Now open: FAO liaison office for cooperatives

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano Da Silva hands over keys to the liaison office to World Farmers Organization and International Cooperative Alliance representatives Marco Marzano de Marinis and Felice Scalvini. Photo by: © Alessia Pierdomenico / FAO

Agricultural cooperatives have a key role to play toward achieving a “future without hunger.”

It is for this reason that the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has opened a liaison office for agricultural cooperatives and producers. The office will help strengthen the organization’s relationship with the group.

The office, according to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, is also meant to give voice to the sector, which has been proven to play a significant role in farmers’ livelihood, income and social inclusion in many countries. In Egypt, for example, 4 million farmers earn their income through membership in agricultural cooperatives. And in Brazil, cooperatives contribute 37 percent to the country’s agriculturalgross domestic product.

The opening of the office is very timely, considering 2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives. It comes ahead of World Food Day, whose theme this year is “Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world.”

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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