Tropical Race 4 (TR4) of Fusarium wilt: Expanded Threat to Global Banana Production

Bananas (Musa spp.), including dessert banana, plantain, and cooking banana, are the eighth most important food crop in the world, and the fourth most important in the least developed countries (FAOSTAT, 2013). However the crop is vulnerable to a number of diseases, including...[more]

Linking international conventions with pesticide risk reduction in the field

Endosulfan, a widely used broad spectrum organochlorine insecticide, has been listed by the Rotterdam Convention subject to the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure since 2011. It is also listed  by the Stockholm Convention as a persistent organic pollutant (POP) and ...[more]

Making communities aware of risks from pesticides

From 17 to 21 of March 2014, the FAO/EU partnership project on "Improved pesticides and chemicals management in the Former Soviet Union" held a training on awareness raising and communication in Chisinau, Moldova.The course brought together representatives of national NGOs and...[more]

EU and FAO working together to improve pesticides and chemicals management in the former Soviet Union

The FAO-EU partnership project on pesticide management in the former Soviet Union has now been active for two years. This initiative aims to act as a catalyst for the development capacity linked to the improved management of obsolete pesticide and hazardous waste and by...[more]

Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Colombia and El Salvador

With the objectives to strengthen the capacities of countries to monitor and report problems regarding the use of Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulation (SHPF) and to identify potential substances that could be proposed for Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention, several...[more]

Farm machinery and sustainable agriculture must evolve together

Farm machines have revolutionized agriculture and reduced drudgery for millions of farm families and workers, but the machinery of tomorrow will have to do more than that – it will also have to contribute to agriculture that is environmentally sustainable. A new FAO book,...[more]

Measuring Pollination Deficits

Why is it important to measure pollination deficits?The health of pollinators may impact the sustained productivity of crops, orchards and pastures. The demise of pollinator groups can affect ecosystems on all levels as it pertains to communities of plants and animals and...[more]

“Perennialize” Agriculture

Perennial agriculture, including perennial grains, oil seeds and legumes as well as forages and trees can take sustainable intensification to the next level and achieve productivity goals as well as social benefits and functioning ecosystem processes and services. It has...[more]

Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Team of the FAO is pleased to advise that the Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (endorsed by the Commission for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at its Fourteenth Regular Session held from 15 -...[more]

Supporting Communities in Building Resilience through Agro Pastoral Field Schools

This publication details the development of Agro Pastoral Field Schools (APFS) in Africa from FFS, first developed in Asia. The publication describes the unique challenges of pastoralists and the APFS program itself which  addresses these problems through a multi-functional...[more]

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