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Participants call for action to strengthen support to participatory farmer education through FFS
Some 50 experts from 21 countries in West and Central Africa met in Dakar last December for a 5 day regional workshop on Farmer Field Schools. The organisation of the workshop was supported by the Plant
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Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
Livestock keepers and policy makers worldwide are increasingly interested in harnessing animal biodiversity to improve production and food security on a warmer, more crowded planet, according to a new FAO report issued today. The agency
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The symposium takes a multisectoral approach, covering the crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors. It also aims to cover the wide spectrum of available biotechnologies, including microbial food fermentation, tissue culture in plants, reproductive technologies
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The world’s highly diverse and dynamic soils provide essential functions and services vital equally to humans and ecosystems. This was the message at the celebration entitled “Achievements and Future Challenges” organised earlier this month by
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An expert consultation organized by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division developed a research project on isotope based techniques for estimation of feed intake in grazing cattle. The project is expected to start in early 2016.
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Organic fertilizers and soil health
Soil is a non-renewable resource crucial for food production and ecosystem stability, thus improving and maintaining soil health and reversing soil degradation is critical to sustainable agriculture. FAO defines soil health as: “The capacity of soil
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FAO issues guidelines on conservation and use of world’s genetic resources for food and agriculture
In the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, FAO has released new guidelines to assist countries in better conserving and sustainably using genetic resources in times of climate change.
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The Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP) was developed in 2013 with the aim to help smallholder farmers and pastoralists assess their climate resilience and facilitate discussion between community
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Ebola, MERS-CoV and H5N1 avian influenza among diseases with human health implications and pandemic potential being targeted in Africa, Middle East and Asia
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is backing FAO's efforts to combat pandemic animal disease threats in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with an additional $87 million in funding covering the 2015-19
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Agroecological approaches have been given increased attention within FAO. As regional meetings are being held this year, FAO is gearing up to implement Agroecology with partners in the next biennium.
Why Agroecology? The global food system is at a crossroads. As the new Sustainable Development Goals show, agriculture is key in ending hunger and malnutrition in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable way. This will include a
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