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Thailand and UN’s FAO collaborate to stop soil erosion to ensure future food security
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Royal Thai Government today reaffirmed their close partnership to prevent the global acceleration of soil erosion, which threatens food security worldwide.  Soil erosion is major threat to global agriculture and food production. If action isn’t taken to stop the present rate of soil erosion, more than 90 percent of the world’s soil could be degraded by 2050. Soil erosion refers to the removal of...
Small-scale fishing communities take sea safety onboard
Small-scale fishing communities in Tokelau actively took part in hands-on training to increase their awareness and knowledge in sea safety. This programme which was led by the Tokelau Departments of Transport and Fisheries to discuss best practices and provide training to Aumaga (men’s groups), women’s groups and youth. The programme is supported by FAO, Maritime New Zealand, World Fisheries Trust and ICON Ltd and was carried out on all three atolls...
Partnerships with the private sector are vital for boosting global food production and nutrition levels
FAO receives $15 million donation from Ningxia Yanbao Charity Foundation
24.11.2019 Beijing
Partnerships with the private sector are vital for boosting global food production and nutrition levels
FAO Director-General, Qu Dongyu, said today partnerships with the private sectors are vital for raising production and nutrition levels for the world's most vulnerable people who are poor or undernourished. The Director-General was addressing the Second Philanthropy Summit for Sustainable Development in Beijing where he also welcomed a CNY100 million ($15 million) donation to FAO from the Ningxia Yanbao Charity Foundation. The donation will be used to establish a joint FAO-Yanbao...
Sustainably reducing deforestation and conserving biodiversity requires an overhaul in the global trade and harvesting of wood products – UN’s FAO
Changing the ways in which wood is harvested and traded for timber, paper and other uses is essential to fighting deforestation and the negative effects of climate change, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on the eve of a global meeting on sustainable wood production. More than one hundred forestry experts from international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and public and private sectors from all regions of the world are in...
Increased support for Afghan farmers hit by conflict and natural disasters
Vulnerable farming families to receive livelihoods assistance via a new FAO-led project funded by the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund
20.11.2019 Kabul/Rome
Increased support for Afghan farmers hit by conflict and natural disasters
The Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) has contributed $9.5 million to an FAO-led project that aims to boost the resilience of farmers affected by conflict and natural disasters in 16 of Afghanistan's most food insecure provinces, the two partners announced today.Over 10 million people in Afghanistan are now coping with severe acute food insecurity and in need of urgent humanitarian support, according to a report issued last week by the Integrated...
UN’s FAO names Thai University as Asia’s first reference centre for work on anti-microbial resistance
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially designated the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University as a Reference Centre for antimicrobial resistance (AMR), FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific announced today. In the Asia-Pacific Region, this is the first formally designated FAO AMR Reference Centre. “The designation further strengthens our position to support the global campaign to address (AMR) and help others when...
Green Climate Fund approves major grant to build resilience, mitigate effects of climate change on vulnerable rural families in Nepal
The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved more than USD 39 million in funding for a project that will build resilience and mitigate the effects of climate change to the benefit of nearly one million people in Nepal, the GCF board announced today. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has worked with the Government of Nepal to develop this project, which is the first...
Asia-Pacific region must move to strengthen governance of aquaculture for sustainable development
The Asia-Pacific region is taking important preparatory steps to strengthen the governance of aquaculture for sustainable development and future food security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Following four decades of advancements, aquaculture has surpassed capture fisheries to become the major source of fish for human consumption in Asia. Total production of aquaculture reached 103 million tonnes in 2017, and that fish supplied some 60 percent of...
Visiting students learn about food systems in Samoa
Undergraduate students from from the University of New South Wales, Australia visited the FAO Subregional office while on a study tour to learn about food systems and the role of FAO in Samoa. Assistant FAO Representative, Mr Philip Tuivavalagi welcomed the students and explained the long-term commitment FAO has to mainstreaming food security and nutrition. “Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure...
Improving market linkages through contract farming
A Training of trainers (TOT) workshop on improving market linkages through Contract Farming Operations was held on October 22 2019 in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Sixteen participants from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock – including extension officers from Guadalcanal, Malaita and Temotu provinces; field officers of Kostom Garden Association and other stakeholders actively participated. This TOT training workshop was facilitated by the FAO agribusiness and food system specialist Mr. Shukrullah Sherzad. "The idea...
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