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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Identifying opportunities for climate-smart agriculture investments in Africa 21 March 2012 The agriculture sector in Africa is being called on to increase food production to meet the food demand for a growing population. This formidable challenge will be further exacerbated by climate change which will have significant impacts on the various dimensions and determinants of food security. African policymakers are thus challenged to ensure that agriculture contributes to addressing food security, development and climate change. Through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) of the African Union (AU), a number of countries prepared National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) to provide opportunities to integrate the scaling up of practices that potentially benefit development, food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation into an existing continental and countryowned sustainable agriculture development framework. This paper proposes a methodology to examine the potential of existing NAFSIPs to generate climate change benefits. A rapid screening methodology is presented and applied to 14 NAFSIPs, all of which include agricultural development programmes/sub-programmes that benefit both adaptation to slow-onset climatic change and extreme events, and climate change mitigation. On average, about 60 percent of the activities planned are expected to generate climate benefits in terms of slow-onset climate change, 18 percent adaptation to extreme events, and 19 percent climate change mitigation. [more]
Oceans and Coastal Sustainability: IOC/UNESCO, FAO, IMO and UNDP 21 March 2012 This document is a SUMMARY of “A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability”, an interagency paper that provides context for the Rio+20 discussions, through analysis of current challenges in ocean and coastal management around the world. Our ocean covers over 70% of the globe. Its health and the wellbeing of humanity and the living environment that sustains us all are inextricably linked. Yet neglect, ocean acidification, climate change, polluting activities and over exploitation of marine resources have made it one of the earth’s most threatened ecosystems. This has put in peril not only the life forms that inhabit the planet, but the aspirations of humankind for prosperity and economic growth within the context of sustainable development. [more]

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last updated:  Thursday, June 7, 2012