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2001 PRESS RELEASES 

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PR 01/101
FAO AND WHO TO HOLD FIRST GLOBAL FORUM OF FOOD SAFETY REGULATORS
Geneva/Rome, 20 December 2001 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are to convene a Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators in Marrakech, Morocco on 28-30 January 2002, the two agencies announced today.
PR 01/100
FAO: FOOD SITUATION IN SOMALIA IS DETERIORATING FAST - IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION 2,5 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN MISERY AND HUNGER - OVERALL FOOD SUPPLY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA BETTER THAN A YEAR AGO
Rome, 13 December - Many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are still facing serious food shortages due to natural and man-made disasters, although the overall food supply situation is generally better than it was a year ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a new issue of its Africa report (Food supply situation and crop prospects in sub-Saharan Africa) issued today.
PR 01/99
FAO: TO PROTECT ITSELF AGAINST FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE, EUROPE NEEDS TO SUPPORT DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Brussels/Rome, 12 December - Effective control of the global threat of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) requires a concerted international strategy to combat and control it at the source, including in particular more assistance to the developing countries where the virus is endemic, said Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 01/98
ERADICATION OF ARMED CONFLICT AND HUNGER ESSENTIAL FIRST STEPS TO PROTECT MOUNTAIN ECOSYSTEMS AND ALLEVIATE POVERTY IN MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES
The United Nations, New York, 11 December 2001 - Armed conflict and hunger must be eradicated to protect the world's fragile mountain ecosystems and alleviate the desperate poverty that exists in many mountain communities, said Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations at the global launch of the International Year of Mountains at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
PR 01/97
STIMULATING DEBATE AND ACTION: MASS MEDIA, PARTNERS FOR DEVELOPMENT?
Rome, 11 December 2001. Development issues are at best a marginal part of the content of the industrialised world's press and journalists fail to report in depth on issues such as famine and hunger, according to a new report by global communications research company Echo Research Ltd, released today.
PR 01/96
FAO SAYS THAT IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM AQUACULTURE IS FORECAST TO CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY EVEN MORE THAN IN THE PAST THREE DECADES
Rome, 6 December 2001 - Over the next two decades, aquaculture will contribute more to the global food fish supplies and will help further reducing global poverty and food insecurity, according to "Aquaculture in the Third Millennium" a new publication released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 01/95
THREE UN AGENCIES JOIN HANDS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS
Rome, 4 December 2001 - Three Rome-based UN agencies - the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) - have decided to join hands in the fight against HIV/AIDS, in coordination with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
PR 01/94
DISABILITY IS NOT ONLY A CONSEQUENCE OF POVERTY;
IT IS ALSO CAUSE OF RURAL HUNGER, FAO SAYS ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS

Rome, 3 December 2001 - Hunger, malnutrition and poverty breed disabilities. Between 250,000 and 500,000 children go blind every year from Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD). There are over 16 million mentally handicapped and nearly 49.5 million people with lesser degrees of brain damage due to Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD); more than half of all pregnant women in the world are anaemic, of whom 90% live in developing countries.
PR 01/93
FAO: 10 MILLION DOLLARS NEEDED TO SUPPORT FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN AFGHANISTAN
Rome, 29 November - Helping farmers and refugees to resume food production and return to their farms will be the key challenge in the next months in war-torn Afghanistan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, launching a $US 10.1 million appeal to enable it to resume immediate emergency assistance and provide seeds, fertilisers, feed and vaccines for animals. The appeal is part of a wider UN effort to alert the international community to the need for assistance to Afghanistan.
PR 01/92
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL CALLS ON PARLIAMENTARIANS TO PROMOTE A FAIRER WORLD TRADING SYSTEM AND ADVOCATE NATIONAL TARGETS FOR REDUCING HUNGER
Berlin, 16, November - National parliaments have an important role to play in reducing the severe distortions in global agricultural markets and establishing a more equitable international trading system for agriculture, Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), told European parliamentarians here today.
PR 01/91 C13
FAO CONFERENCE ENDS 31st SESSION
FAO'S BUDGET INCREASES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS
Conference approves an international treaty on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and makes progress on revised code of conduct on pesticides

