AFC, Thai Ministry and National Geographic to get FAO awards

June 9, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The African Union Commission (AUC), Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, National Geographic Magazine and the non-profit World Rural Forum will receive awards for their efforts to reduce hunger and raise awareness of the challenges facing the world’s food systems, FAO announced today.

The awards will be formally handed over to them in November during celebrations of FAO’s 70th anniversary in FAO’s governing conference (6-13 June).

The AUC will receive the FAO Jacques Diouf Award for its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) compacts, which have leveraged resources to boost sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition across the African continent. The CAADP push helped paved the way to the commitment at the 23rd AU summit in Malabo to eradicate hunger in Africa by 2025.

Named for FAO’s previous Director-General, the award recognizes individuals or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the improvement of global food security.

The AUC shares the award with the World Rural Forum, a globe-spanning network of rural organizations and researchers. It was honored for supporting dialogues between rural communities and its policy advocacy on behalf of family farmers.

National Geographic will get kudos for its ground-breaking series, The Future of Food, an in-depth exploration of the planet’s diverse food systems and options for feeding a growing global population in a sustainable way.

Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) has been named the winner of the 2014-15 Edouard Saouma Award for spearheading regional collaboration across Great Mekong to combat Cassava Pink Mealybug, a destructive crop pest. The award is presented every two years to institutions that have implemented with particular efficiency a project funded by FAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP).

Four FAO staff members will also win recognition for their work in the field to promote sustainable agriculture, build resilient rural communities, and improve food and nutrition security.

Ciro Fiorillo, with FAO in Bangladesh, and Cyprien Felix Biaou, of the Organization’s Somalia office, have been named winners of the BR Sen Award for 2013.