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News stories, 2004
29 December 2004 -- FAO is conducting damage assessment missions in each of the countries affected by Sunday's devastating tsunamis in South Asia to assess the impact on the agriculture and fisheries sectors and provide detailed information on the assistance needed.
22 December 2004 -- A group of 28 countries participating in an FAO meeting on fisheries and sea turtles have called for more widespread use of new gear types, changes to fishing practices and other steps in order to prevent accidental turtle deaths in fisheries.
20 December 2004 - Morocco will send 22 farming experts and technicians to Djibouti to work with local experts, as part of an agreement between the two countries, the Islamic Development Bank and FAO.
20 December 2004, Rome - Food security in sub-Saharan Africa has taken a hit from drought, invasions by crop-devouring locusts and civil conflicts, according to the latest edition of FAO's Africa Report, published today.
21 December 2004 - The European Commission and FAO have agreed to a new partnership to improve the ability of decision makers to target food insecure and vulnerable people and to take effective action to reduce hunger in some 20 countries.
17 December 2004 - FAO is to help Afghanistan to resume sugar production. Through a project financed by Germany, FAO will rehabilitate the country's only sugar factory in Baghlan.
15 December 2004 -- FAO and other United Nations humanitarian agencies and partners today launched a new early warning service Web site, HEWSweb, to foster enhanced humanitarian preparedness.
14 December 2004 - Greater investment in agriculture and rural development is essential to spur economic growth in developing countries and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, FAO said today on the 40th anniversary of its Investment Centre.
10 December 2004 -- Mountains cover one quarter of the earth's land surface. They are home to 12 percent of the world's population. However, mountain people are affected by conflict disproportionately to their numbers and the land they occupy.
9 December 2004 - A significant surplus in cereal stocks is expected, for the first time since 1999/2000 as global cereal production hits a record 2.04 billion tonnes in 2004, says FAO today in Food Outlook.
8 December 2004 -- SOFI 2004 warms that hunger and malnutrition cause tremendous human suffering, killing more than five million children every year, and syphoning off billions of dollars from developing countries in lost productivity and national income.
6 December 2004 - World tea production in 2003 reached 3.15 million tonnes, 75 000 tonnes more than in 2002, largely as a result of favourable weather conditions.
2 December 2004 -- FAO is providing 9 tonnes of vegetable seeds, more than 35 000 gardening tools, veterinary supplies and technical assistance to 40 000 households in Sudan's Darfur region.
1 December 2004, Rome - As parents fall sick and die from AIDS, knowledge and values are not passed to younger generations. FAO has set up schools to teach orphans and other vulnerable children how to produce food and income from agriculture.
30 November 2004 -- The period between now and the end of February 2005 is crucial for a well-coordinated desert locust control campaign to protect crops in the Maghreb and to reduce the risk of swarms reinvading the Sahelian countries next summer.
26 November 2004 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is to carry out a major review of its activities to ensure that the Organization gives maximum support to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
25 November 2004 - FAO and US Peace Corps have signed an agreement to enhance their collaboration and optimize efforts to help improve the conditions of rural populations around the world.
24 November 2004 -- Voluntary Guidelines that would "support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security" were yesterday adopted by the FAO Council, two months to the day after the FAO Committee on World Food Security endorsed them.
23 November 2004 -- A joint FAO/WFP report says the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will require external aid to support more than a quarter of its 23.7 million people despite its best harvest in ten years.
19 November 2004 -- FAO has alerted Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Saudi Arabia and Sudan of the possibility of a few desert locust swarms arriving from northern Egypt.
18 November 2004 -- People working in the field of rural finance now have access to online information and training materials through an internet-based global learning centre.
17 November 2004 - Rural people in poor countries will benefit from basic education thanks to a project co-financed by the European Commission, several European NGOs, FAO and UNESCO.
