FAO and World Vision to join forces

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, November 28, 2011

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Vision International (WVI), one of the world's largest non-governmental humanitarian organisations, are joining forces in promoting global food security under an agreement signed at FAO Headquarters.

The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Laurent Thomas, FAO Assistant Director-General, Technical Cooperation Department, and Walter Middleton, WVI Partnership Leader for Food Security and Livelihoods, lays out terms and conditions for joint actions and projects for the promotion of food security over a three-year period.

Areas of potential collaboration include agricultural development projects, land tenure management, food price volatility and gender and nutrition programmes. The Memorandum of Understanding focuses on fostering improvements in early warning systems, preparedness in emergency responses, and gender and nutrition programmes - particularly field collaboration on nutrition issues.

This partnership will improve end-to-end support for food-insecure communities; from global agricultural policy decisions through to field-level agricultural livelihood projects that are sustainable, effective and resilient."

Thomas said the agreement leveraged the strengths of the two organisations, presenting new opportunities for both.