Rome, 14 November 2001.- The governing Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ended its 31st Session yesterday, after agriculture ministers and senior officials voted a budget totalling US$651.8 million for 2002-2003 - a nominal increase of US$1.8 million over the previous biennium and the first increase in eight years. The Conference also authorized the use of additional amounts up to US$50 million from the US$95 million expected during the next two years in the form of payments of arrears by the major contributor.
PR 01/90
BEARING THE FRUIT: FAO STUDY URGES COUNTRIES TO DEVELOP ORGANIC FOOD MARKET, PROVIDES CAUTION TOO
Rome, 13 November 2001 -- The organic fruit and vegetable market offers significant potential for countries to increase their export earnings and diversify their agricultural base, according to a new FAO report titled World Markets for Organic Fruit and Vegetables.
PR 01/89
FAO TELLS WTO MEETING: AGRICULTURAL TRADE REFORM MUST CONSIDER THE PLIGHT OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WHERE CHRONIC UNDERNOURISHMENT IS AN EXTREME MANIFESTATION OF POVERTY
Doha, 11 November 2001 - Calling chronic undernourishment "an extreme manifestation of poverty," the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called on the international community to incorporate specific provisions aimed at improving agricultural productivity and competitiveness in developing countries in the proposed agricultural reform process. The appeal came in a prepared statement for delivery at the 4th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), by FAO Assistant Director-General Hartwig de Haen, Economic and Social Department.
PR 01/88 C12
FAO CONFERENCE ELECTS AZIZ MEKOUAR (MOROCCO) AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL
Rome, 9 November 2001. - The Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today elected Mr. Aziz Mekouar of Morocco as independent Chairman of the Council for the next two years. He replaces Mr. Sjarifudin Baharsjah of Indonesia.
PR 01/87 C11
FAO'S MEMBERS END CYCLE OF BUDGET CUTS WITH NOMINAL INCREASE FOR 2002-2003
Rome, 9 November - For the first time after eight years, the member countries of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have approved a nominal budget increase for the Rome-based UN agency. FAO's budget will total US$651.8 million for the years 2002-2003, the governing FAO conference decided on Friday. 107 Countries voted for the increase, with 2 abstaining. This increase maintains the budget in real terms.
PR 01/86 C10
GLOBAL STABILITY AT RISK WITHOUT ERADICATING HUNGER, HEADS OF THREE UN AGENCIES WARN IN ROME
Rome, 8 November -- The heads of the three Rome-based international food agencies have warned that without "rapid progress towards eradicating hunger, global political and economic stability will be threatened, together with the sustainable use of the natural resources on which future world food supplies depend."
PR 01/85 C9
US SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE: "THE WORLD MUST UNITE TO FIGHT HUNGER AND POVERTY; SUCCESS WILL REQUIRE AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION"
Rome, 5 November 2001 -- US Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman opened her remarks at today's FAO plenary session by thanking countries around the world for "kind words and prayers," after the terrorist attacks of September 11.
PR 01/84 C8
NEW FAO -WORLD BANK AGRICULTURAL STUDY TO HELP IN REDUCING POVERTY AMONG SMALL FARMERS
Rome, November 7, 2001 - With international investment in agriculture at an all-time low, and more than 70 percent of the world's poor living in rural areas, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank today announced the publication of a landmark study on the future of agriculture in the developing world. Supported by an associated electronic atlas of farming systems, the study emphasizes that responding effectively to the needs and priorities of farmers and their families is impossible without first understanding the world in which they live and the many choices they have to make each day. The results of the study have contributed to updating of the World Bank Rural Development Strategy.
PR 01/83 C7
FAO WARNS OF THREAT FROM FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE AND CALLS FOR GLOBAL PLAN TO CONTROL EPIDEMICS
Rome, 6 November 2001-- Globalisation of trade favours the globalisation of serious epidemics such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.
PR 01/82 C6
Speaking at the FAO Conference today
THE EUROPEAN UNION REPRESENTATIVE SAYS WTO NEGOTIATIONS IN DOHA MUST HAVE A STRONG DEVELOPMENT THEME

Rome, 5 November 2001 . - Speaking on behalf of the European Commission at the 31st session of the FAO Conference, Mr. Franz Fischler today underlined that "the WTO negotiations to be launched later this week in Doha must, in view of the European Union, have a strong development theme."
PR 01/81 C5
INTERNATIONAL TREATY ON PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE APPROVED BY FAO CONFERENCE
Rome, 3 November 2001. - An International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture approved today by the Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will ensure better use of plant genetic diversity to meet the challenge of eradicating world hunger.
PR 01/80 C4
Speaking Before Representatives from FAO's 183 Member States
JACQUES DIOUF DENOUNCES "THE TRAGEDY OF HUNGER IN A WORLD OF ABUNDANCE"

