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1997 PRESS RELEASES

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PR 97/74
FAO MISSION REPORT SAYS MOST FORMER USSR COUNTRIES SHOW GRADUALLY IMPROVING FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION; BUT AFFORDABILITY REMAINS A PROBLEM
Rome, December 15 -- The "sharp contraction in food supplies" in most the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) "is bottoming out," according to a mission report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The CIS is made up of most of the countries that were once part of the former USSR.
PR 97/73
EL NINO RAISES THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WITH FOOD SUPPLY PROBLEMS TO 37 - THE MOST SINCE SEPTEMBER 1984
Rome, December 11 -- A near record number of countries are facing shortfalls in food supplies in the current marketing year and will need emergency assistance, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. Listing 37 countries in trouble, the FAO report Foodcrops and Shortages said: "In Central America and the Caribbean the first season crops have been adversely affected by El Nino"and drier than normal conditions forecast in the months ahead "could affect second season production, raising concern for planting of 1998 main season crops," according to the report. The impact of El Nino forced the addition of five Central American countries onto the FAO food problem list.
PR 97/72
FAO Rushes Farm Assistance to Rural Flood Victims in Somalia and Myanmar
Rome, 9 December -- Somali farmers, devastated in recent floods that destroyed 60,000 hectares of crops and farmland, will receive $400,000 worth of emergency agricultural supplies and farm implements from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the agency announced today. Some 1,500 people died as a direct result of the flooding and another 230,000 were displaced and 21,000 head of livestock was lost. In all, about 20,000 farm families affected by the flooding in the regions of Gedo and Middle and Lower Juba will receive help from FAO.
PR 97/71
NEW FAO DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL
Rome, 19 November -- The appointment of Mr. David A. Harcharik as Deputy Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was announced today by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf at the 114th Session of the FAO Council, which confirmed that Mr. Harcharik would succeed Mr. Howard W. Hjort, who will retire from the position of Deputy Director-General at the end of December 1997.
PR 97/70
EXCEPTIONAL FOOD EMERGENCIES PERSIST IN 20 AFRICAN COUNTRIES ACCORDING TO LATEST FAO ASSESSMENT
Nairobi, November 24 - Twenty African countries continue to face exceptional food emergencies through a combination of adverse weather conditions and, in some cases, continuing civil strife, according to the latest assessment of the food supply situation and crop prospects by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 97/69
FAOíS GOVERNING CONFERENCE ENDS 29TH SESSION
Rome, November 18 -- The governing Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ended its 29th session today, after agriculture ministers and senior officials reviewed the state of food and agriculture, adopted the Organizationís Programme of Work and Budget for 1998-99 and endorsed FAOís TeleFood event aimed at increasing public awareness of food and agriculture issues and raising funds for FAOís Special Programme for Food Security and other grassroots development activities.
PR 97/68
FAO GOVERNING CONFERENCE ADOPTS ORGANIZATIONíS PROGRAMME OF WORK AND BUDGET FOR 1998-99
Rome, November 14 -- The governing Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today adopted without opposition a $650 million zero nominal growth Programme of Work and Budget for the Organization for 1998-99, the same as for 1996-97, forcing the Organization to absorb cost increases estimated at about 4 percent.
PR 97/67
TSETSE FLY THREATENS HUMANS AND LIVESTOCK - NEW CONTROL INITIATIVE LAUNCHED
Rome, 17 November -- An international control programme against the Tsetse Fly is being launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the agency reported today.
PR 97/66
FAO ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF FOOD SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION TO CITIES PROGRAMME; APPEALS FOR DONOR SUPPORT
Rome, November 13 -- Major extension of a programme to improve food supply and distribution in the rapidly expanding cities of the developing world was announced today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), coupled with an appeal for financial support from donors.
PR 97/65
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) SAYS FOOD SHORTAGES GRIP 29 COUNTRIES AND WARNS THAT EL NIÑO THREATENS DAMAGE TO 1998 HARVESTS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT ON THE GLOBAL STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE FOR 1997
Rome, November 12 -- Food shortages continue to grip 29 countries worldwide, mostly in Africa, according to a special edition of FAOís Food Outlook released today in connection with the on-going 29th session of the Organizationís governing Conference.
