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Seed stocks in Liberia seriously decimated after many years of war

22 December 2003 -- Liberian farmers are in need of rice seeds. FAO calls for $2 million to supply seeds to around 70 000 farm families.

New hunger maps released

22 December 2003 -- With precise data pinpointing the distribution of chronic undernutrition within countries, FAO's latest hunger maps are a valuable tool for policy-makers seeking to design programmes that reach the most vulnerable.

New Zealand PM Helen Clark receives Ceres Medal

19 December 2003 -- Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand receives Ceres Medal from FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf for her work to reduce hunger in the world.

Desert Locust threat growing

18 December 2003 -- After a summer season of good rains and recent favourable rainfall, Desert Locust populations continue to increase and may threaten winter crops in northwest Africa and along the Red Sea.

FAO distributes seeds to returnees in Afghanistan

18 December 2003 -- FAO has distributed seeds and fertilizers to vulnerable families in Afghanistan. Over 500 000 people are expected to benefit from improved harvests.

South-South Cooperation: creating alliances to fight hunger

17 December 2003 --This week in Marrakech, the G-77 will meet during a High-Level Conference on South-South Cooperation to identifying ways and means of strengthening and expanding such cooperation. FAO will present the South-South Cooperation component of the Special programme for Food Security.

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo receives Agricola Medal

16 December 2003, Rome/Abuja -- President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria has received the Agricola Medal for his role in boosting agricultural and social development in Africa's most populated country.

Lack of funds for agricultural projects in North Korea could be disastrous

11 December 2003 -- Hunger could rise in North Korea in 2004 if projects to produce food are not being funded.

FAO Conference ends 32nd Session

10 December 2003 -- FAO governing Conference ends 32nd Session, passes $749 million budget and limits the term of office for future FAO Directors-General.

Rural digital divide distancing development, FAO warns

10 December 2003 -- The information revolution has completely bypassed nearly one billion people, creating a digital divide that hinders development, FAO warned on Wednesday.

Germany provides 8.6 million euros for food security projects

9 December 2003 -- Germany will finance projects in Afghanistan, Lesotho and Malawi carried out by FAO.

Sub-Saharan Africa crop prospects are mixed, says FAO Africa Report

8 December 2003 -- Africa's food situation improves in some areas, but 23 countries on the continent are facing food shortages for a variety of reasons, from conflict to severe drought, according to latest Africa Report published by FAO.

FAO strengthens commitment to Brazil's Zero Hunger Programme

8 December 2003, Rome -- FAO and Brazil have signed an important accord to evaluate the successes achieved by the Zero Hunger Programme and refine future strategies.

FAO'S 2004-2005 budget set at $749 million by its governing Conference; a cut of $51 million in real terms

5 December 2003 -- FAO receives 2-year US Dollar-Euro budget of $749 million in unaniamous vote by the Organizations Governing Conference.

Pope John Paul II endorses International Alliance Against Hunger

5 December 2003 -- The International Alliance Against Hunger, promoted by FAO, gains Papal support.

Spanish Telefood Gala raises
750 000 euros

5 December 2003 -- A key ally in the international alliance against hunger, Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) helped to raise 750 000 euros in a recent Telefood Gala. All the funds will go entirely to setting up agricultural micro-projects in developing countries.

First-ever livestock census in Afghanistan

4 December 2003 -- After drought and civil war, it could take up to ten years for the animal herds in Afghanistan to regenerate naturally. FAO has carried out the first livestock census in the country.

FAO and UAE to strengthen National Agricultural Information Centre (UAEAGRICENT)

3 December 2003 -- FAO signs an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to bolster its agricultural information resources.

Protecting the planet's plant genetic resources

3 December 2003, Rome -- To draw attention to the importance of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources, FAO organized a side-event to its governing Conference (29 November-10 December 2003) in preparation for the entry into force of the Treaty, probably in early 2004.

FAO calls for intensified action to combat illegal fishing

3 December 2003 -- Efforts to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing must be intensified, FAO stated in a report presented yesterday to representatives of its Member Nations gathered here for the 32nd session of the Organization's governing Conference.

Disabled persons can make a significant contribution to agricultural projects

2 December 2003 -- The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons is December 3rd. An FAO study says the contribution of individuals with disabilities to agricultural projects can have a significant impact on food security.

Small Island Developing States face growing vulnerability, FAO warns

2 December 2003 -- Growing vulnerability of Small Island Developing States will be examined at a UN conference to be held in Mauritius from 30 August to 3 September 2004.

Mapping the march of HIV/AIDS in rural Africa

1 December 2003 -- A new study examines the complex effects of the pandemic on rural communities.

Jacques Diouf: "More financial resources are essential to meet the challenges of the new century"

1 December 2003 - "More financial resources from development partners are essential to meet the challenges of the new century," FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf told agriculture ministers and senior officials from 187 FAO Member States and the European Community gathered in Rome.

Three FAO awards for journalists, institutions and field work

29 November 2003 -- The Boerma Award for journalism was presented to Brazilian documentary film maker Marcelo Canellas and to Reuters correspondent David Brough. Two other FAO Awards, the Binay R. Sen and the Edouard Saouma Award were also presented today.

