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5 September 2014 Coping with climate change should be seen as more than just a question of survival for small island countries - the international community should view it as a challenge to take unified action and notch up efforts to shift to a sustainable model of development, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said during the 3rd International UN Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa. [more]
6 June 2014 6 June 2014, Rome - Shifting world agriculture to a "climate-smart" approach will not only help prevent future food security crises but holds the promise of sparking economic and agricultural renewal in rural areas where hunger and poverty are most prevalent, argues a new FAO publication. On the one hand, the magnitude and scope of climate change's impacts on agricultural systems means that boosting rural communities' resilience and adaptive capacities is essential to safeguarding world food security, notes FAO success stories on climate-smart agriculture , released today. [more]
30 May 2014 30 May 2014, Rome - Hundreds of millions of people around the world rely on grasslands to feed the livestock which are the foundation of their livelihoods. Yet poor land management has left large swathes of the world's grasslands degraded - an environmental problem which also has direct implications for livestock-dependent communities.To help address these concerns, FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China's Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NWIPB) have for the past several years been working to link grasslands restoration efforts to international climate financing schemes. [more]
26 May 2014 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) pledged to step up their existing collaboration to control animal disease, ensure the safety of food from animal origin and promote safe trade. FAO Director-General, Graziano da Silva underlined that climate change represented a growing threat for the future of animal health and its repercussions for global food security.Tropical vector-borne diseases like Rift Valley fever and malaria are highly sensitive to climatic conditions, while climate change may affect the distribution and migration of wild birds that harbour avian influenza viruses, he said, citing the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).As a result, climate change is ‘a huge concern to be shared’ and an additional focus of common work, Graziano da Silva said. [more]
25 April 2014 Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems, stepping up action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told participants at the seventh Forum on Agriculture in the Kingdom of Morocco."Everything we do needs to take climate change into consideration," he stressed. "And the time is now. We cannot afford to wait." [more]
11 April 2014 New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them.This is the first time that FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). [more]
12 March 2014 Forests have the capacity to sequester and store enormous amounts of carbon – in trees, ground litter and the soil. When forests are destroyed or degraded, or converted for another use, they emit sequestered carbon into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, contributing to climate change. Ensuring the sustainable management of forests is critical to global climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. [more]
14 February 2014 Accra, 30 January 2014 - Interagency coordination and more exchange of experiences of good practices among member countries are important to address climate change and develop strategies for mitigation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture that are consistent with foods security and rural development goals of member countries. This was a major outcome of the Third FAO Regional Workshop on Statistics for Greenhouse Gas Emissions held in Morocco, last December 2013. [more]
12 December 2013 12 December 2013, Rovaniemi/Rome - The Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy was adopted today by the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC). The Action Plan provides a solid platform for the forest sector to support transformation to a green bio-based economy in Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Forest leaders decided to name the strategic document The Rovaniemi Action Plan, after the city where their joint session "Metsä2013" is taking place. [more]
27 November 2013 Immediate assistance from the international community for Philippine farmers is critical to avoid a double tragedy befalling rural survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, FAO announced today.FAO is calling on the donor community to urgently step forward and provide more than $11 million to get money to rural people to help clean and clear agricultural land and de-silt irrigation canals in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the typhoon. [more]
26 November 2013 Strengthening forest producer organizations should contribute significantly to reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and enhancing economic development of smallholder forest owners and farmers, FAO said today at the International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations , taking place in Guilin, China, 25-28 November 2013. [more]
9 October 2013 9 October 2013, Rome - Rice production badly hit by erratic weather and locust invasion. As many as 4 million people in rural areas of Madagascar are food insecure following this year's reduced harvest. Production of rice – the Indian Ocean island's staple – and maize has been badly hit by erratic weather and a locust invasion. A further 9.6 million people are at risk of food insecurity, say two United Nations agencies.The extent of the island's food crisis is revealed in a report from the joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission conducted in June/July by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). This blamed the poor agricultural season on a combination of factors: erratic weather conditions last year, cyclones early this year – causing flooding – followed by a period of poor rains. [more]
26 September 2013 26 September 2013, Rome - Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a new study released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The report, Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities , represents the most comprehensive estimate made to-date of livestock's contribution to global warming – as well as the sector's potential to help tackle the problem. [more]
25 September 2013 24 September 2013, Muscat, Oman - The government of Norway has pledged $23.7 million to conserve and sustainably manage the world's most important food crops, citing the critical need for crop diversity at a time when populations are soaring and climate change is threatening staples like rice and maize."In just ten years we will have a billion more people at the global dinner table, but during that same time we could see climate change diminish rice production by ten percent with a one degree increase in temperature," said Marie Ha ga, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which will play a key role in distributing the funds. "Our best hedge against disaster is to make sure we have a wide array of food crops at our disposal to keep harvests healthy in the bread baskets of the world." [more]
17 September 2013 17 September 2013, Rome - Early action and more investments are needed to respond to the threats of climate change on the world's forests. It will probably cost less to adjust forest management strategies immediately to the impacts of climate change than to react to the aftermath of climate-inflicted damage, FAO said in its new Climate change guidelines for forest managers .Early action will also help to improve the livelihoods and food security of local communities. Decreased forest ecosystem services, especially water-cycle regulation, soil protection and the conservation of biodiversity, may affect millions of people in rural areas, who use forests for food, fuel, timber, medicines and income. For example, 4-5 million women in West Africa earn about 80 percent of their income from the collection, processing, and the marketing of nuts harvested from shea trees. [more]
11 September 2013 11 September 2013, Rome - The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO report. Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources is the first study to analyze the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity.Among its key findings: Each year, food that is produced but not eaten guzzles up a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of Russia's Volga River and is responsible for adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the planet's atmosphere. [more]
30 August 2013 Bangkok, Thailand, 27 Aug 2013 - Denouncing the huge amount of food that goes to waste, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Hiroyuki Konuma, announced a new initiative aimed at stopping post-harvest food losses and market-to-consumer food waste. "The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high levels of food losses - particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region," Konuma said. "FAO estimates that if the food wasted or lost globally could be reduced by just one quarter, this would be sufficient to feed the 870 million people suffering from chronic hunger in the world," said Konuma. [more]
20 August 2013 First results analysed from FAO-EC project in Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia. 14 August 2013, Rome - Preliminary results from a project aimed at helping Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia make the transition to a "climate-smart" approach to agriculture show that some farmers are struggling to adopt the new methods, while others are finding ways to cope well with climate-change problems like late rains."To broaden the options available to farmers, we believe that increased investment, coming from both traditional agricultural finance, as well as emerging climate finance such as the Green Climate Fund, may be required to help farmers make the needed transition," said Leslie Lipper, leader of FAO's Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) Programme , which houses the project. [more]