PR 97/64
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES NEED SOLIDARITY OF INDUSTRIAL WORLD MORE THAN EVER, GABONESE PRESIDENT TELLS FAO CONFERENCE
Rome, November 11 -- Faced with the problem of adjusting to economic globalization and liberalization of markets, developing countries needed the solidarity of the industrialized world more than ever, Gabonese President Omar Bongo said today.
PR 97/63
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL WARNS OF WIDENING GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR COUNTRIES IN OPENING CONFERENCE SPEECH
Rome, November 8 -- Dwindling levels of development aid to the worldís poorest countries mean that the gap between the wealthy and the poor is bound to widen, Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, warned today.
PR 97/62
KAZAKSTAN ADMITTED TO UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION, BRINGING MEMBERSHIP TO 175 COUNTRIES
Rome, 7 November -- Kazakstan became a member-nation of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today, bringing the Organizationís membership to 175 countries and the European Community as a member organization.
PR 97/61
FAO GOVERNING CONFERENCE OPENS AS NEW SURVEY SHOWS SLOWING GROWTH IN WORLD FOOD PRODUCTION AND STEEPLY DECLINING FOOD AID
ROME, November 7 -- The governing Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) opened today amid concern that world food production in 1997 may increase by only 1.1 percent, down from the 3.6 percent rise in 1996 over 1995.
PR 97/60
KENYAíS ASSOCIATION OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL JOURNALIST AND DEVELOPING WORLD NEWS AGENCY INTER PRESS SERVICE SHARE FAOíS BOERMA AWARD; MALAYSIAN AND NEW ZEALANDER WIN SEN AWARDS; SAOUMA AWARD GOES TO INSTITUTIONAL WINNERS IN BANGLADESH AND IRAN
ROME, November 6 -- The Association of Food and Agriculture Journalists (AFAJ) in Kenya and Inter Press Service (IPS) have been chosen as joint winners of the FAO Boerma Award for journalism, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.
PR 97/59
FAO GOVERNING CONFERENCE MEETS NOV. 7 - 18 AS FIRST ESTIMATES INDICATE SLOWDOWN IN 1997 CROP AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION FOLLOWING A BUOYANT 1996, WHILE FOOD AID SHOWS A SHARP DROP IN 1996-97.
ROME, November 5 -- The Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) begins its 29th session on Friday, 7 November as first estimates of world crop and livestock production in 1997 point to an increase of only 1.1 percent after 1996 showed an rise of 3.6 percent over 1995.
PR 97/58
MOVES TO BOLSTER FISH STOCKS AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Rome, October 30 -- Amid growing concern for the overexploitation of fisheries in the Mediterranean, particularly for certain heavily-fished species such as bluefin tuna and young swordfish, the General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean (GFCM) has adopted two new resolutions aimed at relieving pressure on fishery stocks and promoting their sustainable use.
PR 97/57
CONVENTION ON HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS ìWITHIN REACHî
Rome, 24 October - The latest conference aimed at concluding a convention on international trade in extremely hazardous chemicals and pesticides ended on Friday. The final intergovernmental meeting is expected to take place in Brussels in January.
PR 97/56
UN MISSION TO MAKE NEW ASSESSMENT OF NORTH KOREA'S GRAVE FOOD CRISIS AND FOOD PROSPECTS FOR 1998
Rome, October 23 - A new United Nations mission leaves today for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) to assess the outcome of this year's harvest and evaluate food supply prospects and food aid needs for 1998 following the damaging drought and serious storm this summer.
PR 97/55
WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS ISSUES CALL FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT; SOUNDS ALARM AT THE CONTINUED LOSS OF FORESTS
Antalya, 22 October - The Eleventh World Forestry Congress closed tonight calling for "increased political will to overcome the obstacles to achieving sustainable forest management," and noting "with alarm the continued rapid rate of forest loss and degradation in many regions of the world."
