The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the international non-profit organization Slow Food on Wednesday agreed to promote traditional cooking and locally produced food as part of a project to boost incomes for small farmers and rural communities.
"Slow Food and FAO share the same vision of a sustainable and hunger-free world, safeguarding biodiversity for future generations," said FAO, Director-General Jose' Graziano da Silva, signing a three-year Memo of Understanding with Slow Food.
"On Wednesday´s agreement, providing for a number of important joint initiatives, brings us a step closer to that objective."
Under the agreement, FAO and Slow Food will join forces "to promote more inclusive food and agricultural systems at local, national and international levels," according to a news release the Rome-based agency sent on Wednesday.
The project, which can help conserve the use of neglected crops, and reduce food losses and waste, can also help produce inventories of local, indigenous and underutilized species that are potentially important to food security, the UN agency noted.