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Combined effort on hunger

By Nicholas Robinson , 14-Feb-2013

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Academy of Gastronomy (AIG) are planning to combine their strengths to combat hunger and poverty.

Combine their strengths to combat hunger and poverty

Combine their strengths to combat hunger and poverty

According to the two organisations, particular emphasis will be placed on food price volatility, the promotion of sustainable food consumption, as well as the conservation of biodiversity.

The director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to commemorate the work due to be carried out by the groups. The AIG, which is a non-profit organisation that aims to safeguard and develop regional and national cultures and their culinary heritage, also signed the Memorandum.

An FAO statement said: “The two parties will establish channels of communication that will facilitate the identification of opportunities to jointly promote the study and the dissemination of knowledge regarding food, including best practices in the fields of nutrition and gastronomy, with the goal of achieving sustainable food and nutrition security and to bring an end to hunger and poverty in the world.”

To accomplish their goals, the FAO and the AIG will use their “respective and comparative” advantages, along with their accumulated experience, including “synergies with other partners”, such as international organisations, the private sector and civil society.

A series of educational programmes will also be created to support the awareness of food and nutrition, which will include cooking demonstrations and tastings.

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