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 Civil Society Organizations discuss contributions to the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Africa
21 Mar 2014

A meeting of more than 50 representatives of international, regional and national Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) based in Africa opened in Tunis today to discuss priority issues related to the development of agriculture and rural areas in Africa.

Participants at the two-day consultation at Carthage Thalasso Hotel, hosted by l’Union Maghrébine et Nord Africaine des Agriculteurs (UMNAGRI), include farmers, artisanal fisherfolk, herders/pastoralists, landless, urban poor, workers in the food sector, women, youth, indigenous people, forest dwellers and other various constituencies.

“It has become a tradition now in FAO, to organize consultative meetings with Non-State Actors (NSA) as an integral part of the...

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Organizations meet on food and agriculture
08 Mar 2014

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific opened a two-day Consultation today to discuss their joint concerns about the future of small farmers, landless farmers, farm workers and other concerned stakeholders. 

This parallel Consultation is organized just prior to FAO’s Thirty-Second Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), also in Ulaanbaatar, 10-14 March. Forty participants representing different CSOs and their organizations from the region and Mongolia are participating in the Consultation and their conclusions will be shared with delegates through formal interventions during the APRC.

In his welcome remarks as the host organization’s president, Bayartsaikhan Nadmid, of the...

Graziano da Silva holds a meeting with Mary Robinson
07 Mar 2014
 

7 March 2014, Rome- Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and current head of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, welcomed “FAO’s approach in promoting new and stronger partnerships to combat global challenges of hunger, food insecurity and climate change” at a meeting with FAO Director-General today.

Robinson was the keynote speaker at the International Women’s Day event held at FAO headquarters in Rome. She underlined that problems brought on by gender inequalities and lack of access to resources in agriculture were compounded by the unpredictable consequences of climate change.

Graziano da Silva informed Robinson that FAO is...

FAO commits to a Hunger Free Community of Portuguese Language Countries
06 Mar 2014

FAO and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) have joined forces towards the establishment of a Hunger Free Community of Portuguese Language Countries.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the Executive Secretary of the CPLP, Murade Isaac Miguigy Murargy, signed a Technical Cooperation Programme, uniting FAO and the CPLP today.

With a total allocated contribution of $500,000 USD, the programme will support the CPLP and its governments, parliaments and non-governmental partners in implementing a Regional Strategy for Food and Nutrition Security approved in 2012.

“The partnership between the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and FAO represents a milestone for...

1st World Wildlife Day sees launch of human-wildlife conflict management centre in Zimbabwe
03 Mar 2014

Over the last decade, Africa has witnessed demographic expansion resulting in encroachments into wildlife habitat, and increased cases of Human-wildlife conflicts (HWC), threatening both human and wildlife populations.

Similarly, dramatic trends in criminal hunting and trade are threatening many wildlife species to the verge of extinction. Concerted and efficient Human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategies need to be implemented to manage wildlife in order to provide ecological, social, economic and cultural contributions to human development, food security, and find a right balance for living in harmony with nature.

Against this background; and on the occasion of the 1st World Wildlife Day on 3 March,...

Graziano da Silva meets Unilever CEO
20 Feb 2014

 FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman discussed the importance of supporting smallholder famers at a meeting at FAO headquarters today.

“This meeting was an opportunity to discuss global issues that we need to solve, food security being obviously very high in the agenda,” the Unilever chief said. “The fact that almost a billion people go to bed hungry every day is...

FAO and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) sign a collaboration agreement.
19 Feb 2014

FAO and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) will step up its ongoing cooperation on areas such as capacity development, gender and nutrition. The Chief of the Research and Extension Unit in FAO, Mr. Andrea Sonnino, and the Deputy Director of Agridea, Ms Sylvie Aubert, as well as the Deputy Head of Department Rural Development, Markets and International of Agridea, Mr. Ernst Bollinger and the Chair of GFRAS, Mr. Francesco Aguirre, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 19th of February 2014 which will allow the two organizations to formalize a long standing collaboration. 

“FAO has been...

France to collaborate on FAO strategic objectives
04 Feb 2014

FAO and French research institutions will step up cooperation in key research areas and coordinate their actions within the global framework of FAO’s renewed strategy. Two agreements signed today cover a broad spectrum of joint activities, including agro-ecology, biodiversity, animal health, food loss, agrarian reforms and genetic resources, which will contribute to FAO’s Strategic Objectives

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Agreenium President Marion Guillou, and International Cooperation Center in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD) President Michel Eddi signed the agreements during a visit of a high-level French delegation to FAO headquarters. 

The agreements aim to strengthen and...

France to collaborate on FAO strategic objectives
04 Feb 2014

FAO and French research institutions will step up cooperation in key research areas and coordinate their actions within the global framework of FAO’s renewed strategy. Two agreements signed today cover a broad spectrum of joint activities, including agro-ecology, biodiversity, animal health, food loss, agrarian reforms and genetic resources, which will contribute to FAO’s Strategic Objectives.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Agreenium President Marion Guillou, and International Cooperation Center in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD) President Michel Eddi signed the agreements during a visit of a high-level French delegation to FAO headquarters.

The agreements aim to strengthen and develop a...

The International Year of Family Farming: FAO and AMARC join forces
29 Jan 2014

In the context of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), FAO has joined the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) to launch an awareness campaign targeted at farmers’ organizations and the rural population. The main objective is to use community radio as a platform to share information with the farming community and involve them further in the discussion regarding the key role that family farming plays in economic and social development. The campaign was launched in Montreal on 27 January and is set to continue throughout the entire 2014. It will consist of a series...