FAO Conference opens

29 November 2003 -- One of the main issues on the agenda of FAO's governing Conference (29 November - 10 December 2003) is the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget for 2004-2005.

Forestry officials discuss future of poplar in expanding Europe

28 November 2003 -- European forestry officials meeting at FAO recently called for policy reforms to maximize the economic, environmental and social benefits of poplar and willow cultivation.

Treaty on hazardous chemicals and pesticides trade to become law

27 November 2003 -- The Rotterdam Convention has been ratified by 50 countries. This means that the treaty will enter into force within 90 days.

FAO reports a setback in the war against hunger

25 November 2003 -- Amid overall increases in the number of hungry people in the developing world, FAO's annual report on hunger and food insecurity names some successful countries and shows ways to win the battle against hunger.

Food-based approaches for a healthier nutrition in West Africa

21 November 2003 -- Main challenges in West Africa include Food insecurity, overweight and obesity. Ways and means to tackle these problems will be discussed at an international workshop in Ouagadougou (23-28 November 2003).

Asbestos and two hazardous pesticides could be added to trade watch list

17 November 2003 -- An international conference will decide whether all forms of asbestos and two hazardous pesticides should be added to a trade watch list.

Fluid financing: a new approach to investing in agriculture

12 November 2003 -- Creating a network of international financing institutions to promote and facilitate funding for agricultural development is top of the agenda at a forum in Budapest.

Greater consumption of fruits and vegetables promoted by UN agencies

11 November 2003 -- FAO and the World Health Organization team up to promote greater consumption of fruit and vegetables in an effort to reduce noncoummunicable diseases.

Operation Acacia: boosting production of gums and natural resins

5 November 2003 -- Italy funds a US$ 3.5 million project to improve the production of gums and natural resins in six African countries bordering the Sahara.

FAO distributes seeds to drought-stricken farmers in Ethiopia

4 November 2003 -- Late-planting food crop seeds are being distributed to drought-hit farmers in the Ethiopian provinces of Amhara and Tigray.

United Nations Launches International Year of Rice

31 October 2003, United Nations, New York -- FAO Director-General warns that rice, the staple food of more than half the world's population, is facing serious constraints as land and water resources for rice production diminish.

North Korea urgently needs food aid

30 October 2003 -- United Nations Agencies call malnutrition rates in North Korea "alarmingly high" in a report that forecasts the country will suffer another substantial food deficit in 2004.

Debating the right to food

27 October 2003, Rome -- The right to food is a fundamental human right. It is both an individual right and a collective responsibility. Governments, NGOs and civil society groups are meeting to discuss how to make it part of national government policy.

FAO issues Desert Locust alert

20 October 2003, Rome -- FAO warns outbreaks of the Desert Locust in Mauritania, Niger and Sudan may locally threaten crops.

FAO urges international alliance against hunger on World Food Day

16 October 2003 -- On World Food Day FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf urged all who wanted to defeat poverty and malnutrition to form an international alliance against hunger.

Five more international celebrities named as FAO goodwill ambassadors

16 October 2003 -- Five more international celebrities have signed on to FAO's campaign to end world hunger, the Organization announced today during ceremonies marking World Food Day 2003.

Online scientific information on food and agriculture for poorest countries

14 October 2003 -- The goal of AGORA is to increase the quality and effectiveness of agricultural education and research. FAO is collaborating with major scientific publishers and others to provide free or low-cost access to key online journals in the fields of agriculture, food, nutrition and related biological, environmental and social sciences to a specified group of low-income countries. 

World Food Day - building an International Alliance Against Hunger

10 October 2003 -- World Food Day marks the anniversary of the founding of FAO on 16 October 1945. It will be celebrated with special events in some 150 countries around the world.

Rise of supermarkets across Africa threatens small farmers

8 October 2003 -- The proliferation of supermarkets represents both a risk and an opportunity for Africa's small farmers.

$6 million project for one of the poorest regions in Afghanistan

6 October 2003 -- FAO will run a major sustainable rural livelihoods project for more than 430 000 farmers in Afghanistan.

XII World Forestry Congress calls for harmonizing needs of people and planet

29 September 2003 -- The XII World Forestry Congress, which closed yesterday in Québec City, Canada, called for sustained political commitment to safeguard the future of the world's forests. Above all, the Congress urged countries to move the intergovernmental dialogue on forests from talk to action.

Food crisis in parts of Ethiopia remains critical

25 September 2003 -- More than 13 million people need assistance in Ethiopia. FAO launched an appeal for $7.7 million for agricultural emergency projects.

Millions remain food insecure in Iraq despite better harvest

23 September 2003 -- Food insecurity and poverty in Iraq are still of major concern, according to a new FAO/WFP report.

Sustainable forest management: tangible achievements needed

22 September 2003 -- At the World Forestry Congress FAO's Director-General Jaques Diouf calls for the sustainable management of forests, a shrinking global resource.

