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FAO's new Voluntary Guidelines for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Crop Wild Relatives and Wild Food Plants outline how to craft technical rules and shepherd them into implementation and will help governments meet their international commitments.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 9:00 am
Speaking at the FAO regional conference for Africa, the Organization's Director-General José Graziano da Silva has expressed optimism that Zero Hunger remains attainable, but that doing so will require efforts to help communities better prepare and cope with weather-related shocks and conflict.
Posted: February 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
Maintaining productive, diverse and healthy forests is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals but this can only be accomplished through political will and concerted action across sectors, stakeholders and institutions at all levels, said the international conference on halting deforestation today.
Posted: February 21, 2018, 11:00 pm
"Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces" the linkages between rural areas and cities, Graziano da Silva said.
Posted: February 21, 2018, 11:00 pm

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DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has completed a week of training for the Information Management and Analytical Centre (IMAC) staff of Tajikistan’s Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence. 
Author: WFP
Posted: February 23, 2018, 1:47 pm
ADDIS ABABA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a multiyear contribution of US$10.5 million from the Government of Sweden to provide innovative solutions for building resilience of vulnerable populations in Ethiopia. 
Author: WFP
Posted: February 19, 2018, 3:13 pm
For 17 months (April 2016 until August 2017) the World Food Programme ran an airdrop operation on behalf of the entire UN in Syria. Airdrops were a lifeline for the people trapped inside Deir Ezzor City. Following the lifting of the 31/2 year long siege by ISIS, this week WFP went on a milestone mission to the city to document the effects of three and half years of living under siege. This is the first mission for any UN personnel since mid-2014 when the entire governorate became inaccessible.
Author: WFP
Posted: February 16, 2018, 4:05 pm
KINSHASA – In the face of escalating violence, daunting logistical challenges and insufficient funding, the United Nations World Food Programme is energizing two key elements of its emergency operation to prevent famine in war-ravaged Kasai: cash distributions to the most vulnerable and specialist support to check acute malnutrition in women and young children.
Author: WFP
Posted: February 16, 2018, 9:29 am