12 August 2013 6 August 2013, Rome - With the consequences of climate change for the world's food production systems becoming increasingly clear, more needs to be done to capitalize on agriculture's potential to mitigate global warming, says a new FAO guidance document published today. Agriculture is directly responsible for over 10 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, FAO figures show. But improved farming practices offer the possibility of reducing those emissions and sequestering atmospheric carbon, while at the same time increasing the resilience of production systems, says the document, National planning for GHG mitigation in agriculture , published by FAO's Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Programme (MICCA) . [more]
1 July 2013 Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country. In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030 , national and international partners have teamed up to address these challenges by strengthening the capacities of smallholders to manage land and water resources in vulnerable agro-ecological zones. [more]
20 June 2013 18 June 2013, Lusaka/Rome - The European Union (EU), FAO and the Government of Zambia launched a four-year, €11 millionprogramme to increase crop production and productivity of over 300 000 small-scale farmers by promoting practices based on conservation agriculture. [more]
19 June 2013 The 2013 edition of FAO's Statistical Yearbook released today sheds new light on agriculture's contribution to global warming, trends in hunger and malnutrition and the state of the natural resource base upon which world food production depends. Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture grew 1.6 percent per year during the decade after the year 2000, new FAO data presented in the yearbook show, with the sector's total annual output in 2010 reaching 5 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2 eq, a measure used to compare and aggregate different greenhouse gases). This equals 10 percent of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. [more]
18 June 2013 In 2005 FAO supported Bangladesh in implementing is national disaster risk management strategy. Eight years later the practices applied continue to allow farmers to weather climate change impacts such as drought and reap bumper rice harvests. By harvesting rain water through mini-pods farmers in north Bangladesh have been able to guarantee a more stable income through rice and vegetables as well as fish cultivation. Photo Credit: Naimul Haq/IPS [more]
24 May 2013 FAO has launched a $9 million project on information for decision making for food and nutrition security. This initiative will assist the government of the Republic of South Sudan in achieving its goal of ensuring food security for all. Information about crop yields, weather patterns and other agriculture-related issues will be included in this new system. [more]
16 May 2013 16 May 2013, Rome - Governments, civil society and the private sector should ensure and strengthen the contributions of forests, trees and agroforestry systems to food security and nutrition, said participants in the first-ever International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition (13-15 May), organized by FAO. [more]
13 May 2013 Rome, 13 May 2013 – Forests, trees on farms and agroforestry are critical in the fight against hunger and should be better integrated into food security and land use policies, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome (13-15 May). [more]
11 May 2013 11 May 2013, Geneva - The three conventions that govern chemicals and hazardous waste safety at the global level concluded their first ever jointly held meetings of the parties late Friday night in Geneva. The historic meeting, attended by nearly two thousand participants from 170 countries, as well as 80 Ministers, adopted 50 separate decisions aimed at strengthening protection against hazardous chemicals and waste. [more]
19 April 2013 19 April 2013, Rome - New international standards to help genebanks worldwide conserve plant diversity in a more efficient and cost-effective manner were adopted on Thursday April 18 by FAO's Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. [more]
15 April 2013 Rome, 15 April 2013 -- Conserving and making the most of the planet's wealth of genetic resources will be crucial for survival, as people will need to produce sufficient and nutritious food for a growing population, FAO Deputy Director-General Dan Gustafson said today addressing the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. [more]
12 April 2013 12 April 2013, Apia, Samoa/Rome – Efforts to end hunger and fight the effects of climate change in the Pacific Islands will hinge on the success of sustainable development, including wise use of oceans and fisheries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told ministers from the region today. [more]
21 March 2013 Mediterranean forests risk being hit hard by climate change – new FAO report - 21 March, 2013 On the first International Day of Forests , celebrated by the United Nations today, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva proposed that countries support a Zero Illegal Deforestation target in the context of the post-2015 debate. [more]
15 March 2013 15 March 2013, Wageningen, Netherlands - Urbanization, economic growth and other transformations are causing changes in lifestyles and diets in many parts of the world and countries are not coping as well as they could, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told professors and students at Wageningen University and Research Centre today. [more]
15 March 2013 Geneva, 15 March, 2013 – A top-level United Nations conference has, for the first time, laid the foundations for practical and proactive national drought policies to increase resilience to the world’s most destructive natural hazard, which is being aggravated by climate change. [more]
8 March 2013 8 March 2013, Geneva/Rome – Droughts cause the deaths and displacement of more people than cyclones, floods and earthquakes combined, making them the world’s most destructive natural hazard. Yet while droughts are expected to increase in frequency, area and intensity due to climate change, effective drought management policies are missing in most parts of the world. Three United Nations institutions have now joined forces to promote the development and adoption of practical and proactive policies at the national level to make drought-prone countries more resilient. [more]
7 March 2013 Kampala/Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Ugandan Vice-President Edward Sekandi to discuss ways to ensure food security for all Ugandans and reduce poverty by supporting rural smallholders in the country's agriculture sector. [more]
27 February 2013 27 February 2013, Rome – Sir Gordon Conway presented his recently published book, One Billion Hungry: Can we feed the world?, today at FAO headquarters, during a seminar focusing on the urgent need to sustainably increase agricultural production to feed and nourish a growing world population confronted especially by the challenge of a warming climate. [more]
21 February 2013 UN celebrates Andean “super food” New York, 20 February 2013 - Quinoa can play an important role in eradicating hunger, malnutrition and poverty, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the official launch of the International Year of Quinoa at UN Headquarters. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Evo Morales of Bolivia and First Lady Nadine Heredia Alarcón de Humala of Peru were among the high-level participants in a day-long series of events celebrating the Andean "super food", a highly nutritious, cereal-like crop that is rich in protein and micronutrients. "Today we are here to recruit a new ally in the fight against hunger and food insecurity --quinoa," said Graziano da Silva, citing the crop's unique nutritional characteristics and adaptability. [more]
15 February 2013 15 February 2013, Rome - With Mali's next agricultural season set to begin in May, there is an urgent need to help displaced farmers return to their lands and resume food production when and where the evolving security situation permits, FAO said today following talks between Malian Minister for Agriculture Baba Berthé and the Organization's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva. [more]
5 February 2013 5 February, 2013, Rome - Millions of people could escape poverty, hunger and environmental degradation if countries put more effort into promoting agroforestry, an integrated approach combining trees with crop or livestock production, FAO said today. Check out Webinar on Agroforesty Online learning event: 5 February (from 15:30 CET)- 26 February 2013. [more]
28 January 2013 The 26-28 January summit brings together 60 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and the EU "There can be no sustainable development in the world while millions of people go hungry," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today, referring to the central theme being discussed here by presidents and heads of state of Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union, at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States-EU Summit. [more]
22 January 2013 22 January 2012, Geneva/Rome - Simple actions by consumers and food retailers can dramatically cut the 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost or wasted each year and help shape a sustainable future, according to a new global campaign to cut food waste launched today by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and partners. [more]
