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08 Oct 2014

8 October 2014, Rome – Viet Nam stands ready to send experts to other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to assist in food production and other areas of agricultural development, the country's Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, said today following a meeting with FAO’s Director-General...

FAO and IAEA embrace increasing role of nuclear technology in food security
02 Oct 2014

Rome - As soil degradation, pests and livestock diseases continue to pose major threats to food security and food safety worldwide, there’s an increasing role for peaceful applications of nuclear technologies in food and agricultural development. 

This was the message conveyed by partners at an event highlighting successes of 50 years of the Joint Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, a strategic partnership between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and FAO created in 1964.

“The world may have changed since then, but the need, through technology, to provide more, better and safer food while sustaining...

FAO and the Kuehne Foundation join forces to support rural livelihoods through improved logistics
02 Oct 2014

FAO and the Kuehne Foundation, the Swiss-based foundation focusing on training, education and research in the field of transport and logistics, are committing to cooperation in capacity building and knowledge exchange in logistics for agriculture - in emergencies and for development of efficient food and agricultural systems.   

A memorandum of understanding signed today by FAO’s Director of Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS), Eugenia Serova, and the Managing Director of the Kuehne Foundation, Martin Willhaus, sets a broad framework of programmes to: 1) alleviate suffering of populations affected by the growing number of crises, ranging from natural disasters to conflicts,...

Food and ecosystems: the subject of agreement between UN agencies
24 Sep 2014
New York, 24 September 2014 – In a world where increasing urbanization, rising populations, and expanding agricultural land use are encroaching on ecosystems and impacting on biodiversity, two United Nations agencies have come together to work for a more sustainable future.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that builds on the two agencies’ past collaborations and adds four priority work areas.

“Partnerships of this kind are essential if we are to meet the challenges and demands of our changing environment and social landscape,” said Achim Steiner,...

FAO and National Geographic launch photo contest focused on nutrition
23 Sep 2014

In collaboration with National Geographic Magazine, FAO has launched an international photo contest that is aiming to draw attention to how and why good nutrition matters – for people and societies.

Coming ahead of the FAO-WHO 2nd International Contest on Nutrition (ICN2), to be held in Rome on 19-21 November, the contest is seeking photos which illustrate two key concepts:

  • Nutrition matters in multiple ways, in developing countries, and in the developed world as well.
  • Good nutrition starts with the farming systems that produce our food, and those farming systems must be geared to produce healthy and sustainable products.

The...