African Union Commission, AUC; Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives; National Geographic magazine and the non-profit World Rural Forum have been honoured with awards for their efforts to reduce hunger and raise awareness of the challenges facing the world’s food systems.
Four staff members of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO also win recognition for their work in the field to promote sustainable agriculture, build resilient rural communities, and improve food and nutrition security.
According to a statement by FAO said the recipients who were named at the organisation’s governing Conference holding from June 6-13, would be formally handed over their awards in November during celebrations of FAO’s 70th anniversary.
It said 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.
FAO stated that 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, it said the award recognizes individuals or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the improvement of global food security.
The statement further informed that the AUC shares the award with the World Rural Forum, a globe-spanning network of rural organizations and researchers, adding that the commission was honored for supporting dialogues between rural communities and its policy advocacy on behalf of family farmers.
National Geographic, it said 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.
It added that 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 the 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.
Among the four FAO staff members who win recognition for their field work include Mr. Ciro Fiorillo, with FAO in Bangladesh, and Mr. Cyprien Felix Biaou, of the organisation’s Somalia office, have been named winners of the B.R. Sen Award for 2013.
Ms Lalita Bhattacharjee, also with FAO’s Bangladesh operation, and Mr. Mamoudou Diallo, the Organization’s Representative in Angola, have won for the 2014 period.
The award recognizes FAO field officers for outstanding contributions to the advancement of their country(s) of assignment.

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