PR 97/54
MONGOLIA FACES SERIOUS FOOD SITUATION CHRONIC UNDERNUTRITION IN CHILDREN IS RISING SHARPLY
Rome, 22 October - Mongolia faces a serious food deficit and needs urgent emergency aid for 143 000 most vulnerable people, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The number of poor people experiencing a dramatic fall in nutritional standards is growing, FAO warned in a special report "FAO Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission to Mongolia", released today and based on a two-week mission.
PR 97/53
UNITED NATIONS OBSERVES WORLD FOOD DAY
New York, 21 October--World Food Day was celebrated at the United Nations headquarters in New York in a ceremony focusing on the theme "Investing in Food Security," to promote broader public awareness of the need to increase funding for agriculture and food production, particularly in the rural communities of the developing world where 75 percent of the world's poor and hungry live.
PR 97/52
TELEFOOD LINKS THE WORLD ON THE THEME "FOOD FOR ALL"; ESTIMATED AUDIENCE OF 100 MILLION FOR GLOBAL TELECAST
Rome, October 20 - The first global TeleFood telecast, organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with the aim of raising awareness of the plight of the world's 800 million chronically hungry and malnourished, linked an estimated 100 million viewers in 60 countries on four continents, culminating with a star-studded concert at the Vatican last night attended by more than 5 000 guests.
PR 97/51
FAO's TELEFOOD GLOBAL TELECAST BY RAI; 60 COUNTRIES LINK ON "FOOD FOR ALL" THEME
Rome, October 19 - Television stations in about 60 countries were linking up on Sunday 19 October for the first TeleFood global telecast dedicated to the theme of "Food for All". Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the Italian broadcasting company RAI, TeleFood aims to involve people everywhere in the fight against hunger.
PR 97/50
ECUADOR PRESIDENT FABIAN ALARCON RIVERA AND FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL JACQUES DIOUF SIGN AN AGREEMENT TO IMPLEMENT FAO'S SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR FOOD SECURITY IN ECUADOR
Rome, October 19 -- The President of Ecuador, Fabián Alarcón Rivera and the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed an agreement today at FAO Headquarters in Rome launching the Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) in Ecuador. The SPFS is designed to help farmers increase their food production and productivity to improve their overall incomes.
PR 97/49
FAO, IN A NEW PUBLICATION, STRESSES NEED FOR INVESTING IN EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR RAPID REHABILITATION OF FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Rome, October 16 - With the numbers of natural and man-made disasters and emergencies accelerating year by year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) emphasized today the need for speedy intervention and allocation of emergency assistance for investing in early recovery and rehabilitation after an emergency.
PR 97/48
FAO, IN A NEW PUBLICATION, STRESSES NEED FOR INVESTING IN EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR RAPID REHABILITATION OF FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Rome, October 16 - With the numbers of natural and man-made disasters and emergencies accelerating year by year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) emphasized today the need for speedy intervention and allocation of emergency assistance for investing in early recovery and rehabilitation after an emergency.
PR 97/47
FAO AND RAI PRESENT TELEFOOD GLOBAL TELECAST; 60 COUNTRIES TO LINK ON "FOOD FOR ALL" THEME
Rome, October 17 - Television stations in more than 60 countries are to link up on October 19 for the first TeleFood global telecast dedicated to the theme of "Food for All". Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the Italian broadcasting company RAI, TeleFood aims to involve people everywhere in the fight against hunger.
PR 97/46
NEW ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS ON CONVENTION ON HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
Rome, 16 October - Negotiations on a new convention on international trade in extremely hazardous chemicals and pesticides will take place in Rome from 20-24 October, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.
PR 97/45
WORLD FOOD DAY OBSERVED IN MORE THAN 150 COUNTRIES - NEPAL'S KING ADDRESSES FAO HEADQUARTERS CELEBRATION; POPE JOHN PAUL II SENDS STATEMENT; ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER LAMBERTO DINI AND FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL JACQUES DIOUF ALSO SPEAK
Rome, October 16, -- World Food Day was observed in more than 150 countries today, focusing on the theme "Investing in Food Security" to promote broader public awareness of the need for increased funding for agriculture and food production, particularly in the poorer rural communities of the developing world.
