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The Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy. www.fao.org
The Growing Connection is a people-driven pilot project developed by FAO and the American Horticultural Society to realize innovative, sustainable solutions to hunger, malnutrition and poverty worldwide. Students around the globe grow food together using low-cost water-efficient and sustainable food growing techniques to fight hunger, to learn, and to earn income through entrepreneurship. Using IT connectivity and the Internet students capture relevant information, contact expert sources and communicate with each other fostering innovation and cultural exchange. The project is now active in Africa, Central America and North America.