Two projects by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and one of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are among the 18 best practices on food security that will be awarded on 6 July at the Auditorium of Palazzo Italia at Expo 2015.
Selected in March 2015 by the international jury led by Prince Albert of Monaco, all winning projects are illustrated either by videos or photo stories in the Pavilion Zero. Along them, the film dedicated to the UN Theme “The Zero Hunger Challenge • United for a sustainable world” is screened.
The best practices submitted were in line with the following five thematic priorities: 1) Sustainable management of natural resources; 2) Improvement in the quantity and quality of agricultural production; 3) Socio-economic dynamics and global markets; 4) Sustainable development of small rural communities in marginal areas; 5) Food consumption habits: diet, environment, society, economy and health.
The projects “Intensification of agriculture by strengthening cooperative agro-input shops (IARBIC)” developed by the Nigerian Ministry of Agricultura e by FAO and “Nourishing the land, nourishing the people” funded by IFAD were selected for Priority 2, Improvement in the quantity and quality of agricultural production and awarded respectively with a video and a photo story. The project “Eradication of the tsetse fly Glossina palpalis gambiensis from the Niayes in Senegal’ developed and implemented by the Directorate of Veterinary Services, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and FAO, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, Senegal Institute for Agricutural Research was selected for Priority 4, Sustainable development of small rural communities in marginal areas and awarded with a photo story.
"IARBIC shows that food security is achievable even in the most vulnerable regions of the world. Our strategy was manifold to address the complexity of food security. This strategy gave small holder farmers, around half of which are women, access to the right qualities and quantities of agricultural inputs. Training was essential to provide farmers with key skills and technical knowledge" explained FAO in an interview to ExpoNet.
"The main difficulties met were political turmoil and the fact that farmers wanted to keep traditional farming methods because of the importance of rice in the local culture. To overcome resistance and raise awareness of System of Rice Intensification (SRI), IFAD adopted a number of measures (education, extension services, trust building) that proved successful" said IFAD when describing to ExpoNet the major hurdles in implementing the porject.
"In our project, the sustainable removal of an isolated tsetse fly population from the Niayes will greatly reduce or eliminate the cyclical transmission of the disease trypanosomosis. Moreover, it contributes to the development of more productive livestock systems in the Niayes, better agricultural production and increased food security" said the Directorate of Veterinary Services of Senegal, partner of FAO and other entities behind the project, when illustrating to ExpoNet the results of the best practice.
More info and programme of the Award Ceremony available here.