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Strengthening the livelihoods of rural communities

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An Algerian farmer with his sheep.

Improving rural livelihoods in the Mediterranean region

FAO/CIHEAM partnership focuses on food security, nutrition, and resilience

The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed a new strategic partnership aimed at strengthening the livelihoods of rural communities in the Mediterranean region.

The two organizations will work together to advance solutions on issues in the region related to food and nutrition security, rural development and improved management of scarce water resources for agriculture. This will primarily be done at regional and global policy and in advocacy fora.

FAO and CIHEAM will also support policies and programmes to empower small-scale farmers and fisher folk to improve their incomes and employment opportunities, and to build their resilience to human-induced and natural shocks.

Another area of joint work will be generating and sharing well-adapted and useful knowledge targeted to the needs of small-scale farmers and fisher folk, through joint research, publications and documenting best practices.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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