Texas A&M System joins forces with the United Nations

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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Texas A&M University System and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have joined forces to fight world hunger.

Representatives from both entities signed a memorandum of understanding in Rome, Italy, formalizing a partnership that could have a regional, national and international impact, the university system announced Friday.

"Our organizations share a common interest in enhanced global and local actions to achieve food security, enable sustainable livelihoods and sustainably manage natural resources; and we agree that interdisciplinary solutions, innovations and sharing of technological and scientific advances are necessary," FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo said in a statement. "Hunger cannot be defeated by any organization or entity on its own. We recognize that through strategic partnerships, we can support member countries more effectively in eliminating hunger."

Under the agreement, signed by Semedo and Craig Nessler, Texas A&M AgriLife Research director, the two organizations will carry out initiatives to strengthen agricultural production innovations, land and water management practices, and plant and animal health to improve food security, according to a press release from the university system.

Closer to home, the collaboration between the A&M system and the FAO could provide students with more opportunities to "gain international experience learning from leading experts, doing field work and making an impact on global health," said Melissa Berquist, associate director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence headquartered at Texas A&M.