PR 97/44
On the occasion of World Rural Women's Day, FAO EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION FOR RURAL WOMEN
Rome, October 15 -- "For a long time it was believed that the training and information received by men would just naturally be passed on to women. However, all our studies now show that this is not the case," according to Henri Carsalade, Assistant Director-General for Sustainable Development at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), speaking at a symposium to celebrate World Rural Women's Day.
PR 97/43
AS WORLDWIDE DEFORESTATION CONTINUES, 3 000 DELEGATES FROM 120 COUNTRIES GATHER AT WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS TO CHART FORESTRY'S FUTURE
Antalya, October 13 - With deforestation continuing and burning forests polluting the air in many parts of Southeast Asia, the eleventh World Forestry Congress opened tonight in this Mediterranean Turkish city, focusing on the theme: Forestry for Sustainable Development: Towards the 21st Century.
PR 97/42
SOME 150 COUNTRIES TO OBSERVE WORLD FOOD DAY, FOCUSING ATTENTION ON POST WORLD FOOD SUMMIT THEME: INVESTING IN FOOD SECURITY
Rome, October 13 -- As external development assistance to agriculture continues to fall for the ninth consecutive year, about 150 countries will observe World Food Day, October 16, with a variety of events that underline the theme: Investing in Food Security.
PR 97/41
"OIL FOR FOOD" DEAL IMPROVES THE OVERALL FOOD SITUATION IN IRAQ, BUT UNDERNUTRITION REMAINS A SERIOUS PROBLEM, ACCORDING TO AN FAO/WFP MISSION
Rome, October 10 -- Although there has been some improvement in the overall food supply situation following the implementation of Security Council Resolution 986, malnutrition still remains a serious problem throughout Iraq, according to the latest joint assessment mission by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
PR 97/38
ELEVENTH WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS IN TURKEY
ANKARA, October 1 - Concerns vital to the future of the worldís forests and forest-related industries will be discussed during this Eleventh World Forestry Congress to be held in Antalya, Turkey, Oct. 13-22 on the theme ìForestry for Sustainable Development: Towards the XXI Centuryî and based on one of the most important concepts of our time, ìsustainable forest management.î
PR 97/37
FAO AND RAI LAUNCH TELEFOOD GLOBAL TELECAST; 60 COUNTRIES TO LINK ON ìFOOD FOR ALLî THEME; CELEBRITIES JOIN FAOíS ìAPPEAL AGAINST WORLD HUNGER"
ROME, September 30 - Television stations in 60 countries are expected to link up on October 19 for the first TeleFood global telecast dedicated to the theme of ìFood for Allî. Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the Italian broadcasting company RAI, TeleFood aims to involve people everywhere in the fight against hunger.
PR 97/36
ITALYíS PREMIER BACKS FAOíS FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER
ROME, September 26 -- Italyís Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, has given his personal support to the ìAppeal against World Hungerî and the first mondovision TeleFood organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in conjunction with the forthcoming World Food Day.
PR 97/35
WORLD FISH PRODUCTION SHOWS SLIGHT INCREASE IN 1996
ROME, September 24 - The 1996 world fishery production reached 115.9 million tons, an increase over the 113 million tons in 1995, which reflects the increase of Chinaís production, according to preliminary figures released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 97/34
FIVE NEW PESTICIDES ON INTERNATIONAL WATCH LIST
ROME, 23 September - Five extremely hazardous pesticides are being added to an existing watch list so that their trade can be better monitored and managed in future, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. Certain highly concentrated formulations of five pesticides known as organophosphates - methamidophos, methyl parathion, monocrotophos, parathion and phosphamidon - join 17 harmful pesticides and 5 industrial chemicals which are already part of what is known as the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC).
