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FAO Food Price Index posts sharp drop in July
Export prices for cereals, dairy, sugar, meat and vegetable oils all decline
02.08.2018 Rome
FAO Food Price Index posts sharp drop in July
Global agricultural food commodity prices fell sharply in July, as all the major traded items posted notable declines, led by dairy and sugar. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 168.8 points, 3.7 percent below their June level, the biggest monthly drop since late last year. The index had been steadily rising in 2018 until June. The FAO Food Price Index is a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of...
Building stronger, climate-resilient farming and forest communities
Second phase of Forest and Farm Facility initiative launched at COFO24
20.07.2018 Rome
Building stronger, climate-resilient farming and forest communities
Millions of small-scale farmers and foresters will be able to better protect their lands from the impacts of climate change, and improve their livelihoods thanks to renewed global efforts announced today on the sidelines of World Forest Week (COFO24). The Forest and Farm Facility initiative - a partnership among FAO, IIED, IUCN and AgriCord initiated in 2013 - will scale up its efforts to help forest and farm producers and their organizations develop climate resilient landscapes, strengthen enterprises and...
Made in Forests: Eco-friendly "Star Threads” for Award-winning Actor Michelle Yeoh in new UN video “
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador spotlights sustainable forest-based fashion at High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development New York / Geneva, 16 July 2018 - Malaysian-born film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh will attend the High Level Political Forum in New York today to put the spotlight on the role that clothing manufacture and consumer fashion can have for a better planet with a new video, called “Made in Forests.” “The connection...
To defeat hunger, protecting agriculture from climate-related shocks must be central to disaster risk reduction measures in Asia and the Pacific
Governments and other stakeholders must place sustainable and productive agriculture front and centre in their attempts to reduce the impact of disasters and climate-related shocks in the world’s most disaster-prone region, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. The warning was made on the sidelines of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, underway this week in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar. The AMCDRR is a Ministerial-level follow up...
New South-South agreement between China and FAO aims to reduce the spread of cross-border animal disease in the Greater Mekong Subregion
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has entered into a three-way partnership with China and five other countries in Southeast Asia to limit the spread of trans-boundary animal diseases (TADs), FAO announced today.  The FAO-China South-South Cooperation Project on Transboundary Animal Disease Control in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region was launched during a meeting in the Chinese capital Beijing. The project is funded by the government of China...
FAO-led Bay of Bengal fisheries and environment management project re-energized with US$ 15 million from The Global Environment Facility
The Global Environment Facility (The GEF) has today approved US$ 15 million in funding to assist continued management of the large marine ecosystem in the Bay of Bengal in order to help sustain ecosystem services for the benefit of the coastal populations and countries. The ultimate goal is to help safeguard ecosystem services that are estimated to be worth around US$ 240 billion over the next 25 years, and reinforce nutrition...
Child labour in agriculture is on the rise, driven by conflict and disasters
FAO warns that this trend undermines efforts to end hunger and poverty
12.06.2018 Rome
Child labour in agriculture is on the rise, driven by conflict and disasters
After years of steady decline, child labour in agriculture has started to rise again in recent years driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters. This worrisome trend, not only threatens the wellbeing of millions of children, but also undermines efforts to end global hunger and poverty, warned FAO today as it observed World Day Against Child Labour. The number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased...
Growing momentum to close the net on illegal fishing
More countries sign up to block vessels carrying illegal catches
05.06.2018 Rome
Growing momentum to close the net on illegal fishing
A growing number of countries are signing up to a global agreement that helps stop illegal fishing, as the international community today marks the first International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. IUU fishing is estimated to affect one in every five fish caught, with an annual cost of up to $23 billion.Today's date was chosen to highlight the scourge of IUU fishing because it is...
Pacific and Caribbean fishers find common ground at sea
Fishers from the Pacific and Caribbean have had a rare opportunity to compare notes and nets, thanks to a study tour arranged by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and a regional counterpart in Caribbean island countries. FAO, through its Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) have just completed the first phase of a Pacific-Caribbean Nearshore Fisherfolk Exchange – a 12-day...
Global tea consumption and production driven by robust demand in China and India
New report also warns of climate change threat to tea production
29.05.2018 Rome
Global tea consumption and production driven by robust demand in China and India
Global tea consumption and production are projected to keep rising over the next decade, driven by robust demand in developing and emerging countries. This will create new rural income opportunities and improve food security in tea-producing countries, according to a new report released today. Tea consumption has grown particularly rapidly in China, India and other emerging economies, driven by a combination of higher incomes and efforts to diversify production to include speciality items...