15 November 2004 -- The United Kingdom has pledged $6.83 million to fund a two-year FAO project to help eliminate opium production in Afghanistan by developing alternative livelihoods in the country's main poppy-producing areas.
11 November 2004 -- FAO today launched an appeal for more than $60 million to provide agricultural relief in the coming year in 14 countries and regions suffering from devastating human or natural disasters.
11 November 2004 -- Domestic ducks may be acting as a silent reservoir for the H5N1 Avian Influenza virus, FAO/OIE/WHO warned today.
8 November 2004 -- Edible insects, like caterpillars and grubs, are important sources of protein and should be considered an alternative in efforts to increase food security in central African countries.
4 November 2004 -- Future demands for sustainable use of natural resources will seriously affect agriculture, says FAO ADG Louise Fresco.
4 November 2004 -- Regional cereal production in the Sahel will not be affected in a major way this year, despite large-scale Desert Locust infestations.
28 October 2004 -- Spanish football star Raúl González today was named as FAO's newest goodwill ambassador by the UN Agency's Director-General, Dr. Jacques Diouf, at a ceremony in Madrid.
22 October 2004 - Heads of national forest agencies in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean meet to review the status of forest fires in the Americas and create regional networks to combat forest fires.
22 October 2004 -- Economic losses in the dairy sectors of East Africa and the Near East due to spoilage and waste could average as much as US$90 million per year, according to new studies by FAO.
21 October 2004 - The Global Crop Diversity Trust, an initiative to conserve in perpetuity the Earth's most crucial agricultural biodiversity, entered into force today as an independent international organization.
21 October 2004 - FAO received the Swedish Seafood Award for its work with the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries at a ceremony in Gothenburg today.
20 October 2004 - Less natural forest cover, but more protected areas and forest plantations, and an increased share of international trade in forest products are expected by 2020 in Latin America and the Caribbean. This forecast was presented at the regional Forestry Commission this week in San José, Costa Rica.
19 October 2004 - Hunger eradication and poverty alleviation programmes cannot be effective unless the poor have a voice in the planning and implementation of schemes meant to help them.
15 October 2004 - Biological diversity is one of the keys to ending world hunger, Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said today.
13 October 2004 -- Numerous locust swarms are on the move across the Sahelian countries of West Africa and the campaign to control them is entering a critical phase, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said today.
12 October 2004 -- Faced with an increasing global burden of food-borne disease, more than 300 food safety regulators from over 100 countries are gathering in Bangkok, Thailand, for the 2nd Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators from 12 to 14 October.
11 October 2004 - This year's World Food Day theme, "Biodiversity for Food Security", highlights the vital role of biodiversity in ensuring that all people have sustainable access to enough diversified food to lead active and healthy lives.
8 October 2004 -- Countries in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States will play a greater role in European forest products markets over the next two decades, according to FAO and the UN Economic Commission for Europe.
6 October 2004 -- Scientists from China and from Japan have won the International Year of Rice (IYR) Global Scientific Contest, FAO and IRRI jointly announced today.
5 October 2004 -- Children face higher risks from pesticides than adults and need greater protection against these chemicals, particularly in developing countries, according to a joint report published by FAO, UNEP and WHO.
4 october 2004 -- More effective and sustainable agriculture and rural development policies and practices in mountain regions to improve the livelihoods of mountain people will be the focus of discussion at the second meeting of the "Adelboden Group", which brings together governments, civil society and international organizations, opening today at FAO's Rome headquarters.
1 October 2004 -- Desert locust control operations have been expanded in West Africa, but countries are still facing serious shortages of pesticides and aircraft.
28 September 2004 -- A panel of leading agricultural experts met at FAO headquarters last week to assess the progress of the SPFS and discuss emerging trends, including the move towards nationwide food security programmes in a number of countries.
27 September 2004 - As natural disasters continue to plague the Caribbean and South Asia, FAO is working to provide emergency assistance to hurricane and flood victims in the worst-affected countries.
