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02 Jul 2014
Private enterprises often play an instrumental role in driving collaboration in development. Here are some examples of how the private sector works with leading UN agencies
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, (FAO) FAO, the UN agency devoted to eradicating hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, is currently working with the Rabobank Foundation in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia to improve the incomes of smallholder farmers by providing support to small rural businesses, as well as through the identification of productive, competitive and sustainable agri-businesses along the whole value chain. The partners are creating financial literacy programs and management skills training to help farmer producer groups become eligible for formal lending. In Tanzania, these partners are also enabling smallholder rice farmers to participate in the country's warehouse...
18 Jun 2014
Intensified cooperation to strengthen water and food security
8 June 2014, Marseille/Rome - The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to intensify their collaboration in a bid to strengthen global water and food security.Long-time partners, the two organizations will expand their joint work on a number of fronts, including: knowledge and technology development to enhance water productivity; the education of water management professionals and building human capital development in the water sector; and promoting sound water policymaking and better cooperation within the water and irrigated agriculture sectors.FAO and WWC share the view that water...
29 May 2014
FAO Director-General says upcoming hunger and nutrition events in Italy of "paramount importance" in tackling urgent challenges
Next year's EXPO Milano 2015, with its food security-oriented theme, and an international nutrition conference coming up in Rome in November, will be "emblematic efforts that help to shape the sustainable future we want," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said. Speaking at a round-table discussion linked to EXPO 2015, Graziano da Silva said, "We need to act now, forcefully, to reach a world in which there is no over- or under-nutrition." FAO's Director-General called for broad action to "ensure adequate food security and nutrition for all," and to support sustainable, inclusive, social and economic development. "The fact is that hunger and...
07 May 2014
SAVE FOOD International Congress kicks off in Düsseldorf
Tackling the world’s massive food loss problem is a key to reducing hunger and poverty, but governments and companies must step up their collaboration on the issue, an international congress on food losses and waste heard today.Speaking at the 2nd SAVE FOOD International Congress in Düsseldorf, FAO Assistant Director-General Ren Wang underlined that effective coordination across all sectors could make “a real difference” to one of the world’s major food security challenges.While 842 million people suffer from chronic hunger, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year. FAO estimates that the food...
30 Apr 2014
Partnership kicks off with live-streamed May 2 event in Washington, D.C., and May cover story in National Geographic Magazine
The National Geographic Society and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are teaming up to raise awareness on food and agriculture issues as National Geographic, a U.S.-based nonprofit institution, begins an eight-month, in-depth report on food issues starting with a May cover story in National Geographic magazine and online atNatGeoFood.com.The official launch of the collaboration will be marked by a three-day event taking place 2-4 May 2014 at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., beginning May 2 with an afternoon panel discussion, Food: A Forum, which will highlight issues of food security...