Rome serves as the headquarter to the three UN agencies dedicated to Food and Agriculture: the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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In the beginning of December, the World Food Programme had to suspend food assistance to 1.7 million refugees in Syria and neighboring countries. – The food shortages are critical. For many families, support from the WFP is the only source of nutrition. Therefore, the Government increases the Norwegian contribution with NOK 70 million, said the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge...

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To be free from hunger and have access to adequate and nutritious food, is a fundamental human right and equally fundamental for being able to live a healthy life, stated Deputy Minister Hans Brattskar at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

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Foto: WFP/Rein Skullerud.

The prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg met with Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin at WFP headquarters in Rome 23. June 2014. Prime Minister Erna Solberg is a strong advocate for the importance of education, and both Solberg and Cousin agreed on the essential role of educating girls and women to ensure equal opportunities for girls globally.

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The fight for strengthening human rights is the common thread in everything Norway commits to internationally, Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said at the launch of the white paper on human rights. Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights, including the right to adequate food.

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Fisheries and aquaculture is fundamental for food security and nutrition, concluded the report on Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition, presented at the UN committee on food security (CFS) last week.

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Norway has donated approximately USD 10 million to help FAO provide conflict-affected farmers, fishers and herders in South Sudan with critical livelihood support.

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