27 September 2004 - Across Asia, flare-ups of aquatic animal diseases are becoming increasingly common. FAO is providing technical know-how to help countries cope with this growing problem.
27 September 2004 - The avian influenza epidemic in Asia is a "crisis of global importance" and will continue to demand the attention of the international community for some time to come, FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health said today.
24 September 2004 - FAO's Committee on World Food Security adopts Guidelines in support of the right to adequate food as tasked by the World Food Summit: five years later.
24 September 2004 -- Geneva and Rome have won the competition to host the permanent secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention.
24 September 2004 -- Over 55 000 conflict-affected families in the northeastern part of Sri Lanka will get access to quality rice seed through a recently launched project funded by the Japanese government.
23 September 2004 -- A Vietnamese and a Chinese photographer have won the International Year of Rice global photography contest launched by FAO.
22 September 2004 -- Governments will need to strengthen the protection available to agricultural workers in order to reduce the number of pesticide poisonings that farmers suffer, FAO and UNEP said today.
20 September 2004 - Large harvest of wheat in Europe as well as favorable growing conditions for maize in the United States leads FAO Food Outlook to raise its latest 2004 cereal output forecast by 29 million tonnes, bringing it on par with expected consumption.
20 September 2004 - World leaders meet on action to fight hunger and poverty. FAO's Director-General calls for increased investment in agriculture and rural areas of developing countries to improve economic opportunities and reduce hunger where 70 percent of the world's poor live.
17 September 2004 -- The desert locust crisis in Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and Niger is expected to deteriorate over the next few weeks, FAO warned today. There is a serious risk that northwest Africa will be reinvaded by swarms from October onwards.
17 September 2004 -- Around 6 000 poor rural households in severely food insecure, drought-prone regions of Ethiopia will benefit from a new $1.3 million project, funded by the Government of Japan, that aims to increase agricultural production and incomes.
16 September 2004 -- Ministers and officials from over 100 countries will mark the debut of the Rotterdam Convention at a high-level conference in Geneva.
16 September 2004 -- Afghanistan's agriculture has suffered widespread crop failure caused by below average rains as well as plant and animal diseases, according to a joint FAO/WFP report issued today. More than six million Afghans will need assistance.
14 September 2004 -- New FAO analysis of global data for the last decade shows that on average some 7.3 million tonnes of fish are being thrown back to sea unused each year -- a decrease of about 12 million tonnes from FAO's previous estimate.
13 September 2004 -- The European Commission and FAO today signed an agreement to reinforce their joint efforts to reduce poverty, promote agricultural development and fight hunger in developing countries.
10 September 2004 - FAO is working with countries around the world to crack down on illegal fishing.
9 September 2004 -- High quantities of toxic chemical waste from obsolete pesticides are posing a threat in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, FAO warned today.
7 September 2004 -- Serbian sugar producers will once again benefit from preferential access to the European Union market. The EU recently announced the lifting of its ban on duty-free sugar imports from the country following an FAO-sponsored workshop to discuss problems in Serbia's sugar sector.
6 September 2004 -- Communication for sustainable development is the main focus of the ninth UN Roundtable on Communication for Development which opens today at FAO headquarters.
2 September 2004 -- FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said the next two months in the battle against Desert Locusts will be "extremely crucial".
27 August 2004 - A recent visit to FAO headquarters by agricultural officials and technicians from the United Arab Emirates triggered a five-year plan that will produce a regionwide network for the sharing and dissemination of agricultural information in the Middle East.
26 August 2004 -- The international community has responded positively to an appeal launched by FAO to assist countries in west and northwest Africa in their fight against desert locusts.
23 August 2004 - HIV/AIDS is threatening subsistence agriculture in Mozambique with long-term decline, a trend that has ominous implications for the country's food supply, FAO warned today.
18 August 2004 -- West Africa is facing a worsening locust crisis as more swarms arrive in Mauritania, Mali and Niger, according to the latest update issued by FAO.
