Fan-Li Chou, Biotechnology Coordinator, USDA, participates in FAO Agricultural Innovation Symposium

"As a government entity, at USDA we don’t pick and choose what’s good – what’s bad," said Chou. "We just  tell you what’s useful.  In the U.S. we always say we have a big umbrella: we have organic agriculture, we have conventional agriculture, we have biotech agriculture.  They all coexist with each other.  It is ...
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Ways to Stem Fall Armyworm spread in Africa and elsewhere: Entomology Professor Galen P. Dively engages the Food and Agriculture Organization

The emergence and rapid spread of the Fall Armyworm in Africa (FAW) threatens the food and income security of millions of smallholder farmers. That’s why USUN Rome supported University of Maryland Professor Emeritus and Integrated Pest Management Consultant, Dr. Galen P. Dively’s travel to Africa, where he observed the situation and met with farmers, academics, ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy at the Launch of the 2018 Global Report on Food Crises

The 2018 Global Report on Food Crises presents evidence that speaks to some of our deepest concerns: the number of food insecure people is rising rapidly -- up 11 percent from 2017 – and new or intensified conflicts have played a major role in that increase. The number of people experiencing food insecurity is on the ...
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USAID and FAO Working Together to Pre-empt the Next Global Pandemic

A United States-FAO partnership working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals has in just 12 months succeeded in training over 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The FAO-provided technical trainings covered a gamut of key competencies, including disease ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy at the Opening of the WFP Executive Board

Mr. President, congratulations to you on your new appointment, and thank you to the outgoing Board President. Thank you also to Mark Lowcock for his insightful observations. We encourage WFP to take further action to implement its humanitarian reform commitments related to the Grand Bargain. The United States is especially interested in efforts to advance ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy at the Opening of the WFP Executive Board

We have entered a period of food insecurity not seen since the founding of the United Nations at the end of the Second World War, with 80 million people across the globe now living in highly food insecure environments.  Twenty million are in fact so severely food insecure that many of them are in danger ...
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U.S. Support for UN Farmer Field Schools Promotes Rural Development in Haiti

By Heather Eaton. Getting out of Rome and into the field to see international humanitarian projects in action is an essential part of representing the United States at the United Nations food and agricultural agencies in Rome. Visiting the operating grounds of these projects and meeting beneficiaries allows us to see firsthand how U.S. contributions to ...
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U.S. farmers feed the world

American farmers are selling more of their crops to the rest of the world than ever before in the history of U.S. agriculture. “Today, America’s farmers feed not only our nation, but millions of people around the world,” President Trump said earlier this year as he signed an executive order aimed at promoting American agriculture and lowering ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy joins leaders of WFP, FAO and IFAD on joint visit to Ethiopia

USUN Chargé d’Affaires Thomas M. Duffy joined the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s President Gilbert F. Houngbo and the World Food Programme (WFP)’s Executive Director David Beasley) when they made a joint visit to Ethiopia from September 1-4 .  The heads of the ...
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U.S. ANNOUNCES $169 MILLION IN NEW HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR ETHIOPIA AND KENYA

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release August 3, 2017   PRESS RELEASE U.S. Announces $169 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance for Ethiopia and Kenya Today the United States announced more than $169 million in humanitarian assistance to support those in Ethiopia and Kenya who are experiencing the effects of prolonged ...
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Surviving in the Sahel, These Women Give New Meaning to the Term ‘Tough Girls’

By Sara Passman and Judith Lenti In 2016, the ONE Campaign summed up the many issues women and girls face in developing countries in its  Poverty is Sexist(link is external)  report: “In too many countries, being born poor and female means a life sentence of inequality, oppression and poverty.” Nowhere is this more the case than in the Sahel region ...
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Remarks by Jason Hafemeister, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs USDA, to the 40th FAO Conference

The world must bridge the gap between humanitarian and development assistance, while also sustaining our long-term efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.  The Rome-based agencies are critical to filling this gap. The United States remains firmly committed to combatting poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, improving agricultural productivity, expanding opportunities for rural economic growth, and bettering ...
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Remarks by Nerissa Cook, Dep. Asst. Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, at the Opening of the World Food Program Executive Board

The Executive Director inherits this challenging role at a time that will require much not just of him but of all of us. Throughout its 50+ years, WFP has been among the best examples of what can be accomplished with sustained, collective action. And yet, food insecurity is perhaps a more pressing, more broadly rooted ...
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Iowa State University Students Visit the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies

A group of students from Iowa State University’s Dean’s Global Agricultural and Food Leadership Program visited the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome in May to learn about the role the United States plays in the international effort to address global food security. Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy discussed the importance of challenging assumptions ...
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USUN Mission participates in FAO field trip to Morocco and Sudan

USUN Political/Economic Officer Daleya Uddin recently joined other representatives from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)'s member countries on visits to observe the particular food security and agriculture challenges in Morocco and Sudan. Her video report below provides a glimpse into those challenges, as well as the innovative FAO projects making a ...
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The United States Joins the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

