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27 Oct 2020
Composed by thirteen Member States from the Mediterranean region, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is an intergovernmental organization sharing common objectives with FAO. The long history of collaborations between the two organizations initiated in 1977 when the first joint activities started to be implemented. After years of interactions, a further step was accomplished in 2009 with the signature of a framework agreement focusing on areas such as traditional foods, forests’ protection, irrigation, plant disease management and quarantine measures. In 2015, the...
23 Oct 2020
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations and what better way to showcase South-South and Triangular cooperation achievements, than with a compilation of good practices on how SSTC is being leveraged to support the efforts of countries to accelerate the progress towards the attainment of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). About a month ago, the UN Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (UNOSSC) launched its volume three of “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development”. This volume features 195 good practices, obtained by 77 partners including Member States,...
21 Oct 2020
Italy's proposed FAO-led Food Coalition hailed as vehicle for multilateralism and post-pandemic rural development
Rome - Italy's agri-food system offers lessons on the transformations the world needs, and the nation is playing a critical role by promoting a multilateral food coalition that is closely aligned to FAO's own rural development framework as articulated in the Hand-in-Hand Initiative and the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today in an address to members of Italy's parliament.   "FAO is proud to be your partner in this noble mission of eradicating hunger, eliminating poverty and creating a world of harmony and solidarity," the Director-General said in remarks to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the...
19 Oct 2020
The European Parliamentary Alliance event highlighted innovation, sustainability and transforming value chains
A double-celebration marking World Food Day and the 75th anniversary of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underscored the need to make urgent and lasting changes to ensure food security for all, in keeping with the theme of this year’s observance, Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.   FAO Director-General QU Dongyu joined in the FAO Brussels event, along with the Vice-President of the European Parliament, the European Commissioner for Agriculture, high-level officials from the OACPS, and the Director of the World Food Programme.   “Our work is not done yet. Together with all key stakeholders, we are working to...
19 Oct 2020
On 29 September 2020, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) authorized an exceptional voluntary contribution to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) of EUR 2.8 million. This year, Spain has generously increased its voluntary contributions and broadened the spectrum of international cooperation to support actions that can help alleviate the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable populations. This includes enhancing food security, protecting the livelihoods of impacted farming families, and improving the resilience of rural communities, as well as activities aligned to achieving...