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December 2005


In this update you will find, among other things:
  • activities of the Thematic Groups of the Network in Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Uruguay;
  • an interview with Mr. Andrew MacMillan, Director of FAO's Field Operations Division, who talks about the lessons learned from the vast Brazilian initiative against hunger, Fome Zero.
    http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0512in/0512in_MacMillan_en.htm;
  • an interview with Mr. Andrés Botrán, Secretary of Food and Nutritional Security of the Presidency of Guatemala who shares the origins of the Secretariat and its evolution from the “Frente Nacional contra el Hambre” (National Front against Hunger) and the activities that have taken place until today.http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0512in/0512in_Botran_en.htm.
Other themes include:
  • information on the outcomes of the session of the Executive Board of WFP as well as links to the new website for the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development to be held next March 2006. News on the themes to be discussed during the 2006 Polycentric World Social Forum in Mali , Pakistan and Venezuela are also featured in this update.
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June 2005


In this update you will find, among other things:
  • activities of the Thematic Groups of the Network in Angola, Guatemala, Uruguay, Turkey and Zambia;
  • Mr. Bruce Moore, Coordinator of the International Land Coalition who shares with the Network the recent outcomes of the Global Assembly of the ILC held in Bolivia in March 2005 and talks about ways in which the ILC is contribuiting to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal #1 of eradicating poverty and hunger.
    http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0506in/0506in_Moore_en.htm;
  • Ms. Mercy Karanja, Development Policy Coordinator for the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) and member of the More and Better Aid International Campaign, who talks about the milestones reached by the campaign, the outcomes of their most recent meeting and ways More and Better and the International Alliance can work together at national level. http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0506in/0506in_Karanja_en.htm.
Other themes include:
  • the outcomes of the FAO sessions of the Committees on Agriculture and World Food Security as well as the SARD initiative side event. Several useful publications on sustainable development and land tenure are also reviewed in the June update of the website.
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April 2005


In this update you will find, among other things:
  • activities of the Thematic Groups of the Network in Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Laos and Mexico;
  • Dr. Pedro Sánchez, Director of Tropical Agriculture at the Earth Institute of the Columbia University and Co-chair of the Task force on Hunger of the UN Millennium Project shares with the UN System Network the way forward after the launch of the Hunger Task Force report. From Kenya, he also talks about the work being done in a "Millennium Village" where the report's recommendations are being translated into concrete actions to fight hunger. http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0503in/0503in_Sanchez_en.htm;
  • Mr. Jacques Godfrain, President of the FAO French Association and former French cooperation minister, and Mr. Alain Pierret, President of the Interministerial Committee for Food and Agriculture acting as Co-presidents of the National French Alliance “Alliés contre la faim”, talk about the recent creation of the Alliance and its activities during the Salon International Internationale de l’Agriculture in Paris during March 2005.http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0503in/0503in_French_Alliance_en.htm.
Other themes include:
  • the outcomes on partnerships of the last World Food Programme Executive Board meeting, as well as information on inter-agency initiatives for emergency situations. Several useful web pages on sustainable development and ecosystems are presented. The launch of the new International Alliance Against Hunger Web site (www.iaahp.net) is also commented in this update.
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December 2004


In this update you will find, among other things:
  • activities of the Thematic Groups of the Network in Dominican Republic and Zambia ;
  • an interview with Dr. Rashid Benaissa, Minister Delegate in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development of Algeria who talks about the Strategy for Sustainable Rural Development launched in this country while recommending themes and areas in which collaboration with the UN System Network could be established.http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0412in/04012n_Algeria_en.htm;
  • an interview with Ms Ida Civitani Head of the Education Unit of the Association of Rural Cooperation in Africa and Latin America (Associazione di Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e America Latina - ACRA) and focal point for a consortium of Italian NGOs for the collaboration with FAO within the partnership initiative of Education for Rural People, who talks about the contribution of NGOs to ERP while giving insights on how to strengthen collaboration between NGOs and UN agencies. http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0412in/0412in_ACRA_ERP_en.htm.
Other themes include:
  • outcomes of the World Food Day 2004 celebrations at FAO headquarters under the theme “Biodiversity for food security” as well as information on NGO Consultations recently carried out by WFP. Information on the approval by the FAO Council of the Voluntary Guidelines for the progressive implementation of the right to adequate food, a brief review of the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004 and the launching of the SARD-M website related to sustainable rural development in mountain regions are also included in this December update
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September 2004


