News from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
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Graziano da Silva noted how Japan has a healthy and "unique" food culture, one that includes many vegetables, fruits and fish. He cited Washoku, a comprehensive set of skills, knowledge and traditions relating to the preparation and consumption of food, which has been designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
FAO and the World Bank are strengthening their cooperation to end hunger and poverty at global and national levels. The two organizations will work closely together to support the member countries in meeting the SDGs, improve rural livelihoods, enhance efficiency of food production, and ensure sustainable management of natural resources worldwide.
"The WFP report is an important contribution to the debate and analysis of some of the fundamental drivers of migration especially those related to conflict and food insecurity said Kostas Stamoulis, FAO Assistant Director-General. Economic and Social Development Department.
African Eggplant is one of the vegetables grown by farmers displaced by Boko Haram violence in northern Nigeria who are participating in an FAO project to kick-start local food production. This traditional vegetable is known as gorongo and it is an important social ingredient as well as a nutritious one.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 168 points in April, down 1.8 percent from March although remaining 10 percent higher than a year earlier.
The leaders of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have called on the international community to urgently step up action to prevent further hunger deaths in four countries stalked by famine: north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
As part of efforts to move towards “climate-smart” agriculture, countries have shared new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. The exchange took place at a special side-event during a session of FAO’s executive Council.
FAO noted that this will serve to boost awareness of the key role of agriculture and sustainable development in addressing issues related to the mass movement of people from rural to urban areas and across borders.
"As the conflict continues, food security and nutrition will also continue to deteriorate," Graziano da Silva stressed in his address to a United Nations High-Level Pledging conference for Yemen organized in Geneva and co-hosted by the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden.
Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, FAO Directory-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the opening of the UN agency’s Council.
Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of the new WaPor tool developed by FAO, which taps satellite data to help achieve more reliable agricultural yields and allows for optimization of irrigation systems and projects.
The international body that oversees plant health has taken a big step forward with the adoption of a new global standard to help ensure that the international trade in plants and seeds, while very profitable, is also safer.
An FAO-led push to establish internationally agreed standards that can guide the development of catch documentation schemes aimed at keeping illegally caught fish off store-shelves and consumers’ plates has taken an important step forward.
FAO and Consumers International, a global federation of consumer rights groups, have agreed to intensify their collaboration to help end hunger. The agreement recognizes that consumers around the world can be a powerful force for change towards more sustainable and equitable food systems.
"This is not only a humanitarian crisis, but it is also an ecological one," Graziano da Silva said at a media briefing in Rome on his visit last week to some of the worst affected areas in Chad and northeastern Nigeria.
FAO Director-General visits hunger-threatened northeastern Nigeria, calls for urgent increase in assistance
Failure to restore food production now will lead to the worsening of widespread and severe hunger and prolonged dependency on external assistance further into the future," Graziano da Silva said.
Graziano da Silva on Thursday met Chad's Prime Minister, Albert Pahimi Padacke, and presented him with FAO's Response Strategy for the Lake Chad Basin crisis which is affecting parts of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and northeastern Nigeria.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged nearly 171 points in March, marking a 2.8 percent drop from the previous month and a 13.4 percent gain on the year. FAO also released its first world cereal supply and demand outlook for the year ahead, expecting grain inventories to remain at near-record levels.
The heir to the British throne met FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and senior representatives from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
Russia is backing an FAO-led effort to promote food safety and prevent the spread of medicine-resistant "superbugs" in food and on farms in five Central Asian countries with a donation of nearly $3.3 million.