1999 PRESS RELEASES

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PR 99/79

UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION'S TELEFOOD CONCERT AVAILABLE TO MILLIONS ONLINE
Rome, December 28, 1999 --- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that it will webcast highlights of its TeleFood '99 concert to millions worldwide exclusively via Apple's QuickTime TV (QTV) an internet network for streaming audio and video, beginning Thursday, December 30.

PR 99/78

SERIOUS FOOD SUPPLY PROBLEMS MOUNT IN EASTERN AFRICA, 1.6 MILLION PEOPLE ARE CUT OFF FROM RELIEF ASSISTANCE, SAYS FAO
Rome, 15 December 1999 -- Warning of a growing food crisis in strife-torn Somalia, a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report released today says some 1.6 million people are cut off from relief operations and that there have been some deaths from starvation. FAO's Food Supply Situation and Crop Prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa, blames the crisis on increased fighting in the long-running civil conflict and the impact of a recent severe drought that resulted in a poor harvest. Overall the report says 15 countries* in sub-Saharan region face exceptional food emergencies. Most of the worst affected countries, including Angola, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan, are suffering from recent or ongoing civil conflict.

PR 99/77

BANGLADESH, CHINA AND FAO SIGN AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE ACCORD AS PART OF THE SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR FOOD SECURITY
Rome, 6 December -- The governments of Bangladesh and China, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed an agreement to send Chinese experts and technicians to assist the agricultural sector in Bangladesh, the UN agency announced. Initially, 15 experts and technicians from China will work for three years in Bangladesh to identify and implement together with their counterparts a number of small rural projects to enhance production of cereals, vegetables, fruit, small animals, artisanal fisheries and aquaculture. Some 50 more Chinese technicians are expected to join the first group shortly.

PR 99/76

THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION WARNS AGAINST AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES AND PROTECTIONISM IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES
Rome, December 2, 1999 -- Calling food production "arguably the most vital of human activities," the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that "continued high levels of support and protection in some higher-income countries adversely affect the agriculture of other countries by depressing commodity prices" and undermining agricultural investment, which harms farmers in the developing world.

PR 99/75

1999 TELEFOOD CONCERT SET FOR JAMAICA FEATURES MUSIC WITH AFRICAN ROOTS
Rome, 1 December 1999 -- The crowning event of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO's) TeleFood Campaign this year is a three hour concert to be broadcast around the world December 4, 1999, from Jamaica's James Bond Beach in Ocho Rios. The line-up of internationally known stars will offer the irresistible beats, smooth rhythms and traditional drums of Latin American and Caribbean music with African roots.

PR 99/73 C8

FAO GOVERNING CONFERENCE ENDS
Rome, November 23, 1999 - The governing Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ended its 30th Session today, after agriculture ministers and other senior officials re-elected Director-General Jacques Diouf to a second six-year term, reviewed the state of food and agriculture and voted on the Organization's budget for the next two years.

PR 99/72 C7

FAO'S 2000-2001 BUDGET SET AT $650 MILLION BY ORGANIZATION'S 180-COUNTRY GOVERNING CONFERENCE

Rome, November 19 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today received a budget of $650 million for the years 2000-2001 from the Organization's 180-country governing Conference. The budget has stood at $650 million since 1996-97. Retaining the same budget allocation for 2000--2001 will force the Organization to absorb estimated cost increases of about $4 million.

PR 99/71 C6

MADAGASCAR, VIET NAM AND FAO SIGN AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE ACCORD AS PART OF THE SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR FOOD SECURITY
Rome, 29 November -- The governments of Viet Nam and Madagascar today signed an agreement with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to send Vietnamese agricultural experts to assist the agricultural sector in Madagascar, the UN Agency announced. This cooperative accord will put the technical assistance services of Viet Nam to work in Madagascar for three years, continuing a spirit of cooperation, between African countries and South Asia.

PR 99/70 C5

FAO REPORT SUGGESTS FOOD EMERGENCIES INCREASINGLY CAUSED BY MAN-MADE DISASTERS
Rome, November 15, 1999 -- While increasing numbers of people face food emergencies, the causes are changing, suggest two UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports released today. "For the first time, human induced disasters such as civil strife and economic crises have more effect on food shortages than nature-induced crises," said Dr. Hartwig de Haen, Assistant Director General of FAO.

