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]

FAO Country Pasture Profiles Reach 100

One hundred profiles are now available in the FAO Country Pasture Profile database. Developed to make available basic information about the pasture and forage resources of countries, each profile provides a broad overview of relevant general, topographical, climatic and...[more]

Training module on conservation and sustainable use under the International Treaty now Available Online

The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has just published an educational module on conservation and sustainable use as part of a series of training materials for the implementation of the Treaty. This second module is...[more]

Learning from others: Banana wilt control in Eastern DRC

Despite efforts to control the disease for almost ten years, Banana Bacterial Wilt (or BXW as it is known) continues to ravage banana fields in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), especially in the North and South Kivu neighbourhoods. At the same time the disease has...[more]

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