Rome, November 3, 2001. - "The tragedy of hunger in a world of abundance and waste continues to be a troubling reality," Director-General Jacques Diouf of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told representatives from the Organization's 183 member states today.
PR 01/79 C3
FOUR COUNTRIES ADMITTED TO FAO ON OPENING DAY OF THE ORGANIZATION'S 31ST GOVERNING CONFERENCE BRINGING MEMBERSHIP TO 183 COUNTRIES
Rome, November 2, 2001 - Four countries became members of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today, bringing membership in the Organization to 183 countries and the European Community. FAO's governing Conference approved the applications of the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of Nauru, the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
PR 01/78 C2
FAO ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THIS YEAR'S BOERMA AWARD: CNN'S JIM CLANCY AND INDIAN JOURNALIST PALAGUMMI SAINATH JOINTLY AWARDED $10,000 FOR WORK IN RAISING AWARENESS OF GLOBAL HUNGER
Rome, 2 November 2001 -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today has awarded CNN's Jim Clancy and Indian journalist Palagummi Sainath this year's A.H. Boerma Award, which recognizes journalistic excellence in raising awareness of global hunger. The prize brings with it an award of US$10,000, which will be split between the winners.
PR 01/77 C1
"HUNGER IS A PROBLEM OF POVERTY AND UNEMPLOYMENT", SAYS THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF CHILE AT THE FAO CONFERENCE IN ROME
Rome, 2 November 2001- Food security is better measured today in millions of jobs created than in millions of tons of food produced, Mr. Patricio Aylwin, former President of the Republic of Chile said, in the opening ceremony of the Thirty-first session of the FAO Conference. He was delivering the McDougall Memorial Lecture, in honour of Frank McDougall, one of the founders of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
PR 01/76
WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: five years later AGREED FOR 10-13 JUNE 2002 BY FAO COUNCIL
Rome, 31 October 2001 -- The World Food Summit: five years later, postponed earlier this month in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the United States, has been rescheduled for 10-13 June, 2002, in Rome, Italy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The new dates were agreed by the 49-member countries of the FAO Council, which governs the Organization between biennial sessions of the 180-member Conference.
PR 01/75
EUROFISH, A NEW INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION TO BUILD ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF FISHERIES IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE
Rome, 31 October 2001 - Eurofish, a new international organization for the development of fisheries in Eastern and Central Europe, has officially come into existence with the signature of the constituent agreement by Romania.
PR 01/74
NORTH KOREA STILL NEEDS FOOD AID DESPITE BEST HARVEST IN SIX YEARS
Rome, 26 October, 2001.- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is likely to record its best harvest for six years, but with domestic food production still well below consumption requirements, the country will again need substantial external assistance in 2002, two United Nations agencies said today.
PR 01/73
FAO WARNS OF FAMINE THREAT TO AFGHANISTAN WHILE FOOD SUPPLIES TIGHTEN IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES
Rome, 25 October 2001 - The deepening food crisis in Afghanistan is threatening Afghans with mass starvation, according a special report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The report warns that the food supply situation in countries bordering Afghanistan is also seriously undermined by a prolonged drought. "This year's food production in Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan has suffered a significant reduction due to serious drought. The unfavourable food supply situation, which has prompted emergency food assistance in some of these countries, therefore gives little comfort to millions of displaced and resident Afghans who in the past could meet part of their food needs with supplies from neighbouring countries."
PR 01/72
NEW STUDY FROM THE UNITED NATIONS FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION AND MAYO CLINIC SETS THE STAGE FOR FUTURE NUTRITIONAL RESEARCH THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
Rome, 25 October 2001 - A new study, which found that women in a population center of western Africa need more energy than men based on their work burden, sets the stage for development of a model to research nutritional needs of women throughout the world. Mayo Clinic participated in the study led by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The study appears in the Oct. 26 issue of Science.
PR 01/71
FAO LAUNCHES WAICENT INTERNET PORTAL
"Information is vital in the fight against hunger,"
states FAO Director-General.

Rome, 16 October 2001 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announces the launch of its newest endeavour to fight hunger with information, the WAICENT Internet Portal located at www.fao.org/waicent.
PR 01/70
MORE THAN 150 COUNTRIES OBSERVE WORLD FOOD DAY UNDER THE THEME "FIGHT HUNGER TO REDUCE POVERTY"
FAO NAMES NEW CELEBRITY AMBASSADORS

Rome, October 16, -- As World Food Day activities took place in more than 150 countries, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf announced that he was seeking postponement of the World Food Summit: five years later scheduled for next month. "Unfortunately the present international circumstances and the loss of so many innocent lives and the crisis that followed have led us to seek postponement of such an event," Dr. Diouf said.
PR 01/69
UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) WARNS: FURTHER SLOWDOWN IN HUNGER REDUCTION - IN MOST DEVELOPING COUNTRIES THE NUMBER OF HUNGRY EVEN INCREASED
Stockholm, 15 October 2001 - In the 1990s the number of hungry people declined by 6 million a year on average, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. At this rate it would take 60 years to reduce the number of hungry people in the world to 400 million, the target the 1996 World Food Summit had committed to reach not later than the year 2015. In its annual Food Insecurity Report, FAO said, "Clearly, there has been a slowdown in the reduction of undernourishment in the world."
PR 01/68
FAO TO NAME NEW AMBASSADORS ON WORLD FOOD DAY; ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED WORLDWIDE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE ON-GOING THREAT POSED BY WORLD HUNGER
Rome, 12 October, 2001 - Singers Magida Al Roumi of Lebanon, Gilberto Gil of Brazil, Mory Kanté of Guinea, and Al Bano Carrisi of Italy will be nominated as Ambassadors of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the food agency announced today. The singers will participate in the 2001 World Food Day Ceremony on Tuesday, October 16, at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The event marks the anniversary of the founding of FAO in Quebec City, Canada in 1945
PR 01/67
PROGRESS MADE TOWARDS REDUCING RISKS OF PESTICIDES AND INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Rome, 11 October 2001 - Officials from over 100 governments are meeting here this week (8-12 October 2001) to prepare for the entry into force of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade and to oversee the implementation of the voluntary interim PIC procedure.
PR 01/66
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEETS EU LEADER IN BRUSSELS
Rome, 11 October 2001 - At a meeting in Brussels on 10 October, Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, thanked Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, for his long-standing support to FAO.
PR 01/65
FAO PROPOSES HOLDING MEETINGS IN ROME RATHER THAN RIMINI
Rome, 10 October - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations announced today that following consultations with the Italian Government, it was now seeking the agreement of members of the FAO Council to transfer back to Rome the different meetings of the Organization which were envisaged to take place in Rimini.
PR 01/64
FAO CELEBRATES 53RD ANNUAL PRIX ITALIA:
AWARDS DOCUMENTARY ON FIGHT AGAINST AIDS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Bologna, 5 October 2001 -- Recognizing the power of the media to invoke social change, Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), awarded the first ever FAO/Prix Italia Special Award for a documentary on the battle to fight AIDS in South Africa.
PR 01/63
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN EAST ASIA HIT BY HEAVY MONSOON RAINS AS CENTRAL ASIA IS GRIPPED BY DROUGHT
NEAR EAST REELS FROM THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF DROUGHT

