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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations



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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) Editor-in-Chief Belinda Goldsmith.

9 July 2014, Rome – The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate charity of the world’s biggest news and information providers, is teaming up with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve global information and awareness on hunger and food-related issues including food production, food security, food waste, agriculture, land use, and malnutrition.

An agreement signed today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the Thomson Reuters Foundation Editor-in-Chief Belinda Goldsmith outlines a number of joint activities to be undertaken by the Organization and the Foundation’s global team of journalists covering humanitarian issues, women’s rights, human trafficking, the human impact of climate change and corruption.

Speaking at the signing event, Graziano da Silva said: “This is a strategic alliance with an institution that has a longstanding commitment to free independent journalism, to human rights, to women’s empowerment, and to the rule of law.”

“We cover the world’s under reported stories,” said Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, “this new partnership is perfectly in line with our core values, and I am extremely happy and confident we will deliver the necessary impact, boosting awareness and triggering change”.

A new online platform on hunger and nutrition
The agreement foresees the creation of a new section on trust.org, the Thomson Reuters Foundation portal, entirely dedicated to delivering news content on hunger and food issues to be launched next fall. Stories will be produced and sourced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and made available for free usage worldwide in order to spread information on food security as widely as possible.

Topics to be covered will include food production, food security and safety, food waste, agriculture and land use, under nutrition and malnutrition, and food affordability among others.

Media’s critical role in transforming lives
Under the shared view that trusted news and information is a key tool in the fight for human rights and specifically against hunger, the partnership aims to highlight the importance of providing accurate, updated and helpful information about hunger, nutrition and food production challenges.

“I am fully convinced that the media play a critical role in every society, not only informing and raising people’s awareness, but also being able to transform their lives,” Graziano da Silva said.
This potential is “far more significant when it can benefit and change the lives of people who suffer from chronic hunger and improve their food security,” he added.

The Director-General also underlined the importance of considering nutrition a public issue and a main element of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

“Hunger and food security-related issues are under reported,” said Goldsmith. “With population growth and increased demand for food, food security is such a critical issue that we cover.”

Goldsmith stressed that this new partnership is an opportunity to make the public aware, which she said was the first step to taking the problem seriously and making changes that can impact lives.

“Ending hunger is a difficult and complex task, but with the invaluable contribution of partners like the Thomson Reuters Foundation to our work, we can definitely meet the challenge,” Graziano da Silva said.

The United Kingdom’s commitment to tackle malnutrition
The United Kingdom Permanent Representative to FAO, Ambassador Neil Briscoe, said: “The story needs to be heard loudly. In a world of competing priorities, it is easy for some of these longer-term issues to get drowned out.”

“Partnerships like today’s can help make the story long-lasting and underscore that hunger is not going away, and unless we give it the urgency that it deserves we will fail.”

He referred to the UK’s strong commitment to tackle malnutrition and food insecurity as part of a “moral imperative to help those who don’t have enough food to reach their physical and cognitive potential.”

Briscoe reiterated that this can only be done as a multi-stake holder effort. “We can only deliver if we involve governments, UN organizations, the private sector and civil society, often the best source of information on the ground,” he said.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the corporate charity of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information provider, and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.


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Discovery of fruit fly infested mangoes in one of the shipment from Pakistan in the United Kingdom (UK) has threatened import of Pakistani mangoes to the European Union this year. Concerned authorities in Pakistan had made bold claims that all the necessary measures have been taken to ensure quality control of the Pakistani mangoes in a bid to increase the export of the exotic fruit to EU in be presence of ban on Indian mangoes. The Department of Plant Protection (DPP) decided to stop exporting mangoes to UK and EU without hot water treatment with immediate effect.

UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on June 17 inspected a shipment of mangoes from Pakistan it was found infested with fruit fly. This is the first case of fruit fly infestation of Pakistani mangoes. If four more such shipments are found, EU will impose the ban on the import of Pakistani mangoes.

Department of Plant Protection (DPP) has taken precautionary measures to avoid any possible EU ban and have decided to export only those mangoes which have received the hot water treatment to kill all the fruit flies.

Pakistan earned about $25 million by exporting mangoes to EU during 2013 mango season. EU earlier had banned Indian mangoes and it is an opportunity for Pakistani mango producers to fill the gap with good quality and better tasting mangoes from Pakistan.

Source: newspakistan.pk
Publication date: 6/24/201

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Farming Life

19 April 2014



Representatives of the Water Catchment Partnership local shows and events to deliver one message incorporating the ethos from all organisations to effectively tackle the problem of pesticides in the water environment particularly in Drinking Water areas and to promote best practice.


The Ulster Farmers’ Union are pleased to announce that the Voluntary Initiative have launched a new Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP).

Tim McClelland representing the UFU on the VI commented: “The NFU have been instrumental in developing this tool for the farming industry ensuring it is user friendly and effective. There is a requirement under the Sustainable Use Directive for Member States to encourage the uptake of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

“The European Commission defines this as economically and environmentally sustainable management of pests, weeds and diseases using cultural, chemical, physical and biological controls.”

To meet this new requirement the UFU welcomes that the UK Regulators have recognised that our farmers do actually carry out a wide range of these practices. The adoption of an agreed voluntary approach to demonstrate IPM as opposed to regulatory approaches has been well received within the industry. To satisfy this requirement the new IPM plan for the VI is available and can be accessed at http://www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk/ipmp

The new IPM plan for the VI will replace the original VI Crop Protection Management Plan (CPMP). This new IPM Plan is user friendly and will help demonstrate and record good practice. The Voluntary Initiative illustrates how good practice can convince Government that voluntary approaches are better than any regulatory one.

Changes to Current Rules on Grandfathers Rights for Pesticide Users

A current exemption for Pesticides users in UK law is commonly known as “grandfather rights”. This exemption will continue until 26 November 2015. After this date everyone who uses plant protection products authorised for professional use must hold a certificate of competence.

Option 1- Is the Existing Certification route.

Option 2 – Is the New Level 2 Certificate in the Safe Use of Pesticides for those farmers who have been operating under “Grandfather Rights”. The New Level 2 Certificate work booklet can be found at the link: http://www.nptc.org.uk/qualificationschemedetail.aspx?id=474

To help gauge industry demand and ensure sufficient resources are made available to meet this important industry need please register an expression of interest at http://www.cafre.ac.uk/2014/03/grandfathers-rights/ you can also contact Industry Training Administration team by email industry.trainingadmin@dardni.gov.uk.

The Water Catchment Partnership

Representatives of the Water Catchment Partnership established in 2013 met recently to progress plans for attending the 2014 RUAS Balmoral Show. The Partners promote the importance of proactively working together to raise awareness of best practice when using pesticides in the garden or on the farm.

Over the past year the Water Catchment Partnership representatives have attended and hosted a series of events with visits in the pilot Derg Catchment area.

Stop and think about the water you drink – use pesticides responsibly.


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