19 January 2013 19 January 2013, Berlin - The German Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, and the Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva have called for a significant increase in responsible investments in agriculture to eradicate hunger and feed a growing world population. Investments in agriculture are still too low in those regions where rural poverty and hunger are most severe, Aigner and Graziano da Silva stressed today after meeting ahead of the Agriculture Ministers' Berlin Summit 2013.” [more]
15 January 2013 15 January 2013, Rome - A new programme in the Republic of South Sudan is helping vulnerable farmers to improve their livelihoods by boosting the quality of the seeds used to produce key crops. [more]
14 December 2012 14 December 2012, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - FAO and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states are to become strategic partners in the fight against hunger and poverty and for the sustainable management of natural resources in the 79-member bloc of countries. [more]
10 December 2012 10 December 2012, Córdoba (Spain) - Neglected crops that are currently underutilized by farmers can play an important role addressing the food and agriculture challenges of the future and should be reevaluated, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the start of an international seminar taking place in this southern Spanish city. [more]
28 November 2012 The side-event called Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change: How Can Climate-Smart Approaches Help Build Resilience in Food Security and Agriculture? was held on 27 November and moderated by Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director-General, FAO and focused on climate-smart agriculture resilience, barriers to scaling up climate-smart agriculture and benefits to the poor and most vulnerable. Mueller called for climate smart agriculture, identifying lessons learned. He said the potential for expansion is limited despite the need for increased productivity, and that the new challenge is to expand agriculture into low potential production zones. He asked panelists to address: how climate-smart approaches can be used to build resilience; barriers to scaling-up climate-smart practices; and how the poorest and most vulnerable can benefit from climate-smart approaches. [more]
14 November 2012 14 November 2012, Rome – Conflict, recurrent drought and volatile food prices have countries in Africa and the Near East in a hunger trap, although there is a way out, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told the International Conference on Food Security in Drylands today in Doha, Qata [more]
8 November 2012 5 November 2012, Rome - Women livestock keepers worldwide must be recognized as the major actors in efforts to arrest the decline of indigenous breeds, crucial for rural food security and animal genetics, a new FAO study argues. [more]
24 October 2012 24 October 2012, Rome -­ While many countries are taking action to halt the erosion of livestock genetic resources, crucial for food and agriculture, a substantial gap remains that needs to be urgently addressed. [more]
25 September 2012 25 September 2012, Rome - The forest sector in the Russian Federation needs to be modernized using innovations and breakthrough technologies to maximize its potential as a global mitigator of climate change and an important source of timber, according to a new study presented today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of the Russian Federation. [more]
27 August 2012 Drought in some parts of the world has hurt global grain production and contributed to food price spikes virtually every other year since 2007, highlighting the need to transform the way water is used - and wasted - throughout the entire food chain.This is one of the key messages that FAO is transmitting this week at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The annual event brings policy makers and experts from around the globe together to discuss pressing issues related to water and its management. [more]
8 August 2012 Immediate action needed to improve health of humans and the planet 8 August 2012, Rome - Immediate action to promote sustainable diets and food biodiversity so as to improve the health of humans and of the planet is urged in a book just published by FAO and Bioversity International. [more]
26 July 2012 €6 million project to set up national monitoring systems and strengthen regional cooperation 26 July 2012, Rome - A new regional initiative will help ten Central African countries to set up advanced national forest monitoring systems, FAO announced today. The ten countries are part of the Congo Basin and include Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and São Tomé and Principe. [more]
20 July 2012 The long road to drought resilience 20 July 2012, Rome - Exactly a year ago today, the United Nations announced a state of famine in southern Somalia. The six-month crisis caused thousands of deaths and required a massive humanitarian aid programme before it was declared officially over on 3 February 2012. [more]
9 July 2012 FAO releases new State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report. 9 July 2012, Rome - Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture play a crucial role in food and nutrition security and in providing for the livelihoods of millions of people. FAO’s latest flagship publication on the state of fisheries and aquaculture, launched at the opening of the 30th session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, highlights the sector’s vital contribution to the world’s well-being and prosperity, a point reflected in the recent Rio+20 Outcome Document. [more]
4 July 2012 Common indicators and guidelines for environmental assessments will lead to shared understanding of environmental impacts, better policymaking. 4 July 2012, Rome - A new FAO-led partnership is looking to improve how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed, a necessary first step in improving the sustainability of this important food production sector. Livestock-raising and the consumption of animal products make a crucial contribution to the economic and nutritional well-being of millions of people around the world - particularly in developing countries. [more]
21 June 2012 Mobilizing political commitment for a hunger-free world21 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva today warmly welcomed the “Zero Hunger Challenge” announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [more]
21 June 2012 Discussions link hunger, poverty and sustainable developmentRio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012 - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said that countries were seizing the moment to transform our goals of sustainable development into action at the Rio+20 Conference. [more]
20 June 2012 Joint statement by FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity on Rio+20 Summit20 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Bioversity International have issued the following statement on the occasion of the Rio+20 conference. [more]
18 June 2012 New FAO report profiles how sustainable forestry can help meet development goals Rome/Rio de Janeiro - The world's forests have a major role to play in the transition to a new, greener economy, a theme being discussed at the Rio+20 Conference. But to spark that shift, governments must enact programs and policies aimed at both unlocking the potential of forests and ensuring that they are sustainably managed, FAO said today. [more]
14 June 2012 FAO advocates for energy-smart food systems during UN Conference on Sustainable Development Agriculture’s heavy dependence on fossil fuels is undermining the sector’s ability to feed the world, perpetuating poverty and undermining efforts to build a more sustainable world economy. So cautions a new FAO study on “energy-smart” food released ahead of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development. While the report cautions on fossil fuel use and inefficiencies in the food chain, it also notes that there are tremendous opportunities within the agricultural sector to save, and even generate, energy. [more]
30 May 2012 On the path to Rio+20, FAO calls for a future with both healthier people and healthier ecosystems. Sustainable development cannot be realized unless hunger and malnutrition are eradicated, FAO said in a policy document prepared for the Rio+20 Summit to be held in June in Rio de Janeiro. [more]
11 May 2012 In a landmark decision the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) today endorsed a set of far-reaching global guidelines aimed at helping governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries.The new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security outline principles and practices that governments can refer to when making laws and administering land, fisheries and forests rights. [more]
20 April 2012 The success of efforts to shift over the longer term to a model of sustainable economic development taking place under the Rio+20 umbrella will require that the world first tackle its "most urgent" challenge -- ending hunger, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today."We cannot call development sustainable if we are leaving almost one in every seven people behind, victims of undernourishment," the FAO chief said at the start of the Organization's biennial regional conference for Europe, taking place this week in Baku, Azerbaijan. [more]
23 March 2012 This recently launched course helps us understand how climate change affects agriculture and our food security – and what can be done. How does climate change affect agriculture and food security? What can be done to minimize its negative impacts? These are just some of the questions answered in this new course from FAO available for free online or on CD-Rom. [more]
29 February 2012 Small-scale dairy farmers in remote Santa Ana del Yacuma, Bolivia have new hope for protecting their livestock from the fierce floods that start every December. Normally when the rainy season begins, torrents of water rush down to the Amazon floodplains from the Andes Mountains. Within hours, the rivers transform the plains into lakes over one metre deep, sending the farmers packing. [more]
