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26 May 2017
FAO provides agricultural inputs to targeted communities in five prefectures of Lower Guinea
26 May 2017, Republic of Guinea: An FAO delegation, accompanied by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, undertook a supervisory mission to the Republic of Guinea from 22 to 26 May 2017, to ensure the technical follow-up of the activities carried out in the framework of the Regional Partnership for Sustainable Rice Development in Sub-Saharan Africa project (GCP/RAF/489/VEN), funded by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The project, which targets 10 African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda), aims to promote efficient and more productive rice systems for the enhancement of...
25 May 2017
A consultative meeting between France and FAO took place on Wednesday, 17 May, at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The meeting’s goal was to assess the implementation of the framework agreement for the period of 2012-2017, signed in 2012. Also, technical and transversal aspects were subjects of evaluation.Very fruitful discussions took place with the French delegation which encompassed representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, research institutes and the ‘L’Agence française pour le développement’ (L’AFD). During the different sessions, the various means of the framework’s interventions were covered...
24 May 2017
The Annual Consultation with the Norwegian delegation was held on 19 May 2017 at the FAO headquarters in Rome. FAO acknowledged the very generous contribution of USD 45 million to the operation of the new research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen. Norway and FAO also discussed the First Meeting of the Parties to the 2009 FAO Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), and the First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group which will take place in Oslo from 29 May to 2 June 2017, with the participation of the Director-General of FAO. FAO expressed its appreciation to Norway for convening these...
24 May 2017
FAO and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica have reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate by signing an agreement to renew their partnership. CATIE is a key partner for FAO in Latin America and contributes to the increasing of FAO presence on the ground through delivery of joint capacity building and training and provision of high level local expertize for research studies.  FAO and CATIE’s partnership contributes to the better informed strategies, tools and methodologies to improve sustainable forest management in the context of climate change mitigation and helps to strengthen capacities at the national and...
19 May 2017
FAO facilitates a training workshop this week in Vientiane on operational and legal aspects of Contract Farming schemes
16 May 2017, Vientiane (Lao PDR) – Contract farming can be an attractive option to farmers who want to assure market access and support production. The agroindustry and buyers can guarantee supply through contracts under specific conditions that suit them. CF often also leads to economies of scale, which can be of potential benefit for national economies. For this reason, 25 provincial and district agricultural officers and farmers, from four target provinces of Lao PDR, received training this week on CF practices from Dr Carlos A. da Silva,...
10 May 2017
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, on the occasion of his visit to Japan, attended the launch of the Parliamentarian Friendship League. The League is chaired by Yoshimizu Hayashi, former Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries from 2012 to 2015; he gathered together with over 40 parliamentarians to exchange views with the FAO Director-General. “FAO looks forward to working with the League to promote nutritious food including in neighbouring countries and regions" FAO Director General said, remarking the role of parliamentarians in the fight against malnutrition. Indeed, given their representative, legislative, budgetary and oversight responsibilities, FAO recognizes that Parliamentarians are best placed...
10 May 2017
New agreement aims to facilitate countries’ progress in improving rural livelihoods and safeguard natural resources
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Bank are strengthening their cooperation to end hunger and poverty at global and national levels. The two organizations will work closely together to support the member countries in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's), improve rural livelihoods, enhance efficiency of food production and distribution, and ensure sustainable management of natural resources worldwide.
10 May 2017
Food security can only be achieved through effective collaboration with all interested actors in the food and agriculture sector by making use of each other’s knowledge, experience and comparative advantages    In March 2017, recognizing the success of the past four years of partnership, FAO and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have sought to reaffirm their commitment to collaborate by signing an agreement to renew the...
08 May 2017
8 May 2017, Korea - Experts from FAO and South Korea gathered to share knowledge and experiences between international specialists and stakeholders in the rice value chain, on issues related to the sustainable management of post-harvest aspects. During a working session at the FAO Representation in Côte d'Ivoire, administrative and technical structures’ representatives, as well as the stakeholders of the sector, exchanged views on the development model of the rice sector in Korea, in trying to provide answers to the development expectations of the Ivorian model. This workshop is part of a South-South Cooperation (SSC) Project (GCP/RAF/497/ROK) developed between the Republic of...
04 May 2017
International Conference gathers delegations from 30 countries and institutions to share experiences ahead of the upcoming United Nations Oceans Conference
Mindelo. – The Conference Dialogue on Blue Growth and Economy began today in Mindelo, on the island of Sao Vicente, Cabo Verde, with over 150 participants from 30 delegations primarily from African coastal nations, Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and international organizations, including ministerial delegations from six of the participating countries.  The Minister of Economy and Employment of Cabo Verde, Mr. José da Silva Gonçalves, highlighted during the opening ceremony that the...