© FAO/Petterik Wiggers
10/08/2022
A new programme aims to help women agrifood entrepreneurs tackle common challenges and expand their businesses Recognizing that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a pivotal role in ensuring food security and nutrition, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable consumers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) are launching an Accelerator Mentorship Programme, designed for women entrepreneurs operating in the agrifood sector. The pilot programme will be open to female entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa, which boasts some of the highest rates of female participation in entrepreneurial activities in the world. SMEs play...
© FAO/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds
27/06/2022
The global climate crisis is everyone’s business. Countries have committed to lower emissions and sustainable practices across all sectors. The public sector has long been supporting efforts to build resilience in the agriculture and land use sectors but achieving such climate action requires urgent collaboration with businesses in the food and land sector. Change is needed across the agriculture system, from farmland to store front – and this can only be accomplished with a joint effort from all players in the agribusiness industry. Countries’ responses to lower their emissions, adapt to climate change, and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement...
©FAO/Pedro Costa Gomes
23/06/2022
Children's undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies continue to pose the biggest nutritional health burden worldwide. Diets that lack diversity, nutritional value, and food safety are frequently to blame for childhood malnutrition. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Bel Egypt signed a framework for cooperation and coordination today with the goal of increasing nutritional awareness and promoting healthy and responsible habits in children across Egypt, driven by a common goal to promote healthy nutrition and combat malnutrition issues in Egypt. The agreement was signed at the FAO headquarters in Cairo, in the presence of Abdel Hakim Elwaer, Assistant Director-General...
©FAO/Luis Tato
09/06/2022
From basic hand tools to sophisticated motorized equipment, mechanization covers all levels of farming and processing technologies. Where it is adopted, it can offer a range of benefits, helping to reduce hard labor, relieve labor shortages, improve productivity and efficient use of resources, enhance market access and mitigate climate related hazards. It can be a game changer for farm work – and a key component in developing sustainable agrifood systems. The production and distribution of machinery and equipment for agricultural development, and innovations in this area, are driven by the private sector, and require substantial investment. To make mechanization truly sustainable...
European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association (CEMA)
© FAO/Vanessa Olarte
07/06/2022
On the edge of the Caribbean Sea is an autonomous, Indigenous Peoples’ territory in Panama which has been inhabited by the Guna people for centuries. It winds its way around the gulf of the same name and includes an archipelago of around 300 islands. Within this territory is Naranjo Grande, a coastal town where the sea represents food, work and life itself. This is where Luisa Lopez Hurtado has lived all her life. A member of the Guna Indigenous People, she has fished with her family off of Panama’s eastern coast for as long as she can remember. “I grew up by...
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