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



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”

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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]
Green Jobs for a Revitalized Food and Agriculture Sector 21 March 2012 This report presents an overview of opportunities to create “green jobs” by encouraging and investingin the implementation of a global transformation of the agriculture sector into a sustainable,productive and environmentally balanced ‘green agriculture’ paradigm. In the context of this report,“green agriculture” is broadly defined as “the use of farming practices and technologies thatsimultaneously: (i) maintain and increase farm productivity and profitability while ensuring theprovision of food on a sustainable basis, (ii) reduce negative externalities and gradually lead topositive ones, and (iii) rebuild ecological resources (i.e. soil, water, air and biodiversity “naturalcapital” assets) by reducing pollution and using resources more efficiently. A diverse, locallyadaptable set of agricultural techniques, practices and market branding certifications such as GoodAgricultural Practices (GAP), Organic/Biodynamic Agriculture, Conservation Agriculture and relatedtechniques and food-supply protocols represent the various forms of “green” agriculture” (UNEP,Green Economy Report: Agriculture Investing in Natural Capital. 2011). Fishery and forestry are alsomentioned, but with a lower level of detail. This is due to the nature of interventions needed to supporta transition to greener fishery and forestry, which primarily focuses on resource conservation and therebuilding of stocks. [more]

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last updated:  Thursday, June 7, 2012