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29 Mar 2021
Businesses and the private sector more broadly can provide an important contribution to achieving and tracking progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), although their specific role is not sufficiently mainstreamed in the 2030 Agenda. This is why FAO has developed guidelines entitled, Core Food and Agricultural Indicators for Measuring the Private Sector Contribution to the SDGs.Building on the Guidance on core indicators for entity reporting on the contribution towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals  developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), these guidelines provide practical information on how to measure the...
12 Mar 2021
12 March 2021, Kigali/Rome - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rwanda has signed an agreement with JR Farms Limited to promote youth involvement in agriculture and create decent work opportunities.   JR Farms is a Rwandan led agri-enterprise operating  in Rwanda, Nigeria and Zambia in the areas of food processing and retailing, agro commodity trading and consulting. Its corporate goals are to ensure food security, end hunger in Africa and create decent jobs for Africa's women and young people. FAO and JR Farms have joined forces with the aim of developing youth-led agriculture enterprises by...
22 Feb 2021
FAO Members endorsed a new Strategy for Private Sector Engagement 2021-2025 at the last session of the governing Council in December 2020. The Strategy reflects FAO’s new forward-looking vision for strengthening engagement with the private sector towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).As the key person in the core management team who led the consultations and negotiations on the new Strategy, FAO Deputy Director-General, Beth Bechdol speaks about why engaging with the private sector is so important for achieving the SDGs. 2020 ushered in the start of a Decade of Action - a call to speed up progress...
30 Nov 2020
Port Moresby/Rome - As part of efforts to support smallholder farmers and create more inclusive agri-food value chains in Papua New Guinea, FAO implementing the  European Union co-funded STREIT programme, has engaged the local private sector, partnering with Paradise Foods Ltd., the country's oldest national food manufacturing company.The new Memorandum of Understanding agreement signed today aims to promote more inclusive and sustainable cocoa production value chains and create income generation opportunities for smallholder farmers, through quality improvement, better market access and the development of product certification schemes."Engaging with the local private sector and linking them effectively...
02 Nov 2020
For many, Jamaican ginger beer, ginger tea or ginger biscuits are a household staple. This Caribbean island has long had a global reputation for its excellent ginger, known for its potency and pungency – but the industry is being threatened.Ginger Rhizome Rot (GRR) disease has for years devastated production across the island and even caused many farmers to stop ginger production altogether. The disease has been so prominent that, between 2015 and 2018, Jamaica’s ginger production dropped by almost half.However, a band of public and private sector food heroes called the Ginger Working Group have been...
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