Media kit

Key Messages

  • The Rio vision of sustainable development cannot be realized unless hunger and malnutrition are eradicated.
  • The Rio vision requires that both food consumption and production systems achieve more with less.
  • The transition to a sustainable future requires fundamental changes in the governance of food and agriculture and an equitable distribution of the transition costs and benefits.  
     

Powerpoint:  FAO at Rio+20 and beyond

 
  

Videos

United for a healthier future: UN joint project in Bangladesh

Here in Bangladesh, almost 40% of the people live in poverty. With rising food prices and natural disasters, children and mothers are most at risk from malnutrition. Improving food security for them is one of the most difficult tasks of the Millennium Development Goals. Three UN agencies, FAO, WFP and UNICEF, are working together to help the most vulnerable.

Sierra Leone: Farming as a Business

This first video of a three-part series observes how FAO has used EU funding to provide 44,000 farmers with training, machinery and other inputs as part of an initiative to increase agricultural production and productivity in Sierra Leone, in partnership with the Government and other humanitarian organisations.

 

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Success stories

The West African Regional Integrated Production and Pest Management (IPPM) Programme

Established to improve farming skills and raise smallholder farmers’ awareness of alternatives to toxic chemicals, the West African Regional Integrated Production and Pest Management (IPPM) Programme, by the end of 2010 worked with 116 000 farmers in four West African countries, resulting in improved yields and incomes and making substantial progress in reducing the use of chemical pesticides. The IPPM Programme is built on three main objectives: building local farming capacity, improving food security and livelihoods and raising awareness of negative externalities and positive alternatives.

Read more about the Integrated Production and Pest Management Programme in the FAO feature story “Fewer pesticides and higher yields and income” http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/48883/icode/

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Publications

21 March 2012 The aim of this paper is to discuss how the entire food sector, from the farmer's fi eld to the consumer's plate, can become more "energy-smart". Becoming energy-smart will require a transformation along the food chain that involves: - relying more on low-carbon energy systems and using energy more effi ciently; - strengthening the role of renewable energy within food systems; - providing greater access to modern energy services for development, and at the same time supporting the achievement of national food security and sustainable development goals. This paper provides examples of energy-smart practices for both small-and large-scale enterprises and covers the entire food sector. [more]
Organic Agriculture and Food Security 21 March 2012 Organic agriculture offers insights towards a paradigm shift in food security which this paper reviews, with a view to: identify strengths and weaknesses of organic agriculture related to the food security dimensions of availability, access, stability and utilization; assess potential impacts of organic agriculture on sustainable food security, including hunger, poverty, the environment and food provisioning; 3. highlight attributes of organic supply chains within the enabling framework of the Human Right to Adequate Food; and 4. propose policy and research actions for improving the performance of organic food systems at national, international and FAO levels. [more]


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last updated:  Thursday, June 7, 2012