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 - After a decade of economic decline, marked by hyperinflation, high unemployment rates and steep drops in agricultural production, Zimbabwe’s economy is beginning to bounce back. And with that, support for the country’s smallholder farmers – numbering over 1.5 million – is moving away from free handouts to more innovative, market-based approaches. ...read more
11/06/2012
 - Zimbabwe’s economy is starting to improve after a long period of economic decline from 2000 to 2008. The agriculture sector plays a key role in the country’s economic recovery, with about 70 percent of the population depending on agriculture for their livelihood. However, post-grain harvest losses remain a major concern ...read more
11/06/2012
 - The economy of Zimbabwe – a country once considered the breadbasket of southern Africa – is beginning to turn around after a decade-long recession that saw sharp drops in agricultural production, reduced incomes and food shortages. Roughly 70 percent of the country makes a living from agriculture, so a strong ...read more
11/06/2012
 - Countries of the West Africa and Sahel sub-region are regularly affected by crises that jeopardize the livelihoods and food and nutritional security of the populations. In 2012, more than 18 million people are at risk of food insecurity in the Sahel. In Mali and in the neighboring countries, the displacements ...read more
01/05/2012
 - FAO supports food security in an effort to combat malnutrition in Chad - Kanem, a region in western Chad, has higher rates of chronic malnutrition than the rest of the country. Food insecurity, mainly affecting women and children, results from the low availability of food (low agricultural production owing to adverse weather conditions), decreased incomes that ...read more
12/04/2012
 - FAO has renewed its commitment to realizing a hunger-free Horn of Africa, basing its support on four main principles: (i) governments and peoples commit to a hunger-free Horn of Africa; (ii) policies and institutions ensure the realization of a hunger-free Horn; (iii) increased investment in agriculture and food security promotes peace and prosperity; ...read more
01/03/2012
 - In July 2010, torrential monsoon rains caused flooding of an unprecedented magnitude affecting the entire length of Pakistan. One year after the floods, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) together with the Pakistan Food Security Cluster (FSC) decided to carry out a multi-agency assessment Detailed Livelihood Assessment (DLA) in 28 ...read more
25/02/2012
 - Joint statement by United Nations agencies, the European Commission and USAID on the deteriorating situation in the Sahel Rome – Leaders of United Nations agencies, representatives of affected governments, and major donors today called for an urgent scale up of humanitarian, rehabilitation and development assistance to address rising levels of hunger ...read more
15/02/2012
 - Food insecurity and malnutrition are recurrent and severe in the Sahel. Acute food crises occurred in 2005 and 2010. In 2012, several countries in the subregion are again at high risk. Agricultural production was sharply reduced due to late and irregular rains, and prolonged dry spells in 2011. Even though ...read more
14/02/2012
 - An FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) visited South Sudan from 16 October to 10 November 2011 to estimate cereal production and assess the food-security situation. Highlights: National cereal production in South Sudan in 2011, estimated at 562 600 tonnes, is about 19 and 25 percent below the previous year’s ...read more
08/02/2012