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Making the international trade in plants and seeds a safer venture

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:00am
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.

Tracking fish “from sea to plate” to keep illegal catches out of global supply chains

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:00am
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.

New partnership recognizes consumers as drivers for Zero Hunger

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:00am
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.

Lake Chad Basin: a crisis rooted in hunger, poverty and lack of rural development

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:00am
"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

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 6:00pm
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.

FAO Director-General meets Prime Minister of Chad, Albert Pahimi Padacke

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:00am
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.

Global food prices decline in March as sugar and vegetable oils slide

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:00am
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.

Prince of Wales visits FAO, expresses admiration for efforts to tackle hunger crises

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00am
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 backs FAO work to tackle antimicrobial resistance with $3.3 million

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00am
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.

Survey of Syrian farmers reveals agriculture should be kick-started now despite huge destruction

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00am
Fighting in Syria has caused huge damage and losses to agricultural production, but the sector can and should be kick-started now, dramatically reducing the need for humanitarian aid and migration, according to a new FAO report published today ahead of an international conference on Syria’s future in Brussels.

108 million people in the world face severe food insecurity – situation worsening

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 11:00am
Around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a new global report on food crises released in Brussels today by the European Union and USAID/FEWSNET together with FAO, the WFP and Unicef.

New action plan to stop the spread of Red Palm Weevil

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:00am
A new action plan to stop the spread of the Red Palm Weevil has been endorsed at a high-level meeting at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.

IRRI and FAO step up joint efforts to globally bolster sustainable rice production

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:00am
The partnership primarily aims to enhance sustainable rice-based farming systems through capacity building activities - including assisting governments draw up and implement national and regional policies and strategies - to the benefit of small-scale farmers, especially women.

David Beasley is new head of WFP

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:00pm
David Beasley brings to the position extensive experience with key governmental and business leaders and stakeholders around the world, with very strong resource mobilisation skills.

First global push to stop Red Palm Weevil wiping out palms

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:00am
Scientists, pest control experts, agricultural ministers and farmer representatives have begun a three-day meeting at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome to debate and define an international action plan to stop the spread of the Red Palm Weevil.

UN food agencies highlight successful collaboration in the field

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:00pm
In an example of how the UN's three Rome-based food agencies are stronger working as one, staff from the Madagascar interagency country team have been recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security in the African island nation.

Urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:00pm
Managing urbanization sustainably poses new challenges and opportunities to recast food and agriculture systems in ways that benefit both cities and the countryside, according to a new report presented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and FAO.

Conflicts and protracted crises hamper progress made to end hunger in the Near East and North Africa

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:00am
The FAO Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in the Near East and North Africa noted that the deterioration is largely driven by the spreading and intensity of conflicts and protracted crises.

Norway and FAO launch unique, state-of-the art oceanic research ship

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:00pm
FAO and Norway have today launched a brand new, state-of-the-art marine studies vessel, among the most advanced of its kind — and the only research ship on the globe that flies the UN flag.

Wastewater an opportunity being flushed away

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:00am
FAO today marked World Water Day by highlighting the opportunity that treated wastewater represents for agriculture, and improved food security and nutrition.