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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...
UN FAO and partners warn that secure access to land is critical to achieve an end to hunger and poverty in Asia and the Pacific by 2030
Addressing fairly the challenges of land tenure for hundreds of millions of people in Asia and the Pacific is a critical step that policy makers must take if the region is to meet the 2030 deadline for zero hunger and eradication of poverty, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners warned today. Access to land is fundamental for the food security and well-being of rural people...
World tuna trade conference hears of global determination to ensure sustainable fisheries
A gathering of the global tuna industry and other stakeholders has heard that a coordinated effort is required to ensure a sustainable fishery that can help achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition opened today in the Thai capital, Bangkok. The three day conference covers a wide range of topics on resources, fisheries management, markets and new technologies. It is also focusing on...
Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) 8th General Assembly
As the fight against hunger forges ahead there remain 815 million people who do not have enough nutritious food to eat. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working for zero hunger by 2030. Supporting small holder and family farmers is critical to achieving that Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger within that time. “Throughout the world, family farmers play a crucial socio-economic, environmental and cultural role...
Tokelau learns from Samoa
24.05.2018 Apia, Samoa
Tokelau learns from Samoa
A team from Tokelau experienced firsthand Samoa Biosecurity measures as part of a training workshop held from May 15 - 18 in Apia. The team consisted of members from the Department of Economic Development Natural Resources and Environment (EDNRE) who traveled from Tokelau to attend the workshop.   “Tokelau faces challenges to increase local food production for food and nutrition security. Agricultural production in Tokelau is relatively small as it...
Pro-resilience projects launched for Fiji
Initiatives to help address the impact of the drought on rural communities in Fiji will be further strengthened with assistance from the European Union (EU) worth FJD 12.5million. The EU in partnership with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, today jointly launched two projects which will enable the communities in the rural areas to cope and become more resilient to...
Training workshops on Planning and Implementing Contract Farming Operations in Tonga
The Government of Tonga, GroFed and FAO are furthering their partnership to promote contract farming as a means to coordinate links between farmers and agribusiness firms. A Contract Farming training workshop on – planning and implementing Contract Farming operations in Tonga – was held from April 18 – 20 in Vavau’u, Tonga. The training included a half day field visit. A total of 26 participants from the Ministry...