17 January 2012 FAO and the European Commission announced today a new €5.3 million project aimed at helping Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia transition to a "climate-smart" approach to agriculture. Agriculture — and the communities who depend on it for their livelihoods and food security — are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. At the same time agriculture, as a significant producer of greenhouse gases, contributes to global warming."Climate-smart agriculture" is an approach that seeks to position the agricultural sector as a solution to these major challenges. [more]
13 December 2011 The integrity and resilience of mountain forests is under threat from increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity, warns a new FAO publication released today. Population pressures and the expansion of intensive agriculture have forced smallholder farmers to move higher towards marginal areas and steep slopes, sparking a loss of forests, warns Mountain Forests in a Changing World . [more]
30 November 2011 FAO uses remote sensing survey to track changes A new, satellite-based survey released by FAO provides a more accurate picture of changes in the world’s forests, showing forest land use declined between 1990 and 2005. The survey used high-resolution satellite imagery provided by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Geological Survey. [more]
29 November 2011 The global food system needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels to succeed in feeding a growing world population, says a new FAO report presented today at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa. Agriculture both requires energy and can produce it - an "energy-smart" approach to agriculture would involve taking better advantage of this dynamic to improve efficiency, reduce waste and increase the use of alternative energy in food production. [more]
14 November 2011 On 10th anniversary, international plant genetics treaty funds new projects - Traditional food crops and other plant varieties worldwide are in urgent need of protection from climate change and other environmental stresses, FAO said today, as it observed the tenth anniversary of International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. [more]
28 September 2011 The vast potential of grasslands to support sustainable livelihoods while trapping atmospheric carbon and helping slow down global warming is one step closer to being realized thanks to a new methodology developed by FAO in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the World Agroforestry Centre. [more]
14 September 2011 14 September 2011, Johannesburg/Rome - FAO and African leaders are working together to move quickly to adopt a "climate-smart" approach to agriculture to fight the impacts of climate change and increasing scarcity of natural resources. [more]
13 September 2011 An African Ministerial Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture called Africa: A Call to Action in South Africa September is taking place from 13-14, 2011 hosted by South Africa and the Africa Union along with the support of FAO and the World Bank. Alexander Mueller, FAO Assistant Director General was among the key speakers opening the conference and outlined the requirements needed to make the transition towards climate-smart agriculture. Read his statement. [more]
12 September 2011 7 September 2011, Rome - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf warned today that pressure on the world's soil resources and land degradation are threatening global food security. He called for a renewed international effort to assure sufficient fertile and healthy soils today and for future generations. [more]
25 August 2011 The vulnerability of rain-dependent food production systems and the people who depend on them has been brought into stark relief by the situation in East Africa. While the challenges of finding stable water supplies for growing crops and raising animals are many -- and vary from place to place -- investing in irrigation where it is possible, improving the efficiency of agriculture's use of water, and adopting water-smart farming practices can all help. In this Q&A interview, FAO Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources, Alexander Muller -- in Stockholm this week for World Water Week - talks about these and related issues. [more]
10 August 2011 Extreme weather events and natural disasters will pose an increasing threat to the world's forests in coming years, requiring heightened cooperation between regions and countries, an international partnership for forest conservation and improvement warned today. The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), comprising 14 international organizations and secretariats, issued its warning as FAO released a new report, Abiotic disturbances and their influence on forest health . [more]
18 July 2011 Reforming forest tenure systems and securing forest ownership rights can significantly improve peoples’ livelihoods and enable them to gain income from forest products, said FAO in a newly published guide, Reforming Forest Tenure . The guide was launched at the Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise Conference taking place in Lombok, Indonesia, from 11 to 15 July. Attended by around 200 representatives from international and regional organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society and researchers, the conference was co-organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry (MOF), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). [more]
13 June 2011 FAO has launched a major new initiative intended to produce more food for a growing world population in an environmentally sustainable way.FAO's call for sustainable crop production intensification, more than half a century after the Green Revolution of the 1960s, is contained in a new book, Save and Grow published by FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division. [more]
9 June 2011 Climate change will have major impacts on the availability of water for growing food and on crop productivity in the decades to come, warns a new FAO report. Climate Change, Water, and Food Security is a comprehensive survey of existing scientific knowledge on the anticipated consequences of climate change for water use in agriculture. [more]
23 May 2011 FAO and the World Bank have unveiled a new guidance framework which can help countries assess the governance of their forest resources. The ability to demonstrate good governance in forestry is becoming increasingly important for countries wishing to participate in emerging climate change mitigation schemes.At the same meeting a similar document focusing on the provision of information on governance issues related specifically to REDD+ was presented by the UN-REDD Programme and Chatham House. Like the forest governance framework, it provides guidance for use by countries looking to ensure and show that REDD+ activities are effectively implemented and governance safeguards addressed. [more]
10 May 2011 Whilst changing climatic conditions may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires round the world, these fires may also themselves be a contributing factor to global warming, said FAO in a report presented today at the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa.The agency called upon countries to implement more comprehensive fire management strategies and improve the monitoring of wildfire carbon gas emissions that cause global warming. [more]
9 May 2011 The FAO head called for Central Asian nations to establish joint monitoring systems on weather and climate change to predict sharp declines in crop production, improve climate disaster preparedness and avoid sudden price spikes. Regional information sharing on agricultural and food production, including stocks, could help farmers and traders to deal effectively with potential food shortages. [more]
6 April 2011 A new partnership for Mediterranean forests has been established to address major threats to the region’s forests triggered by climate change. The partnership involves twelve institutions and organizations, including FAO, and will focus primarily on six countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. [more]
31 March 2011 "Potentially catastrophic" impacts on food production from slow-onset climate changes are expected to increasingly hit the developing world in the future and action is needed now to prepare for those anticipated impacts, FAO warned today in a submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. "Currently the world is focused on dealing with shorter-term climate impacts caused mainly by extreme weather events," said Alexander Müller, FAO Assistant-Director General for Natural Resources. [more]
24 March 2011 During its sixth Policy Board meeting 21-22 March 2011, the UN-REDD Programme approved US$4 million in funding for Ecuador's National Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), bringing the total amount of approved funding for UN-REDD National Programmes to US$55.4 million. In addition, a robust global package was endorsed, providing further support to countries’ action on REDD+. [more]
22 March 2011 As the world's urban population continues to swell, the need to employ new and innovative approaches to ensuring safe and adequate water for city dwellers in developing countries is becoming increasingly pressing, FAO said on the ocassion of World Water Day. Good agriculture and forestry practices can contribute to sound watershed management, safeguarding water catchment and reducing runoff and flooding in cities - ever more important as climate change increases the frequency of extreme weather events. [more]
16 March 2011 Agriculture ministers and senior officials from more than 100 countries have committed to review the global crop gene pool of the International Treaty on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and urged those countries who have not signed the farming biodiversity treaty to do so as soon as possible. The ministers paved the way forward on the eve of a meeting of the Treaty's Governing Body in Bali, Indonesia on March 14-18, adopting a lengthy declaration designed to steer the Treaty's future course to face food insecurity and climate change. [more]