PR 99/69 C4

DR. JACQUES DIOUF OF SENEGAL WINS SECOND SIX-YEAR TERM AS DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION
Rome, November 13 - Dr. Jacques Diouf of Senegal was elected to a second six-year term as Director-General of the UN Food and Agricultue Organization (FAO) today.

PR 99/68 C3

FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL SAYS REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF UNDERNOURISHED IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ENCOURAGING
Rome, 13 November 1999 - Speaking to Agriculture Ministers and other officials from the 179 Member Countries of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome for the 30th Session of the Organization's governing Conference, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf expressed satisfaction that the total number of malnourished people in developing countries declined by 40 million between 1990-92 and 1995-97. The figure came from a recent FAO report. *

PR 99/67 C2

BOUTROS BOUTROS-GHALI SPEAKS OF GLOBAL DEMOCRACY AS GOVERNING FAO CONFERENCE CONVENES IN ROME
Rome 12 November -- Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary-General, pointed to the link between underdevelopment and political discontent in addressing the opening session of the governing Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.

PR 99/66 C1

FAO CONFERENCE TO ELECT DIRECTOR-GENERAL AND VOTE ON BUDGET FOR 2000 - 2001
Rome, 10 November - The Ministerial Conference that governs the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) begins a nine-day session on Friday, 12 November that will elect the Agency's Director-General for the next six years and decide the funding the Organization will have to carry out its work through the year 2001.

PR 99/65

UN FOOD AGENCIES SAY CONTINUED POOR FOOD PRODUCTION HAS TRAPPED NORTH KOREA IN A VICIOUS CIRCLE OF POOR NUTRITION
Rome, 9 November - The nutritional situation in North Korea remains fragile in spite of the country's efforts to redress chronic food problems, United Nations food agencies said today in their latest comprehensive food assessment report.

PR 99/64

ATRIUM LOBBY TO BE INAUGURATED AT FAO HEADQUARTERS
ROME 8 November 1999 - A 2000-square-meter marble-floored Atrium which will serve as a window on the work of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was inaugurated in a ceremony this morning at the FAO Headquarters here. The Atrium, which connects two of the buildings in the FAO complex, is being constructed in large part with the financial support and expertise of Progetto Marmo, a consortium of marble producers from Italy's Veneto region.

PR 99/63

$6.7 MILLION EMERGENCY PROJECT HELPS FARMERS RESTART AGRICULTURE IN KOSOVO
Rome, 4 November - A $6.7 million project for the distribution of seeds and fertilizers ahead of the fast approaching winter season in the Kosovo province of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has been completed, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement issued today.

PR 99/62

UK TO FUND $34 MILLION FISHERIES PROJECT TO BENEFIT POOR PEOPLE IN AFRICA
Rome, 25 October - The United Kingdom has agreed to finance a $34 million development project to reduce poverty in some of the poorest countries of the world by improving the livelihoods of people dependent on fisheries. The Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (SFL) will be managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the 24 African countries involved and the UK Department for International Development, the UN agency announced today.

PR 99/61

NUMBER OF HUNGRY IN DEVELOPING WORLD DOWN BY 40 MILLION IN FIVE YEARS BUT INCREASING IN MANY POOR COUNTRIES
FAO Issues First Report on World Hunge
r
LONDON, 14 October -- Every night, almost 800 million people in the developing world go to sleep hungry, reports the first edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World, issued today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). That is more than the combined population of Europe and North America - a 'hungry continent' of women, men and children who may never reach their physical and mental potential because they do not have enough to eat.

PR 99/60

FAO NAMES FOUR AMBASSADORS; PREPARES FOR WORLD FOOD DAY 1999
Rome, October 13, 1999 - Nobel Prize winner in medicine Rita Levi Montalcini, actress Gina Lollobrigida, jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and legendary South African singer Miriam Makeba have been named Ambassadors of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). They will participate in the 1999 World Food Day Ceremony Friday October 15 at FAO's Rome headquarters to mark the 54th anniversary of the founding of FAO.

