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FAO Director-General and Rabobank Foundation Managing Director review progress made in joint projects in Africa
07 Jul 2014

4 July 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, met today with the Rabobank Foundation Managing Director, Pierre van Hedel, to discuss progress made in three joint projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

“FAO’s research and technical expertise and Rabobank’s business orientation combined are bringing great results in the field,” the Rabobank Foundation Managing Director said in remarks after the meeting. “Our mutual competences have been brought together and put into action,” he added.

A partnership agreement between FAO and Rabobank Foundation was signed in September 2013 with the aim of sharing knowledge, experience, networks and financial resources in order...

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02 Jul 2014

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FAO, the UN agency devoted to eradicating hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, is currently working with the Rabobank Foundation in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia to improve the incomes of smallholder farmers by providing support to small rural businesses, as well as through the identification of productive, competitive and sustainable agri-businesses along the whole value chain. The partners are creating financial literacy programs and management skills training to help farmer producer groups become eligible for formal lending. In Tanzania, these partners are also enabling smallholder rice farmers to participate in the country's warehouse...

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...

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...

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...