13 August 2004 -- As part of an innovative model of development assistance that puts project management in the hands of national institutions, FAO signed agreements this week with three Indian organizations to strengthen land and water management for poor farmers in drought-prone areas of the country.
10 August 2004 -- As part of the UN 2004 Flash Appeal for the Drought and Food Security Crisis in Kenya, FAO asks donors to fund $3.6 million worth of emergency agriculture projects to assist rural families threatened by hunger.
6 August 2004 -- The management of fishery resources in the Asia-Pacific needs to be improved, as overfishing is increasing and the abundance of more valuable species has declined, according to FAO.
5 August 2004 -- As swarm after swarm of desert locusts arrive in the agricultural south of this West African country, farmers say they need urgent help.
5 August 2004 -- Large locust swarms continue to arrive in West African countries, FAO said today. In Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia the situation is returning to normal.
2 August 2004 -- An international campaign on education for rural people aims to improve agricultural productivity and reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty in Latin American, FAO announced today.
30 July, Bangkok -- A veterinary network for Southeast Asia has been launched today to bolster the campaign against avian influenza, FAO announced.
29 July 2004, Rome -- Around 1 500 farming households in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will benefit from an agricultural pilot project over the next two years, FAO announced today.
28 July 2004 -- The Netherlands has pledged 20 million euros to support the work of the FAO-Netherlands Partnership Programme (FNPP) over the next four years.
27 July 2004 -- The number of desert locust swarms invading Mauritania, Senegal and Mali has increased in the past two weeks, FAO said.
26 July 2004 -- Involving local communities is crucial to prevent and control destructive forest fires.
21 July 2004 -- FAO will assist Kuwait in establishing a reference centre for studies and research on wastewater treatment and reuse, the UN agency said today.
21 July 2004 -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Istituto Nazionale di Economia Agraria (INEA) have signed today an agreement to strengthen training activities related to food security in the Caribbean.
21 July 2004 -- FAO's GeoNetwork system provides access via the Internet to a wide range of geographic information at minimal cost to users -- a particular plus for those in developing countries.
16 July 2004 -- FAO has urged countries in Asia not to cull wild birds in response to recent outbreaks of avian influenza.
14 July 2004 - Fishers in Gabon will benefit from a new FAO project aimed at building up the country's fishing sector, adding jobs to the local economy and increasing the supply of marine fish.
13 July 2004 -- Date palm production is facing serious problems, FAO said today.
9 July 2004 -- New outbreaks of the avian influenza virus H5N1 in China, Thailand and Viet Nam confirm that the virus is still endemic in the region, FAO said today.
9 July 2004 -- The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) adopted over 20 new and amended food standards during its recent annual meeting. Among the new standards and other texts are ones concerning animal feeding, milk products and a newly adopted definition of product tracing.
8 July 2004 - China will send 36 agricultural experts and technicians specialized in agronomy, irrigation, livestock and fisheries, to eight Pacific Island nations. The initiative is part of FAO's South-South Cooperation Programme.
6 July 2004 -- Twenty-three countries in sub-Saharan Africa are facing food emergencies for the summer season, according to FAO's latest Africa Report, issued today.
5 July 2004 -- The seed industry and organic producers will meet for the first time today to discuss the importance of organic seeds for international organic markets. Around 300 participants from private companies, non-governmental and farmers' organizations, scientific institutions and government agencies are expected to attend the meeting at FAO headquarters in Rome.
5 July 2004 -- The first desert locust swarms have moved from their spring breeding areas in Northwest Africa to several Sahelian countries in West Africa, FAO said today, calling for urgent international assistance to avoid a plague.
1 July 2004 -- Eighty-four FAO Members have concluded meeting on how to strengthen international cooperation on managing fishing capacity and combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
30 June 2004 -- Trees grown on farms could help to alleviate poverty by providing income and food for poor farmers, FAO said today.