PR 99/59

CONFERENCE CONVENES TO ASSESS FUTURE OF FOOD TRADE AGREEMENTS
Rome, 11 October.- Five years after the conclusion of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an international conference opens today to reassess the implications of agreements dealing with food trade. The complicated issues of improving and harmonizing standards for international food trade and new questions that continue to arise over food quality and safety will be discussed at the 'International Food Trade--Beyond 2000' conference organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WTO, 11-15 October in Melbourne, Australia.

PR 99/58

EUROPE: LOCAL ANIMAL BREEDS STILL THREATENED BY EXTINCTION
Rome, 10 October - Europe's traditional animal breeds are some of the most threatened animal genetic resources in the world, says a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report submitted to the FAO European Commission on Agriculture (ECA*). However, linking certain breeds with specific animal food products, in some cases has successfully contributed to a better conservation and utilisation of local breeds in Europe, FAO said. The report will be discussed at the next meeting of the FAO/ECA in Rome, 12-14 October.

PR 99/57

RURAL WOMEN NOT CONTENT TO BE STATISTICS
UN conference underlines the need for more data on rural women, but delegates call for action on other fronts, too

ROME, 6 October - Addressing a "data gap" that leaves women's work largely uncounted in agricultural and other censuses in developing countries was the primary goal of a ministerial meeting convened here this week by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). But while hardly a speaker disagreed with that idea, scores of delegates called for action on other fronts, too, including giving rural women a chance to speak out, and to be heard by their national leaders and by development agencies.

PR 99/56

WOMEN KEY TO INCREASING GLOBAL DEMAND FOR FOOD, SAYS FAO AS 3-DAY HIGH-LEVEL CONSULTATION ON RURAL WOMENAND INFORMATION OPENS IN ROME
Rome, 4 October - If world and national leaders are to have any hope of feeding their growing populations over the next 30 years, they will need to take a hard look at national policies and make sure the economic contributions of rural women are factored in, according to Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

PR 99/55

FAO PROMOTING INTERNATIONAL TEA TRADE MARK AT INTERGOVERNMENTAL TEA MEETING
Rome, 27 September -- Production and consumption of black tea are projected to rise at about 3 percent a year through the year 2005, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is testing a new Tea Trade Mark to promote the consumption of black tea based upon growing scientific evidence that drinking black tea can form part of a healthy lifestyle. FAO documents prepared for the Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Tea, which opened a three-day session in Ottawa, Canada today, said the UN agency "seeks to encourage the tea industry to adopt this new campaign because it has the potential to increase overall tea consumption for the benefit of both producer and consuming nations."

PR 99/53

UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OPENS SYMPOSIUM TO ASSIST DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WITH PREPARATIONS FOR NEW ROUND OF AGRICULTURE TRADE TALKS
GENEVA, September 23 --The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today opened a two-day symposium in Geneva, Switzerland on agriculture, trade and food security. The meeting is part of FAO's effort to help member countries, particularly developing countries, with preparations for upcoming trade negotiations that are expected to be launched at the third World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference. The Conference is scheduled to be held from 30 November to 3 December 1999, in Seattle, Washington (USA). The symposium will examine issues that affect agricultural production and trade in developing countries, while focusing on ways to improve food security.

PR 99/52

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGRICULTURE AND LAND USE OPENS IN MAASTRICHT TO STUDY THE MANY FUNCTIONS OF AGRICULTURE IN SOCIETY AND THE ECONOMY
Maastricht, September 12 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Netherlands (NL) today inaugurated a five-day international Conference to study the Multifunctional Character of Agriculture and Land (MFCAL). The MFCAL concept is a tool used to analyze and explain the multiple roles that agriculture plays in a rapidly changing world economy. It helps policy makers understand the roles that agriculture plays in relation to other sectors of society, the economy and the environment. In turn, that enables policy planners to implement policies that encourage economic development and strengthen food security, without disrupting social stability, or degrading the environment.

PR 99/50

FOOD PRODUCTION IN KOSOVO DOWN BY 65 PERCENT; UN FOOD AGENCIES WARN OF SERIOUS NUTRITIONAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES
Rome, 10 September 1999 --- The Rome-based United Nations food agencies today said Kosovars living in rural areas in the Kosovo province of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia have lost 65 percent of this year's agricultural and livestock production due to the recent conflict and warned of serious nutritional and economic consequences in the coming months.

