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Italy gives €14 million for food security

The Italian Development Cooperation will make an additional contribution of 14 million euros to the FAO Trust Fund for Food Security and Food Safety, Italian authorities have announced.

Italian contributions to the FAO Trust Fund for Food Security have so far helped fund 29 rural development projects, almost half of them in Africa (14) with others in the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean and Pacific regions.

Agricultural development
A common feature of all these projects is that they identify agriculture and rural development as key factors for reducing poverty and ensuring food security. They also offer training initiatives to conserve biodiversity and help local producers' associations find commercial outlets for their products, with special emphasis on strengthening local markets.

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