20 July 2012, Rome - Exactly a year ago today, the United Nations announced a state of famine in southern Somalia. The six-month crisis caused thousands of deaths and required a massive humanitarian aid programme before it was declared officially over on 3 February 2012.
Today Somalia is on the path to recovery but the situation remains critical and continued aid is vital in order
11 July 2012, Rome - While international agricultural commodity markets appear to have entered calmer conditions after record highs last year, food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook.
The report suggests that in addition
9 July 2012, Rome - Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture play a crucial role in food and nutrition security and in providing for the livelihoods of millions of people.
FAO's latest flagship publication on the state of fisheries and aquaculture, launched at the opening of the 30th session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, highlights the sector's vital contribution to the world's well-being and prosperity, a point reflected
9 July 2012, Rome - FAO opened a new liaison office for cooperatives and producer organizations today in order to revitalize the Organization's collaboration with these organizations worldwide.
The opening comes a few days after the International Day of Cooperatives, celebrated on Saturday, July 7.
"We are confident that this liaison office will allow cooperatives and producer organizations to have a stronger voice as FAO's key
6 July 2012, Rome - The world needs to take a hard look at speculation on the financial markets and its potential impact on food price volatility, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at a high-level debate on the issue at FAO Headquarters in Rome.
"While there has been much analysis of food price volatility, including at FAO, more understanding is still needed, especially concerning the impacts