The Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 27 to 29 April 2011. The opening meeting will...[more]

Joint International Symposium on management of Tuta absoluta (tomato borer)

In the past few years T. absoluta (tomato borer) has spread rapidly through countries in the Mediterranean Basin and has threatened tomato production in protected and open systems. While various countries may have worked to develop management strategies for the tomato borer,...[more]

Pesticide problem solved in Paraguay

In Paraguay a fire that took place in a site owned by the Oficina Fiscalizadora de Algodón y Tabaco  (OFAT) in the city of Asunción in 2003 resulted in about 160 tonnes of damaged pesticides, contaminated soil and other contaminated materials being placed in hastily procured...[more]

Novel Training Materials on the International Treaty launched on the Occasion of Governing Body Meeting

The first in a series of five comprehensive educational modules on the operation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has been presented to Contracting Parties and other stakeholders in a side event at the Fourth Session of the...[more]

International Symposium on Urban and Peri-Urban Horticulture (UPH) in the Century of Cities

The First International Symposium on Urban and Peri-Urban Horticulture (UPH) in the Century of Cities held on 6-9 December 2010 in Dakar, Senegal attracted more than 200 participants from 39 countries of Africa, America, Asia and Europe. The symposium was convened and jointly...[more]

FAO Expert Consultation - Seed Policy Formulation

An expert consultation workshop on seed policy formulation will be organized by FAO and ENSE/INRAN from 28 to 30 March in Milan. It will gather up to 30 participants including seed policy experts, Ministry of Agriculture officials, researchers, seed experts, representatives of...[more]

Rotterdam Convention expands the 'watch list'

A group of 31 experts in chemicals management and numerous observers will participate at the Seventh meeting of the Chemical Review Committee in Rome, from 28 March 2011 to 1 April 2011. The main objective of this meeting is to review notifications and to propose the addition...[more]

Gardens of Biodiversity

As part of its contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, FAO has published a book celebrating the richness of biodiversity for food and agriculture in the Southern Caucasus, birthplace of many common foods found on plates all over the world. Comprising Armenia, ...[more]

Training workshop on the establishment of MRLs in Budapest

The first FAO Training Workshop on the establishment of Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) and risk assessment of pesticide residue took place in Budapest, Hungary, from 8 to 12 November 2010. Fifteen trainees participated in the workshop, thirteen of them coming from developing...[more]

Emergency locust crisis in Madagascar

Since the last rainy season, an upsurge of the Migratory Locust is underway in Madagascar. The food security and livelihood of nearly half a million Malagasy households is threatened. From May 2010 onwards, locust swarms have progressively moved northwards from the outbreak...[more]

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