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1998 PRESS RELEASES

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PR 98/72

FAO'S SPECIAL REPORT ON SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: IMPROVED OUTLOOK FORECAST FOR MUCH OF SUB-REGION; BUT SOMALIA FACES SEVERE FOOD SHORTAGES AND CIVIL STRIFE THREATENS FOOD SUPPLIES IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Johannesburg, 21 December -- Sub-Saharan Africa can look forward to a generally improved food supply situation, according to a special UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report released today. The improvement reflects "substantial increases in food production in several areas, particularly western Africa where above average to record harvests are anticipated in several Sahelian countries, and in eastern Africa where the year's output is satisfactory in several countries. As a result, the sub-region's cereal import requirements are anticipated to be lower than last year."

PR 98/71

FAO STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF THE RIGHT TO FOOD ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Rome, 10 December -- The primary responsibility for ensuring the right to adequate food and the fundamental right to be free from hunger lies with the national authorities of each state, according to a publication released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). "This applies both to the obligations contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and to the commitments under the World Food Summit Plan of Action," adds the booklet.

PR 98/70

FAO: LARGE GAP IN FOOD AVAILABILITY BETWEEN RICH AND POOR COUNTRIES -
NEW MAP ON NUTRITION RELEASED

Rome, 9 December - A large food supply gap per person exists between industrialised and least developed countries, with Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, the United States and Greece having the highest food availability, and countries like Mozambique, Burundi, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia, the lowest, according to a new map with the most recent data on nutrition and malnutrition in 177 countries, released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO map does not reflect the effects of recent natural disasters, economic crises and conflicts.

PR 98/69

FAO RELEASES ANNUAL STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE REPORT SHOWING WORLDWIDE NUMBER OF HUNGRY PEOPLE RISING SLIGHTLY; WARNS OF SLOWER ECONOMIC GROWTH IN MOST DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Rome, November 26 -- The number of undernourished people in the world has increased since the early 1990s, mainly because there has been little progress in reducing poverty, according to new estimates released today in the annual UN Food and Agriculture Organization report, The State of Food and Agriculture 1998 (SOFA 98). The report notes the rise in the number of hungry people, despite significant reductions in hunger and malnutrition in several developing regions.

PR 98/68

FAO REPORT SAYS PROGRESS INSUFFICIENT TO MEET WORLD FOOD SUMMIT TARGET OF HALVING UNDERNUTRITION BY 2015; MAJOR EFFORTS" NEEDED TO REACH ESTABLISHED GOAL
Rome, November 22 -- Two years after the World Food Summit, a paper by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that, on the basis of recent data, the pace of progress remains insufficient to meet the Summit's main target of halving the number of the hungry by the year 2015 from its level of over 800 million, the Organization reported today.

PR 98/67

UN FOOD AGENCIES SAY NORTH KOREA STILL NEEDS SUBSTANTIAL FOOD ASSISTANCE DESPITE IMPROVED HARVEST; CITE NEED FOR ECONOMIC REFORM AND INCREASED AID TO AGRICULTURE
Rome, 13 November -- Despite an improved harvest in North Korea, the country will enter 1999 with a large food deficit and will need to import 1.35 million tonnes of food grain, including 1.05 million tonnes as food assistance to meet the minimum nutritional requirements of the population, according to a joint report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

PR 98/66

MEMBERS OF THE WORLD'S PARLIAMENTS IN ROME: A SUPPORT FORUM FOR FIGHTING HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION AND PROTECTING THE NATURAL RESOURCES
Rome, November 12 -- Some 138 parliamentarians from 62 countries will meet in Rome, between 29 November and 2 December, to provide further support to the commitments of the World Food Summit in combating hunger and malnutrition.

PR 98/65

PRESIDENT OF ICELAND VISITS FAO HEADQUARTERS - CALLS FOR MORE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN FISHERIES
Rome, 4 November - The sustainability of fish stocks is a "fundamental part of a global food strategy for the new century," the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, said in a speech to diplomats accredited to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.

