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FAO and Pasona Group Inc. establish a promising collaboration to promote capacity development, advocacy and awareness raising activities for sustainable food and agriculture

27/02/2018 - 

Daniel Gustafson, the Deputy Director-General (Programme) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Yasuyuki Nambu, the CEO of Pasona Group Inc. a leading recruitment company in Japan that develops its business with the aim of realizing a society where anyone, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or disability, is free to choose the work they want to do and can work in a way that is tailored to their lifestyle, signed a Letter of Intent to promote capacity development, advocacy and awareness raising on sustainable food and agriculture development, particularly through a Pasona-sponsored global institute known as the Awaji Youth Federation. 

Pasona Group aims at providing solutions to society’s problems through creating employment opportunities and reflects the priority that it attaches to local revitalization as a key driver for sustainable livelihoods, innovation and resilience. Given the common interests of FAO and Pasona, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mr. Nambu emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships in the area of sustainable agriculture, and expressed his wish for further collaboration with FAO. 

Currently, about 30 youths from 19 countries participate in the Awaji Youth Federation. Mr. Nambu expects the programme participants to maximize their skills and competencies for local revitalization and that they would eventually contribute to tackling global challenges. FAO and Pasona Group will collaborate with other to promote capacity development through training or internship and fellowship programmes and to enhance knowledge sharing, advocacy and awareness raising through joint events and so forth.