FAO and Slow Food join forces to improve smallholders livelihoods

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FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, and Carlo Petrini, President and founder of the Slow Food Movement at the São José Slow Food Market, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the international Slow Food organization agreed Wednesday to develop joint actions to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working in rural areas.

Under a three-year Memorandum of Agreement signed in Rome, the two organizations will join forces to promote more inclusive food and agriculture systems at local, national and international levels.

Actions will focus mainly on joint advocacy campaigns, strengthening local, regional and global networks and raising awareness of global initiatives such as the International Year Family Farming in 2014.

Actions will also highlight the value of local foods and neglected food crops while also targeting market access for small-scale producers, enhancing conservation and use of biodiversity, reducing food losses and food waste, and improving animal welfare.

FAO, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said “Slow Food and FAO share the same vision of a sustainable and hunger-free world, safeguarding biodiversity for future generations", adding that the "agreement, providing for a number of important joint initiatives, brings us a step closer to that objective”.

Slow Food President Carlo Petrini said “Collaboration between FAO and Slow Food stems from our common purpose in promoting the wealth of local gastronomic traditions, in the defence of food biodiversity and in support of smallholder farmers and producers.”

Activities under the agreement include the protection of traditional food products and the promotion of culinary traditions as well as the cultural heritage of rural communities.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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