PR 97/33
HARRISON FORD JOINS OTHERS IN BACKING FAO APPEAL AGAINST HUNGER
ROME, September 16 - American film star Harrison Ford and other leading figures of the movie world gathered in Venice for the 54th annual International Film Festival have put their names to the Appeal Against Hunger launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 97/32
UN FOOD AGENCIES ALARMED AT CATASTROPHIC IMPACT OF DROUGHT AND TYPHOON ON NORTH KOREAíS CROPS
ROME, 12 September -- The United Nations food agencies today expressed ìvery serious alarmî over food shortages in the Democratic Peopleís Republic of Korea (North Korea) where drought and a destructive typhoon have aggravated the effects of two years of floods.
PR 97/31
DANGEROUS PESTICIDE STOCKS REMOVED FROM ZAMBIA AND THE SEYCHELLES - LARGE STOCKS CONTINUE TO THREATEN HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT, FAO SAYS
ROME, 24 July -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has disposed of some 370 tons of unused toxic pesticides in Zambia and the Seychelles as part of its on-going program to help developing countries clean up obsolete pesticides.
PR 97/30
GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRITIES SIGN APPEAL AGAINST HUNGER LAUNCHED BY FAO AND JOIN EFFORTS FOR REALIZATION OF ëFOOD FOR ALLí
ROME, July 18 - Over 70 prominent entertainment personalities from across the globe --including film directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Zeffirelli and Wim Wenders, actresses Fran(oise Arnoult, Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Gina Lollobrigida, Gong Li and others such as, Mike Leigh, Youssef Chahine, Adama Drabo-- have signed an ìAppeal Against Hungerî launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the realization of ìFood for All,î FAO announced today.
PR 97/29
IN RESPONSE TO FAO APPEAL, AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO UGANDAN FARMERS AFFECTED BY CIVIL STRIFE
NAIROBI, 2 July -- In response to an appeal by FAO, the Australian Government has decided to grant $1.2 million Australian dollars ($ US 916 030) for the purchase of seeds and tools to Ugandan farmers, FAO announced today.
PR 97/28
RECORD TEA HARVEST IN 1996 WILL NOT BE REACHED THIS YEAR, FAO SAYS - CONSUMERS WILL FACE HIGHER PRICES
ROME, July 1 -- World tea production reached a record level of 2,691,000 tons in 1996 and was 3 percent (about 75,000 tons) higher than in 1995, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported today. Since global output for 1997 is expected to be lower and demand is likely to remain stable, consumers will face higher world tea prices.
PR 97/27
NORTH KOREA URGENTLY NEEDS 50 000 TONS OF FERTILISER TO BOOST RICE PRODUCTION, FAO SAYS
ROME, June 30 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an international appeal for the supply of about 50 000 tons of fertiliser to North Korea. The fertiliser should be distributed to farmers for rice cultivation for an area of over 500 000 hectares, FAO said today.
PR 97/26
SUSTAINABILITY AND FOOD SECURITY ARE INSEPARABLE, FAOís DIRECTOR-GENERAL UNDERLINES AT THE EARTH SUMMIT + FIVE
New York 26 June 1997.-- Sustainable Development and Food Security are inseparable, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf told at the Nineteenth Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the overall review and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.
PR 97/25
GENERAL FISHERIES COUNCIL FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN MEETS TO EXAMINE THE STATE OF FISHERIES AND AGREE ON STRATEGIES FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL IN THE BASIN
ROME, June 17 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stressed today the need for a common effort by all countries to protect the resources, restore the stocks and control the fishing capacity by adopting new strategies that will avoid excessive fishing pressures on stocks in the Mediterranean basin.
PR 97/24
CODE OF PRACTICE FOR GOOD ANIMAL FEEDING PROPOSED TO COUNTER HEALTH THREAT TO HUMANS FROM CONTAMINATED MEAT, FAO REPORTS
ROME, June 11 -- A draft Code of Practice for Good Animal Feeding has been drawn up in response to health and food-trade problems related to cases in which humans became ill after eating meat and animal products that may have been contaminated by the food fed to the animals, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.
PR 97/23
NORTH KOREA ON THE BRINK OF STARVATION; FOOD RATIONS RUNNING OUT, UN MISSION REPORTS
ROME, 4 June 1997 -- A United Nations mission to North Korea reported today that the countryís food crisis is worsening rapidly and the last available government rations will run out by June 20.
