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The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is a specialized UN agency dedicated to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; and the elimination of poverty. Given that promoting broad access to rural and agricultural financial services is important to achieve its goals, FAO is a member of the "Improving Capacity Building in Rural Finance" (CABFIN) partnership, which is the result of collaboration efforts among its partners IFAD, FAO, GIZ/BMZ, WFP, UNCDF and the World Bank. CABFIN aims to jointly facilitate knowledge dissemination for relevant public and private stakeholders working to increase the availability of a wide range of financial services adapted to the needs of rural livelihoods, thus, contributing to food security and poverty reduction. CABFIN partners also seek to facilitate dialogue among stakeholder to define priorities to be addressed and help overcome those obstacles limiting access to agricultural and rural finance. This led to the creation of the Rural Finance and Investment Learning Centre (RFILC) website since April 2004, a public global knowledge hub for rural and agricultural finance.

Click here for more information about FAO / CABFIN

About Torino (Turin)

Turin (Torino) is a bustling metropolis of roughly one million people located on the banks of the Po River. Surrounded by the Italian Alps, Turin is the business and cultural center of Northern Italy. Average temperatures for July and August do not normally exceed 82 (27C) degrees, and the evenings are typically refreshing in the mid-60s (16C). Turin is world-renowned for its excellent chocolate, and the city's transportation infrastructure is top-notch thanks to the improvements made in 2006 when Turin hosted the Winter Olympics.

The City of Torino offers many local attractions including:

For more information about things to do while you are in Turin, click here

*The ITCILO offers a complementary “City Bus Tour” for Boulder participants during your first days in Torino so that you will have an opportunity to get to know the City.   

About the ITCILO (Program Venue)

The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITCILO) is situated along the Po River about 10km from the Centre of Turin. The ILO is a UN agency that works to promote decent work throughout the world. The ILO and the Italian Government established the International Training Centre in 1964 in Turin to assist countries in their social and economic development through learning and training. 

Throughout the Progam, the Turin Campus transforms into a community of leisure and friendship with evening entertainment, live music, ethnic dinners, BBQs, and more.  

For more information about the ITCILO Campus, click here

The ITC-ILO campus offers participants the following facilities and services:

  • Self-service cafeteria (“canteen”) offering a full range of hot and cold meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bar/Cafe for snacks, Italian coffee, and drinks
  • Torino Lounge, a common area to relax and spend time with friends
  • Laundry service
  • Medical Service
  • Bank and an ATM machine
  • Post Office
  • Travel Agency
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the Campus
  • Meditation Room
  • Free sight-seeing tour of Turin
  • 24-hour Security Service

Extensive sports and exercise facilities are available:

  • Football/Soccer Field
  • Tennis Courts
  • Volleyball
  • Gym with aerobic equipment and weights
  • Fitness Classes including aerobics and yoga
  • Table Tennis / Ping Pong
  • Table Football/Soccer
  • Bicycles for rides on the Valentino Park Trail
  • Jogging path located right outside the ITCILO Campus

Excursions Offered to Participants (price varies)”
The ITCILO organizes several excursions and activities for program participants including trips to Venice, Florence, Milan and other locations.  The price for these activities varies and can be paid directly during designated times once participants arrive.

To take a “virtal tour” of the ITCILO Campus, click here

Po river, Torino, Italy

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