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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Expert report of the Committee on World Food Security provides recommendations on Water for Food Security and Nutrition.

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FAO’s new software will make satellite imagery easily accessible for forestry technicians in developing countries.

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Foreign Minister Børge Brende met General Secretary Tove R. Wang and Kristin Ingebrigtsen from Redd Barna to discuss the situation for children in Syria.
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‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. USD 18.6 million of these funds will be earmarked for education and child protection efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Foto: Matthias Ripp.

New research financed by the Governments of Germany and Norway through FAO shows that agriculture’s contribution to global warming increases. This suggests that there is a need to increase attention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

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Soil resources are under degradation and human pressures on soils are reaching critical limits, reducing and sometimes eliminating essential soil functions.

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Foto: Rune Bjåstad, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende met FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva during a visit to Rome and FAO. Among other issues the two discussed how to meet the challenge of feeding 9 billion people in 2050.

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- Women are particularly affected by wars and conflicts. The Government is giving priority to intensifying Norway’s efforts to promote the women, peace and security agenda,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg, at the presentation of the new action plan February 16th. The action plan is now available in English

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Syllabus

Four universities have teamed up to create an online course that allows you to explore success stories of international development together with people from all over the world.

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Winnie Byanyima. 
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- We need official development assistance (ODA) to work itself out of a job, said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, at IFAD’s Governing Council last week.

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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.

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