1 March 2011 Small seed enterprises are the best way of ensuring the availability and quality of non-hybrid seeds for food and feed crops in developing countries, said FAO in a policy guide published today. Many small-scale seed enterprises have been developed with the support of donors or NGOs but this can lead to aid dependency if both technical and entrepreneurial capacities are not developed for self-reliance, the FAO document warns.It is hoped that legislation governing seeds for the whole of Africa will eventually be harmonized to make it easier for new varieties to cross borders. This is of particular importance because of climate change which is increasing the need for more resilient varieties. [more]
15 February 2011 The governments of Norway and Germany have committed a combined total of $5 million in support of an FAO programme to improve global information on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and more accurately assess farming's potential to mitigate global warming. The improved data acquired by FAO's Mitigation of Climate change in Agriculture (MICCA) programme will be made available via an online global knowledge base that will not only profile greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture but will also identify best opportunities for mitigating global warming through improved farming practices. [more]
28 January 2011 Recognizing the importance of monitoring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for an effective REDD+ mechanism, FAO and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) signed an agreement today, to work together to provide capacity building on measuring, verification and reporting systems of GHG emissions. The agreement, signed by FAO Assistant Director-General, Alexander Müller and CfRN Executive Director, Kevin Conrad, seeks to assist developing countries in setting-up their National Inventory Systems to adequately monitor and report GHG in the context of REDD+. [more]
25 January 2011 A new United Nations interagency report on the gender dimension of agricultural work says women still benefit less than men from rural employment and face new challenges due to the current economic and food crises including climate change. [more]
21 December 2010 Germany has committed nearly six million dollars for food and nutrition security, sustainable livelihoods and climate-smart agriculture in agreements signed with FAO, the agency announced today. [more]
13 December 2010 Heads of the three UN agencies involved in the UN-REDD Programme (FAO, UNDP and UNEP) call the REDD+ agreement a positive step forward in the conservation and sustainable management of the world's forests. The UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative initiative between FAO, UNDP and UNEP, commends the great effort and political will shown at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP16) in Cancun, Mexico, which has resulted in an agreement on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+). [more]
10 December 2010 Boosting investment in developing world agriculture is necessary not only to reduce current levels of world hunger but to safeguard future world food supplies against the impacts of climate change, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said today at the UN Conference on Climate Change, in Cancun, Mexico. Food security and climate change should be addressed together, by using climate-smart agriculture practices to eradicate hunger. [more]
8 December 2010 As the water available for agriculture becomes limiting due to population growth, competition from other water users, drought and water quality degradation, it is important to ensure that every drop of water (either from rainfall and irrigation) counts for crop water use. Evapotranspiration (ET) which is the process by which water is directly loss from soil evaporation (E) and transpiration (T) from the surfaces of plants, is a major component of water use in agriculture. The ability to partition ET into evaporation and transpiration components will help irrigation managers to find ways to improve water use efficiency by increasing transpiration and reducing evaporation. [more]
3 December 2010 More financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing world agriculture needed. Floods and droughts in major grain producing countries this year have triggered a sharp increase in food prices, highlighting the vulnerability of the world's food production systems and agricultural markets. Such developments are likely to reoccur more frequently and with greater intensity in the decades to come due to climate change.Yet while there are many examples of how the agricultural sector can both become more resilient to climate change and reduce its own sizeable carbon emissions (as detailed here ), mechanisms for funding such efforts are lacking. [more]
4 November 2010 New FAO website offer examples of how farming can prepare for a warmer world, reduce emissions Farmers around the world are adopting new ways of producing food that both help cope with climate change and reduce farming's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new FAO website on 'climate-smart' agriculture . Burkina Faso's Yatenga province is being reclaimed through the use of an improved version of traditional "planting pits" known as zaï - now lands which were once barely productive are achieving yields five times greater than before. [more]
28 October 2010 Agriculture in developing countries must become 'climate-smart' in order to cope with the combined challenge of feeding a warmer, more heavily populated world, says a new FAO report.Climate change is expected to reduce agriculture productivity, stability and incomes in many areas that already experience high levels of food insecurity — yet world agriculture production will need to increase by 70 percent over the coming four decades in order to meet the food requirements of growing world population, according to 'Climate-Smart' Agriculture: Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation, and Mitigation . [more]
26 October 2010 FAO has launched the Second Report on the State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the definitive healthcheck on the biodiversity of crops. Much has changed since FAO published its last report twelve years ago, including an acceleration of climate change, making the conservation and the utilization of genetic resources even more pressing. [more]
12 October 2010 In Bangladesh, nearly 160 million people live in an area less than half the size of Italy and the population is expected to expand by about two million people per year. The country has managed to triple its rice production in the 40 years since independence, but feeding such a rapidly growing population, especially given dwindling land and water resources and rising climate threats, requires new strategies, technologies and innovation. This is the approach the government, with the help of FAO and other partners, is taking as it tries to turn the southern delta into an agricultural powerhouse and help the rural poor achieve greater prosperity. [more]
5 October 2010 The world's forest biodiversity is threatened by a high global rate of deforestation and forest degradation as well as a decline in primary forest area. In many countries, however, there is a continued positive trend towards the conservation of forest biological diversity via dedicated conservation areas. These are some of the key findings of the final report of FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 ( FRA 2010 ), the most comprehensive assessment of the state of the world's forests ever undertaken. The final report of FRA 2010 was published today at the start of the latest biennial meeting of the FAO' Committee on Forestry and World Forest Week, in Rome. [more]
25 August 2010 FAO is stressing the importance of integrated fire management following the release of the report on the causes of Australia's 2009 Black Saturday fires. The Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries that investigated the incidence of bushfires noted that the fire management voluntary guidelines coordinated by FAO would be a good basis for a common approach to a national bushfire policy. [more]
23 August 2010 FAO has launched a new online portal on fire information and real time monitoring to help countries to control fire effectively and protect property and natural resources. The new Global Fire Information Management System (GFIMS) detects fire hotspots from satellites operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) . [more]
11 August 2010 Production of rice — the world's most important crop for ensuring food security and addressing poverty — will be thwarted as temperatures increase in rice-growing areas with continued climate change, according to a new study by an international team of scientists. [more]
28 July 2010 The way FAO works is shifting to meet the challenges of achieving food security in a changing climate. A three-day event gathered staff working on agriculture, fisheries and forestry from all over the world to discuss ways to improve support given to countries to face this challenge. Topics discussed ranged from REDD+, climate change policy and UNFCCC negotiations, impacts of climate change on land and water resources as well as vulnerability impact assessments and disaster risk management. View the video. [more]
22 June 2010 FAO is stepping up support to farmers and pastoralists in Niger as part of its response to the alarming food situation in the Sahel, with new operations benefiting an estimated 2.8 million people. According to FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS), the food situation in parts of the Sahel is of grave concern, with over 10 million people at risk of hunger. [more]
1 June 2010 “Agriculture can potentially be part of the solution to climate change in ways that respect and support the development and food security requirements of developing countries,” FAO has told a UN working group preparing long-term approaches to climate change mitigation. [more]