PR 99/48

NEARLY 10 MILLION PEOPLE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA NEED EMERGENCY FOOD AID AS FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION WORSENS
Rome, 9 August -- Nearly 10 million people in sub-Saharan Africa need emergency food assistance, according to a report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In Somalia alone, "one million people are facing serious food shortages, with over 400,000 at risk of starvation."

PR 99/47

NEW FORUM FOR SHARING INFORMATION ON POST-HARVEST RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHED
Rome, August 6 -- Responding to growing post-harvest information needs, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced the formation of PhAction, a global post-harvest forum. Ten institutions will participate in the new forum, with the goal of creating and developing post-harvest information systems and raising the profile of post-harvest research.

PR 99/45

FAO/UNEP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE MAKES A RAPID START IN IMPLEMENTING THE ROTTERDAM CONVENTION ON TRADE IN DANGEROUS CHEMICALS

TWO NEW SUBSTANCES HAVE BEEN INCLUDED TO THE PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT PROCEDURE
Rome, 18 July 1999.- Delegates from more than 100 countries made a rapid start in implementing the Rotterdam Convention on trade in dangerous chemicals, thereby underlining the urgent need to protect health and environment in developing countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

PR 99/44

SOMALIA COULD FACE LARGE SCALE STARVATION, FAO WARNS - SOME 400,000 PEOPLE AT RISK

Rome, 12. July - More than one million people are facing serious food shortages in Somalia, with more than 400,000 Somalis at risk of starvation, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a Special Report released today.

PR 99/43

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WILL JUMP-START IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW CONVENTION ON TRADE IN DANGEROUS CHEMICALS
Rome, 12 July - More than 100 countries are participating in an international conference to jump-start the new Convention on trade in dangerous chemicals, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. The meeting (*) will be held at FAO Headquarters, 12-16 July.

PR 99/42

MORE THAN 1 MILLION PEOPLE IN AFGHANISTAN NEED FOOD ASSISTANCE, UN AGENCIES SAY
Rome, 9 July -- More than 1 million people in Afghanistan will need relief and rehabilitation assistance over the next 18 months because of a sharp reduction in cereal production this year, according to a report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

PR 99/41

THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION APPROVES GUIDELINES FOR ORGANIC FOOD AND SETS UP TASKFORCES ON STANDARDS FOR FOODS DERIVED FROM BIOTECHNOLOGY, ANIMAL FEEDING AND FRUIT JUICES
Rome, 4 July .- International guidelines for the production, processing, labelling and marketing of organically produced food were approved by the joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission, the highest international body on food standards. The Commission met from 28 June to 3 July with representatives from 98 member countries, one observer country, the European Community and 63 non governmental organizations.

PR 99/40

CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION TO APPROVE INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR ORGANIC FOOD
Rome, 28 June 1999 .- Guidelines for the production, processing, labelling and marketing of organically produced food are expected to be approved by the joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission, the body that sets international food standards, at its 23rd session in Rome (28 June-3 July).

PR 99/39

BANGLADESH, THE GAMBIA SIGN AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE ACCORD AS PART OF FAO'S SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR FOOD SECURITY
Rome, 23 June -- The governments of Bangladesh and The Gambia recently signed a tripartite agreement with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to send Bangladeshi agricultural technicians to assist the agricultural sector in The Gambia, the UN Agency announced today. The cooperative accord, signed under the framework of FAO's Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS), will put the technical assistance services of Bangladesh to work in The Gambia for three years, continuing a spirit of cooperation between South Asia and African countries.

PR 99/38

FAO/WFP CALL FOR EMERGENCY FOOD AID TO ASSIST ANGOLANS FACING INCREASED RISK OF MALNUTRITION
Rome, 16 June --- Hundreds of thousands of Angolans face an increased risk of malnutrition due to reduced access to food, coupled with poor health and inadequate sanitation conditions, says a joint report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

PR 99/37

TWO CANDIDATES TO STAND FOR ELECTION AS DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION
Rome, June 14 -Jacques Diouf of Senegal and Juan Carlos Roland Vignaud of Argentina have been nominated for the post of Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the agency announced today.

