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Fao: 12 million euros to support global food security

Commissioner for Development and DG FAO sign agreements for three new programs - VIDEO

The European Union (EU) and FAO together with the United Nations partner agencies based in Rome - the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD, International Fund for Agricultural Development) and the World Food Program (PAM) - have signed in recent days a 12 million euro agreement for EU support for three programs designed to address different aspects of food security and rural development. The agreements were finalized by the European Commissioner responsible for international cooperation and development, Neven Mimica, and by the Director-General Fao, Jose Graziano da Silva. The first project aims to strengthen rural women, key elements in improving nutrition and food security; another will support the governance mechanisms of global food security, including by promoting greater involvement of civil society in the decision-making process; and the third seeks to leverage private sector funding to support agricultural development projects.The first two initiatives are programs that will be co-managed by FAO, IFAD and the UN PAM. The investment program will be managed by the FAO in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the Commission.

Support for rural women, the main architects of change

The first collaborative project, worth € 5 million, will develop a joint proposal to integrate gender considerations into rural development elaborated by FAO, IFAD and PAM. The three partners will work together to develop a renewed model for rural development work, which will unblock and exploit the many contributions that farmers, food processes and head of households give to economic growth, good nutrition and economic development. They will therefore ensure that this approach is firmly incorporated into all the work they do on the field.

Ensure a strong global dialogue

The second project, with support of 3 million euros, will provide support to the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), an international organization convened by the FAO which brings together international organizations and civil society groups involved in security to feed with governments in order to develop a common global agenda to tackle hunger and malnutrition. The program will strengthen civil society participation in the CFS, facilitate the work of an independent group of external experts leading critical studies and independent analysis in discussions and support the production of guidance documents that Cfs produces as tools to improve processing of policies by governments

. More information to improve private sector investments in food security

The third project, called "Agrintel" and worth € 4 million, will improve the collaboration between the European Commission and the FAO in investment support and is aimed at encouraging private investment in sustainable agri-food systems with a strong impact on development . "Agrintel" will strengthen the analytical and decision-making capacity of the European Commission (CE) on agricultural investments and help guide international co-development cooperation to make informed decisions on specific investment operations in the agricultural value chains, in particular regarding their economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Below, the video related to the signing ceremony of the agreement between the parties:

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