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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Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems (SAFA) 21 March 2012 Twenty years have passed since the principle of sustainable development received almost universal agreement at the 1992 Earth Summit. Recent years have seen impressive progress in the realization of a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development. Stakeholders in the food and agriculture sectors have been at the forefront of this progress, improving agricultural productivity, protecting human and natural resources, and conceiving and implementing frameworks, standards and indicators for assessing and improvingsustainability across the sector and along the value chain. Yet, enormous challenges remain. The world is confronted with a multitude of crisis, from food and fuel crises to climate and financial crises. To further enhance the efficacy and efficiency of the various initiatives intackling these challenges, a common language for sustainable agriculture and food systems is needed. [more]
Green economy for sustainable moutain development 21 March 2012 Mountains are an important source of vital ecosystem services and have a significant role in economic development, environmental protection, ecological sustainability, and human wellbeing. The international community recognised the importance of mountains at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992 through adoption of Chapter 13 in Agenda 21. Chapter 13 underscored the role of mountains in global sustainable development. [more]

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last updated:  Thursday, June 7, 2012