PR 98/64

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE APPROVES DRAFT DOCUMENTS ON THE MANAGEMENT OF FISHING CAPACITY, SHARKS AND SEABIRD BYCATCH
Rome, 3 November - The drafts of three non-binding global documents aiming at a more sustainable management of vulnerable fisheries resources were approved by representatives from 81 countries and the European Community attending an international conference on fisheries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

PR 98/63

NOTING DECLINE IN MILK CONSUMPTION AMONG CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CALLS FOR INCREASED MILK ADVERTISING AIMED AT SCHOOL CHILDREN
Kwa Maritane (South Africa) 29 October -- The dairy industry is failing to maintain milk's place in children's diets by emphasizing only its nutritional benefits and the industry should look for ways to promote milk as an attractive drink directly to school children. These were among conclusions reached at a three-day International Milk Conference that concluded here today.

PR 98/62

FAO CALLS FOR STRICT MANAGEMENT OF FISHING CAPACITY - INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT PROPOSES CONCRETE ACTIONS
Rome, 26 October - Excessive fishing capacity is largely responsible for the global degradation of marine fisheries resources and for significant economic waste, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said today. According to FAO, world fishing capacity has continued to expand during the 1990s. Fishing capacity should be drastically reduced to rebuild stocks of main high value fish species such as Atlantic cod, Haddock and temperate tunas on the high seas. The fishing capacity of artisanal fishers must be controlled in order to protect coastal resources, FAO said.

PR 98/61

FAO CONCERNED ABOUT SEVERE DECLINES IN SHARK STOCKS - INTERNATIONAL PLAN OF ACTION CALLS FOR SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT
Rome, 21 October - Many of the world's shark and ray species are severely depleted and unless efforts are undertaken promptly to halt growing catches, the future of many more shark populations is very bleak, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

PR 98/60

WORLD FOOD DAY EVENTS STAGED IN SOME 150 COUNTRIES ON THE THEME "WOMEN FEED THE WORLD" AND UNDERSCORING WOMEN'S ROLE AND PROBLEMS IN FOOD PRODUCTION
Rome, October 16 -- World Food Day was observed in some 150 countries today, on the theme "Women Feed the World," stressing women's key role in food production and appealing for equality between women and men. Meanwhile, an assessment by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed that 30 developing countries are facing food emergencies, mainly due to the effect of both El Niño and La Niña weather phenomena.

PR 98/59

POPE JOHN PAUL II RECEIVES FAO'S AGRICOLA MEDAL FOR HIS EFFORTS TO FIGHT HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION;
PRESENTATION MADE DURING AUDIENCE WITH FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Rome, October 15 -- Pope John Paul II received today the Agricola medal struck in his honor by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in recognition of the Pontiff's "continuous struggle against hunger and malnutrition and his demonstrated concern for the plight of mankind's poor, and for peace in the world."

PR 98/58

FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL CALLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF "BILL OF RIGHTS" FOR WOMEN WORKING IN AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY
Rome, 15 October -- Saying the battle for world food security will be won only when women and men have equal access to productive resources, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today urged the international community to enact measures that would promote equality between women and men.

PR 98/57

Available in French only

LE DIRECTEUR GENERAL DE LA FAO APPELLE LES SCIENTIFIQUES A PARTICIPER A LA LUTTE CONTRE LA FAIM EN UTILISANT DES BIOTECHNOLOGIES RESPECTUEUSES DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET DE LA SANTE PUBLIQUE
Paris, 12 octobre -- La communauté scientifique a le devoir d'apporter une réponse objective aux angoisses qui naissent et s'amplifient du fait de l'application des technologies avancées à l'agriculture et à l'élevage, a déclaré Jacques Diouf, Directeur Général de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et de l'agriculture, dans une conférence prononcée aujourd'hui à l'Académie des Sciences à Paris.

