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Friday, 21 June 2013

EU, among recipients of UN food agency awards

The European Union (EU) was honoured by the United Nations food agency (FAO) for the contributions to development issues.
The EU was awarded for the ‘EU Food Facility,’ an initiative that has benefited people in 49 developing countries by improving agricultural production of small farmers in response to high food price.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) gave the “Jacques Diouf Award” to the EU for its ‘EU Food Facility,’ an initiative that has benefited more than 59 million people in 49 developing countries by improving agricultural production of small farmers in response to high food prices.
The EU 'Food Facility' was launched in 2008 as a quick response to the acute food crises between late 2007 and early 2008, when global food prices had spiked dramatically, reaching their highest level in 30 years. Staple foods such as rice, wheat, and maize were especially affected.

The prize of the award will be used to top up funding for EU projects on food resilience and nutrition, European Commission president Barroso declared at the acceptance of the FAO award.

The British newspaper the Guardian, and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have also been awarded for their activities and programmes.
Jacques Diouf, in whose honor the award was named, was the Director-General of the FAO until 2011.

At the beginning of June 2013, the Commission announced that between 2014 and 2020 €3.5 billion would be spent on improving nutrition in some of the world's poorest countries.

Source: FAO