On March 13, 2017 the United States joined the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture that was approved at the 2001 Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). USUN Chargé d'Affaires Thomas Duffy deposited the instrument of ratification by presenting it to the Director General of ...
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Remarks by Karla Thieman, Chief of Staff, U.S.D.A., at the FAO Conference on Rural Women

As agriculture professionals, we play a pivotal role in ending hunger and poverty. As this challenge has been confronted by numerous international organizations, faith-based groups and governments, women have emerged as playing a major role in agriculture around the globe. But often, their voices are still not heard and they are still not invited to ...
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Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet on World Food Security

The stakes are high, as we come together for this forty-third meeting of the Committee on World Food Security. For the first time in human history, the end of hunger, undernutrition, and extreme poverty is within our grasp. And yet, as we all know too well, significant challenges remain. Our task in the next few ...
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Nobel scientists: Genetically modified foods save lives

An open letter signed by more than 100 Nobel Prize winners — that’s one-third of living science laureates — calls on governments around the world to approve genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and exhorts environmental opponents to stop fighting biotechnological innovations. “How many poor people in the world must die before we consider this a ‘crime ...
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Remarks by Minister Counselor John Norris on Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste at FAO

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate today. First, I want to commend the G20 for its leadership and the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Food Policy Research Institute for your willingness to take on this important challenge with today’s launch of the Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste. As ...
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Dr. Rajiv Shah gives the 12th Annual George McGovern Lecture at the UN Food and Agriculture Agency

It is an honour to be able to give the McGovern lecture. I first met Senator George McGovern, Ambassador George McGovern in the mid 2000s and his photo here perhaps expresses what we all know to be his good humor and his commitment to this fight against hunger. I met him through a mutual friend, ...
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Tajikistan: Women Farmers Gain Rights to Their Land With Support From USAID

We know that when women farmers are given equal access to land and other agricultural resources, farming productivity and family nutrition in communities improves by as much as 30%. We also know that people with secure access to land are more likely to invest in that land and its sustainable use. And yet, around the ...
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Opening Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State Bathsheba Crocker at the WFP Executive Board

May 25, 2015 I’m Sheba Crocker, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, and am honored to be able to participate in this session of the Board, especially at a time when global crises are demanding more and more from WFP. We’re here today because the World Food Program is a valued ...
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The Future of Agriculture in Mozambique: Entrepreneurs

Farmers in Mozambique, like those in other developing countries I have visited, consistently said they want one thing most of all – to move beyond subsistence farming to a modern agricultural economy. They seek business skills to improve and diversify their production, so that they can increase their incomes and provide more opportunities for their ...
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The Future of Agriculture in Mozambique: Entrepreneurs

As part of "Feed the Future," the U.S. government’s global food security and nutrition initiative, the USAID-supported Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition project helped Lucas with technical certifications, marketing research and product packaging. Lucas then turned to AgDevCo, a social impact investor, to raise the capital he needed. Lucas projects that with these investments, he ...
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Farmer Field School Enhances Food Security in Mozambique

In the middle of a sun-drenched field in central Mozambique, Otilia Vasco, a farmer from Choridzo village, pointed to an easel illustrating demonstration plots the villagers were sowing under the guidance of a facilitator from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and explained excitedly how these test plots would help them choose the best ...
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Determined Women Are Making a Difference in Burkina Faso

We know that when provided key resources, women can improve their lives and the future for their children. Two remarkable women I recently met in Burkina Faso showed me that innovation does not have to be large, complex or expensive, it simply needs to be well-designed with energetic and determined people to implement them on ...
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Helping the Most Vulnerable Lift Themselves Up in Cambodia

Traveling in the developing world to observe food security challenges and review projects and progress often stirs mixed emotions, and our just-completed trip through Cambodia was no exception. Alongside the excitement of learning about dramatic gains in agriculture productivity and cautious optimism from seeing important nutrition lessons adopted, I have to acknowledge the bracing effect ...
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In Cambodia Education Supports Food Security

I was dismayed to learn that up to 40 percent of children in Cambodia might not reach their full potential due to a condition referred to as stunting. Stunting occurs when a lack of nutritious food limits a child’s growth and development. While I had heard about the effects of stunting, I was not fully ...
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Smallholder Farmers Go Commercial in Tanzania

On the way to Hoyohoyo Village, south of Dar es Salaam, we learned how diseases like Cassava Mosaic Disease and Brown Streak Disease, in addition to drought, have been severely affecting cassava crops in the region, undermining both the food security and livelihoods of small holder farmers. To tackle these blights, the Government of Tanzania, ...
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Reporting on the U.S. Fight Against World Hunger

In the Arusha Region of Tanzania, we visited with small holder farmers who, with the help of the Government of Tanzania, USAID, and the United Nations, are improving their farming techniques and achieving remarkable growth in production and income. Augustino took us on a tour of his small mountain farm where he uses seedling trays, ...
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Water Pans and Trapezoidal Bunds: Life-Changing Tools in Kenya

BY ELIZABETH PETROVSKI Though one sounds like a medical contraption and the other a geometry problem, water pans and trapezoidal bunds are actually vital instruments Kenyan herders and farmers can use to collect and preserve rainwater for human and livestock consumption and crop irrigation in areas regularly impacted by droughts. I recently had the opportunity ...
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