PR 98/56

Available in Italian only

"UN CALCIO ALLA FAME"
LA FAO LANCIA TELEFOOD:
IL PROGRAMMA TELEVISIVO LEGATO ALLA CAMPAGNA CONTRO LA FAME DELL'ORGANIZZAZIONE, QUEST'ANNO SOTTOLINEA IL RUOLO DELLE DONNE NELL'ALIMENTAZIONE

Roma, 8 ottobre 1998 -- "Dai un calcio alla fame": è l'appello che tutte le squadre di calcio italiane del campionato di serie A e B lanceranno, dando nel contempo un simbolico calcio al pallone, prima dell'inizio delle partite di sabato 17 e domenica 18 ottobre. L'iniziativa, ideata dalla Lega Calcio, è una delle numerose legate a TeleFood, il programma televisivo mondiale della FAO, l'Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite per l'alimentazione e l'agricoltura , creato per far conoscere in tutto il mondo l'ampiezza del problema della fame anche attraverso una raccolta fondi: sono infatti 800 milioni le persone sottoalimentate nel mondo e di questi, 200 milioni sono bambini al di sotto dei 5 anni, che ogni sera vanno a letto a stomaco vuoto, in una società che invece conduce una vita piena di sprechi.

PR 98/55

"TELEFOOD 98" TO BE MARKED BY THE GLOBAL BROADCAST OF A CONCERT FROM DAKAR, SENEGAL
The event, organized by FAO, brings together headliner Youssou N'Dour and a number of other African celebrities

Dakar/Rome, October 5 -- "TeleFood 98," the second global anti-hunger broadcast launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will be marked this year by a gala concert originating from Dakar, Senegal on October 17. Headlining the event will be music star Youssou N'Dour, FAO announced today.

PR 98/54

GEORGE CLOONEY, MELANIE GRIFFITH, BARBARA HENDRICKS, SOPHIA LOREN, MIRIAM MAKEBA AND OTHER CELEBRITIES JOIN THE FAO CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER
Rome, September 14 - American film stars George Clooney and Melanie Griffith, as well as other leading figures of the entertainment world, including Barbara Hendricks, Sophia Loren and Miriam Makeba have joined the campaign against world hunger and malnutrition led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). On the occasion of the 55th annual Venice International Film Festival, more than 25 celebrities signed the text of FAO's Appeal Against Hunger. Some of the stars also recorded television spots intended to focus attention on the problem of world hunger.

PR 98/53

WORLD'S LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND NET FOOD IMPORTING DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WARNED TO PREPARE FOR 1999 MILLENIUM ROUND OF AGRICULTURE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Rome, September 23 -- With less than one year to go before the initiation of a new round of agricultural trade negotiations, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that the developing countries must be better prepared than during the Uruguay Round, which resulted in the Agreement on Agriculture, one of the Marrakech Agreements.
PR 98/52
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL: HAZARDOUS PESTICIDES POSE SERIOUS RISKS TO HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT - NEW CONVENTION TO HELP TO REMEDY SITUATION
Rotterdam, 10 September - Many pesticides banned or severely restricted in industrialized countries are still marketed and used in developing countries, threatening millions of farmers and the environment, the FAO Director-General, Dr. Jacques Diouf warned today.
PR 98/51
FAO ANNOUNCES 136 GRASSROOTS MICRO-PROJECTS WITH MONEY DONATED BY THE PUBLIC DURING LAST YEAR'S TV INFORMATION-FUNDRAISER "TELEFOOD"
ROME, September 8 -- Less than one year after the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched TeleFood, a global public awareness television event that raised more than $2 million to help small farmers, 136 small projects have been launched around the world, the UN agency announced today.
PR FAO/UNEP
ROTTERDAM CONVENTION ON HARMFUL CHEMICALS AND PESTICIDES ADOPTED AND SIGNED
