Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was adopted by the FAO Council in Rome on 29 November 2011 as a new global framework aiming at the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s diversity of plants on which food and...[more]

Proceedings of the Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change available online

Soil salinization is one of the more subtle and progressive causes of soil degradation, threatening some of the most productive lands currently under irrigated agriculture. It is also an increasing environmental concern for those areas for which suggested climate change...[more]

FAO participates in SmartSOIL project kick-off meeting

The newly funded EU-project SmartSOIL had its kick-off meeting in Brussels on November 10-11 2011. FAO participates in SmartSOIL as a member of the advisory panel and is represented by Caterina Batello, team leader AGPME, with Christian Nolte, Senior Officer Soil Fertility and...[more]

Online Information Package on Climate-smart Agriculture Goes Live

The online package on climate-resilient and environmentally sound agriculture or "climate-smart" agriculture goes live. Through simplified concepts and relevant resources and examples, we explore the impacts of global change on agriculture, the impacts of agriculture on...[more]

Sri Lanka 2011: Rotterdam Convention continues its work against risks caused by use of hazardous pesticide formulations

There are certain formulations of pesticides that cannot be safely used in many developing countries given the socio-economic and climatic conditions. These formulations can result in problems for human health or the environment.  Despite the fact that pesticide poisoning is a...[more]

Strong support for horticulture development in Africa

African governments should promote sustainable small-scale horticulture in rural, urban and peri-urban areas, in order to boost consumption of fruit and vegetables across the region. That was one of the key recommendations of the Anglophone African Regional Workshop on Promotion...[more]

Regional Training workshops on pesticide residue risk assessment and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) setting

Following the first international training workshop on the establishment of MRLs and residue risk assessment held last year in Budapest, Hungary, in collaboration with the Foreign Agricultural Service, United States Department of Agriculture, in 2011, AGPMC held other three...[more]

Joining forces to protect vulnerable groups from pesticides exposure

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) held a side event on the occasion of the Fifth Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (COP 5) that took place in Geneva from 20 to 24...[more]

Regional Training workshops on pesticide residue risk assessment and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) setting in Brazil and Ghana

In collaboration with the Foreign Agricultural Service, United States Department of Agriculture, AGPMC held two regional training workshops on pesticide residue risk assessment and standard setting in Brazil and Ghana.  The workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean was held...[more]

New publication: Save and grow

AGP has published Save and grow, a 112-page guide for policymakers to the sustainable intensification of smallholder crop production. Save and grow says that while the Green Revolution led to a quantum leap in food production and bolstered world food security, intensive crop...[more]

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