4 May 2010 Climate change can significantly reverse the progress towards poverty reduction and food security in Africa, according to a paper presented to the FAO regional Conference for Africa being held in Luanda, Angola this week. The main consequence of more unpredictable weather is a likely reduction in crop yields. Climate change will affect poorer African countries disproportionately, and subsistence farmer are particularly vulnerable. [more]
20 April 2010 The dairy sector accounts for around four percent of all global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) according to a new FAO report. This figure includes both emissions associated with the production, processing and transportation of milk products as well as emissions related to meat produced from animals originating from the dairy system. [more]
15 April 2010 Globally, around 13 million hectares of forests were converted to other uses or lost through natural causes each year between 2000 and 2010 as compared to around 16 million hectares per year during the 1990s, according to key findings of FAO's most comprehensive forest review to date The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010. The study covers 233 countries and areas. [more]
8 April 2010 FAO has launched a survey to gather information on all existing agricultural mitigation projects in developing countries into a comprehensive database. The survey aims to identify existing agricultural projects that either reduce, avoid or absorb/sequester greenhouse gas emissions through agricultural practices. The survey was designed by the FAO MICCA project, which aims at supporting efforts to mitigate climate change through agriculture in developing countries and to move towards carbon friendly agricultural practices. The focus is on projects that have a clear carbon offset objective and are designed for the carbon market. However, managers of projects that include a mitigation component but that are not in the process of entering the carbon market are nevertheless encouraged to fill out the survey. The deadline for completing the survey is 14 April 2010. [more]
25 March 2010 Globally, around 13 million hectares of forests were converted to other uses or lost through natural causes each year between 2000 and 2010 as compared to around 16 million hectares per year during the 1990s, according to key findings of FAO's most comprehensive forest review to date The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010. The study covers 233 countries and areas. [more]
12 March 2010 Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries should address the specific needs of smallholders and, to do so, should encourage their participation and that of all stakeholders in the decision making process, the participants of an international technical conference held in Guadalajara, Mexico stated today. The conference agreed on the key elements necessary to put agricultural biotechnologies at the service of the developing world: increased investments, international cooperation and effective and enabling national policies and regulatory frameworks. [more]
26 February 2010 EX-ACT (EX-Ante Carbon-balance) is a tool that provides ex-ante estimations of the impact of agricultural and forestry development projects on GHG emissions and sequestration, indicating its effects on the carbon balance. A joint venture, this tool has been developed by the FAO Policy Assistance Support Service, Comparative Agricultural Development Service, and the Investment Centre. The tool will guide the project design process (selecting project activities with higher benefits) and the decision making process on funding aspects, complementing the usual ex-ante economic analysis of investments projects. [more]
23 February 2010 LADA (Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands) and WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) have jointly organized a seminar from 15–17 February 2010. Its objective was to inform the potential partners of WOCAT/LADA of the tools available for the assessing and monitoring of sustainable land management and their potential applications and opportunities for networking/collaboration. Furthermore, it aimed to obtain feedback and suggestions from FAO and partners on opportunities for adaptation in global, regional and national programs and actions. To download the presentations click on the following link: [more]
5 February 2010 The glossary includes 212 records in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese - with definitions and other fields (Arabic is currently under development). The concepts and definitions have been selected from FAO and international documents and publications on Climate Change, as well as from the proceedings of meetings of experts discussing Climate Change, Bioenergy and Food Security issues. [more]
13 January 2010 Grasslands have vast untapped potential to mitigate climate change by absorbing and storing CO2, according to a new report by FAO. Pastures and rangelands represent a carbon sink that could be greater than forests if properly managed. Covering some 30 percent of the earth’s ice-free land surface and accounting for 70 percent of its agricultural land, the world’s 3.4 billion ha of grasslands can also play a major role in supporting the adaptation and reducing the vulnerability to climate change of over one billion people who depend on livestock for a living. [more]
7 January 2010 A recently launched FAO publication «Organic Agriculture and Carbon Sequestration - Possibilities and constrains for the consideration of organic agriculture within carbon accounting systems” highlights the opportunities and constraints of carbon accounting for organic agriculture management in developed and developing countries. Recent studies have underlined the substantial contribution of organic agriculture to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The potential of organic agriculture to mitigate climate change is based according to the publication, on the soil carbon sequestration ability of organic management. [more]
24 December 2009 FAO recently joined the Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM). This global knowledge platform for adaptation is led by UNDP in partnership with the UNFCCC secretariat, WB UNEP and FAO and financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The platform facilitates knowledge exchange between UN and other development agencies, government, NGOs and local communities. FAO is taking a lead role in strengthening the agriculture component of the platform. It will establish a thematic subsite for agriculture and food security and foster linkages to related networks. FAO also aims to customize and link its agricultural technology database (TECA) to ALM, which provides a wealth of proven adaptation practices by farming systems. [more]
14 December 2009 Marine capture fisheries already facing multiple challenges due to overfishing, habitat loss and weak management are poorly positioned to cope with new problems stemming from climate change, a new FAO study suggests. Small island developing states—which depend on fisheries and aquaculture for at least 50 percent of their animal protein intake—are in a particularly vulnerable position. [more]
10 December 2009 Recognizing the importance of monitoring greenhouse gas emissions in climate change mitigation, FAO and Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) signed an agreement today, to work together in the field of emissions measuring and reporting. The agreement, signed by FAO Director-General, Jacques Diouf and INPE head, Gilberto Câmara, lays the groundwork for a major push to assist developing countries in monitoring climate change impact. [more]
8 December 2009 Finland is the first country to contribute to a $60 million FAO programme to support climate change mitigation in agriculture in developing countries. The multi-donor programme aims to promote sustainable low-emission agriculture in developing countries over the coming five years, in partnership with countries and other relevant organizations. [more]
1 December 2009 Farming practices that capture carbon and store it in agricultural soils offer some of the most promising options for early and cost-effective action on climate change in developing countries, while contributing to food security, FAO said in a policy brief prepared for the Copenhagen summit. [more]
26 November 2009 26 November 2009, Rome - Climate change is projected to impact heavily on agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the Pacific islands, leading to increased food insecurity and malnutrition, FAO warned today ahead of the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen. The agency urged governments and donors to immediately start implementing robust and action-oriented climate change adaptation plans for all Pacific islands. [more]
17 November 2009 World leaders convened at FAO Headquarters for the World Summit on Food Security unanimously adopted a declaration pledging renewed commitment to eradicate hunger from the face of the earth sustainably and at the earliest date. Countries also agreed to work to reverse the decline in domestic and international funding for agriculture and promote new investment in the sector, to improve governance of global food issues in partnership with relevant stakeholders from the public and private sector, and to proactively face the challenges of climate change to food security. [more]
13 November 2009 On 17 November a roundtable tackling climate change adaptation and mitigation and the challenges for agriculture and food security will take place during the World Summit on Food Security in Rome. The round table will discuss current and future challenges in various regions of the world regarding the impacts of climate change on food security and rural livelihoods, with emphasis on the impact on women; technology transfer, capacity building, information management, policies and financing needs for adapting agriculture to climate change. [more]
