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1996 PRESS RELEASES


PR 96/49 New York Marathoners in support of WFS
NEW YORK, 3 November -- Almost 30,000 runners in the 20th New York Marathon called today for a united stand against hunger, joining marathoners around the world to support the goals of the World Food Summit.
PR 96/48 WFS Press Conference in Vienna (German only)
PR 96/47 Fast-growing cities present enormous challenges
ROME, October 30 -- With the world's urban populations growing by more than 60 million people a year, supplying and distributing food to cities is becoming an increasingly pressing challenge, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 96/46 Investment in agriculture essential
NEW YORK, October 25 -- A heavy resumption of investment in agriculture will be needed if the world is to succeed in boosting agricultural production to meet the increasing demand for food.
PR 96/45 Growth of agricultural production is slowing
ROME, 28 October -- The growth of agricultural production throughout the world is slowing because supplies are sufficient for consumers with the means to purchase food while the undernourished in developing countries need more food but cannot afford to buy it.
PR 96/44 Food insecurity increasing
ROME, October 24 -- While hunger afflicts about 20 per cent of the populations of developing countries, food insecurity is also evident in developed countries and has become widespread in parts of the former Soviet Union. FAO made the assessment in Food Security and Nutrition, one of a series of technical backgrounddocuments prepared for the World Food Summit.
PR 96/43 World Food Day: President of Côte d'Ivoire appeals for funds
ROME, October 16 -- About 140 nations around the world observed World Food Day today with seminars, conferences, contests and media campaigns dedicated to the theme of "Fighting Hunger and Malnutrition" ; President of Côte d'Ivoire appeals for funds for water management in Africa.
PR 96/42 Plan of action for World Food Summit
ROME, October 11 -- A committee of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has reported "important progress" toward completion of a Rome Declaration and Plan of Action to be adopted by next month's World Food Summit.
PR 96/41 World Food Summit will seek new partnerships
LONDON, October 15 -- Heads of State and Government attending an historic World Food Summit in Rome next month will sign a policy statement and plan of action calling on all sectors of society to join in the fight for universal food security,
PR 96/40 World Food Day observances
ROME, October 11 -- Nations around the globe will celebrate World Food Day on Wednesday with a series of events paving the way for next month's meeting of Heads of State and Government at an historic World Food Summit.
PR 96/38 Special Africa Report
LONDON, 10 October -- Thirteen African countries are suffering from continued food shortages and emergencies, despite a generally improved crop and food supply situation in much of sub-Saharan Africa, according to a report released in London today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 96/37 World congress discusses calcium and vitamin D
ROME, 4 October -- The First World Congress on Calcium and Vitamin D in Human Life will be held in Rome, 8 - 12 October 1996
PR 96/36 FAO calls for intensified pesticide controls in Africa
ROME, 19 September -- The use and trade of toxic pesticides and chemicals should be better controlled in Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, as officials from 100 governments meet in Nairobi this week.
PR 96/35 Marathoners run in support of Summit
MONTREAL, September 22 -- Runners in the 25th Montreal Marathon called today for a united stand against hunger, joining marathoners around the world to support the goals of the World Food Summit.
PR 96/34 Tunisia and FAO sign accord
ROME/TUNIS, 8 August 1996 -- Tunisia and the UN Food and Agriculture Oragnization (FAO) recently signed an accord to create Tunis a new FAO Subregional Office in Tunis to serve North Africa.
PR 96/32 FAO urges increase in investment in agriculture
ROME, 4 August -- The private and public sectors combined will have to invest an additional US$31 billion a year in agriculture over the next two decades in order to keep up with increasing demand for food in developing countries.
PR 96/31 African food depends on better management of water
ROME, July 28 -- Closing the gap between food production and consumption in Africa depends on better management of water, says a paper prepared by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the World Food Summit to be held at FAO Headquarters in November this year.
PR 96/30 Convention on biological diversity
ROME, 24 July -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has agreed to cooperate closely in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which it sees as an important contribution to food security.
PR 96/29 Report for WFS on population growth
ROME, July 21 -- To satisfy its population demands by year 2050, Africa will have to increase food production by 200 percent, Asian countries and Latin American and Caribbean countries by 69 and 80 percent respectively, and North American countries by 30 percent, according to a recent study.
PR 96/28 FAO/WFP Mission to Rwanda
ROME, 16 July -- Food production in Rwanda is expected to rise by 15 percent this year but remains well below the pre-crisis level, and almost 600,000 people will need emergency food aid during the second half of the year.
PR 96/27 WFS to launch global campaign on Food for All
UNITED NATIONS, 27 June -- Summit Secretary-General Kay Killingsworth discussed plans for the top-level meeting, to be held 13 to 17 November at the Headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, at a briefing for members of the UN press corps.