29 June 2004 -- The legally binding Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has entered into force today.
28 June 2004 -- Codex Alimentarius Commission begins 27th session, moving to annual Commission meetings in response to a joint FAO-WHO evaluation that called on Codex to speed up its work.
24 June 2004 -- The phytosanitary system in Syria needs to be modernized to prevent the introduction of plant pests and meet the requirements of international trading partners.
17 June 2004 -- Meat and dairy experts from more than 55 countries gather in Canada in the face of rising meat and dairy prices, animal disease outbreaks and consumer health concerns.
16 June 2004 -- FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf responded today to criticism from non-governmental organizations on FAO's recent report on biotechnology.
15 June 2004 -- Cereal stocks countinue their decline, narrowing the buffer available to absorb large unexpected shocks, says FAO's Food Outlook.
15 June 2004 -- The UN Atlas of the Oceans is pooling knowledge from around the globe in one easy-to-use tool to promote a shared, coherent vision for ocean management.
12 June 2004 -- FAO Director-General welcomed the G8 declaration on ending the cycle of famine in the Horn of Africa and called for more investment in agriculture in developing countries.
10 June 2004 -- Europe can consider itself almost free from the extremely contagious foot-and-mouth disease after centuries of devastating epidemics that have caused tremendous losses.
8 June 2004 -- A growing number of countries are taking steps that will help conserve and restore the world's oceans by bringing their fishing sectors in line with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.
7 June 2004 -- Farmers in Sudan's contested Nuba Mountains have received seeds, tools and construction materials from FAO to rehabilitate agriculture and build dams, seedbanks and community nurseries.
4 June 2004 -- Poor farmers in northern Namibia will benefit from a dairy development project, FAO said today.
2 June 2004 -- Bioenergy is often neglected by policy-makers and needs to be urgently integrated into agricultural and forestry programmes, FAO said today.
1 June 2004 -- New guidelines for determining if a living modified organism (LMO) poses a hazard to plants have been published by FAO.
31 May 2004 -- An FAO regional fishing body has decided that its members should begin reporting on capture levels of non-tuna species taken in high-seas waters off the western coast of Africa.
31 May 2004 -- FAO says civil conflict, adverse weather and HIV/AIDS are main causes for serious food shortages in 35 countries worldwide.
26 May 2004 -- The locust situation in northwest Africa is very worrying despite intensive control activities, FAO warned today. An upsurge is under way in the region.
25 May 2004 -- A new Web site has been launched today simplifying the search for food safety regulations and quality standards, FAO said.
25 May 2004 -- In response to an increase of transboundary animal diseases, the World Organisation for Animal Health and FAO will work closer together.
24 May 2004 - Food-borne diseases pose a serious threat to densely populated areas of Asia and the Pacific, FAO and the World Health Organization said today.
24 May 2004 -- Countries in the Near East are showing increasing interest in planting trees, FAO said today.
20 May 2004 -- "Biodiversity for Food Security" is the theme of this year's World Food Day, to be celebrated on 16 October 2004.
17 May 2004 -- Biotechnology holds great promise for agriculture in developing countries, but so far only farmers in a few developing countries are benefiting, according to FAO's 'State of Food and Agriculture 2003-04'.
12 May 2004 -- The President of Senegal, Mr Abdoulaye Wade, today paid a special visit to FAO, where he had talks with the Director-General, Dr Jacques Diouf.
10 May 2004 -- In Chad, a successful FAO pilot project has demonstrated the potential of livestock diversification as a means of improving household food security and increasing poor farmers' income.
5 May 2004 -- Conservation of the world's oceans can only be achieved if larger problems of poverty, hunger and underdevelopment are adequately addressed, according to FAO.
5 May 2004 -- Special attention needs to be paid to the poorest countries in Europe, especially those of southeast Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, to help resolve their problems of food insecurity and rural poverty, said Dr Jacques Diouf, addressing the FAO Regional Conference for Europe.