Rome, 28 September 2001 -- Millions of people in Asia have been affected by heavy and extensive monsoon rains and floods, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In the September issue of Foodcrops and Shortages, released today, FAO says, "The worst affected countries include China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. DPR Korea was hit by a severe drought during the spring which seriously affected the winter-spring and the main maize crops."
PR 01/62
UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION'S GOVERNING COUNCIL AGREES TO MOVE THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: five years later TO RIMINI, ITALY
Rome, 3 October 2001 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will switch the long planned World Food Summit: five years later from its Rome Headquarters to Rimini on the eastern coast of Italy. In a statement released today, the Organization said: The Director-General has the honour to inform all Members of the Organization that the majority of the Members of the Council have agreed to the proposal to hold the Summit in Rimini instead of Rome. Consequently, the part of the Organization's Conference proceedings from 5 to 9 November 2001, which includes the World Food Summit: five years later and related events, will be held in Rimini, at the Fiera di Rimini.
PR 01/61
DEFORESTATION CONTINUES AT A HIGH RATE IN TROPICAL AREAS; FAO CALLS UPON COUNTRIES TO FIGHT FOREST CRIME AND CORRUPTION
Geneva/Rome, 3 October 2001. - Tropical countries continue to lose their forests at a very high rate, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in a new issue of the "State of the World's Forests 2001" (SOFO), which was published today.
PR 01/60
GLOBAL TEACH IN WILL HELP CHILDREN UNDERSTAND AND FIGHT HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION
Rome, 2 October 2001 - An international coalition of partners will launch a global education campaign on the occasion of World Food Day to encourage children and youth to get actively involved in creating a world free from hunger and malnutrition, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger is an initiative that provides model lesson plans and resource materials on such topics as What are Hunger and Malnutrition? Who is Malnourished? Why is there Hunger and What Can We Do To Help End Hunger?
PR 01/59
International Conference on Conservation Agriculture
(Madrid, October 1-5)
FAO: CONVENTIONAL PLOUGHING ERODES THE SOIL -ZERO-TILLAGE IS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE

Madrid/Rome, 1 October - Intensive land cultivation methods using tractors and ploughs are a major cause of severe soil loss and land degradation in many developing countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement today. Especially in warmer areas, where the topsoil layer is thin, conventional tillage contributes to soil loss. Land degradation also occurs in industrialized countries due to exaggerated mechanised tillage using powerful heavy machines.
PR 01/58
The Reykjavik Conference on Responsible Fisheries in the Marine Ecosystem (1-4 October 2001)
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL: TOO MANY VESSELS CHASING TOO FEW FISH

Reykjavik/Rome, 1 October 2001 - Countries could get more fish from the oceans if they allow overfished stocks to recuperate, reduce wastage and manage fisheries resources better, said FAO Director-General, Dr. Jacques Diouf, in Reykjavik (Iceland) today.
PR 01/57
FAO RECOGNIZES THE INCREASINGLY  IMPORTANT ROLE OF RABBIT BREEDING
Global rabbit production exceeds 1 million tonnes

Rome, 28 September 2001 - Ahead a major international rabbit breeding conference, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that it is ready to promote rabbit farming in its various livestock projects all over the world. The 2nd General Assembly of the International Observatory on Rabbit Breeding in Mediterranean Countries begins tomorrow in Ragusa, Sicily. The Observatory is a network that promotes rabbit breading for food security.
PR 01/56
ITALY PROPOSES RIMINI TO HOST
THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: FIVE YEARS LATER -
FAO COUNCIL TO DECIDE