In this update you will find, among other things:
  • activities of the Thematic Groups of the Network in Guatemala, Gambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • an interview with Ms Catherine Bertini, Chair of the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition, who shares with the UN System Network the achievements of the SCN, current activities and goals for the future regarding partnerships and initiatives at the country level. http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0409in/0409in_SCN_en.htm;
  • an interview with Ms Eva Clayton, Special Advisor to the Director General of FAO on the World Food Summit Follow-up, Mr Cyril Enweze, Vice-President of IFAD and Mr Emile Frison, Director-General of IPGRI sharing their views on the theme of this year's World Food Day and make an assessment on what has been achieved by the partnership established last year between the Rome-based food agencies within the framework of the International Alliance Against Hunger. http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0409in/0409in_Joint_interview_en.htm.
Other themes include:
  • the outcomes of the side-event on the International Alliance against Hunger held during the 30th Session of the FAO Committee on World Food Security (CFS) as well as information on the upcoming events relating to the World Food Day 2004 which celebrates "Biodiversity for food security." Information on the recent approval by the CFS of the Voluntary Guidelines for the progressive implementation of the right to adequate food can also be found in this update.
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June 2004


In this update you will find, among other things:
  • activities of the Thematic Groups of the Network in Guatemala and Mexico;
  • an interview with Mr. Maximiliano Cox, Director of the FAO Rural Development Division who gives an insight on the future collaborations between FAO and ILO in the framework of the issues raised by the report prepared by the World Commission and entitled "A Fair Globalization: creating opportunities for all." http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews\0406in\0406in_FAO_ILO_en.htm;
  • an interview with Mr. Thomas Price, Programme Officer from the FAO NGO/CSO Liaison Office and Mr. Antonio Onorati, International Focal Point of the International NGO/CSO Planning Committee who give their insight on the results of the NGO/CSO regional consultations and comment on the evolution of the relationship between FAO and civil society: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews\0406in\0406in_Price_Onorati_en.htm.
Other themes include:
  • Information on the outcomes of the Regional FAO Conference as well as the International Alliance against Hunger side event to be held during FAO's 30th Session of the Committee on World Food Security in September 2004. You can also find reviews of recent publications and websites on rural development and food security issues. June's update also offers you the opportunity to download and send the website evaluation questionnaire as part of the auto-evaluation of the UN System Network on Rural Development and Food Security.
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March 2004


In this update you will find, among other things: Other themes include:
  • Information on the meeting held between UN Rome-based Food agencies and French President Jacques Chirac as a follow-up to the Geneva Declaration made by UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan along with Brazilian President Luis Ignacio Da Silva, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and French President Jacques Chirac. Other articles include the proceedings of various meetings such as the FAO Rice Conference as well as several workshops and sessions specifically on Education for Rural People.
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December 2003


In this update you will find, among other things:
  • activities of the Thematic Groups of the Network in Madagascar, Niger and Uruguay;
  • an interview with Mr. Frans Röselaers, Director of ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), who speaks about the situation of child labour in rural areas as well as the milestones reached by IPEC: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0312in/0312in_ILO Child Labour_en.htm;
  • an interview with Alpha Kergna, Antonio Quizon and Jaime Salinas, team leaders of the case studies implemented within the framework of the SARD Farming System Evolution Project, give an overview of the initiatives being developed in Mali (cereal/root crop based farming system), Philippines (lowland rice-based farming system) and Honduras (maize/been -based farming system), respectively: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0312in/0312in_SARD-FSE_en.htm.
Other themes include:
  • Information on various meetings organized during the 32nd FAO Conference as well as several workshops and sessions specifically on Education for Rural People and the Right to Adequate Food. December's update also offers more detailed information on the evaluation of the UN System Network on Rural Development and Food Security.
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October 2003


