FAO and France Médias Monde strengthen their partnership

New agreement boosts collaboration between FAO and the state-owned audio-visual media group that includes France 24, RFI and MCD

1 February 2019, Rome - FAO and France Médias Monde (FMM) have further strengthened their close working relationship. FMM's three channels (RFIFrance 24Monte Carlo Doualiya), that regularly produce features and reports on themes related to food and agriculture and global health challenges, have recently broadcast, via their digital and TV platforms, FAO video spots featuring Zero Hunger champions like the astronaut Thomas Pesquet and actor Lambert Wilson.

Given the growing relevance of the challenges related to hunger and food production and the need to keep raising awareness amongst the global public, France Médias Monde and FAO on 30 January 2019 signed in Rome a partnership framework agreement that aims to formalize an existing collaboration and to strengthen joint projects. It reflects a shared goal to intensify actions against malnutrition in all its forms, thereby contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and to the Zero Hunger goal.

The agreement envisages possible media production opportunities for RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya's editorial teams on food, nutrition, food systems and sustainable agriculture-related projects. These would  give voice to people's efforts on the ground and help promote innovative solutions.

With the support of FAO, programs such as « C'est pas du vent » or « Le coq chante » (RFI) ; « Elément Terre » / « Down to Earth » (France 24) ; « Le journal de l'environnement » (MCD) will be able to cover more efficiently topics such as rural economic development, the efforts to address climate change and the important role of women and youth in rural areas in ensuring food security.

The agreement will promote knowledge exchange between journalists and FAO experts, including interview opportunities on the group channels. It also entails the possibility for FAO's public outreach campaigns to be broadcast through the FMM group channels in 15 languages.

Photo: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto
FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, at the signing ceremony with the France Média Monde’s Director of Strategy and Development, Marc Fonbaustier.