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04 May 2020
Renewed partnerships with academia and research institutions focus on knowledge-sharing, innovation and sustainable natural resource management
Rome - FAO currently has more than seventy partnerships with academia and research institutions worldwide, which help the Organization to provide the next generation with the tools and knowledge needed to create a more sustainable future. FAO recently renewed partnerships with five key academic and research institutions in Europe, Latin America, the Near East and the Asia-Pacific region, which will focus on capacity development, knowledge exchange and technical support in the areas of sustainable natural resource management, landscape restoration and agricultural innovation. Access to knowledge and education is the priority in FAO’s partnership with the
30 Apr 2020
A delegation of ten people led by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAEP) went to Mahitsy on April 23, 2020 to inspect the cultivated hybrid rice on a 40 hectare plot, which will be harvested at the end of April. The first sowing of Weichu 902-3 hybrid rice specie was carried out in December 2019. The seeds were produced by the Yuan Madagascar company and supplied by the South-South Cooperation (SSC) project launched in Madagascar since October 2019. The project is funded for two years by the FAO-China SSC Programme, and coordinated and implemented by the MAEP. This project...
23 Apr 2020
What exactly is the Bioeconomy and what is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) doing to promote its sustainable and circular implementation? Bioeconomy is generally understood as “the production, utilization and conservation of biological resources, including related knowledge, science, technology and innovation, to provide information, products, processes and services across all economic sectors aiming towards a sustainable economy”. Bioeconomy, if done sustainably, can comprehensively address interconnected societal challenges such as food security, fossil-resource dependence, natural resource scarcity and climate change, while achieving sustainable economic development, and supporting the achievement of many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To this end, the...
17 Apr 2020
Contribution will help to scale up detection and containment of locusts
Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu has welcomed a $10 million donation from Mastercard Foundation to step up the fight against the Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa amid concern about an imminent upsurge in numbers. The Desert Locust upsurge continues to be alarming, particularly in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where it threatens food security and livelihoods. In the six East African...
17 Apr 2020
Since 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has joined forces with the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) to implement the ‘Mesoamerica hunger free’ South-South cooperation programme. Thanks to the Mesoamerica hunger free programme, FAO has provided technical assistance to lawmakers, the Ministries of Agriculture, Social Welfare and Education in nine countries: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic, in preparing legal instruments and developing and implementing public policies and programmes, focused on achieving food security and nutrition and reducing rural poverty. A specialized, demand-driven component of the programme...