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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The Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 21 March 2012 There is increasing degradation of soil resources due to population pressures, inappropriate practices and inadequate governance over this valuable resource. Soils can be considered as non-renewable in the time frame of human activities. The GSP will aim towards collaboration and sharing of responsibilities so as to provide a coherent framework for joint strategies and actions. The GSP should aim at facilitating the dialogue and interaction among the various users and stakeholders currently using soil resources.The ultimate twinned goal of the GSP should be the sustainable and productive use of the soil resources of the world. [more]
La Sostenibilidad del Desarrollo a 20 años de la Cumbre para la Tierra 21 March 2012 En diciembre de 2009 la Asamblea General aprobó la resolución 64/236, en virtud de la cual decidió organizar la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Desarrollo Sostenible. Esta Conferencia se realizará en Río de Janeiro (Brasil) en 2012, es decir, 20 años después de la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo y constituye una oportunidad propicia para hacer un balance de lo sucedido en estas dos décadas, evaluar los avances logrados y las dificultades encontradas y explorar nuevas formas de cooperación que permitan acelerar la transición hacia un desarrollo sostenible. Los Estados Miembros han acordado desarrollar dos temas principales para la Conferencia: a) una economía verde en el contexto del desarrollo sostenible y la erradicación de la pobreza y b) el marco institucional para el desarrollo sostenible. El documento que presentamos es una propuesta preliminar para la consideración de los países y está dividido en dos partes: por un lado los avances logrados y las dificultades encontradas en América Latina y el Caribe en la implementación de los compromisos mundiales sobre el desarrollo sostenible desde 1992 y, por otro, una propuesta de lineamientos para transitar hacia un desarrollo sostenible en la región. La versión final será difundida en la Conferencia en junio de 2012. [more]

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last updated:  Thursday, June 7, 2012