In this update, you will find:
  • The latest news on the Thematic Group of the Network in Guinea and the activation of a new Thematic Group in México.
  • Several articles featuring the latest news on the activities held to celebrate World Food Day at FAO Headquarters, Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Two joint interviews focus on the Rome-based food agencies and the NGO/CSO initiatives for the International Alliance Against Hunger with
  • :
      -  Ms Eva Clayton, Special Advisor to the Director General of FAO on the World Food Summit Follow-up, Mr.
      Cyril Enweze, Vice-President of IFAD, Mr. Emile Frison, Director-General of IPGRI and Ms Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director Policy and External Affairs Department of WFP giving a collective view on partnerships and the International Alliance Against Hunger, the theme of this year's World Food Day. http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0310in/0310in_WFD_Food%20agencies_en.htm

      - Representatives from International NGO/CSO talking about two different campaigns launched during World Food Day 2003: Ms. Laura Amore from Volontari nel Mondo - FOCSIV explains the 'MORE AND BETTER' international campaign for agricultural and rural development aid to eradicate hunger and poverty while Mr. Saliou Sarr, from the Réseau des Organizations Paysannes et des Producteurs Agricoles de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA) gives us an insight on the "AFRIQUE NOURRICIČRE" (Africa can Feed Itself) campaign. http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0310in/0310in_Advocacy_Campaign_en.htm

In this update, you can also find:
  • Other articles include the proceedings of various workshops on Sustainable Development and the outcomes of the ILO Symposium on Decent Work in Agriculture. This month's update also offers information and links to the latest news regarding the inter-agency work in Liberia. You can also read the reviews of publications on rural development and food security issues. This October update includes details of events such as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty celebrated on 17 October, the day after World Food Day and the United Nations Day on 24 October
  • .
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August 2003


In this update you will find:
  • the latest news on activities of the Thematic Groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador and Thailand
  • ;
  • an interview with Lavinia Gasperini, senior officer of the Extension, Education and Communication Service (SDRE) who talks about the FAO-UNESCO partnership its achievements up to know and future
    challenges for the years to come
  • . http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0308in/0308in_fao_Unesco_en.htm "
  • an interview with Mr. Jacques Bertrand, Head of Global Issues, Caritas Internationalis who tells us about the organization's most recent efforts in the fight against hunger and about its world partnerships with several UN agencies.
  • http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0308in/0308in_caritas_en.htm
.Other articles include:
  • the outcomes of various meetings such as of the ECOSOC High-Level Segment: Promoting an integrated approach for poverty eradication , Second Triennial Conference of the Global Forum On Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the International Conference on "The Right to Food and the Cost of hunger". This month's update also offers information and links to the latest news regarding UN Seminar discusses humanitarian crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory as well as the collaboration between the international communities in the reconstruction process in Iraq. You can also find reviews of recent publications on rural development and food security issues. This month's update includes details of upcoming events such as the International Day of the World's Indigenous People, the International Day for Youth and the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development on 29-30 October 2003.
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June 2003


In this update you will find:
  • the latest news on activities of the Thematic Groups in in the Ecuador, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal and Uruguay;
  • an interview with Mrs. Eva Clayton, FAO Assistant Director-General and Special Advisor on the World Food Summit Follow-up, on the International Alliance Against Hunger, its potential and next steps: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0306in/0306in_clayton_en.htm;
  • an interview with Mr. Wim Polman , Rural Development Officer of FAO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, who gives us an overview of the situation of agricultural cooperatives in the Asian-Pacific region and comments on the future events being organized to promote the development of small rural enterprises in this region: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0306in/0306in_polman_en.htm
. Other articles include:
  • the outcomes of various meetings such as the successful development of the ECOSOC roundtable and FAO's Committee on World Food Security among many others. This month's update also offers information and links to the latest news regarding humanitarian efforts carried out by NGOs, CSOs and UN System Agencies in Iraq. You can also find reviews of recent publications on rural development and food security issues. This month's update includes details of events such as the World Environment Day, which focuses this year on water.
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April 2003