PR 96/26 Leipzig Declaration
LEIPZIG, 23 June - The first Global Action Plan for the conservation and better use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture was approved today by 150 countries in Leipzig, Germany, at the end of the International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources.
PR 96/25 Leipzig conference
LEIPZIG, June 17 - The benefits and burden of conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources should be equitably shared among all countries, said Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 96/24 FAO opens new fish maketing information center
ROME, June 14 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Danish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries signed an agreement today creating EASTFISH, the first fish marketing and information service designed to assist Central and Eastern European countries.
PR 96/23 WFS presentation in Berlin by Mr H.de Haen(German only)
PR 96/22 Conference in Leipzig on plant genetic resources
ROME, June 10 - Delegates from more than 150 countries and some 50 non-governmental organizations will meet in Leipzig, Germany at the International Technical conference on Plant Genetic Resources, 17-23 June 1996.
PR 96/21 FAO Director-General warns city Summit
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 7 June -- Low stocks and high prices have forced the world's poorest countries to pay US$16.6 billion, an additional US$3.4 billion for cereal imports, during the 1995-96 season, seriously jeopardizing progress toward the goal of universal food security.
PR 96/20 Stocks of obsolete pesticides threaten the environment
ROME, June 5 - Large amounts of unused pesticides are posing a serious threat to the environment and public health in developing countries, according to a study released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 96/19 FAO urges balanced use of fishery resources
BREMEN, 4 June -- World fish production should be managed in a more sustainable and responsible manner, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which called earlier fishing practices spontaneous and disordered.
PR 96/18 Special Africa report
Nairobi, 29 May -- A UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, released in Nairobi today, calls Sub-Saharan Africa's food security outlook 'precarious' as global cereal supplies tighten and food aid availabilities shrink.
PR 96/17 Viva la Gente Show (Italian only)
PR 96/16 BSE crisis on world meat economy
ROME, 8 May -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in a report released today, said that the world meat economy would be little affected in the medium-term by the current Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) crisis.
PR 96/15 Worldwide marathoners join in appeal against hunger
ROME, May 7 -- Marathoners on five continents have joined in the battle against hunger and malnutrition by giving their support to the goals of the World Food Summit.
PR 96/14 Worldwatch Institute
ROME, May 3 -- In its news release of Wednesday, May 1, a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., Worldwatch Institute, indicates that FAO and the World Bank are "misleading political leaders" by " overestimating food production" and that "this in turn may be leading to costly underinvestment in agriculture ...."
PR 96/13 FAO in Eco Maratona dei Marsi (Italian only)
PR 96/12 FAO Director-General calls for global action on hunger
TEL AVIV, 29 April -- The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. Jacques Diouf, today called for a global action on hunger and malnutrition to ensure the fundamental human right to food.
PR 96/11 Severe ecologocal problems in the mediterranean basin
TEL AVIV, 1 May -- The Mediterranean countries will face severe ecological problems unless they produce food in a more environmental friendly way, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 96/10 European conference will discuss food security
ROME, 25 April - Ministers of Agriculture and senior officials from more than 50 countries will attend the Regional Conference for Europe of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to be held in Tel Aviv 29 April to 3 May.
PR 96/9 State of the world's plant genetic resources
ROME, 26 April - In the first State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned of a large scale loss of plant genetic resources and said the erosion of biodiversity and the irreversible loss of genes, vital for agriculture and food security, give reason for major concern.
PR 96/8 Sub regional office for Barbados and the Carribean
BARBADOS, April -- The Government of Barbados and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed an agreement establishing the Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean.
PR 96/7 FAO participates in Rome marathon (only in Italian)
PR 96/6 FAO at African film festival (only in Italian)
PR 96/5 UN special initiative on Africa
ROME, March 15 -- Six international organizations will join in the largest-ever cooperative effort to improve sustainable food production and promote food security in Africa, according to a joint announcement made today.
PR 96/4 FAO celebrates International Women's Day
ROME, March 8 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrated International Women's Day today for the first time at its Headquarters, highlighting the theme: "Empowering Women, Feeding Humanity."
PR 96/3 FAO Director-General announces World Food Summit
ROME, February 1 -- FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf announced today that a World Food Summit would be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 13 to 17 November 1996.
PR 96/2 Special Africa Report
NAIROBI, Jan. 22 -- With low stocks in the major donor countries pointing to a sharp decline in food aid availability, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today of a difficult year ahead for much of Africa.
PR 96/1 Director-General visits Kenya Zambia and Zimbabwe
NAIROBI, Jan. 17, -- Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will arrive in Nairobi Saturday, 20 January for talks with high-level Kenyan officials as part of a three- nation Africa tour.


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