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Public development banks: Part of the solution to ending hunger
FAO Director-General addresses Finance in Common summit in Rome, strengthens ties with Italy’s CDP
19.10.2021 Rome
Public development banks: Part of the solution to ending hunger
Public development banks are “part of the solution” to ending hunger and transforming agri-food systems, as they have the power and reach to narrow funding gaps and consolidate bridges between stakeholders, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), said today. With their unique combination of development mandate, long-term perspective and ability to finance both the private and public sector, such banks can inject not...
On World Food Day – COVID-19 is seen as both a setback but also an opportunity to transform agri-food and nutrition systems across the Asia-Pacific region
As COVID-19 continues to cause havoc to the health, nutrition, lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people across the world’s largest region, it has also offered an opportunity to rebuild a global, agri-food system that was already not fit for purpose in providing proper nutrition for the masses. World Food Day, observed each year on 16 October, offers an opportunity in 2021 – with the Asia-Pacific region still caught...
UN’s FAO and AIT share expertise to accelerate sustainable agri-food systems transformations
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today formalized its partnership with one of Asia’s leading Academic Institutes aiming at consolidating, developing and detailing their cooperation and effectiveness to achieve their common objectives in the field of sustainable development of the Asia and Pacific region. The Asian Institute of Technology is an international institute of higher learning that was established in 1959 to help meet the region’s growing...
FAO co-convenes ‘Peoples’ Choice Award for Asia and Pacific Innovation Challenge at World Food Forum 2021 ‘Innovation Day’ – and the winner is…
During “Innovation Day” of the World Food Forum 2021, participants awarded FeastSaver with the Peoples’ Choice Award for the ongoing Asia and Pacific Innovation Challenge. As part of the virtual event, FAO Country Offices in the Asia-Pacific region provided brief presentations on their innovation challenges: in the Philippines, it is the traceability of goods from the source to the distributor, something which harms reliability and safety, while in Cambodia, it is the lack of affordable...
Food Systems Summit - "From New York back to Rome," FAO takes on lead role in implementing outcomes
Director-General QU Dongyu pledges working with all to transform agri-food systems
23.09.2021 New York/Rome
Food Systems Summit - "From New York back to Rome," FAO takes on lead role in implementing outcomes
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today committed to take a leadership role in ensuring the success of ambitious and urgent efforts designed to make the world's agri-food systems more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu made the pledge at the closing segment of the UN Food Systems Summit, "Carrying forward the vision and momentum for 2030," where he delivered the Summit's closing statement. The...
Aquaculture is key to meet increasing food demand, says FAO
Director-General QU Dongyu addresses Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium+20
23.09.2021 Shanghai/Rome
Aquaculture is key to meet increasing food demand, says FAO
Aquaculture is playing a critical role in global food production, but innovation and equity are required to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, said today. On the opening day of the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millenium+20 in Shanghai, the Director-General highlighted aquaculture as the fastest growing agri-food sector globally saying there is huge potential for further expansion in Asia,...
Spread awareness, stop resistance—World Antimicrobial Awareness Week theme announced
The Tripartite of the Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization recently announced this year’s theme for the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW). Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance is the new theme with Antimicrobials: Handle with Care still the overarching slogan. The global event is celebrated from 18-24 November every year and is one of the most important events in...
FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in the Republic of Korea formally expands engagements with KAIDEC
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC) have announced a new chapter of cooperation intended to expand collaboration and take advantage of international development opportunities. A Letter of Agreement signed today at the FAO Partnership and Liaison Office (PLO) in the Republic of Korea (ROK), Seoul, will focus on establishing a partnership and resource mobilization strategy to enhance...
Afghanistan: FAO appeals for $36 million to urgently save rural livelihoods and avoid massive displacement
Director-General QU Dongyu stresses that time is of the essence in address to UN High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan
13.09.2021 Rome/Geneva
Afghanistan: FAO appeals for $36 million to urgently save rural livelihoods and avoid massive displacement
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today called for urgent assistance to help save Afghanistan's next wheat harvest, keep life-sustaining farm animals alive, and avoid a deterioration of the country's already severe humanitarian crises.  FAO is seeking $36 million to speed up its support to Afghan farmers and ensure they will not miss the upcoming winter wheat planting season, and to assist...
FAO calls for renewed digital push in Small Island Developing States battered by COVID-19
High-Level Forum saw the launch of the SIDS Solutions Platform to foster innovation and digitalization
31.08.2021 Rome/Suva
FAO calls for renewed digital push in Small Island Developing States battered by COVID-19
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today called on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to foster the power of innovation and digitalization to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 2 (No hunger) and SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities). Qu spoke at the opening of the two-day virtual SIDS Solutions Forum (30-31 August), co-hosted by FAO...
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