Greener cities in Africa

Africa's urban population is growing faster than that of any other region, but many of its cities are not keeping pace with the increasing demand for food that comes with that growth. A new FAO publication says policymakers need to act now to steer urbanization toward healthy,...[more]

FAO building on partnership approach in order to increase impact of its interventions

September 2012 - In response to the uneven results of development assistance to date, FAO is henceforth to encourage a series of good practices, including the use of "integrated projects", whose implementation is based on the entire value chain and the use of an ...[more]

Rural businesses produce high quality basic grain seed for small farmers in Central America

Since 2010, twenty-nine small rural enterprises in the business of producing high quality seed have been producing enough bean seed to plant 78,000 hectares, which will make bean grain available to 296,000 families in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua,...[more]

Regional Symposium on the Management of Fruit Flies in Near East Countries

Globally, fruit flies (Diptera, Tephritidae) are one of the most agriculturally important families of insects. About 70 species of fruit flies are considered important agricultural pests, causing very high losses every year. Fruit flies attack fruits of many important crops,...[more]

EU contributes €5 million to help farmers maintain crop diversity

June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - The European Commission is contributing €5 million euros (6.5 million dollars) towards the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO announced today, at a high-level ministerial meeting...[more]

Rotterdam Convention works with stakeholders to address risks of severely hazardous pesticide formulations

Samut Sakhon, Thailand, May 2012. More than 30 representatives from the Ministry of Environment (MOE), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Ministry of Health (MOH), provincial government officers and occupational health officers, farmers, students, NGOs (the Education Foundation, the...[more]

FAO/OECD Workshop: Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector

The FAO/OECD Workshop on Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector will consider the various types risks to which agriculture is prone, the incidence climate change is expected to have on them, and various risk management strategies,...[more]

The gene pool of the Treaty gets 351 Moroccan wheat accessions from a benefit-sharing Fund project

The global gene pool of the International Treaty received this week 351 new wheat accessions that have been evaluated during the life of a Benefit-sharing Fund project implemented in Morocco, as announced by the National Agriculture Research Institute of this country.This is the...[more]

Minimum tillage potato IPM boosts farm incomes

In  2008, FAO introduced Viet Nam to the concept of minimum tillage potato growing using integrated pest management (IPM) in lowland rice production systems. Rice fields are not ploughed, or tilled, after harvesting. Instead, the paddies are drained using drainage furrows that...[more]

Handbook for Participatory Socioeconomic Evaluation of Pollinator-friendly Practices

Smallholder farmers will soon be better able to weigh up the cost and benefits of adopting new practices that support some of the most overlooked contributors to global food security - the insects and other animals that pollinate their crops and boost yields.  FAO’s Global...[more]

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