09.09.2013 | Press Release

Welthungerhilfe and FAO Intensify Cooperation

Agreement covers food security, right to food, land tenure rights and sustainable development.

Simone Pott Team Communications

The non-governmental organization Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and FAO will work more closely in their fight against hunger and poverty. The organizations signed an agreement on Monday in Rome, to promote the progressive realization of the right to food and improvements of the governance of land tenure for the benefit of all, with an emphasis on vulnerable and marginalized people.

“Only if we work together will we be able to successfully eradicate hunger and poverty,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. “Cooperation with civil society groups like Welthungerhilfe is crucial to make the right to adequate and healthy food a reality.”

Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and FAO will work closely together to:

“Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and FAO are both focusing on the eradication of hunger. The new cooperation will aim at results-oriented initiatives like the creation of Agriculture Business Centres to exchange knowledge about innovative agricultural production methods with smallholders and to inform about land tenure rights and how they can be realized,” said Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary-General of Welthungerhilfe.

Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. It is fighting for ‘Zero Hunger by 2030’. Since its establishment, more than 8,500 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.27 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the basic principle of help for self-help: from rapid disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations.

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