5 November 2009 The twin battles to improve food security for a growing world population and contain climate change can be fought on the same front—the world's farmland, FAO said in a new report released today. Agriculture not only suffers the impacts of climate change, it is also responsible for 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. But agriculture has the potential to be an important part of the solution, through mitigation—reducing and/or removing—a significant amount of global emissions, FAO says. Some 70 percent of this mitigation potential could be realized in developing countries. [more]
3 November 2009 The UN-REDD Programme’s third Policy Board welcomed five new countries. Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka are the first to officially request to participate in the UN-REDD Programme, in addition to the initial nine member countries. Nearly 20 countries have expressed interest and more are expected to join. [more]
27 October 2009 Land ownership laws a key instrument in fighting hunger -- FAO has begun widespread consultations over the first ever international guidelines on governance of tenure to land and other natural resources such as water supplies, fisheries and forests. [more]
20 October 2009 For the first time worldwide, free and ready-to-use high-resolution satellite data is now available to monitor forests and help reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The monitoring system has been launched by FAO and other partners as part of the Global Forest Resources Assessment. [more]
14 October 2009 A 'Blue Carbon' fund able to invest in the maintenance and rehabilitation of key marine ecosystems should be considered by governments keen to combat climate change. A new Rapid Response Report released today estimates that carbon emissions--equal to half the annual emissions of the global transport sector--are being captured and stored by marine ecosystems such as mangroves, salt marshes and seagrasses. [more]
12 October 2009 World Forestry Congress to meet in Buenos Aires – As climate change negotiations enter their final stretch towards the December conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, the World Forestry Congress will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18-23 October 2009.The most important meeting on the global calendar with regard to the forestry sector, the World Forestry Congress has been held every six years since 1926, organized by the government of the host country under the auspices of FAO. [more]
7 October 2009 Future of agriculture and food security closely linked to climate change -- Poorest regions with the highest levels of chronic hunger are likely to be among the worst affected by climate change, according to an FAO discussion paper published today. Many developing countries, particularly in Africa, could become increasingly dependent on food imports. [more]
26 September 2009 Producing more food will largely depend on increasing crop yields, not farming more land -- Boosting agricultural production to the levels needed to feed an expanded world population will require sharply increased public investment in research and development and widespread adoption of new technologies, farming techniques and crop varieties, according to a new FAO discussion paper published today. [more]
25 September 2009 Geneva, 25 September 2009 -- Wood energy consumption has increased by 3.5% annually between 2005 and 2007 in UNECE’s 56 Member States, concluded a UNECE/FAO workshop on “Current and future woody biomass for energy – Monitoring use and understanding technology” held on 15-16 September 2009 in Riga. [more]
25 September 2009 "We should act now to curb climate change. We can do it if science, governments, businesses and communities come together and address this pressing issue."Read the full interview with Balgis Osman-Elasha, Nobel Peace Prize laureate together with theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who will be a keynote speaker on “Producing for development” at the XIII World Forestry Congress in Argentina. [more]
24 September 2009 In an unprecedented display of cooperation between developed and developing countries on climate change, eighteen Heads of State gathered at UN headquarters in New York on 23 September to publicly express their commitment and support for REDD—Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing counties. [more]
22 September 2009 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened on 22 September a Summit on Climate Change to mobilize the political will and vision needed to reach an ambitious agreed outcome based on science at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in December 2009. It will include a specific high-level session on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) on 23 September. [more]
10 September 2009 $10.2 million FAO/IFAD seed scheme yields results --- A $10.2 million scheme to distribute and multiply quality seeds in Haiti has significantly increased food production in the Caribbean nation providing cheaper food for the population and boosting farmers' incomes. Requested by the Haitian government, financed by a loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by FAO, the programme was introduced to combat high international food prices. [more]
4 September 2009 Geneva meeting to examine vital role of climate information and prediction --- With climate change increasing the incidence and severity of weather events, agriculture, one of the most climate dependent of all human activities, depends heavily on effective meteorological services which are vital to climate change mitigation and adaptation, said an FAO expert today. “The economic costs associated with natural disasters, including extreme weather events, have increased 14-fold in agriculture since the 1950s,” said Alexander Mueller, FAO Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources, speaking at this week’s third World Climate Conference (WCC-3) being held in Geneva. [more]
3 September 2009 Farmers' enemy No. 1 --- Today more than a billion people in the world are hungry, the result of flawed policies mainly, but also of wars and revolutions and of natural hazards like floods, droughts, pests and diseases compounded, nowadays, by climate change. But one huge hunger-maker lurks largely unnoticed ... [more]
1 September 2009 Calls for eradication of hunger by 2025 and for more investment in agriculture --- FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf has invited governments around the world to participate in negotiations to agree on a declaration for adoption by the World Summit of Heads of State and Government on Food Security, to take place from 16 to 18 November 2009 in Rome. The decision to convene the summit was taken by the FAO Council in June 2009. To initiate the negotiation process, Dr Diouf has sent a document to Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation and Agriculture of members of FAO and the United Nations. [more]
14 August 2009 Emerging leaders representing three billion people - the children and youth of the planet - will converge on the Republic of Korea to voice their demands for action on climate change at the Copenhagen meeting.FAO with other partners is supporting UNEP’s Tunza International Children and Youth Conference, in Daejeon (Republic of Korea) on 17-23 August, the biggest youth gathering on climate change before the UN climate conference in December. [more]
7 August 2009 Reaching a deal by the time the meeting ends on December 18 will depend not only on political negotiations but also on public pressure. To do this, the United Nations has launched “Seal the Deal”, a campaign that encourages users to sign an online, a global petition which will be presented to world leaders. FAO and YUNGA are supporting UNEP in mobilizing one million young people to march across one hundred capitals to deliver to global leaders the Seal the Deal Petition on behalf of the world’s three billion young people. [more]
27 July 2009 Every year fires affect an estimated 350 million hectares of land, with damage to property, livelihoods and frequently loss of life. Uncontrolled vegetation fires also contribute to global warming, air pollution, desertification and loss of biodiversity. Fire prevention is one of the most effective counter measures. [more]
10 July 2009 Group of Eight leaders meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, this week reaffirmed the need to protect the world’s forests in addressing climate change and pledged to cooperate around innovative initiatives like the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN-REDD Programme). At the conclusion of the first day of the Summit, the G8 leaders released a declaration saying: “We remain engaged in seeking the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and in further promoting sustainable forest management globally..." [more]
2 July 2009 FAO-World Bank study explores the changing face of rural space in the Balkans.While the Western Balkans are seeing healthy economic growth overall, rural areas are falling behind, according to a new FAO-World Bank report.Agricultural trade deficits are widening, climate change is putting pressure on agricultural resources, and young people are increasingly migrating to urban areas or abroad in search of economic opportunities. [more]
1 July 2009 “We have all the elements in our industry, the willingness and the potential to contribute, to be part of the solution to climate change.”Teresa Presas, Managing Director of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries), will be a key-note speaker on Opportunities for Development at the XIII World Forestry Congress in Argentina. [more]
3 June 2009 Climate change mitigation from agriculture could also benefit hunger and poverty reduction. Agricultural mitigation in developing countries can make farming more resilient to the vagaries of climate change and can also reduce hunger and poverty, FAO said in a policy brief for climate change negotiators currently meeting in Bonn/Germany. [more]