28 April 2004 - A major international initiative will help to meet the challenge of sustainable agriculture and rural development in mountain regions where high levels of malnutrition and hunger persist.
28 April 2004 -- Social inequalities are impeding development in Latin America and the Caribbean, said FAO Director-General Dr Jacques Diouf today.
27 April 2004 -- The threat of desert locusts in West and Northwest Africa remains "extremely serious", FAO warned today.
22 April 2004 -- A global photography contest to highlight the importance of rice as a staple food crop and a symbol of cultural and global identity has been launched by FAO.
19 April 2004 -- Most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have developed policies for sustainable forestry, but since many lack the capacity to implement them effectively, overall progress remains slow.
7 April 2004 -- Sub-Saharan Africa's food situation has improved slightly, but 24 countries on the continent face food emergencies and millions continue to need food assistance to survive.
6 April 2004 -- Global cereal stocks will fall sharply again by the end of the 2003/2004 season, FAO said today. Closing inventories are expected to be down by 89 million tonnes, or 18 percent from their opening levels.
2 April 2004 - FAO has presented a strategy to fight hunger and undernutrition in Africa where more than 200 million people still go to bed hungry.
31 March 2004 -- The value of many animal genetic resources is poorly understood and the loss of animal breeds continues, FAO said.
31 March 2004 - Eleven European countries, Egypt and the European Community - as Member Organization - have have ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, triggering the 90-day countdown to the treaty's entry into force on 29 June 2004.
29 March 2004 -- The fight against opium production in Afghanistan should be based on law enforcement and the rehabilitation of agriculture, FAO said today.
25 March 2004 -- A wide range of human activities, including fishing, are affecting endangered sea turtles. FAO is working with experts in the sector to minimize fishing's impacts on marine reptiles and promote the "ecosystem approach" to fisheries management.
23 March 2004 -- Despite control operations, the desert locust situation continues to be extremely serious in northwest Africa.
22 March 2004 -- Japan supports Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Viet Nam with $1.6 million in the battle against bird flu.
22 March 2004 -- The expansion of the European Union from 15 to 25 countries in May 2004 could signal the promise of lucrative new markets for banana producers, according to FAO.
19 March 2004, Rome - FAO and Italy's Piedmont and Tuscany regions are joining forces to support the Brazilian Zero Hunger Programme in building one million water collectors in the arid Brazilian northeast.
19 March 2004 -- Countries that declare victory over bird flu should base such statements on in-depth investigations, FAO and OIE urged today. The avian flu crisis is still not over, the two organizations warned.
11 March 2004 -- Countries affected by bird flu should not restock their flocks too quickly to avoid the disease flaring up again.
10 March 2004 - FAO launched a 4 million dollar appeal for Haiti yesterday for urgent farming inputs to restore agricultural production and improve the food security of the households worst-affected by the current crisis.
8 March 2004, Rome -- Protecting the property and land tenure rights of women in AIDS-ravaged parts of Africa is vital to prevent rural households slipping into a spiral of poverty.
5 March 2004 - Young scientists in developing countries will benefit from grants offered by the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and from FAO's wide technical information in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries thanks to an agreement recently signed by the two organizations.
2 March 2003 -- Approximately one-third of global meat exports, or 6 million tonnes, are presently being affected by animal disease outbreaks, FAO said today.
1 March 2004 -- In a meeting today with French President Jacques Chirac, the heads of the three Rome-based UN food agencies welcomed the renewed vigour with which hunger and rural poverty are being addressed.
25 February 2004 -- Outbreaks of bird flu are still occuring in some Asian countries. An international emergency meeting in Bangkok will discuss about control strategies.
24 February 2004 -- The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade entered into force today.
23 February 2004 -- FAO launched today an appeal to donors for $6 million, which is urgently needed to support desert locust control operations in Mauritania, and another $3 million for Mali, Niger and Chad, in order to prevent the early stages of the current upsurge from developing into a plague.