PR 97/22
IN THE FACE OF CONTINUED FOOD SHORTAGES IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA AND SOME ASIAN COUNTRIES; FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL WARNS THAT FURTHER BUDGET CUTS WILL REDUCE FAO PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND SUBSTANTIVE OUTPUT
ROME, June 3 -- The Council of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has convened to review the world food situation and the Organizationís ìSummary Programme of Work and Budgetî in a session cut from 10 days to six as part of the Organizationís on-going efforts to save funds by reducing operating and administrative costs. The Council is the Organizationís interim governing body between biennial meetings of the FAO Conference.
PR 97/21
FAO RECALLS IRISH POTATO FAMINE URGING VIGILANCE IN BATTLE AGAINST HUNGER AND RURAL POVERTY; SAYS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MUST STRIVE TO MEET THE WORLD FOOD SUMMIT GOAL TO REDUCE BY HALF THE NUMBER OF HUNGRY IN THE WORLD BY 2015 ROME, 1 June -- Calling on the world to remember the human cost of the Irish Potato famine that claimed the lives of over a million people and forced at least as many to emigrate, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
PR 97/20
FAO: UNSAFE APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES CAUSES HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE - TRAINING AND STANDARDS REQUIRED
ROME, 29 May -- The technology used to spray pesticides in most developing countries reflects technical standards of 40 years ago, resulting in pesticides waste and environmental damage, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in a statement released today. FAO called for the adoption of minimum standards for the safe and efficient application of agrochemicals through good quality equipment and a better training of farmers.
PR 97/19
FAO REPORT WARNS OF GRAVE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION FACING RWANDAN REFUGEES IN EASTERN ZAIRE; FINDS CONTINUING FOOD PROBLEMS IN 17 AFRICAN COUNTRIES
NAIROBI, May -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called the situation in the Great Lakes Region one of ìserious concern,î adding that the food and humanitarian situation of Rwandan refugees in eastern Zaire is particularly serious, with large numbers dying of starvation and disease, while tens of thousands are severely malnourished and in very poor health.
PR 97/18
FAO TO ASSIST RECONSTRUCTION OF AGRICULTURE IN GEORGIA
ROME, 16 May -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Georgia have agreed upon a series of projects to boost the recovery of agriculture and food security in that country. A ìMemorandum on Cooperationî was signed on Thursday evening between the President of Georgia, Mr. Eduard Shevardnadze, and FAO Director-General Dr. Jacques Diouf during the Presidentís visit to FAO.
PR 97/17
FAO REPORTS BANANA SUPPLIES COULD EXCEED DEMAND BY 1999; TRADE IN EMERGING MARKETS INCREASES SIGNIFICANTLY
ROME, May 7 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today that under existing production and trade conditions, banana supplies could exceed demand by the end of the decade. FAO projections show global banana exports, put at 12.87 million tons in 1999, facing an import demand of 12.22 million tons, resulting in a 650,000 ton surplus.
PR 97/16
AFRICAN SWINE FEVER CONTAINED IN COTE DíIVOIRE, SAYS THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION
ROME, April 25 --- ìThe outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), first reported in April 1996 in Cote díIvoire, has been brought under control and no new outbreak has been reported in the country since last October,î the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.
PR 97/15
FAO LAUNCHES AN APPEAL TO INCREASE AGRICULTURAL OUTPUT IN DEMOCRATIC PEOPLEíS REPUBLIC OF KOREA AFTER 3 YEARS OF POOR PRODUCTION
ROME, 21 April -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is appealing to the international community to fund six projects for a total value of more than $ 14.3 million to help the Democratic Peopleís Republic of Korea restore and enhance its ability to produce sufficient quantities of food after three years of poor agricultural production, FAO announced today.
