Edited by C A da Silva, FAO, Italy; D Baker, FAO, Italy; A W Shepherd, FAO, Italy; S M da Cruz, UNIDO, Austria; C Jenane, UNIDO, Austria. August 2009 The development of competitive agro-industries is crucial for creating employment and income opportunities as well as enhancing the quality of and demand for farm products. Agro-industries can have a real effect on international development by increasing economic growth and reducing poverty in both rural and urban areas of developing countries. However, in order to avoid adverse effects to vulnerable countries and people, sound policies and strategies for fostering agro-industries are needed. Agro-industries for Development highlights the current status and future course for agro-industries and brings attention to the contributions this sector can make to international development.
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The World Food Law Institute and the School of Law signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Nantes in September. According to Article 1 of the MOU, “ The purpose of this MoU is to develop academic, educational and research co-operation and to promote mutual understanding between Université de Nantes and The World Food Law Institute at Howard University School of Law. The partners agree to develop collaborative activities ..in the academic area of food and agriculture issues, on a basis of equality and reciprocity.” The official first step in the collaboration was a visit to the Institute by Professor Catherine Del Cont, who witnessed the MOU signing, lectured to Howard Law students about competition and agricultural