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Reinforcing control efforts amid outbreak of avian influenza in China

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:00am
A resurgent outbreak of a new strain of H7N9 avian influenza in China that can be lethal for humans underscores the need for robust and rapid detection and response systems at animal source. This would reduce the risk associated with virus spread and impacts on public health, according to FAO and OIE.

Yemen needs urgent assistance to prevent famine

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:00am
Twenty of the country's 22 governorates are in ‘emergency' or ‘crisis' food insecurity phases and almost two-thirds of the population are now facing hunger and urgently require life and livelihood-saving assistance. Without additional humanitarian and livelihoods support, Taiz and Al Hudaydah, two governorates accounting for almost a quarter of Yemen's population, risk slipping into famine.

Europe and Central Asia transitioning to new forms of malnutrition

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:00am
Economic growth and rising per capita incomes have all but wiped out hunger in Europe and Central Asia. But as countries become more affluent, changing consumption patterns are giving rise to other health threats. This “food insecurity transition” is documented in a new report released today by FAO.

United States joins pioneering plant genetic resources treaty

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00am
The United States is the newest member of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, a ground-breaking instrument that works to strengthen global food security by promoting the conservation, sharing, and sustainable use of agricultural plant genetic resources.

Water scarcity needs “urgent and massive response” in North Africa and Near East

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:00am
Access to water is a fundamental need for food security, human health and agriculture, and its looming scarcity in the North Africa and Middle East region is a huge challenge requiring an “urgent and massive response,” FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said in Cairo.

School Meals a vital ingredient in ending hunger and promoting healthy diets

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:00am
International School Meals Day, celebrated around the world today, is a timely reminder of the need to promote healthy eating habits for all children through sustainable policies, including the acquisition of food from family farmers.

UN agencies in Rome step up on gender equality to end hunger and poverty

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:00am
Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies today marked International Women’s Day by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger.

Indigenous peoples are key to protecting wildlife and rural livelihoods

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:00am
Actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities in wildlife conservation is key to maintaining biodiversity and ensuring sustainable rural livelihoods, FAO said today on the occasion of World Wildlife Day.

Global harvests strong but hunger persists amid chronic conflict zones

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:00am
Famine has been declared in South Sudan, and the food security situation is of grave concern in northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, even as global food supply conditions are robust, says the new Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Some 37 countries are in need of external assistance for food.

FAO Food Price Index edges higher in February

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:00am
The FAO Food Price Index rose slightly in February, marking its seventh consecutive monthly rise, led by increasing wheat and maize prices.The FAO Food Price Index averaged 175.5 percent in February, marking a 0.5 percent increase from its revised January value and 17.2 percent above its February 2016 level.

Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni to open FAO's governing-body Conference in July

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:00am
During talks at the Italian Premier's official residence, Graziano da Silva reiterated FAO support for Italy's Presidency of the G7, in particular the G7 Agriculture Ministers Summit scheduled to place in Bergamo on 14-15 October 2017.

Nigeria hunger crisis deepens, spills over into Lake Chad Basin

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:00pm
As conflict continues, the food security situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin is drastically deteriorating, FAO warned today, as it called for swift and decisive action from the international community to protect the livelihoods of millions of families dependent on farming, livestock and fishing.

Food insecurity and poverty pose major challenge to goal of ending hunger by 2030 in sub-Saharan Africa

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:00am
The second edition of the Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa (2016) underscores how severe food insecurity and poverty pose a major challenge to the region's ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030.

World’s future food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges, report warns

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:00am
Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, says a new FAO report.

Joint FAO/UNICEF/WFP statement on famine in South Sudan

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:00am
The heads of three UN agencies issue a joint call for urgent action to allow aid to reach people facing starvation in famine-hit areas of South Sudan.

Famine hits parts of South Sudan

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared today, three UN agencies warned. A further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.

FAO supporting Bolivia’s bid to access climate funding via UN fund

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:00am
FAO is assisting Bolivia in its effort to access financial support for improved water management programs in those areas of the Andean nation that have been hardest hit by prolonged drought.

Drought is pushing food prices up sharply in East Africa

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:00am
Drought throughout East Africa has curbed harvests and pushed food prices to unusually high levels, posing special risks for pastoralists. Prices are at record levels in swathes of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania, according to the latest Food Price Monitoring and Analysis Bulletin.

FAO Director-General urges more support to help small farmers adapt to a changing climate

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am
Failure to act now to make our food systems more resilient to climate change will "seriously compromise" food production in many regions and could doom to failure international efforts to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030, according to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

As Yemen food crisis deteriorates, UN agencies appeal for urgent assistance to avert a catastrophe

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:00am
The preliminary results of the Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment (EFSNA) show that food security and nutrition conditions are deteriorating rapidly due to the ongoing conflict. More than two-thirds of Yemen's population of 27.4 million people now lack access to food and consume an inadequate diet.