PR 99/36

FAO URGES BETTER CONTROL OF ANIMAL FEED CONTAMINATION PROBLEMS
Rome, 10 June --The widening Belgian cancer scare from dioxin contaminated animal products is another clear warning that animal feeds can have a direct impact on the quality and safety of foods, according to a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statement released today. The latest food contamination incident follows the outbreak of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or Mad Cow Disease in the United Kingdom, which health authorities suspect may be linked to a variant of Creutzfeldt Jakob disease in humans.

PR 99/34

UN FOOD AGENCIES SAY JORDAN HIT BY WORST DROUGHT IN DECADES
FOOD PRODUCTION SHARPLY DOWN, KINGDOM WILL NEED EMERGENCY FOOD AID AND ASSISTANCE FOR AGRICULTURE SECTOR

Rome, 3 June-The Kingdom of Jordan has been hit by the "worst drought in decades" affecting hundreds of thousands of people, according to a joint report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

PR 99/33

FAO CALLS FOR FINAL PUSH TO ELIMINATE THE LAST FEW POCKETS OF RINDERPEST
UN agency warns the cattle plague could lead to severe economic losses should it begin to spread again

Rome, 2 June 1999.- Despite tremendous progress towards global rinderpest eradication in recent years, failure to wipe out the few remaining pockets of the deadly cattle disease, also known as cattle plague, could result in its widespread resurgence, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

PR 99/32

PRODUCING MORE COTTON WITH LESS PESTICIDES:
EU FINANCES 12-MILLION-EURO PROJECT IN ASIA

Rome, 26 May -- The European Union will finance a 12 million-Euro ($12.7 million) project on environmentally-friendly cotton production in Asia. The programme will be carried out in Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the agency announced today.

PR 99/31

FAO WARNS OF THE DANGEROUS LEGACY
OF OBSOLETE PESTICIDES

Rome, 24 May -- Like a "time-bomb", huge stocks of dangerous obsolete and unused pesticides in Africa and the Near East will pose a threat to humans and the environment until 2030, if funding for waste disposal remains at today's low level, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned. FAO called upon governments and industry to increase their efforts and financial support to solve this environmental problem. The statement was made on the occasion of a donors meeting (24-25 May) in Rome.

PR 99/30

EGYPT, TANZANIA SIGN AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE ACCORD AS PART OF FAO'S SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR FOOD SECURITY
Rome, 18 May -- The governments of Egypt and Tanzania signed a tripartite agreement today with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to send Egyptian agricultural technicians to assist Tanzanian agriculture. The cooperative accord, signed under the framework of FAO's Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS), will put the technical assistance services of Egypt at the disposal of Tanzania for three years, stressing a continuing spirit of cooperation between the two African countries.

PR 99/28

ORGANIC BANANA SALES GROWING AT 30 PERCENT A YEAR, SAYS FAO; AT AUSTRALIA BANANA MEETING, UN AGENCY ALSO RAISES CONCERN AS RUSSIA'S ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES LEAD TO SHARP DROP IN BANANA CONSUMPTION
Rome, 6 May - Global imports of fresh organic bananas grew to some 27,000 tonnes at the end of 1998, still a small niche trade when compared to total banana imports of more than 11 million tonnes, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. However, the UN agency added in a document presented at the Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Bananas and Tropical Fruits meeting in Gold Coast, Australia 4-8 May, imports of organic bananas have been growing at approximately 30 percent per year.

PR 99/27

PROMOTION OF SCHOOL MILK INITIATIVES TOPIC OF INTERNATIONAL MEETING AT BEAUMONT, WINDSOR UK
Rome, 5 May -- Recognizing a growing international interest in starting, or bringing back school milk programmes, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UK Dairy Industry Federation will jointly hold a School Milk Conference for Europe at Beaumont, Windsor UK today, 5 May. The Conference will focus on current examples of best practice in the administration of school milk programmes.