In this update you will find:
  • the latest news on activities of the Thematic Groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, El Salvador and Ecuador;
  • an interview with Mr. John Rouse, Senior Rural Institutions and Participation Officer, SDAR, FAO and Mr. Janos Juhasz, Cooperatives and Rural Organizations Officer, SDAR, FAO who give an insight on the reality of Farmer organizations and their role in promoting sustainable development and food security: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0304in/0304in_juhasz-rouse_en.htm;
  • an interview with Mr. Musa Mbenga, Executive Secretary of the Permanent inter-States Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and Mr. Yamar Mbodj, Food Security Counsellor, who talk about the activities of CILSS related to the national and regional food security strategy framework: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0304in/0304in_CILSS_en.htm.
Other articles include:
  • the outcomes of various meetings such as the Third World Water Forum, the European Forum on Rural Development Cooperation and the Regional meeting of the International Planning Committee held in Africa, among many others. You can also find reviews of recent publications on rural development and food security issues. This month’s update includes details of events such as the International Year of the Family.
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February 2003


In this update you will find articles on:
  • activities of the Thematic Groups of the Network in Congo, Peru, the Philippines and Turkey;
  • an interview with Mr Ndiogou Fall, President of the Fédération des ONG du Sénégal (Senegalese Federation of NGOs) who explains the complementary and specific roles that different development partners should play in improving the policy environment for Farmers’ Organizations: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0302in/0302in_fall_en.htm;
  • an interview with Mr Paolo Groppo, Systems Analysis Officer of the Land Tenure Service in the Rural Development Division who describes the main land conflicts occurring in Africa today, their origins and the new strategy proposed by the FAO to cope with these problems: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0302in/0302in_groppo_en.htm.
Other themes include:
  • new initiatives discussed during the Youth Employment Summit, the FAO/UNESCO “Education for Rural People” workshop, a FAO/ADB/NEPAD meeting on the development of african agriculture and recent publications on rural development and food security issues. There are also details of upcoming events such as the International Women’s day.
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December 2002


In this update you will find, among other things:
  • activities of the Thematic Groups of the Network in Laos, Nicaragua, Peru and Ecuador;
  • an interview with Mr Antonio Onorati, co-ordinator of the International NGO/CSO Planning Committee (IPC) for the International Forum for Food Sovereignty, WFS:fyl, who shares his ideas on the current state of relations between civil society, social movements and the United Nations system: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0212in/0212in_onorati_en.htm;
  • an interview with Mr Bruce Moore, Coordinator of the Popular Coalition to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty, who explains why land reform is key to development, why it should be integrated in development strategies and the importance of having civil society involved at the national level: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/0212in/0212in_moore_en.htm.
Other themes include:
  • the new initiatives discussed during the last FAO Council, the joint flag-ship FAO-UNESCO initiative on Education for Rural People, the Global Partnership for Cassava Genetic Improvement launched by FAO and recent publications on rural development and food security issues. We are also providing a list of the main international events on some of the items related to the Thematic Groups activities.
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October 2002


This update features, among other things: Click here to see more.


August 2002


This update includes, among other things: Click here to see the full update.


June 2002


In this update, you will find the latest news on the Thematic Groups of the Network in Uruguay, Laos, Peru and The Republic of Congo and 2 interviews with: The update also includes information on the last initiatives undertaken in preparation for the World Food Summit: five years later.

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April 2002


This update includes the latest news on various Thematic Groups of the Network in Turkey, Indonesia, Ecuador and Brazil and 2 interviews: We have also reviewed the different activities undertaken around the world in preparation for the World Food Summit: five years later.

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February 2002


This update includes, among other things:
  • an interview with Dr. José Esquinas Alcázar (secretary of the commission on Genetic Resources) who talks about the International Accord on Phytogenetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and its effects on the agricultural sector in the developed world: http://www.rdfs.net/news/interviews/esquinas_en.htm.
The Update also includes:
  • news of the ACC Sub-Committee on Nutrition's 28th Session and Symposium on Nutrition and HIV/AIDS;
  • announcements of publications from UN agencies (IFAD, WFP and UNICEF) and the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP);
  • a guide on the advantages farmers can gain by using small group approaches to solve their food production problems (English only).
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