Inauguration of upgraded greenhouse facility for surveillance of wheat rust diseases

Wheat rust diseases are economically the most important diseases of wheat occurring almost in all wheat growing regions. These fungal pathogens frequently evolve and produce new races which can attack the wheat varieties that may have been resistant previously. The race Ug99 of...[more]

Seed marketing with SMS

FAO is using novel ways of delivering quality seed to farmers. Last week, national staff from Ivory Coast participated in a training workshop on mobile technology-based information systems, which will help to enhance seed marketing in the country.A two-week training was...[more]

Why plant new crops every year? - Re-imagining single-use crops

The world needs to produce food for a population of 9 billion by 2050, while coping with soil and biodiversity losses, water and energy scarcity, and the risks of climate change variability. Perennial crops provide a way to reduce environmental impacts and labour while...[more]

Wheat rust diseases remain a constant but neglected threat

FAO is calling for countries in the global ‘wheat belt’ to step up monitoring and prevention for wheat rusts – fungal diseases that do especially well in particularly wet seasons. Yields could be affected across North Africa, the Middle East into West and South Asia, which...[more]

Stopping pests before they start: global capacity development to prevent pest damage

The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has made strides during the past year to design a globally relevant capacity development work plan for the Secretariat and its Capacity Development Committee. This culminated last week in the second meeting...[more]

Small seed businesses contribute to improved food security in Honduras

Small seed businesses are contributing to increase the supply of high quality maize and beans seed to family farmers, which is improving national food security in Honduras.  These improvements are being made possible, in part, through the efforts of the “Seed for Development”...[more]

Workshops on Management of Wheat Rust Diseases in Morocco and Turkey

Wheat rust diseases: planning and rapid surveillance are the keys to efficient management[more]

Report on the First Project Portfolio of the International Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund now available online

The Report on the First Round of the Project Cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund, published by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in February 2013, is now available online. It contains financial and technical information...[more]

VIII International Congress on Cactus Pear and Cochineal

The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), FAO---ICARDA Cactusnet and the Department of Agricultural and forestry Science of the University of Palermo (IT), jointly with the Department of Science for Nature and Environmental Resources / University of Sassari...[more]

The risk of pesticides to wild bees

Crop losses to pests are a major problem in sustaining production, and often, pesticides are used as the first line of defense against pests. However, the indiscriminate use of pesticides often impacts negatively on beneficial insects – insects that provide essential ecosystem...[more]

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