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 - An FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), with support from the Ministry of Agriculture (MinAgri), to identify and evaluate factors impacting on agricultural production in 2014, estimate national cereal production and assess the overall food security situation. The mission visited Madagascar from 18 June to 17 July 2014. Highlights: Rice production (Madagascar’s staple crop) ...read more
23/10/2014
 - HIGHLIGHTS The current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa is the world’s largest Ebola outbreak recorded to date. The epidemic is severely affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in deaths and adversely impacting the food security of affected populations. If not addressed now, the consequences of the outbreak could lead ...read more
22/10/2014
 - For the first time, the Government of Japan is supporting FAO’s efforts in Mali to assist food-insecure households and improve their access to food during the 2014/2015 campaign. FAO project, entitled "Immediate assistance to vulnerable populations in the regions of Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu in Mali by restoring agro-aquaculture productivity ...read more
20/10/2014
 - The outbreak of Ebola virus disease, first reported in March 2014, has severely affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in tragic loss of life and adversely impacting agriculture and food security. On 18 September 2014, the United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted Resolution 2177 (2014) urging immediate action to curb the spread of the disease. The outbreak ...read more
07/10/2014
 - FAO STRATEGY The most urgent priority of FAO and all UN partners is stopping the epidemic of the Ebola virus disease outbreak and ending the tragic loss of life. Immediate action must also be taken to avoid a potential food security crisis. Therefore, FAO’s strategy focuses on supporting life-saving activities while ...read more
07/10/2014
 - HIGHLIGHTS FAO is providing assistance in four critical areas of intervention, in support of 155 600 families in the Philippines: Rice and corn farming – FAO has supported some 100 000 rice and corn farmers since December 2013. Livelihoods were restored rapidly, with big returns. For example, the rice seed distributed by ...read more
05/10/2014
 - FAO's response Funds received to‐date have enabled FAO to distribute 413 575 000 livelihood kits (crop, vegetable, fishing), as well as vaccinating more than 1 million animals, and reach more than 1.5 million people. Funds are urgently required to ensure FAO can reach its target of 3.3 million people and begin prepositioning ...read more
23/09/2014
 - BACKGROUND The past six months have witnessed an unprecedented Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak that has affected five countries in West Africa. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the most affected countries, and some cases were reported in Nigeria and Senegal. This outbreak is unprecedented in scale and geographical spread and ...read more
23/09/2014
 - From 8 to 10 September 2014, was held in Banjul, The Gambia, the regional consultation on the mid-term assessment of the agropastoral season and the 2014-2015 agricultural and food prospects. This meeting comes within the framework of the operation of the Regional Device for Prevention and Management of Food Crises ...read more
14/09/2014
 - FAO's response Funds received to-date have enabled FAO to provide over 1.5 million people with vital crop, vegetable, fishing and animal health kits. In the coming months, FAO plans to continue distributing fishing kits to ensure year-round access to fish, focusing on reducing post-harvest losses and implementing appropriate measures to avoid ...read more
09/09/2014