Rotterdam, 11 September - The Rotterdam Convention, a new treaty on trade in hazardous chemicals and pesticides, was signed today (Friday) during a signing ceremony by ministers and representatives from 57 countries and the European Community.
PR 98/50
FAO LAUNCHES NEW SYSTEM TO HELP UTILIZE AND CONSERVE THREATENED FARM ANIMAL BREEDS
Rome, September 7 - With the erosion of animal genetic resources continuing around the world, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a new on-line and off-line computer-based system to help countries sustainably use and develop their irreplaceable domestic animal species and breeds.
PR 98/49
FAO REPORTS FAMINE CONDITIONS IN SOME PARTS OF SUDAN, BUT SAYS MANY OTHER EAST AFRICAN COUNTRIES SHOW FAVORABLE HARVEST PROSPECT
Rome, 25 August - More than 1.2 million people in Sudan are facing famine conditions, with widespread reports of children dying from starvation in the Bahr-El-Ghazal region, according to a special report by FAO released today. However, the report calls Sub-Saharan Africa's current food outlook "mixed," noting favorable harvest prospects for much of eastern Africa, including Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.
PR 98/48
EL NIÑO HAS AFFECTED A LARGE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WITH CONSIDERABLE IMPACT ON AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES, FAO SAYS
Rome, 31 July - The climate phenomenon El Niño has severely affected several countries with considerable impact in Asia and Central/South America since April 1997, according to a report published today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
PR 98/47
FAO: BETTER INFORMATION SHARING COULD REDUCE POST-HARVEST FOOD LOSSES  - NEW DATABASE LAUNCHED
Rome, 27 July - Post-harvest food losses could be significantly reduced if important information and knowledge on different technologies, products and experiences was better shared globally, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. The Organization announced the launch of a new Internet-based "Information Network on Post-Harvest Operations" (INPhO) to improve information exchange between research and development institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
PR 98/46
SIX-MILLION-DOLLAR-PROGRAMME LAUNCHED TO HELP FARMERS TO GROW "MORE CROP PER DROP"
Rome, 16 July -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced a major international initiative to improve irrigation and drainage in developing countries. A budget of over US$ 6 million is being negotiated with the World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other donors for a three-year plan of action.
PR 98/45
DESPITE LARGEST HARVEST SINCE OUTBREAK OF CIVIL STRIFE, ONE MILLION AFGHANIS NEED EMERGENCY FOOD AID, UN AGENCIES REPORT
Rome, 13 July - Although Afghanistan's cereal harvest will be the largest in 20 years, more than one million victims of war and natural disaster will need international food aid, UN food agencies reported today.
PR 98/44
IDB AND FAO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION TIES IN AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Rome, June 26 -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization today signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their cooperation links.
PR 98/43
FAO'S ANNUAL REVIEW OF AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES SHOWS ASIAN FINANCIAL CRISIS AND BUMPER CEREAL CROPS IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES LEAD THE VALUE OF AGRICULTURAL TRADE TO DECLINE
Rome, June 30 -- Asian economic turmoil and a drop in the price of cereals caused the overall value of global agricultural trade to decline last year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today in its annual Commodity Market Review 1997-98. FAO estimates the worldwide value of exports for all principal agricultural products, excluding fishery and forestry products, declined by more than 2 percent in 1997 compared to the small gain in 1996 and large gains in the previous two years.
 

