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FAO and Rabobank Foundation join forces
20 Sep 2013

The Rabobank Foundation and FAO will share knowledge, innovation and financial resources in Africa in a broad strategy to make a difference in the lives of small-holder farmers and the rural poor.

An agreement signed at FAO headquarters, involving our FAO decentralized offices, sets out how the organizations will work together on development projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The projects will improve the income of small-holder farmers through support to small rural businesses, as well as through the identification of productive, competitive and sustainable agri-businesses along the whole value chain.
 
Director-General José Graziano da Silva said...

Private Sector Seminar Series: The Value of Cooperative Banking in Supporting Smallholders
20 Sep 2013

20 September 2013, Rome – The managing director of Rabobank Foundation, Mr. Pierre van Hedel, visited FAO headquarters today and gave a seminar for FAO staff titled “The Value of Cooperative Banking in Supporting Smallholders” as part of the Private Sector Seminar Series.
 
Rabobank Foundation was created in 1973 by Rabobank Group, a Dutch multinational bank and global leader in Food and Agribusiness. Building upon Rabobank Group’s collaborative and sustainable banking strategies, Rabobank Foundation seeks to support smallholder farmers around the world through agricultural cooperatives and microfinance mechanisms.

Mr. Van Hedel explained that Rabobank Foundation believes in empowering smallholder farmers through financial,...

FAO and Grameen Foundation partner to improve smallholder access to agriculture technologies
19 Sep 2013

Grameen Foundation and FAO will work closely together to enhance smallholder access to knowledge and technologies for sustainable production and food security through the use of mobile agriculture supported services.

The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in Rome also aimed at improving farming innovation exchange, strengthening smallholder households to gain better access to agricultural and rural financial services and competitive value chains. Both organizations agreed that this is a great step forward in their efforts to improve food security. During his visit to FAO headquarters, Alex Counts, Chief Executive Officer and President of Grameen Foundation, highlighted...

FAO and Grameen Foundation USA partner to improve small-holder farmer access to technologies
17 Sep 2013

Rome - Grameen Foundation and FAO will work closely to enhance small-holder farmer access to knowledge and technologies for sustainable production and food security through the use of mobile agriculture supported services. 

The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) also aimed at improving farming innovation exchange, strengthening small-holder households to gain better access to agricultural and rural financial services and competitive value chains. Both organizations agreed that this is a great step forward in their efforts to improve food security. 

During his visit to FAO headquarters, Alex Counts, Chief Executive Officer and President of Grameen Foundation,...

Private Sector Seminar Series: The Grameen Model Towards Achieving Food security
17 Sep 2013

Rome –The President and CEO of Grameen Foundation USA, Mr. Alex Counts, visited FAO headquarters today and gave a seminar for FAO staff titled “Grameen Model Towards Achieving Food Security,” which marked the beginning of the FAO Private Sector Seminar Series. The seminar took place after FAO and Grameen Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which includes goals to increase farming innovation exchange, strengthen smallholders’ access to agricultural and financial services, and increase rural access to competitive value chains. 

Mr. Counts first witnessed extreme poverty in 1988 when he was a Fulbright Scholar working with Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. He returned to...

Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and FAO intensify cooperation
09 Sep 2013

The non-governmental organization Deutsche Welthungerhilfe  and FAO will work more closely in their fight against hunger and poverty. The organizations signed an agreement on Monday in Rome, to promote the progressive realization of the right to food and improvements of the governance of land tenure for the benefit of all, with an emphasis on vulnerable and marginalized people. “Only if we work together will we be able to successfully eradicate hunger and poverty,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. “Cooperation with civil society groups like Welthungerhilfe is crucial to make the right to adequate and healthy food a reality.”...

PAA Africa Programme
02 Sep 2013

FAO and WFP have long been partnering to promote food and nutrition security of vulnerable communities. The Programme Purchase from Africans for Africa is a recent example of how the agencies can design and implement joint work for effective and efficient operations on the ground.

PAA Africa is being currently operated in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal since February 2012. With a funding of USD 4.5 million provided by Brazil and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Programme is a joint initiative to promote food and nutrition security and income generation of smallholder farmers in...

A Series of Voices on the Future of Agriculture
31 Jul 2013

If you are reading this website, you might be familiar with one of the larger debates going on around ensuring access to food for everyone--the debate on the future of agriculture as a practice. Fossil-fuel based?  Organics? Small-scale? Fertilizer dependent?

This debate lives in the comment sections of many websites that cover these topics, in social media threads, in scientific literature, and pages and pages of books and brochures published every day. It is a rich and colorful debate, with many different approaches proposed. But how do we ensure we are hearing perspectives from all...

Lifelong dedication to fight poverty
16 Jul 2013

Waking up at 4:00 am and walking almost 5 kilometers to work at the farm is not an easy task for grown people, let alone for a school girl. Lydia Sasu has been working as a farmer since her childhood. Despite hard work by all the family members, there were instances that they had nothing to eat.

“On my school days, on a Saturday, I and my mother went to the market to get money for cassava we sold on credit a few days ago, but the customer had no money to pay so we could...

Looking for a united approach to end hunger
01 Jul 2013

Heads of State and Government of African Union Member States, together with representatives of international organizations, civil society organizations, private sector, cooperatives, farmers, youths, academia and other partners have unanimously adopted a Declaration to end hunger in Africa during the high-level meeting co-organized by the African Union, FAO and Lula Institute held in Addis Ababa last week.

The declaration aims at promoting sustainable agricultural development with social protection and recognizes the importance of engaging non-state actors to ensure food security.

The 3-day meeting allowed for non-state actors and governments alike to discuss and exchange their views and positions on agricultural development in...