Success stories

This page contains features that go beyond news to showcase success stories in different ways: interviews, scale up notes, factsheets…

Resource Partners
10 Oct 2017
The commitment of the Government of Colombia to building sustainable peace translates into a series of funding agreements, called UTFs, with FAO to improve governance, land rights and rural development
Since the signing of the initial peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC) in August 2016, the Colombian government has been working ambitiously with FAO and other key partners on a comprehensive plan for rural reform to anchor and sustain peace in the country. The government is committed to financing the biggest part of the peace agreement from national resources. This commitment has translated into a series of dedicated Unilateral Trust Fund agreements (UTFs) with FAO, to the tune of about USD46 million, including ongoing and planned projects. Land control, agricultural practices...
South-south Cooperation
14 Jul 2017
As global population soars and various climate and environment challenges emerge, food and nutrition security remain a distant reality for many populations in the rural world. In rice production areas, overuse of pesticides and chemical fertilizers decreases terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity while negatively impacting human health. While using fertilizer and pesticides increases productivity in the immediate term, over the long term it contributes to a loss of aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, negative health impacts due to direct exposure to toxic pesticides and contaminated water, pest resurgence, degradation of natural resources and decreases in production. Moreover, aquatic biodiversity from rice-based ecosystems,...
Resource Partners
27 Mar 2017
A cooperation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Last November, FAO signed a USD 10.5 million grant agreement with the Gates Foundation aimed at strengthening countries’ capacity to collect agriculture and food security data, and monitor the investment-process-outcome cycle leading to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the purpose of promoting agriculture and food security development, the SDGs provide an ambitious and multidimensional plan of action, requiring governments to deliver more effective policies and programmes cutting across sectors and responding to economic, social and environmental challenges. In order to design and implement new programmes, governments and the global community will require more data on who...
South-south Cooperation
23 Nov 2016
Interview with Carlos Watson, Team Leader, South-South Cooperation, FAO, on the online platform aimed at facilitating cooperation among the global south.
Interview with Carlos Watson, Team Leader, South-South Cooperation, FAO, on the online platform aimed at facilitating cooperation among the global south.  23 November 2016, Rome. Widely known as the “Gateway”, this tool developed by FAO fosters support to South-South Cooperation by putting southern expertise and national capacities at the reach of FAO Member countries. The Gateway also gives great visibility to the existing national expertise and facilitates solution exchanges. 35 institutions from 11 countries have joined the platform since it was launched in 2015. We talked to Carlos Watson about this ‘marketplace-like’ tool that matches Southern Expertise and needs. How would you...
Resource Partners
11 Nov 2016
The story of a long-standing collaboration between Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and FAO
With the aim to meet FAO’s Strategic Objective 1 to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and FAO have implemented solutions to improve the nutritional impact of agriculture and food systems from community to the national and regional levels, within the framework of a Bilateral Trust Fund (BTF) set up in 2002. Since then, over 100 projects have been supported through the BTF. It all began in Afghanistan, where BMEL and FAO collaborated as part of a project designed to strengthen information systems for food and nutrition security. This led to...