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Posted April 2000

HIV/AIDS and agriculture: an FAO perspective


The HIV/AIDS pandemic is perceived by FAO as a problem of critical importance for development in general, rather than simply as a health issue. FAO activities are motivated by increasing evidence that HIV/AIDS, especially in Africa, intensifies existing labour bottlenecks in agriculture; increases widespread malnutrition; adds to the problems of rural women, especially female-headed farm households arising from gender division of labour and land rights/resources. In summary, HIV/AIDS related activities conducted by FAO, focus on the following two aspects of the pandemic:


Selected FAO documents on HIV/AIDS, published since 1994

What has AIDS to do with agriculture? FAO, Rome, 1994.

The effects of HIV/AIDS on farming systems in Eastern Africa, FAO, Rome, 1995.

Report of a Workshop on the Relevance of HIV/AIDS to the Work of FAO, by Günter Hemrich, Rome, July 1995.

AIDS: the future of the pandemic, statement by Jonathan M. Mann, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, FAO, Rome, December 1995.

The impact of HIV/AIDS on rural households/communities and the need for multisectoral prevention and mitigation strategies to combat the epidemic in rural areas (with special emphasis on Africa), by Erich Baier, January 1997 (in English and French).*

Impact du VIH/SIDA sur les systèmes d'exploitations agricoles en Afrique de l'Ouest, FAO, Rome, November 1997.*

Les populations rurales d'Afrique face au SIDA: un défi au développement (Synthèse des travaux de la FAO sur le SIDA), FAO, Rome, December 1997.

The rural people of Africa confronted with AIDS: a challenge to development (Summary of FAO studies on AIDS) FAO, Rome, December 1997.

The implications of HIV/AIDS for rural development policy and programming: focus on sub-Saharan Africa, by D. Topouzis, Consultant, FAO, Rome, June 1998 (with same title also published as Study Paper No. 6 by the HIV and Development Programme, UNDP, New York, 1998).*

Rural children living in farm systems affected by HIV/AIDS: some issues for the rights of the child on the basis of FAO HIV/AIDS studies in Africa, by Jacques du Guerny. Paper presented at the UNHCHR Committee on the Rights of the Child: day of discussion on "Children living in a world with AIDS", Geneva, 5 October 1998* (also under publication by Harvard).

HIV/AIDS and the commercial agricultural sector of Kenya - impact, vulnerability, susceptibility and coping strategies, by Gabriel Rugalema with Silke Weigang and James Mbwika, FAO/UNDP, 1999.*

AIDS and agriculture: can agricultural policy make a difference?, by Jacques du Guerny, in Food, Nutrition and Agriculture, No. 25, 1999, FAO, Rome.

HIV/AIDS and nutrition: helping families and communities to cope, by Florence Egal and Arine Valstar, in Food, Nutrition and Agriculture, No. 25, 1999, FAO, Rome.

HIV/AIDS in Namibia: the impact on the livestock sector, by Ida-Eline Engh, Libor Stloukal and Jacques du Guerny, FAO, Rome, February 2000.*

Sustainable agricultural/rural development and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, by Daphne Topouzis and Jacques du Guerny, FAO/UNAIDS joint publication (Forthcoming April 2000).

*Available on the Internet at the following address: http//www.undp.org/popin/fao/faohome.htm
A limited number of print publications are also available.

For further information contact:

Population Programme Service (SDWP)
Sustainable Development Department (SD)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Phone: +39 06 570 54852
Fax: +39 06 570 5549
E-mail: SDWP-Chief@fao.org

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