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23 Jan 2017
Bolstering budgets of Codex Alimentarius and the International Plant Protection Convention
Canadatoday announced it will contribute an additional $1 million to international bodies that develop the standards for food safety and plant protection. Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, told FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva of the decision while both leaders were in Berlin attending high-level meetings including Sunday's meeting of agriculture ministers from the G20 countries.
09 Jan 2017
In cooperation with the Global Good Fund, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has handed more than 5000 Mazzi™ containers that provide clean and effective storage of milk, to the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries. The Ministry will distribute the containers to farmers in eight regions of Ethiopia.  Millions of smallholder dairy farmers in Ethiopia rely on milk for both...
19 Dec 2016
Building bridges between science and development to combat climate change and its impacts is at the heart of a new partnership agreement between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) that was signed at an official event held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, on Monday, 19 December 2016.  Mustapha Sinaceur, Director of  FAO’s Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium said the partnership was based on a “pre-existing, fruitful relationship between our two institutions” and that they shared a vision and common goals for enhancing institutional capacities to address global climate change mitigation and adaptation. “FAO and UCL...
12 Dec 2016
New law includes recommendations and principles - designed with the support of FAO - for countries to strengthen family agriculture through national legislation.
Members of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (PARLATINO) unanimously approved a Model law on family farming, which includes recommendations and guidelines for countries to strengthen this key sector for food security, FAO said today. The law was voted on December 3rd during the XXXII General Assembly of PARLATINO held in Panama City. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, the new model law sets out guiding principles, definitions and obligations...
08 Dec 2016
Cancun, Mexico - More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their agriculture, forests and fisheries sectors. On 3 December, countries adopted the Cancun Declaration, named after the Mexican city where the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as 'COP13,' is being held. The Declaration represents an unprecedented recognition from the international community that biodiversity protection must involve different governmental and economic sectors and not just environment ministries. At the closure of the COP13 High Level...