Rome, 24 September - The Italian Government has formally proposed to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that the World Food Summit: five years later should be held in the Adriatic resort town of Rimini from 5 to 9 November 2001, FAO said today.
PR 01/55
UK AND FAO START MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR LIVESTOCK INITIATIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE POOR
London/Rome, 24 September - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Kingdom have agreed on a major livestock initiative for the poor in developing countries, FAO said in a statement issued today. The goal of the initiative is to contribute to poverty reduction through equitable, safe and clean livestock farming.
PR 01/54
WORLD FISHERIES AT CROSSROADS: FAO ENCOURAGES GREATER COOPERATION BETWEEN KEY STAKEHOLDERS
Rome, 21 September, 2001.- Fishery resources are declining, demand for food is increasing and there is growing demand by civil society to preserve the environment and to apply sound economic rationale to their use. It is therefore of utmost importance that new management regimes be introduced that take account of marine ecosytems, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
PR 01/53
STATES HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT NOBODY DIES OF HUNGER--- FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL JACQUES DIOUF
Rome, 17 September 2001 - Undernourishment and starvation should not be considered less serious than blatant violations of other human rights, according to a statement by UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf. "The State has the obligation, as an instance of last resort, to ensure that nobody should die of hunger. The international community is called upon to assist those States that do not have the means to ensure minimum access to food for all their people through complementary measures."
PR 01/52
FAO ANNOUNCES THEME FOR WORLD FOOD DAY: "FIGHT HUNGER TO REDUCE POVERTY"
Rome, -- 14 September 2001 -- "Fight hunger to reduce poverty" will be the theme of this year's World Food Day, 16 October, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.
PR 01/51
THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT: THE STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 2001
REPORT URGES BETTER NUTRITION TO IMPROVE ECONOMIC GROWTH
ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF TRANSBOUNDARY PESTS AND DISEASES ALSO EXAMINED IN SPECIAL CHAPTER

Rome, 11 September 2001 -- Economic growth can be positively influenced by improved nutrition, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today in a special section of its annual report, The State of Food and Agriculture 2001 (SOFA 2001). “The impact of nutrition on labour productivity, health and education ultimately filters through to higher levels of overall economic growth.”
PR 01/50
STATEMENT BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL
Rome, 7 September 2001 - The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was surprised by some reactions and by the statement by a member of the Italian Government, as reported in the Corriere della Sera of 7 September 2001.
PR 01/49
FORESTRY EXPERTS DEBATE CENTRAL THEMES AND ISSUES FOR FIGHTING HUNGER AND POVERTY THROUGH SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
Rome, 4 September 2001 - How to manage forest resources to fight poverty and food insecurity is the key topic at an international forum of forestry experts which opened today in Tuscany , Italy .
PR 01/48
17 COUNTRIES ARE FACING EXCEPTIONAL FOOD EMERGENCIES IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA -
FAO CONCERNED ABOUT DETERIORATING FOOD SITUATION IN SUDAN, SOMALIA AND ZIMBABWE

Nairobi/Rome, 1 August - In sub-Saharan Africa, 17 countries are facing exceptional food emergencies caused by difficult weather conditions, persistent civil strife and insecurity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a new report published today (Food Supply Situation and Crop Prospects in sub-Saharan Africa).
PR 01/47
FAO AND WFP: SEVERE SPRING DROUGHT WORSENS ALREADY PRECARIOUS FOOD SITUATION IN NORTH KOREA
Rome, 27 July - A spring drought that lasted in many places more than three months has seriously aggravated the already precarious food situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a joint special report issued today.
PR 01/46
PRIOR TO HIS MEETING WITH THE G8
DIOUF: "WILL THE WORLD CONTINUE TO WATCH THE HUNGRY PEOPLE DIE SILENTLY?"

Rome, 19 July 2001.- "Will the world continue to watch the hungry people of the world die silently?" said Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in a news conference prior to his meeting with the G8 in Genoa.
PR 01/45
IRAQ AT RISK FROM RIFT VALLEY FEVER - FAO STARTS EMERGENCY PROJECT
Rome, 17 July - Rift Valley Fever is threatening livestock and even people in Iraq, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement issued today.
PR 01/44
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION DISCUSSES SAFETY OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS, APPROVES TOXIN LIMITS AND GUIDELINES FOR ORGANIC LIVESTOCK FARMING
Geneva, 6 July - The Codex Alimentarius Commission has agreed on the first global principles for the safety assessment of genetically modified foods, on maximum levels of certain food toxins, and on guidelines for organic livestock production, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a joint statement today.
PR 01/43
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION (2-7 JULY)
FAO/WHO CALL FOR MORE INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION TO SOLVE FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY PROBLEMS

