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

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]
Sustainable Development 20 Years on from the Earth Summit: Progress, gaps and strategic guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean 1 June 2012 This joint UN publication presents an analysis of progress made and difficulties encountered in Latin America and the Caribbean in implementing global commitments on sustainable development since 1992, and proposed guidelines for moving towards sustainable development in the region. The proposal by the United Nations to reflect upon a "green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication" aspires to catalyse the changes needed in the region. Under the principle of shared but differentiated responsibilities, the green economy is understood in opposition to a brown economy, which compartmentalizes, pollutes, excludes and destroys. This proposal advocates the redesign of specific public policies that promote a low-carbon development pattern resistant to disasters and climate change, create green jobs and factor into decision-making the economic costs and benefits associated with the use of ecosystem services and materials. An economy for sustainable development reduces negative environmental impacts, such as carbon emissions and pollution, promotes efficient use of energy and resources and avoids the loss of biological diversity and ecosystem services, thus improving well-being now and in the future. [more]


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last updated:  Thursday, June 7, 2012