18 February 2004 -- Killing wild birds will not help to prevent future bird flu outbreaks, FAO said today.
16 February 2004 -- FAO's Sub-Committee on Fish Trade has issued a report outlining the challenges and opportunities facing FAO and its member countries as they work to promote a stronger and more responsible global trading system for fisheries products.
16 February 2004 -- Commenting on the forthcoming meeting of the 14th session of FAO's African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (Accra, Ghana, 18-21 February 2004), Mr. Hosny El-Lakany, head of FAO's forestry Department underlined the need "to end the isolation of forestry from mainstream development initiatives."
13 February 2003 -- The spread of bird flu in Asia is still not under control.
13 February 2004 -- For developing countries, trade in fisheries products offers a vital source of income and a means of bolstering food security. But with the globalization of that trade come questions of consumer safety, environmental responsibility, and equity.
12 February 2004, Rome -- Intensification of rice production in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner is essential for food security, particularly in Asia and Africa, FAO said today.
11 February 2004 - New study suggests that combating hunger and undernourishment in pregnant women and children could prevent overweight and obesity, reducing associated healthcare costs.
10 February 2004 -- Ill and disabled children in Algeria helped raise US$15 000 to provide assistance to young survivors of an earthquake that left thousands of victims and orphans last May. The funds were collected at an auction of the children's drawings, the result of a TeleFood drawing contest.
6 February 2004 - There is currently no evidence that swine were involved in transmission of the H5N1 influenza virus and the spread of the avian influenza epidemic, FAO said today.
5 February 2004 - A targeted vaccination campaign for poultry at risk of being infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus may be required in heavily affected countries to control the further spread of the epidemic, according to experts gathered for emergency talks at FAO.
4 February 2004 -- Despite massive efforts to stamp out the virulent avian influenza virus, the disease continues to spread in poultry producing areas in some Asian countries.
3 February 2004 - Cambodia, Laos, Pakistan and Viet Nam will receive $1.6 million in emergency assistance from FAO in support of their battle against the virulent avian flu virus.
2 February 2004 -- Eliminating opium production in Afghanistan will only be successful if poverty and unemployment are reduced at the same time, FAO said today.
2 February 2004 -- Bird flu remains a serious public and animal health threat and continues to spread, FAO said in a statement issued today. The eruption of new infection cases in Thailand, China and Viet Nam shows that the disease is far from being under control.
30 January 2004 - The success of eradication of bird flu in affected countries in Asia heavily depends on mass cullings, FAO said today.
28 January 2004 - The spread of avian influenza from Pakistan to China may have been facilitated by the dramatic scaling up of pig and poultry production and a massive geographic concentration of livestock in China, Thailand and Viet Nam.
27 January 2004 -- The spread of avian influenza in Asia is a threat to human health and a disaster for agricultural production, the FAO/WHO/OIE said in a joint statement today.
20 January 2004 -- Falling international coffee prices have damaged the economy of Nicaragua. FAO will assist the Nicaraguan authorities to help small-scale coffee growers diversify their crops and prevent food shortages among the worst-affected coffee producers.
15 January 2004 -- With outbreaks in three countries, Avian flu seems to have a regional dimension, FAO said. Possible links between outbreaks must be clarified.
13 January 2004 -- FAO launched today an appeal for $2.5 million to assist farming families affected by the earthquake in the city of Bam in Iran. FAO's emergency assistance will restore water supply for affected date plantations and will provide agricultural inputs and support for livestock farmers.
12 January 2004 -- The discovery of the first BSE case in the US highlights the need for countries to strengthen their BSE control measures, FAO said today.
8 January 2004 -- While in developed countries tobacco smoking is set to continue to decline until 2010, in developing countries consumption will increase, according to a new FAO study.
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