private sector plays a crucial role in fostering responsible investments
15 Oct 2014

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today urged private sector representatives to contribute to the creation of conditions that ensure responsible investments in food production and agriculture.

“Investment is a private decision. It’s your decision. You are the only ones responsible for investments, which however need an enabling environment,” the FAO Director-General said speaking to members of the Private Sector Mechanism partnership attending the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome.

“Help these principles become part of the environment considered necessary for investment,” Graziano da Silva said, referring to the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI) that were...

China pledges $50 million to FAO in support of South-South Cooperation
15 Oct 2014

15 October 2015, Rome - China has announced a $50 million donation to FAO to support the Organization's program of "South-South Cooperation" to improve food security and promote sustainable agricultural development over the next five years...

E-learning course puts gender equality at the centre of agricultural planning
15 Oct 2014

15 October 2014, Rome - To strengthen the capacities of member countries in reducing gender inequalities in agriculture and increasing productivity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, with support from the European Union, has produced a new e-learning course to help policy-makers and agricultural planners develop gender-responsive policies and programmes for food and nutrition security.                      

The course, “Gender in Food and Nutrition Security”, is the result of the combined efforts of a multidisciplinary team of international and local practitioners. It is designed to help professionals...

FAO-Thomson Reuters Foundation roundtable event
15 Oct 2014

Rome

Roundtable on feeding the global family: Does climate change put us all at risk?

When: 15 October 2014 - 1500 – 1600 (GMT +2)

Where: Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO Headquarters

#hungryplanet

 

ROUNDTABLE

MODERATOR and PANELISTS 

Moderator: LAURIE GOERING - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Laurie Goering edits AlertNet Climate, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s news website on the humanitarian and development impacts of climate change. Previously she was a Chicago Tribune correspondent based in New Delhi, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Havana, Rio de Janeiro and London.

LESLIE LIPPER - Senior Environmental Economist, Economic and Social Department, FAO

Leslie...

Civil Society ready to speak as one voice at Committee on World Food Security
13 Oct 2014

13 October 2014, Rome - Civil society representatives met last weekend at the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) to the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to reflect and prepare together their positions on issues to be discussed at the CFS this week.

Protracted crisis, food losses and waste and fisheries and aquaculture were some of the main topics discussed during their annual forum. Discussions also touched upon the review of the 10 Years of the adoption of the Right to Food Guidelines, the Post-2015 Framework and progress made by the International Year of Family Farming.

The purpose of the CSM is to facilitate civil society participation in agriculture, food security and nutrition policy...