PR 99/26

FAO CALLS FOR $9 MILLION IN EMERGENCY AID FOR POOR RURAL FAMILIES IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA
Rome, 4 May -- Albanian and Macedonian poor farmers hosting Kosovar refugees urgently need agricultural aid to continue farming activities and to maintain food production, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

PR 99/25

FAO ANNOUNCES THEME FOR WORLD FOOD DAY/TELEFOOD 1999:
"YOUTH AGAINST HUNGER"

Rome, 3 May - "Youth against Hunger" will be the theme of this year's World Food Day and TeleFood campaign aimed at raising public awareness and mobilizing civil society in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

PR 99/24

UNITED NATIONS OFFICE FOR PROJECT SERVICES OPENS AT FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION HEADQUARTERS IN ROME
Rome, 20 April --- The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has opened a regional office at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to an FAO announcement released today. Attending last night's inaugural ceremony were: UNOPS Executive Director Reinhart Helmke, FAO Deputy Director-General David Harcharik and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Fawzi H. Sultan.

PR 99/23

FAO SPECIAL REPORT FORECASTS CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN FOOD OUTLOOK FOR MUCH OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, BUT WARNS WAR AND CIVIL STRIFE THREATEN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION IN ANGOLA, SOMALIA, THE GREAT LAKES REGION, ETHIOPIA, ERITREA, SIERRA LEONE AND GUINEA BISSAU
Johannesburg, 21 April -- Though much of sub-Saharan Africa continues to see improved food and crop prospects, a Special UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Report released today, warns that war and civil strife remain a threat to food security in several countries of the sub-region. Adverse weather conditions are further aggravating the situation in some areas.

PR 99/22

MILLENNIUM BUG THREATENS WORLD FARM PRODUCTION
UN Food and Agriculture Organization Warns that Developing Countries are also Vulnerable
Rome, 19 April --The Year 2000 (Y2K) problem threatens agricultural production and food supply systems worldwide, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. A statement released on the Organization's Web Site cautioned that "the Millenium Bug could prove one of the most dangerous pests threatening farmers, along with the locusts and brown planthoppers they have battled with throughout the centuries."

PR 99/21

FAO WARNS KOSOVO CRISIS WILL HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS FOR THE REGION'S FUTURE FOOD SECURITY
Rome, 14 April -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in a Special Alert released today, warned that apart from the direct human consequence, the Kosovo crisis has devastated the agricultural and food-processing industries, resulting in a severe reduction in food output, supplies and food availability.

PR 99/20

FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL MEETS HIS COUNTERPART OF THE OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DES EPIZOOTIES
Rome, 7 April 1999.- Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today met Dr Jean Blancou, Director-General of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) to discuss ways and means to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations in the areas of animal health and production.

PR 99/19

FAO SENDS MISSION TO ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA
Rome, 7 April - An assessment mission of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has left for Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia today, the UN agency announced in a statement.

PR 99/18

FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE: FAO LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVES IN CIS COUNTRIES AND NORTH AFRICA
Rome, 6 April 1999.- The highly contagious livestock disease, known as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), could spread into Russia and other parts of Europe if tough prevention measures are not put in place in the Community of Independent States and neighbouring countries where outbreaks have occured, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

PR 99/16

INLAND FISHERIES ARE UNDER INCREASING THREAT FROM ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
Rome, 24 March - Freshwater fish, a major source of food and protein, is increasingly threatened worldwide by environmental degradation, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement released today.

PR 99/15

FAO SIGNS AGREEMENTS WITH WFP AND IFAD TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION IN SUPPORT OF WORLD FOOD SECURITY
Rome, 18 March 1999. - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed separate agreements with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to strengthen cooperation in support of world food security.

PR 99/14

WORLD WATER DAY: IRRIGATION COULD HELP FIGHT HUNGER AND POVERTY
Rome, 22 March - Irrigation can make a significant contribution to reducing poverty and hunger, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report published today on the occasion of World Water Day (22 March), which is celebrated by the UN.

PR 99/13

FAO HELPS MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES SET UP A
NETWORK FOR RABBIT BREEDING

Rome, 17 March 1999. - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is currently helping Mediterranean countries to set up a network to promote rabbit breeding for food security, income purposes, diversification of livestock and better use of feed resources.

PR 99/12

MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES PLEDGES TO HELP FOSTER DEVELOPMENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMS TO SECURE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY IN THE ISLAND STATES
Rome, 12 March - Countries attending the Special Ministerial Conference on Agriculture in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today, have adopted a declaration pledging "to support the sustainable development in small island developing states "and to address their particular needs."

