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  • Rio+20: The European Commission contributes to plant genetics treaty fund. Traditional crops diversity for food security
    Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012
    – The Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture receives €5 million from the European Commission, as a support to farmers in developing countries. Such initiative was announced ahead of a high-level meeting on the plant treaty at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The Benefit-sharing Fund helps smallholder farmers diversify traditional crops, such as potato, rice, cassava and wheat, for food security and climate change.
    Shakeel Bhatti, Executive Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for FAO (4min23sec)
     
  • Ahead of Rio+20: FAO advocates for energy-smart food production systems
    The agricultural sector has potential for opportunities to save, and even generate, energy.
    FAO recently launched an Energy-smart Food for People and Climate paper, Making the case for Energy-Smart Food at FAO. The Energy-Smart Food Programme aims to help countries promote energy-smart agri-food systems by identifying, planning and implementing appropriate energy, food security and climate-smart strategies to boost agricultural growth and rural development.
    Olivier Dubois, Coordinator for the FAO Programme on Energy, Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (3min43sec)

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