Geneva, 2 July - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called upon countries to apply international food safety and quality standards to protect health and trade in food. Clear, science-based and universally known standards will also assist in restoring consumer confidence.
PR 01/42
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL WARNS: AIDS IS SPREADING TO RURAL AREAS AND IS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF HUNGRY PEOPLE
New York, 25 June - The AIDS epidemic is rapidly spreading to rural areas in developing countries and is contributing to an increase in the number of people who go to bed hungry every night, the Director-General of the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Dr. Jacques Diouf, said in a message delivered to the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS.
PR 01/41
FAO: MORE THAN 30 COUNTRIES HAVE TAKEN ACTION ON BSE, BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE
Rome, 21 June - More than 30 countries have improved surveillance and have banned the import of meat and bone meal (MBM) and live cattle from Western European countries, where the presence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement issued today.
PR 01/40
FAO-MIT MEDIA LAB INITIATIVE AIMS TO CLOSE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Rome, 20 June 2001. - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a new initiative aimed at closing the digital divide between rich farmers in developed countries and poor rural communities in developing countries through innovative uses of technologies at the grassroot level that can increase food production in environmentally sound and sustainable ways.
PR 01/39
JOINT WHO/FAO/OIE TECHNICAL CONSULTATION ON BSE: PUBLIC HEALTH, ANIMAL HEALTH AND TRADE
Paris, 14 June, 2001 - BSE/vCJD disease should be considered as an international issue as potentially infected BSE materials have been ditsributed throughout the world through trade of live cattle, certain cattle products and by-products. All countries are urged to evaluate their potential exposure and should take necessary actions, according to the recommendations of the four-day technical consultation which ended today.
PR 01/38
3 600 MILLION HECTARES SERIOUSLY AFFECTED BY DESERTIFICATION
Rome, 15 June 2001 - More than 100 countries, covering some 3 600 million hectares, are seriously affected by desertification, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said today in a statement marking Desertification Control Day on Sunday.
PR 01/37
MILLIONS OF AFGHANS FACE STARVATION AS CROPS FAIL
Rome, June 8, 2001 - Millions of Afghans are facing starvation because a third consecutive year of drought and intensifying economic problems have seriously undermined the food supply situation in Afghanistan, according to a joint Special Alert released today by two United Nations food agencies. The drought has resulted in near total failure of rainfed agriculture and has substantially reduced irrigated farm production. As a result, the alert warns that the food situation in Afghanistan is rapidly deteriorating and will continue to worsen.
PR 01/36
FAO WARNS OF INCREASING MALNUTRITION AMONG URBAN POOR
Rome, 4 June 2001 - Most cities in developing countries face the prospect of increased malnutrition and health risks if they do not improve people's access to adequate and safe food, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement published today.
PR 01/35
FAO ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY
Rome, 1 June 2001.- A series of initiatives aimed at improving food safety and quality, following recent food safety incidents which have caused serious turmoil in the world food markets and raised concern among consumers, was announced today by the Assistant Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Hartwig de Haen.
PR 01/34
COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY MEETS TO PAVE THE WAY FOR WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: five years later
Rome, 24 May 2001 - Both developing and developed countries have failed to demonstrate their commitment to set aside the resources required to achieve the eradication of hunger in all its dimensions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The charge came in a paper* to be presented at the 27th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which meets at FAO Headquarters in Rome 28 May - 1 June.
PR 01/33
NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE NETHERLANDS AND FAO
Rome, 22 May - The Netherlands and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed an agreement on a new multi-million dollar long-term cooperation. The Netherlands will contribute US$9 million up to the end of 2002 and intends to develop this into a long-term cooperation, FAO said in a statement issued today.
PR 01/32
AT THE WORLD AGRICULTURAL FORUM, IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
DIOUF: WIDESPREAD HUNGER A STAIN ON WORLD'S CONSCIENCE AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES IN INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES DISADVANTAGE POOR NATIONS

St. Louis, Missouri, 20 May 2001. - Addressing the contract between society and agriculture at the World Agricultural Forum in St. Louis, Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), called on Sunday (20 May) for increased efforts towards ensuring all people regular access to safe and nutritious food.
PR 01/31
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL STRESSES BENEFITS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY IN FIGHTING HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION AND CALLS FOR OPEN DEBATE ON POTENTIAL RISKS
Stockholm, 14 May - Biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can help to increase the supply, diversity and quality of food products and reduce costs of production and environmental degradation, as the world still grapples with the scourge of hunger and malnutrition, Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a speech in Stockholm today. The environmental risks of biotechnology should, however, be openly addressed and the new technology should not be allowed to widen the gap between rich and poor nations, he said.
PR 01/30
HIV/AIDS DEVASTATING RURAL LABOUR FORCE IN MANY AFRICAN COUNTRIES, SAYS FAO
Rome, 10 May 2001 - A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO) projects that deaths caused by HIV/AIDS* in the ten most affected African countries will reduce the labour force by as much as 26 percent by 2020. The report estimates that since 1985 some 7 million agricultural workers have died from AIDS related diseases in 27 severely affected African countries. An estimated 16 million more deaths are reported likely in the next two decades.
PR 01/29
FAO PROPOSES A FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY FACILITY FOR LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES
Brussels, 15 May 2001. - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today proposed setting up a US$98 million fund to help the world's least developed countries (LDCs) improve the safety and quality of their food products. The proposal was made at the third UN Conference on the LDCs (Brussels, 14-20 May).
PR 01/28
FAO WARNS: TOXIC PESTICIDE WASTE STOCKS DRAMATICALLY HIGHER THAN PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED -CALLS ON COUNTRIES AND INDUSTRY TO SPEED UP DISPOSAL
Rome, 9 May - More than 500,000 tonnes of old and unused pesticides that have been banned or expired are seriously threatening the health of millions of people and the environment in nearly all developing countries and countries in transition, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in a new report issued today (*). The figures are dramatically higher than previous estimates of around 100,000 tonnes.
PR 01/27
"GMOs CAN BE USED FOR GOOD AND FOR BAD," JACQUES DIOUF SAYS
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL UNVEILS TWO NEW PUBLICATIONS, THE FIRST IN A SERIES ON ETHICS IN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

