United Kingdom gives $34 million for African fisheries programme

Overexploitation of fishery resources, destructive fishing practices, damage to natural habitats, post-harvest losses and conflicts among fisheries have prompted the United Kingdom to finance a five-year, US$34 million programme that will create low-cost, small-scale projects in the artisanal fishery industry in 24 African countries.

The Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (SFL) will assist the more than 5 million poor people in participating countries who are directly employed in artisanal fisheries. SFL promotes the sustainable use of fisheries resources and the importance of fisheries for poor, artisanal fishers, fish-processors and traders, most of whom are women.

The initiative will also help countries implement the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, which emphasizes the need to reduce pollution, waste, discard and the catching of non-target species.

SFL is to be managed by FAO, the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the African countries involved. The countries participating are Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

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26 October 1999


BBC World Television focuses on food security in support of World Food Day

In support of World Food Day, 16 October, BBC World Television is presenting World Food Week from 11 to 15 October. Five features focusing on food security in the developing world will be broadcast, one each day, on "The World Today". The broadcast will be repeated several times daily, directly following main news programmes.

Subjects to be featured, some including profiles of FAO projects in the field, are: feeding stations for people displaced by conflict in Angola; genetically modified foods in Brazil; desertification in Pakistan; artisanal fishing in Senegal; and post-conflict rehabilitation in Kosovo.

Also in London on Thursday 14 October, FAO will launch a report on world hunger, "The State of Food Insecurity in the World 1999". This first edition of the report provides the latest estimates of the number of chronically hungry people in the developing world. It also presents the first assessment of the number of undernourished people in the developed world.

Dr Hartwig de Haen, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Economic and Social Department, will be interviewed about the problem of hunger in the world and what can be done about it, live on the BBC's "The World Today" on Thursday 14 October at 12.30 pm GMT. The interview is linked to Thursday's launch of "The State of Food Insecurity in the World 1999".

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12 October 1999


Conference convenes in Melbourne to assess future of food trade agreements

Five years after the conclusion of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an international conference opens today to reassess the implications of agreements dealing with food trade. The complicated issues of improving and harmonizing standards for international food trade and new questions that continue to arise over food quality and safety will be discussed at the 'International Food Trade - Beyond 2000' conference organized by the FAO, in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WTO, 11 to 15 October in Melbourne, Australia. The Conference will offer non-binding recommendations and guidance to governments, international organizations and consumer groups.

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12 October 1999


FAO 'Tea Mark' on intergovernmental tea meeting agenda

On 27 September, the Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Tea opens its thirteenth session in Ottawa, Canada. During the three-day session, FAO will encourage the tea industry to take part in a new black tea promotional campaign that the Organization has developed with financial assistance from the Common Fund for Commodities.

The campaign, which centres on a new international tea trademark, called Tea Mark, is intended to increase demand for black tea by informing consumers about its potential health benefits. Some data have indicated that black tea, when consumed as part of a balanced diet, can help control obesity and curb smoking as well as reduce the risk of cardio-vascular diseases, strokes, and certain types of cancer. An increase in consumer demand would also benefit growers of black tea, by reducing the threat of production surpluses and protecting them from a decline in prices.

The Tea Mark campaign also recognizes however, that some compounds in tea can prevent absorption of iron in the diet and may lead to anemia in some vulnerable groups. More research is needed, and is ongoing, to determine the specific components in tea that have beneficial or harmful effects on human health.

Press release
Intergovernmental Group on Tea (13th Session)

27 September 1999

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