PR 97/13
ASIAN WATER PUMPS COULD HELP AFRICAN FARMERS
ROME, April 15 -- Irrigated agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa could be expanded through the use of low-cost water pumps and other irrigation equipment from Asia, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 97/12
FAO REPORTS MIGRATORY LOCUST OUTBREAK IN MADAGASCAR COVERING ABOUT 2 MILLION HECTARES;WARNS IT MAY DEVELOP INTO A PLAGUE; APPEALS TO DONORS FOR FUNDS
ROME, 8 April -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today a massive Migratory Locust outbreak in Madagascar, warning that the situation, involving about 2 million hectares in the south-west of the country, may develop into a major plague unless control operations are expanded quickly.
PR 97/11
FEEDING AFRICA'S CITIES OF TOMORROW: FAO INTENDS TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE
ROME, 6 April 1997. - "By 2020, nearly 60 per cent of the African population will live in urban areas - compared with 50 per cent today - and most African cities will double in size within 20 years: to cope with this situation, they will need dynamic and efficient food supply and distribution systems (SADAs)," the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. A seminar in Dakar, Senegal, April 14-18 will take up food security in Africaís cities.
PR 97/10
FISH PRODUCTION REACHES NEW RECORD THANKS TO AQUACULTURE WHILE LIKELY INCREASE OF FUTURE DEMAND CALLS FOR SOUND MANAGEMENT MEASURES
ROME, March 17 -- In its State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report, 1996, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported record fish production, mainly pushed by aquaculture, and said increasing demand for fish could be met through better management despite pressure on top marine fish resources.
PR 97/9 "MAINSTREAMING WOMEN AS AGENTS OF FOOD SECURITY": THEME OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, CELEBRATED TODAY AT FAO
ROME, 12 March 1997 -- On the occasion of International Women's Day, Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), expressed the hope of seeing "equal opportunities" for the two sexes established in employment, nutrition and access to culture.
PR 97/8 NEW UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION ESTIMATES SHOW CONTINUED HIGH LEVEL OF DEFORESTATION
ROME, 7 March -- Worldwide, deforestation is continuing at a high rate. An estimated 11.3 million hectares (ha) of the world's forests are lost each year, according to the State of the World's Forests -- 1997 (SOFO - 1997), a new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report released today.
PR 97/7 THE CITY HALL OF PALERMO PARTICIPATES IN FAO'S SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR FOOD SECURITY
ROME, February 26 -- Mayor Leoluca Orlando, for the city of Palermo is the first Italian Mayor to take part and contribute to FAO's Special Programme for Food Security in response to an invitation by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf to all Mayors and Presidents of Provinces and Regions.
PR 97/6 WORLD FOOD DAY THEME 1997: "INVESTING IN FOOD SECURITY"
ROME, 26 February -- "Investing in Food Security" will be the theme of this year's World Food Day, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.
PR 97/5 RINDERPEST OUTBREAK THREATENS LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE IN EAST AFRICA
ROME, 24 February --A rinderpest epidemic has spread dramatically in Kenya and has crossed the border into Tanzania, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. The outbreak, considered to be the worst in the last 15 years, comes at a time when parts of eastern Africa are suffering from serious drought and tightening food supplies.
PR 97/4 FAO releases report documenting a significantly slimmed-down and refocused Food and Agriculture Organization
ROME, 19 February -- Noting past organizational weaknesses, including a centralized, cumbersome bureaucracy and a lack of focus, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today on-going reforms have resulted in a "radically changed" Organization, one that is significantly slimmed-down and re-focused. The reforms will continue, FAO said.
PR 97/3 Agricultural census underway in China
BANGKOK, 30 January - China has begun its first national census of agriculture with some 6 million trained counters travelling throughout the country to interview around 300 million agricultural households, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports.
PR 97/2 FAO/WFP report on food and nutrition in Rwanda
ROME, January 15 -- A report just released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that, following the influx of over one million returnees, Rwanda will need substantial food assistance in 1997. "The additional upsurge in food needs will undoubtedly strain the already fragile and unstable food supply situation in the country," it says.
PR 97/1 Cooperative agreement between FAO and IOC
ROME, January 10 --- A cooperative agreement was concluded between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), according to a joint statement released today by the two organizations.