Rome, 3 May, 2001.- "Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), like all the new technologies, are instruments that can be used for good and for bad in the same way that they can be either managed to the benefit of the most needy or skewed to the advantage of specific groups," the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf said today.
PR 01/26
In a speech at an ECOSOC High-Level Panel in New York
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL CALLS FOR RENEWED COMMITMENT TO FIGHT HUNGER AND POVERTY IN AFRICA

New York, 27 April 2001 - Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), today said that "political will to fight hunger on a sustainable basis and a firm commitment to invest in agriculture and rural development are critical elements of any effort aspiring to achieve sustainable alleviation of hunger and poverty in Africa."
PR 01/25
INTERNATIONAL FOREST INDUSTRY EXPERTS MEET AT FAO TO DISCUSS ISSUES RELATED TO THE PAPER AND WOOD PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Rome, 25 April 2001 - International experts representing private sector forest industries involved in paper and wood products will meet this week with their FAO counterparts to discuss issues related to climate change and the paper and wood products industry, and review recent progress made in forestry and forest products certification, FAO said.
PR 01/24
WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: FIVE YEARS LATER
(5-9 NOVEMBER 2001)
FAO: TOO LITTLE PROGRESS IN FIGHTING HUNGER SINCE 1996 -
CALL FOR NEW POLITICAL COMMITMENT

Rome, 18 April 2001 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged the international community to step up the fight against hunger and chronic undernourishment. "A stronger political commitment and time-bound action are needed to improve the livelihood of around 800 million people in developing countries, many of them children, who cannot live a full life for lack of access to adequate food", FAO said in a set of policy documents published today.
PR 01/23
Genetically Modified Foods
JOINT FAO/WHO CONSULTATION RECOMMENDS IMPROVING THE WAY GMOs ARE TESTED IN RELATION TO FOOD ALLERGIES

Rome/Geneva, 12 April 2001 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have published new recommendations to strengthen the process used to protect consumers from the risk that some genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could pose for a small percentage of people with food allergies.
PR 01/22
SERIOUS FOOD SHORTAGES PERSIST IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, SAYS UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION
MORE THAN 18 MILLION PEOPLE IN EAST AFRICA DEPEND ON FOOD AID
Food Supply for 2001 Expected to be "Very Tight"

Nairobi, 9 April 2001- Warning of a generally unfavourable food outlook in sub-Saharan Africa for 2001, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said, "The number of people facing severe food shortages is now estimated at some 28 million, of whom 18 million or 64 percent are in eastern Africa." Altogether, 16 countries in the region face exceptional food emergencies.* That was the stark message of the Organization's FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION AND CROP PROSPECTS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, released at a news conference here today.
PR 01/21
FAO AMBASSADOR MAKEBA HANDS OVER FISHING BOATS IN MOZAMBIQUE
Maputo, 6 April - FAO Ambassador Miriam Makeba has handed over new fishing boats and nets to Mozambican fisherfolk whose livelihoods were devastated when flooding and a cyclone struck the country early last year, at a ceremony in Inhambane, 200 km north of Maputo.
PR 01/20
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS TOWARD AGREEMENT ON WORLDWIDE STANDARDS FOR BIOTECH FOODS
Rome, 2 April 2001 -- The joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission's Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology have made significant progress in setting standards for foods derived from biotechnology, the two UN agencies announced today. Codex Alimentarius is the body charged with the development of international standards for food safety and consumer protection.
PR 01/19
COAG meeting opens today in Rome
FAO WARNS THAT DAMAGE TO AGRICULTURE FROM STORM-RELATED DISASTERS MUST BE REDUCED