PR 98/42

 

FAO: CONVENTIONAL TILLING SEVERELY ERODES THE SOIL; NEW CONCEPTS FOR SOIL CONSERVATION REQUIRED
Rome, 22 June -- Millions of hectares of agricultural land could be protected or saved from degradation and erosion if farmers applied environmentally friendly tillage, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. Current conventional tillage methods are a major cause of severe soil loss and desertification in many developing countries and soil erosion, accelerated by wind and water, is responsible for around 40 percent of land degradation world-wide, according to FAO.
PR 98/41
ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, FAO CALLS FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO ASSURE FUTURE FOOD SECURITY
Rome, June 5 -- On World Environment Day, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today stressed the need for the sustainable use of the world's natural resources, noting that food security and sustainability in agriculture, fisheries and forestry are inseparable.
PR 98/40
FAO'S COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY URGES COUNTRIES TO REMAIN FOCUSED ON WORLD FOOD SUMMIT GOAL: CUTTING HUNGER IN HALF BY 2015; AGREEMENT REACHED ON PROGRESS MONITORING SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTING SUMMIT'S PLAN OF ACTION
Rome, June 5 --- Agreement was reached today on arrangements to monitor worldwide progress on implementing the World Food Summit Plan of Action, which calls for the number of hungry people in the world to be reduced from more than 800 million to half that by 2015.
PR 98/39
UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION AND THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT SIGN AGREEMENT TO HELP COUNTRIES IMPLEMENT THE CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION
Rome, May 29 --The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at assisting the implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and desertification, particularly in Africa, the two Organizations announced today.
PR 98/38
WORLD FISH TRADE: CHANGES IN QUALITY CONTROL REPRESENT NEW CHALLENGE FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, FAO SAYS; GLOBAL FISH BUSINESS IS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN US$250 BILLION
Rome/Bremen, 2 June 1998.- Recent changes in quality control measures on fishery products introduced by the main importing countries represent a new challenge for the developing world and require major investment, according to a study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
PR 98/37
PRESIDENT CHISSANO OF MOZAMBIQUE VISITS FAO HEADQUARTERS FOR TALKS WITH DIRECTOR-GENERAL JACQUES DIOUF
Rome, 20 May. - President Joaquim Alberto Chissano of Mozambique today visited the Headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for talks with FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.
PR 98/36
FAO: SOIL PROTECTION NEEDS MORE ATTENTION IN EUROPE
Tallinn, 26. May -- The quality of millions of hectares of agricultural land in Europe is being reduced every year because of continuous soil loss and degradation, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today in a statement released at the Organization's Regional Conference for Europe in Tallinn.
PR 98/35
FAO: FOOD PRODUCTION IN CIS IS GRADUALLY IMPROVING BUT POVERTY REMAINS A PROBLEM FOR MANY PEOPLE - MIXED CROP PROSPECTS IN EASTERN EUROPE
Tallinn, 27 May -- The food situation in most of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is gradually improving and food aid needs have fallen sharply, according to a statement by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released at its Regional Conference for Europe in Tallinn.
PR 98/34
FAO: DRAMATIC DROP IN FISH PRODUCTION IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE - FIRST SIGNS OF RECOVERY
Tallinn, 26 May -- Fish production in the Central and Eastern European countries and the Russian Federation has declined dramatically over the past years, mainly due to the loss of access to distant-water fishing grounds and the collapse of centrally controlled marketing and distribution networks, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
PR 98/33
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL SAYS FOOD SITUATION IN POOR COUNTRIES IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Tallinn, 28 May -- Global staple food production is expected to show a small increase in 1997/98, but will decline in low-income food-deficit countries (LIFDC*), the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques Diouf, said today.
PR 98/32
FAO: LACK OF FOOD QUALITY HAMPERS GROWTH OF FOOD TRADE
Tallinn, 25 May -- Problems of food quality and safety are hampering the growth of international food trade and are increasingly creating consumer concerns in Europe, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
 

PR 98/31

 

FAO: FUTURE OF FISH FOR FOOD DEPENDS ON BETTER MANAGEMENT OF OCEANS
Rome/Lisbon, 19 May -- Despite increases in aquaculture, future demand for fish products cannot be met in the absence of better management of the world's ocean resources, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned today. 
 

PR 98/30

 

REHABILITATING WEST AFRICAN LAND FREED FROM RIVER BLINDNESS IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE FOOD FOR SOME 17 MILLION PEOPLE
Rome, 12 May -- The rehabilitation of West African land freed from Onchocerciasis, will provide food and improved living conditions for some 17 million people, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, announcing that an inter-country workshop on Sustainable Settlement and Development of Onco-Freed zones will be held from 25 through 28 May in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Onchocerciasis, commonly known as River Blindness, is caused by parasitic worms transmitted to humans by biting flies. Blindness often results when the larvae reach the eyes.
PR 98/29
USE OF FAO WEB SITE INCREASES SHARPLY
Rome, 7 May -- The number of "hits" on the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) World Wide Web site (http://www.fao.org/) increased from 287,000 in March 1996 to more than 2 million last month and is expected to expand further with the rapid development of modern information and telecommunication techniques, FAO announced today.
PR 98/28
REGIONAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT SIGNED TO ENHANCE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN WESTERN ASIA
Cairo, 12 April -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) signed over the weekend a memorandum of understanding for collaboration and coordination to help boost agricultural development activities in the 13 Arab States of Western Asia.
 

PR 98/27

 

FAO/WFP SAY INDONESIA FACES RECORD FOOD DEFICIT
Rome, 9 April -- Indonesia will face a record food deficit as a result of reduced harvests, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) report. A recent FAO/WFP mission to the country estimated that approximately 7.5 million poor Indonesians in 15 provinces may experience acute food shortages during the upcoming dry season. 
 