3 June 2009 Reducing and removing emissions from the agriculture sector, while ensuring food security and enabling economic growth will need to form part of an urgent global effort to achieve the ultimate objective of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). That's why including agriculture within a Copenhagen agreement is so important. In this Policy Brief entitled Anchoring Agriculture within a Copenhagen Agreement, FAO makes three proposals for including agriculture in a future climate change regime:(i) Include Agriculture in the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) of developing countries(ii) Ensure financing for agricultural mitgation (iii) Move towards a comprehensive landscape approach [more]
2 June 2009 Saying that vulnerable fishing and coastal communities around the world will bear the brunt of climate change's impacts, a group of 16 international organizations today have urged climate negotiators to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture are not neglected in ongoing discussions regarding a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.In a policy brief issued today in advance of UNFCC talks in Bonn, Germany, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, the WorldFish Center and 11 other organizations* warned that millions of fishers, fish farmers and coastal inhabitants will experience less stable livelihoods, changes in the availability and quality of fish for food, and heightened risks to their health, safety and homes as a result of climate change. [more]
1 June 2009 For the first time, farmers in poor countries are to be rewarded under a binding international treaty for conserving and propagating crop varieties that could prove to be the saviour of global food security over the coming decades. A new benefit-sharing scheme, part of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, is to come on stream thanks to the generous donations of several governments that will support five such farmers’ projects. [more]
15 May 2009 Under the title “National Forest Inventory: The Experiences of Non-Annex I Countries” the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) organized a workshop with the support of UN-REDD and FAO’s National Forest Monitoring Assessment Programme from 27 to 29 April 2009. Over 60 delegates from 32 countries plus international organizations such as the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility gathered in Dehradun, India to better understand the technical aspects and options related to the measurement of forest carbon stocks and to share experiences in establishing national forest inventories. [more]
27 April 2009 Grasslands occupy approx. 70 percent of the world’s agricultural area and represent a major terrestrial carbon stock. Low cost mitigation options based on enhancing carbon sequestration in grasslands are available. These practices generate additional important co-benefits in the form of food security, biodiversity and water conservation, and improved resilience and thus adaptation to climate change. Increasing experience with LULUCF carbon monitoring and projections will provide valuable insight for resolving outstanding methodological issues ... [more]
2 April 2009 Agriculture in developing countries could play crucial role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. FAO has urged policy makers to include agriculture in negotiations for a new climate change treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto protocol. [more]
27 March 2009 Finland and FAO signed a €14 million partnership agreement to improve forest data collection and analysis as well as management skills in selected developing countries for sustainable forest management.The aim of the four-year programme is to help developing country governments protect their forest resources, build sustainable forest livelihoods and provide governments with the knowledge to mitigate and adapt to climate change. [more]
25 March 2009 The challenge of climate change is daunting and demands the participation of all sectors. Agriculture needs to be part and parcel of efforts to meet international and national climate change objectives.Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) [more]
23 March 2009 FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf has called for more attention to be paid to water management in agriculture and for increased support and guidance for farmers in developing countries to tackle water scarcity and the related problem of hunger. [more]
18 March 2009 A United Nations programme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from forests and boosting livelihoods in tropical nations has approved $18 million in support of five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.The UN Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN REDD Programme) a collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme promises to be an important component of a future agreement on climate change to be agreed under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December this at crucial meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. [more]
16 March 2009 The dual challenges of economic turmoil and climate change are bringing the management of forests to the forefront of global interest. The need to reform forestry institutions and increase investments in science and technology are key to the better management of forests, notes the State of the World’s Forests 2009 launched today. [more]
10 March 2009 Ten million new “green jobs” can be created by investing in sustainable forest management, according to FAO. “As more jobs are lost due to the current economic downturn, sustainable forest management could become a means of creating millions of green jobs, thus helping to reduce poverty and improve the environment,” said Jan Heino, Assistant Director-General of FAO’s Forestry Department.Since forests and trees are vital storehouses of carbon, such an investment could also make a major contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, said Heino. [more]
2 March 2009 The fishing industry and national fisheries authorities must do more to understand and prepare for the impacts that climate change will have on world fisheries, says the new FAO report "State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture" published today. [more]
12 February 2009 Early indications point to a reduction in global cereal output in 2009 from the 2008 record, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Smaller plantings and adverse weather look likely to bring grain production down in most of the world's major producers. [more]
4 February 2009 The world's farmers must quickly switch to more sustainable and productive farming systems to grow the food needed by a swelling world population and respond to climate change, FAO's top crops expert told an international farm congress here today. [more]
21 January 2009 International meeting to prepare for next World Water Forum. Delegates from more than 60 countries are meeting in Rome (21-23 January 2009) to continue negotiations on a global plan of action for adapting to global changes that affect how countries manage freshwater resources. [more]
19 January 2009 A new web-based resource tool from UNECE and FAO to access data on Europe’s forests. [more]
6 January 2009 In the end, it all trickles down to water [more]
17 December 2008 A three-day pan-African ministerial Conference pledged today to promote water development throughout the continent to fully exploit Africa's agricultural and hydroenergy potential. [more]
15 December 2008 Urges Global “Early Reaction Fund” for countries in crisis [more]
5 December 2008 Global organizations team up to ensure contribution of forests [more]
4 December 2008 Incentives needed in developing countries [more]
2 December 2008 Bolstering food systems to avoid dramatic economic losses [more]
25 November 2008 Taking more carbon out of the atmosphere than it releases [more]
28 October 2008 Win-win-win for development, climate efforts [more]
24 October 2008 FAO Director-General underlines the need to convene a World Food Summit on Food Security [more]
17 October 2008 Mitigating the effects of climate change through sustainable forest management [more]
16 October 2008 Rome ceremony celebrates World Food Day [more]
10 October 2008 The poor will suffer most [more]
10 October 2008 Mobilizing science for development [more]
25 September 2008 Launching of the UN-REDD Programme by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg [more]
23 September 2008 Science meets industry, policy and the public. A mulitidisciplinary and international conferenceAarhus, Denmark 5-7 March 2009 [more]
11 September 2008 FAO says US$10.5 million needed to help restart food production [more]
8 August 2008 World day highlights fundamental role of indigenous peoples in food security [more]
21 July 2008 Soil database win-win options for climate change mitigation and food production [more]
16 July 2008 Remote sensing and field inventories to monitor forests worldwide [more]
10 July 2008 Decrease in fisheries production likely – FAO holds scientific symposium [more]
7 July 2008 World Food Day theme to consider challenges to food security [more]
19 June 2008 Director-General addresses the FAO Regional Conference for Africa [more]
16 May 2008 FAO will host a High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy 3-5 June 2008. [more]
10 March 2008 How men and women farmers are differently affected [more]
3 March 2008 The hungry and poor will be mostly affected – FAO meeting debates impact on the region [more]
29 February 2008 Livestock devastated - high fuel, cereal prices reduce poor’s access to food [more]
18 February 2008 Regional workshop highlights links between forests and climate change [more]
12 December 2007 FAO Director-General announces High-Level Conference [more]
11 December 2007 Fresh water, animal and plant species threatened [more]
7 December 2007 [more]
15 November 2007 FAO publishes The State of Food and Agriculture 2007 [more]
9 October 2007 Adaptation strategies needed to build resilience [more]
7 August 2007 Industrialized countries could gain in production potential, developing countries may lose [more]
31 May 2007 Prevention and better preparedness could save lives and millions in fire damage [more]
last updated:  Monday, January 19, 2009