Rome, 26 March 2001 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), citing the need to reduce the impact of storm-related disasters on agriculture, proposed a disaster management strategy, in a report presented to the 16th session of its Committee on Agriculture, which opened today.
PR 01/18
HORN OF AFRICA DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSED AT FAO MEETING
Rome, 22 March 2001.- "It is within the capacity of the countries concerned and the international community to eliminate famine and tackle food insecurity in the Horn of Africa," says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the start of a meeting of donors on the Horn of Africa initiative.
PR 01/17
"THE BATTLE AGAINST FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE IS A CONTINUOUS STRUGGLE," THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) WARNS
Rome, 21 March 2001 -- "The battle against foot-and-mouth disease is a continuous struggle," warned Ms. Louise Fresco, FAO Assistant Director-General, Agriculture Department, in an opening address today at the 34th Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EUFmd). The Commission is meeting from 21-23 March at FAO Headquarters in Rome.
PR 01/16
FAO FOREST RESOURCE ASSESSMENTS AND GLOBAL WARMING
Rome, 15 March 2001 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Forest Information System, based on its Forest Resources Assessments, could become a tool for assessing the changes in forest carbon stocks , under the Kyoto Protocol, FAO said today.
PR 01/15
RECENT OUTBREAKS OF FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE URGENTLY REQUIRE INTERNATIONAL ACTION, FAO SAYS
Rome, 14 March 2001 - "The rapid spread of a pandemic strain of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) clearly demonstrates the ability of the FMD virus to infiltrate a wide geographic area and to cause epidemics in countries which have been free from the disease for many years," the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement issued today.
PR 01/14
FAO WARNS OF "BUSHMEAT CRISIS" CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE HUNTING OF WILD ANIMALS FOR FOOD
Rome, 12 March 2001 - Wild animal populations are dwindling in many parts of the world because of excessive hunting, leading to a "Bushmeat Crisis" that is threatening the food security of many forest communities, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned today.
PR 01/13
INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS DISCUSS PLAN OF ACTION ON FOREST FIRES
Rome, 9 March 2001 - Coordinated action to address the issue of forest fires in different parts of the world is the main topic being discussed at a three-day meeting of international experts on forest fire management and control at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this week.
PR 01/12
FAO'S COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES ESTABLISHES NEW SUB COMMITTEE ON AQUACULTURE: ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING FOOD PRODUCTION SECTORS
Rome, 7 March 2001 - FAO's intergovernmental Committee on Fisheries has decided to set up a new Sub-Committee on Aquaculture to deal with important emerging issues connected with this important food-producing activity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said today.
PR 01/11
NEW INTERNATIONAL PLAN OF ACTION TARGETS ILLEGAL, UNREGULATED AND UNREPORTED FISHING
Rome, 2 March - More than 110 countries have adopted a new Plan of Action against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement released today. The voluntary agreement aims at preventing, deterring and eliminating illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, FAO said.
PR 01/10
60 MILLION PEOPLE IN 33 COUNTRIES SUFFER FROM FOOD SHORTAGES, SAYS FAO REPORT
Rome, 1 March 2001 -- Some 60 million people in 33 countries are facing food emergencies of varying intensity, according to a report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 01/09
FAO CALLS FOR US$ 2.43 MILLION FOR POOR FARMERS IN QUAKE-HIT EL SALVADOR
Rome, 23 February - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has appealed for international aid to help farmers and their families in El Salvador after two major earthquakes. The quakes killed over 1,000 people, a million more were severely affected.
PR 01/08
ILLEGAL FISHING TOPS THE AGENDA AS WORLD FISHERIES AUTHORITIES MEET IN ROME
Rome, 22 February 2001 - Urgent measures to tackle the growing problem of illegal, unreported and unregulated and fishing (IUU) will top the agenda at a series of meetings involving world fisheries authorities and experts at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome over the next two weeks.
PR 01/07
SPANISH PRIME MINISTER JOSE MARIA AZNAR RECEIVES FAO'S AGRICOLA MEDAL
Madrid, 20 February - Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar received on 19 February, the Agricola medal struck in his honour by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in recognition of his "firm and constant promotion of the development of agriculture and for defending the interests of rural communities with the objective of eradicating hunger and promoting peace."
PR 01/06
FAO: HERDERS IN MONGOLIA DESPERATELY NEED HELP - US$ 8.7 MILLION DISASTER APPEAL LAUNCHED
Rome,19 February -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an appeal for US$ 8.7 million in support of Mongolian herders suffering from the worst winter in more than fifty years. "The country's second disastrous winter and last summer's drought have produced a situation which is almost certain to lead to a catastrophe for many herder families", FAO said in a statement issued today.
PR 01/05
FAO/WHO: AMOUNT OF POOR-QUALITY PESTICIDES SOLD IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ALARMINGLY HIGH
Rome/Geneva, 1 February -- Around 30 percent of pesticides marketed in developing countries with an estimated market value of US$900 million annually do not meet internationally accepted quality standards. They are posing a serious threat to human health and the environment, the UN Food and Agriculture Organiziation (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) warned in a joint statement today.
PR 01/04
FAO: AFRICAN FARMERS COULD USE MORE LOW-COST WATER PUMPS
Rome, 30 January - Food security in Africa could be boosted by an increased use of locally produced low-cost water pumps, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a new report published today. The report is entitled: "Treadle pumps for irrigation in Africa".
PR 01/03
FAO: COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT 'MAD COW DISEASE' AND SHOULD TAKE ACTION TO REDUCE AND PREVENT RISKS
Rome, 26 January - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today has urged countries around the world, not just those in Western Europe, to be concerned about the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its human form, the new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD). In a statement issued in Rome, FAO called for action to protect the human population, as well as the livestock, feed and meat industries.
PR 01/02
FISHING AT SEA CLAIMS MORE THAN 70 LIVES A DAY, FAO SAYS
Rome, 25 January 2001.- With more than 70 fatalities per day, fishing at sea may be the most dangerous occupation in the world, according to a new report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 01/01
NET LOSS OF 9 MILLION HECTARES OF FORESTS PER YEAR DESPITE INCREASES IN PLANTATIONS
Rome, 22 January.- The global rate of net forest loss has slowed to 9 million hectares per year, according to the latest global forest assessment by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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