PR 99/11

GOVERNMENTS SUPPORT NEW INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS TO REDUCE OVERFISHING AND OVERCAPACITY
Rome, 11 March - Ministers and Senior Representatives from some 120 countries expressed their concern about "overfishing of the world's major marine fishery resources, destructive and wasteful fishing practices and excess capacity" during an international conference in Rome held by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

PR 99/10

UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION CONVENES MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE TO HELP SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES MEET THE CHALLENGES OF ECONOMIC CHANGE, ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND NATURAL DISASTERS; FAO PROPOSES PLAN OF ACTION
Rome, 11 March - A special Ministerial meeting on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will convene in Rome to consider action against global financial turmoil, a changing trade regime, environmental threats and natural disasters. They will also take up a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Draft Plan of Action aimed at helping agriculture, fisheries and forestry in SIDS countries. FAO estimates the annual cost of implementing the Plan at $180 million.

PR 99/08

RISK OF RIFT VALLEY FEVER MINIMALIZED
IN HORN OF AFRICA, SAYS WHO AND FAO

Rome/Alexandria (Egypt)/ Harare (Zimbabwe), 5 March 1999.- The risk of infection with the Rift Valley fever virus, for both humans and animals, has been reduced to minimal or negligible proportions in the countries of the Horn of Africa, after an epidemic lasting from October 1997 to March 1998 in Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, a joint statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

PR 99/07

FAO FOOD UPDATE CAUTIONS THAT MANY COUNTRIES STILL FACE FOOD SUPPLY PROBLEMS DESPITE GENERALLY SATISFACTORY CEREAL SUPPLIES IN 1998/99
Paris, March 2 - The continued impact of severe weather phenomena and turmoil in the world's financial markets threatens to make the food supply situation difficult for many countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a special Food Update released today at the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris.

PR 99/06

GLOBAL FOREST COVER SHRINKING, BUT COUNTRIES CONFRONT THE PROBLEM WITH BETTER MANAGEMENT
ROME, 1 March - While forests still cover one-fourth of the planet's land area, the global forest estate continues to shrink at a net rate of about 11.3 million hectares per year. But more and more countries today seem determined to confront the problem, enacting tough new logging regulations, setting aside more forest as protected areas, adopting enlightened management practices, and turning increasingly to recycling and manufacturing efficiencies in wood processing. So states a report released today by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

PR 99/04

FAO WARNS OF DANGER TO NEAR EAST IF OUTBREAK OF ANIMAL DISEASES IN IRAQ IS NOT CONTAINED - SITUATION COULD THREATEN NEAR EAST FOOD SECURITY
Rome, February 10 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today expressed grave concern that the outbreak of animal diseases in Iraq may spread to other countries in the Near East seriously undermining food security in the region.

PR 99/03

ORGANIC FARMING OFFERS NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR FARMERS WORLDWIDE -MARKET ACCESS SHOULD BE IMPROVED FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Rome, 25 January - Consumer demand for organically produced food is on the rise and provides new market opportunities for farmers and businesses around the world, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today in a report presented to the Committee on Agriculture. "Under the right circumstances, the market returns from organic agriculture can potentially contribute to local food security by increasing family incomes," the report said.

PR 99/02

FAO: BIOTECHNOLOGY CAN HELP FEED AN INCREASING WORLD POPULATION - POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ASPECTS NEED TO BE BALANCED
Rome, 21 January - Biotechnology is a powerful tool to feed an increasing world population, but its "positive and negative potential" should be carefully evaluated, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. "All concerns must be clearly balanced, respecting ethical aspects but reflecting the actual and potential possibilities of increasing food supplies and alleviating hunger," FAO said in a report prepared for the Committee on Agriculture.

PR 99/01

THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) TO BEGIN NEW ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF THE URUGUAY ROUND ON AGRICULTURAL MARKETS
Rome, January 19 -- The Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP), a committee of the governing body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in a report released today, called on FAO "to undertake additional analysis on the impact of the Uruguay Round, particularly on food security" before the next round of multilateral trade negotiations begins toward the end of 1999.

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