Call for Expressions of Interest: FAO Communication for Rural Development Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Partnerships Division (PSP) is in need of a Communication for Rural Development Specialist which will be contracted for 11 months with a three-month probationary period.  PSP is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the identification, strengthening and stewardship of strategic partnerships with non-state actors, including parliamentarians, civil society, private sector, academia and research institutions, family farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ organizations, to facilitate delivery

Online Course: Family Farming in Latin America and the Caribbean, a Key Sector for Food Security

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) offers an online, self-learning course on “Family Farming in Latin America and the Caribbean, a Key Sector for Food Security” (Course code: AF201409). This is in relation to its mandate “to collaborate with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in the formulation and adoption of policies and programs to increase the production of goods and services from Family Farming in a sustainable manner and,

E-learning Courses on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is offering new e-learning courses to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, are 17 goals adopted by 193 world leaders during the September 2015 United Nations Summit. These goals are aimed at “mobilizing efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind” (UN, n.d.).  The courses cover

Knowledge-sharing and partnerships as key to eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030

(A joint release) A high-level delegation of the Government of China, representatives from Italy, several African countries and United Nations officials, participated today in a workshop aimed at boosting the sharing of knowledge and building partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by 2030. The workshop, attended by over 90 international experts, and including participants from academia and the private sector, was jointly organized

FAO takes part in the Ocean Conference

The high-level United Nations Ocean Conference convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 5th to 9th June 2017 in line with the World Oceans Day. The theme of the conference is partnering for the implementation of SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the ocenas, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. FAO has a key role on the sustainable use of marine resources and considering that the

International Year of the Pulses wraps up

The International Year of the Pulses celebrated last 2016 was beneficial to farmers’ livelihoods and have a postive impact on the environment. Although dried beans, lentils, and peas have been around for centuries, they will play a fundamental role in our sustainable future. Even though #IYP2016 ended, there is still much more to be done to promote the benefits of these nutritious seeds. Below are the facts about Pulses that

Women hold the key to building a world free from hunger and poverty

Women empowerment and gender equality is one of the critical ingredients in fighting extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, said FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva at Step It Up Together with Rural Women to End Hunger and Poverty at FAO Rome, Italy on 16 December 2016. Below are the Key Facts pointed out in the event: In developing countries, women make up 45% of the agricultural labour force, ranging from 20% in

Asia-Pacific regional ComDev training for family farming

An Asia-Pacific Regional Training on Communication for Development planning and implementation to advance family farming and sustainable rural development was conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the University of the Philippines Los Banos-College of Development Communication (UPLB-CDC) in coordination with the Kasetsart University last 5-8 December 2016 at the KU Home, Bangkok, Thailand. The training aimed to enable project personnel, development workers, representatives of farmer organizations, and community

E-learning course on Communication for Rural Development

The e-learning Course on Communication for Rural Development aims to guide users in designing and implementing communication strategies for agricultural and rural development initiatives, combining participatory methods with communication processes, media and tools, ranging from community media to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), best suited for a specific context. The e-learning course is based on the Communication for Rural Development Sourcebook published in 2014 by FAO and the College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines Los

FAO offers a free course on family farming

UN FAO and the Brazilian government launched the first course self-learning on cotton production chain called, “Strategies for Strengthening the cotton Sector Development of Family Farming” through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC/MRE) in the area of Brazil Cooperation Programme FAO which started last 30 June 2016 and will run until 30 June 2017. This course forms part of the regional project, “Strengthening the Cotton Sector by Means of South-South Cooperation”