16 Sep 2020
Earth Map empowers FAO’s Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform and allows anyone with basic Internet access to tap critical climate, environmental and agricultural information
Rome - Anyone anywhere can access multidimensional maps and statistics showing key climate and environmental trends wherever they are, thanks to a new tool developed by Google and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. 
11 Sep 2020
How South-South Cooperation helps ensure food security for family farmers
FAO South-South Cooperation project began in late 2019 between China and Madagascar. Chinese experts on rice production came to Madagascar to introduce a greater-yielding type of rice, as well as to provide training to farmers on how to grow and harvest it.
03 Sep 2020
On 16 September, the RBAs are jointly organizing the virtual celebration of the 2020 UN Day for South-South Cooperation: “The role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) in the transformation of Food Systems in view of COVID-19”, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (CEST). This event will raise awareness on how SSTC can support the transformation of food systems for the benefit of rural poor smallholder farmers, addressing COVID-19 related vulnerabilities and the needs of people already at risk of being left behind. Three years after the release of their Joint Roadmap on strengthening SSTC collaboration among the Rome-based Agencies, FAO, IFAD and...
27 Aug 2020
Improving farming practices and increasing seasonal harvests
The Nyagatare district (Eastern Province) is Rwanda’s breadbasket - a vast area of agricultural land providing food for the entire country. The people of this district are mainly farmers, rearing livestock and cultivating crops such as maize and rice, but they suffer a long dry season stretching from June to mid-September and, consequently, water has always been a vital, much sought-after resource - with competition for it high.In 2015, the Rwandan government, together with financial support from the World Bank, constructed a USD 10 million dam and water reservoir.Before long, however, farmers cultivating the upper hillside...
14 Aug 2020
Parliamentarians gather to examine their role in mitigating the gender-differentiated impacts of COVID-19 on food systems
On July 22, parliamentarians met with members of farmers’ organizations and rural women’s networks for a virtual dialogue on advancing gender equality in the context of family farming. The discussion centred on the potential of rural women to contribute to sustainable agriculture and food systems, and addressed both the challenges they currently face and the actions that parliamentarians can take to support rural women entrepreneurs and women family farmers, during the current COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.The virtual meeting was the second in a series of dialogues organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),...