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17 May 2016
This collaboration will contribute to the development of small enterprises related to food processing in developing countries.
17 May 2016, Rome. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Grupo TRAGSA signed today a Memorandum of Understanding forming a three-year partnership to jointly fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. Under the agreement, the parties’ will collaborate on the Global Record of Fishing Vessels, refrigerated transport and supply vessels, as well as capacity building for inspectors, traceability systems, and awareness raising campaigns. Animal health and production is the second axis of this collaboration.  Both FAO and Grupo TRAGSA recognize that to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), livestock and food systems practices must...
16 May 2016
May 2016, New York - “Global demand for South-South and Triangular Cooperation is at an all-time high,” said Carla Mucavi, Director of the FAO Liaison Office to the United Nations in New York during a High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation held at the UN Headquarters on May 16. “Countries in the South have much to share given their recent experiences in overcoming development challenges where one country context can readily relate to another,” she added. South-South Cooperation (SSC) is the mutual sharing and exchange of development solutions - knowledge, experiences and good practices, policies, technology and resources - between and among countries...
13 May 2016
$30m initiative aims at empowering smallholder wood producers, reducing poverty
13 May 2016, Rome - The European Union (EU) and FAO have agreed to step up joint efforts to support tropical timber producing countries in curbing illegal logging, improving forest governance and promoting the trade of legally sourced timber. Doing so is expected to not only reduce the environmental impacts of illegal logging and mitigate climate change but will also boost the incomes and food security of forest communities by improving access to domestic and international wood markets.    A $30 million funding agreement was formalized here today by Veronique Lorenzo of the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development,...
09 May 2016
The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have acknowledged the need to respect, protect and fulfil the fundamental human right to food and optimal nutrition in Africa. During extensive deliberations at the Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Parliament, the Parliamentarians agreed to establish a Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security.  Recognizing their role as custodians of political commitments, the Parliamentarians have agreed to work with FAO to ensure food and nutrition security for all in the Continent. The President of the Pan-African Parliament, Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang in his...
09 May 2016
How do we ensure that agricultural investment contributes to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition rather than jeopardizing it?
9 May 2016, Rome. How do we ensure that agricultural investment contributes to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition rather than jeopardizing it? The members of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) intensely negotiated for two years to address this particular question. Their answer came in October 2014: By adopting the Principles for Responsible Investment for Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI).  The voluntary CFS-RAI is the first international multi-stakeholder agreement that defines responsible investment in agriculture (including forestry and fisheries) and food systems....
08 Apr 2016
Calls for renewed vision and expanded Africa-for-Africa cooperation and South-South Cooperation
8 April 2016, Abidjan - Results achieved through Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) financed projects are adding momentum to the vision of Africa- Africa cooperation to achieve food security across the continent.  The fund, which was set up in 2012, is widely seen as an innovative mechanism for mobilizing resources from one African country for the benefit of another, promoting intra-Africa collaboration, also known as South-South Cooperation.  Since 2013, contributions have reached $40 million, with Equatorial Guinea and Angola being the major financial contributors. To-date, the fund has allocated $ 34.5 million to 15 regional programmes and national projects which are being...
05 Apr 2016
Partnership of FAO with the Italian multinational company takes off
Bolivian quinoa, spices from Cambodia and cocoa from Ecuador are but a few of the products coming sourced from small farmers in the global South that will now be sold in the bistros of the Italian and French roadside eatery chain Autogrill, , thanks to a partnership with FAO.The initiative was announced today by Autogrill Chief Executive Gianmario Tondato Da Ruos during a ceremony held in the presence of Andrea Olivero, the Italian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. "We are glad that, thanks to the partnership with FAO, we can help small farmers around the...
04 Apr 2016
Will boost agricultural output and food security, improve management of natural resources
April 2016, Rome - FAO, China and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have signed a two‑year agreement worth almost $ 1.5 million aimed at increasing food and nutrition security in the conflict-ravaged African nation. The deal establishes a new South-South Cooperation (SSC) partnership which will make Chinese technical advice and expertise available to the country's agriculture sector. It was developed via the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme, which was created in 2009 and an additional funding boost from China last year. SSC projects help developing countries share and transfer knowledge and expertise among themselves, so that innovations...
01 Apr 2016
April 2016 - Watermelon grafting technology was introduced showing high yields in Mashare and Etunda. Agricultural production experts from China assisted local farmers to implement various techniques for substantially improved yields. Farm managers and agricultural extension officers are one of the many Namibians who are getting technical experience and know-how from Chinese experts, following the successful implementation of the 2014 tripartite agreement between Namibia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN and China, on the South-South Cooperation (SSC) programmes. Small-scale farmers and agricultural enterprises are benefiting directly through hands-on training and on-farm demonstrations.  Namibia was allocated US$1.5 million from China...
23 Mar 2016
Climate event has affected 60 million people; impacts set to increase at least until end of 2016
23 March 2016, Rome - The United Nations has called for a stronger response by governments, aid organizations and the private sector to address the devastating impact the El Niño climate event is having on the food security, livelihoods, nutrition and health of some 60 million people around the world.  The appeal came at a meeting organized in Rome by four UN agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Food Programme (WFP).