PR 98/25

 

FAO'S NEAR EAST CONFERENCE CONCLUDED, GOVERNMENTS TO ADOPT POLICIES CONDUCIVE TO ACHIEVING FOOD SECURITY
Damascus, 26 March 1998 -- The Twenty Fourth Regional Conference for the near East concluded its work last night. Ministers of Agriculture and senior officials met here for five days to review progress made during the last two years and to chart plans for the next Biennium with the view of boosting their national capacities towards achieving food security.
 

PR 98/24

 

THREAT OF EL NIÑO-INDUCED DROUGHT RECEDING IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, BUT LOWER HARVEST PREDICTED
Rome, 26 March -- The threat that El Niño would cause drought in Southern Africa appears to be receding, but cereal production for 1997-98 probably will be down at least 8 percent from the previous year, UN food agencies said today.
 

PR 98/23

 

A CELEBRATION OF ITALIAN-SYRIAN-FAO COOPERATION
Damascus, 25 March 1998 - FAO Director-General Dr. Jacques Diouf accompanied by Mr. Assad Moustafa, Syrian Minister for Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Mr. Antonio Romano Napolitano, Ambassador of Italy to Syria and Mr. Massimo Andrea Leggeri, Coordinator of multilateral cooperation, Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs inaugurated this afternoon a photo exhibition entitled "Environment and Development in the Mediterranean". Ministers of Agriculture participating in the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East convening in Damascus, were also in attendance.
 

PR 98/22

 

NEAR EAST DEPENDENCY ON FOOD IMPORTS ON THE RISE
DIOUF, FAO READY TO SUPPORT FOOD PRODUCTION
Damascus, 24 March - Dr. Jacques Diouf, The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned this morning, in his statement to the 24th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, against the widening food gap facing the Near East Region since 1990 where net cereal imports may reach an alarming 71% increase in the next 12 years. 
 

PR 98/21

 

FAO: IMPORT BAN ON FISH PRODUCTS FROM AFRICA "NOT THE MOST APPROPRIATE ANSWER"
Brussels, 25 March -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) considers a ban on fish exports from East African countries affected by cholera "not the most appropriate response," the organization said in a statement released today, asking instead for improvements in good hygiene, safe water supply, fish processing and storage.
 

PR 98/20

 

MADAGASCAR FACES WORST LOCUST THREAT FOR 40 YEARS; STAPLE RICE CROP AT RISK
Rome, March 24 -- The worst locust infestation for four decades is posing a serious threat to Madagascar's staple rice crop, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.
 

PR 98/19

 

95 COUNTRIES AGREE ON NEW INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON DANGEROUS CHEMICALS AND PESTICIDES
Brussels, 16 March -- After two years of negotiations 95 countries unanimously agreed on a legally binding Convention on international trade and hazardous chemicals and pesticides, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Through this treaty governments honoured their commitment made at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to negotiate a convention to curb the trade in certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides.
 

PR 98/18

 

CONVENTION ON TRADE IN DANGEROUS CHEMICALS AND PESTICIDES: FINAL ROUND OF TALKS STARTED
Brussels, 9 March -- More than 100 countries are expected to conclude negotiations this week on a legally binding Convention on international trade in hazardous chemicals and pesticides. The intergovernmental meeting started today in Brussels and will finish on Saturday, 14 March, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. 
 

PR 98/16

 

FAO ANNOUNCES THEME FOR WORLD FOOD DAY 1998:
"WOMEN FEED THE WORLD"
Rome, March 8 -- "Women Feed the World" is to be the theme of this year's 18th observance of World Food Day, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today on the occasion of International Women's Day.
PR 98/15

 

FAO: PROBLEM OF OBSOLETE PESTICIDE STOCKS DESERVES GREATER ATTENTION BY DONOR COUNTRIES AND INDUSTRY
Rome, 4 March -- Huge amounts of obsolete and unused pesticides continue to threaten human health and the environment in many developing countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today following the conclusion of a two-day expert consultation on pesticide disposal. FAO urged the international community to increase its efforts to solve "this environmental tragedy".
 

PR 98/14

 

UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) SAYS WORLD CEREAL STOCKS REMAIN BELOW SAFE LEVELS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR AND URGES CONTINUED CLOSE MONITORING OF SITUATION
Paris, March 4 -- Despite reports of better than expected cereal harvests at the end of last year, world food security in the coming 1998/99 season will again depend on a good and above-trend cereal crop in 1998 for the third consecutive year, an unusual occurrence in the last 20 years,"said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a special Food Update released today at the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris.
 

