Ambassador Sacco, Permanent Representative of the Italian Republic to the UN Agencies in Rome speaking at the launch of the Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems Book at CFS44 in 2017. Credit: Bioversity International/P. Gallo
Bioversity International has a special relationship with the Government of Italy, as host country to the organization’s headquarters. Italy provides generous financial support to Bioversity International’s agenda, both at an institutional as well as project level, also including the assignment of crucial human resource capacity in the form of talented Junior Professional Officers.
Our fruitful partnership with the Italian Development Cooperation expands to policy dialogue, knowledge exchange and joint delivery, and field cooperation across several priority areas, including sustainable rural development, resilient food systems and nutritional security, gender, and climate change adaptation.
“We will not be able to achieve Zero Hunger as well as many other interconnected Sustainable Development Goals unless agrobiodiversity is seriously taken on board. Why? Because it is crystal clear that agriculture in the last century has been very costly to human and environmental health, especially in terms of land degradation and loss of biodiversity.”
Pierfrancesco Sacco, Italian permanent representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) speaking at the launch of our new book in September 2017.