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10 Oct 2017
Since the signing of the initial peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC) in August 2016, the Colombian government has been working ambitiously with FAO and other key partners on a comprehensive plan for rural reform to anchor and sustain peace in the country. The government is committed to financing the biggest part of the peace agreement from national resources. This commitment has translated into a series of dedicated Unilateral Trust Fund agreements (UTFs) with FAO, to the tune of about USD46 million, including ongoing and planned projects. Land control, agricultural practices...
27 Mar 2017
Last November, FAO signed a USD 10.5 million grant agreement with the Gates Foundation aimed at strengthening countries’ capacity to collect agriculture and food security data, and monitor the investment-process-outcome cycle leading to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the purpose of promoting agriculture and food security development, the SDGs provide an ambitious and multidimensional plan of action, requiring governments to deliver more effective policies and programmes cutting across sectors and responding to economic, social and environmental challenges. In order to design and implement new programmes, governments and the global community will require more data on who...
11 Nov 2016
With the aim to meet FAO’s Strategic Objective 1 to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and FAO have implemented solutions to improve the nutritional impact of agriculture and food systems from community to the national and regional levels, within the framework of a Bilateral Trust Fund (BTF) set up in 2002. Since then, over 100 projects have been supported through the BTF. It all began in Afghanistan, where BMEL and FAO collaborated as part of a project designed to strengthen information systems for food and nutrition security. This led to...
28 Oct 2016
The Republic of the Sudan has donated $150,000 to support the work of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), a unique international coordinating body for policy issues related to food and nutrition, hosted by FAO. The funds will help CFS strengthen the governance of food security and nutrition in countries of the global South. Following a call for assistance from FAO, a donation agreement was signed between Sudan and the UN Agency, which will administer the contributions through its multi-donor trust fund. The project will be completed by the end of 2017. "CFS needs long term investment by all...
28 Jul 2016
The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) is pioneering a new approach to funding. Administered by FAO and in line with its Strategic Framework, the ASTF is the first fund by Africans for Africans.  The ASTF, by pooling resources from Africa’s strongest economies as well as from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to support national and regional food security initiatives within the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) framework, currently focuses on increasing the resilience of livelihoods in rural communities facing recurrent crises, as well as on economic growth and sustainable development. The idea behind the ASTF and its governance are sparking efforts...
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