PR 98/13

 

FIRST RESULTS OF AGRICULTURAL CENSUS IN CHINA RELEASE
Rome, 26 February -- China continues to be a predominantly rural country, despite the rapid growth and structural transformation of its economy in the recent past, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today during a presentation of the preliminary results of the first agricultural census in China.
 

PR 98/12

 

UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION AND COMMON FUND FOR COMMODITIES SIGN AGREEMENT TO "ENHANCE COOPERATION" TO BETTER ASSIST DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Rome, February 24 -- To improve assistance to agricultural commodity producers in developing countries, particularly the least developed countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to "enhance cooperation at all relevant levels," the two organizations announced today.
 

PR 98/10

 

AFRICAN CATTLE DISEASE THREATENS SOUTH AMERICAN HERDS, FAO WARNS
Rome, February 20 -- The African cattle disease Trypanosomiasis is spreading rapidly in Brazil and Bolivia and could soon threaten ranches in Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.
 

PR 98/09

 

FAO: NUMBER OF FISHERS DOUBLED SINCE 1970
Rome, February 23 -- The number of people fishing world-wide has more than doubled since 1970, according to a new survey (*) published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today. This compares with an overall growth of 35 percent in employment in agriculture.
 

PR 98/08

 

IN ADDIS ABABA FOR REGIONAL CONFERENCE, FAO DIRECTOR GENERAL SAYS IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE IS KEY TO FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA
Addis Ababa, February 19 -- The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. Jacques Diouf, addressing the 20th FAO Regional Conference for Africa today, called for an increase in irrigated agriculture throughout the continent, which continues to be plagued by serious food deficiencies.
 

PR 98/07

 

FAO CALLS FOR URGENT POLICY CHANGES TO HALT THE DEGRADATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN AFRICA
Addis Ababa, February 11 -- Sub-Saharan Africa risks being marginalized from the mainstream world economy because of the failure of many countries in the region to adopt environmentally sustainable agricultural practices to improve productivity and counter the process of natural resource degradation, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
 

PR 98/06

 

FAO APPEALS FOR AID TO FIGHT LIVESTOCK DISEASES IN HORN OF AFRICA
Rome, February 10 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today that the combined effects of flooding and livestock diseases have killed tens of thousands of animals in northeastern Kenya and southern Somalia, appealing for US$2.5 million to help contain and combat the diseases. 
PR 98/05
FAO: EUROPE STILL THREATENED BY ANIMAL EPIDEMICS - BETTER DISEASE CONTROL REQUIRED
Brussels, 17 February -- Europe may face further devastating animal disease epidemics due to long-distance transport of animals and increasingly dense livestock units, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. In the past, nine of the fifteen major epidemic livestock diseases recorded internationally occurred in Europe.
 
PR 98/04
FAO REPORTS SERIOUS OUTBREAK OF AFRICAN SWINE FEVER IN CAPE VERDE; SAYS URGENT MEASURES NEEDED TO CONTAIN THE DISEASE Rome, February 16 -- A serious outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been declared in Cape Verde, requiring urgent containment measures to prevent the disease from spreading to other countries in West Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.
 
PR 98/03
FAO FLAGS INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY AS RIFT VALLEY FEVER STRIKES KENYA AND SOMALIA
Rome, January 15 -- A serious outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in parts of northeastern Kenya and adjacent areas of Somalia constitutes an international emergency, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.
PR 98/02
SCREWWORM EPIDEMIC THREATENS LIVESTOCK IN IRAQ AND NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES, FAO WARNS
Rome, January 15 -- An outbreak of the potentially lethal Old World Screwworm livestock pest has reached epidemic proportions in Iraq and threatens to spread to neighboring Near East countries unless urgent control measures are implemented, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.  
PR 98/01
BRAZILIAN FOOTBALL STAR RONALDO TALKS LIVE ON THE INTERNET WITH FANS AROUND THE WORLD
Rome, January 10 -- Ronaldo, who is playing for Italian club Inter of Milan, will devote the 30-minute session on January 16, 1998, from 1730 to 1800 GMT, to the theme Children and Hunger in support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Telefood initiative.

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