Seeds and tools for nearly 2 million farmers in Angola

19 September 2003 -- After three decades of war and a year and a half of peace, Angolans have started to replant their fields. FAO is assisting them with agricultural emergency aid.

FAO sees no alternative to multilateral trade talks

18 September 2003 -- The collapse of the WTO meeting in Cancún should not be the end of trade talks in an international framework, FAO said today.

Freer trade must be fairer trade for food security

11 September 2003 -- At the Ministerial talks in Cancun, FAO urges countries to ensure international trade is free as well as fair.

Fires are increasingly damaging the world's forests

9 September 2003 -- This year's fire season has been one of the worst in recent history. To avoid forest fires, countries should involve local communities in forest management, FAO said.

New agreement on agricultural projects signed

4 September 2003 -- Under a new deal with Bangladesh and the Islamic Development Bank, Gambia becomes the latest country to benefit from FAO's South-South Cooperation programme.

Origin of SARS virus still obscure - the disease could recur

1 September 2003 -- SARS could recur again, FAO warned after the visit of a senior veterinarian to China. The source of the SARS coronovirus remains obscure.

FAO Economist Prabhu Pingali takes up post as President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists

22 August 2003 -- FAO Director, Prabhu Pingali, becomes President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.

Farming fish for the future, sustainably

18 August 2003 -- Countries from around the world have resolved to cooperate more closely in order to develop a better framework for the sustainable development of the world's aquaculture sector.

Afghanistan reaps largest ever harvest

14 August 2003 -- Afghan farmers are harvesting the biggest cereals crop since records began. Yet despite the ample harvest many remain hungry and will need food aid in the coming months.

Meeting on global aquaculture opens in Norway

7 August 2003 -- An FAO conference opening today in Trondheim, Norway brings experts from around the world together to assess the state of the global aquaculture sector and make recommendations for its future development.

Afghan locust threat contained

4 August 2003 -- A major threat to food production in Afghanistan has been averted after a successful locust control campaign. Damage to wheat crop was kept to a minimal level.

Food crisis worsening in Haiti - more than 3.8 million hungry people

31 July 2003 -- Living conditions are worsening in Haiti, where more than 3.8 million are suffering from hunger. FAO asked for $6 million to finance five relief activities.

More than 6.5 million people in southern Africa still need agricultural relief aid

29 July 2003 -- Farmers in southern Africa are facing severe constraints despite better harvests. FAO called for $43 million to assist 6.5 million people.

Over one million Angolans still need food aid

25 July 2003 -- The need for food and agricultural relief aid remains high in Angola despite an increase in food production, FAO and WFP said in a new report today.

Afghanistan expects bumper harvest - chronic undernutrition remains high

24 July 2003 -- Farmers in Afghanistan are about to harvest the biggest wheat crop in two decades, but chronic undernutrition remains a major problem, said Serge Verniau, FAO Representative in Kabul.

Future of forests rests on sustainable management

24 July 2003 -- More than 3 000 foresters, scientists, indigenous people living in forests and others interested in forests from over 120 countries are expected to participate in the XII World Forestry Congress in Quebec City, Canada, 21-28 September 2003.

23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are facing food emergencies

23 July 2003 -- Civil strife and adverse weather are the main causes for food emergencies in sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty-three countries are affected, according to a new FAO report published today.

International Alliance Against Hunger, theme of World Food Day/TeleFood 2003

22 July 2003 -- The World Food Day/TeleFood theme for 2003 is International Alliance Against Hunger, to emphasize the need for global mobilization to create the political will to eradicate hunger.

European Commission and FAO strengthen partnership

17 July 2003 -- The European Commission and FAO today signed an agreement designed to create a closer strategic partnership between the two institutions in the fields of development and humanitarian aid.

Managing corn pest in Central and Eastern Europe

16 July 2003 -- Seven countries in Central and Eastern Europe will benefit from an FAO regional project to control the spread of the Western Corn Rootworm, a major threat to corn production in Central and Eastern Europe.

FAO sends SARS expert to China

10 July 2003 -- An Australian veterianarian will travel to China to coordinate an international investigation about the roles of animals in spreading the deadly SARS virus.

Codex Alimentarius Commission adopts more than 50 new food standards

9 July 2003 -- The Codex Alimentarius Commission has adopted new guidelines on biotechnologically modified foods and a new standard on food irradiation.

Shipment of agricultural aid to rebel held areas in southern Sudan

8 July 2003 -- A first shipment of agricultural aid has been delivered by road to rebel held areas in southern Sudan. More than 10 500 households benefited from this project.

Where spice is life

7 July 2003 -- As the UN's Codex Alimentarius Commission announces agreement on international guidelines for food trade and production, farmers and commodity traders in the lush, southern Indian state of Kerala know that good standards mean better business. They are using modern technology and Codex standards to reach new global markets.

New Web site on HIV/AIDS and food security

3 July 2003 -- The agricultural sector has an important role to play in reducing people's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and alleviating the consequences of the disease in poor rural communities. A new FAO Web site on HIV/AIDS and food security examines the wide-ranging impact of the epidemic and proposes strategic responses for agricultural policy-makers.

FAO Director-General urges African leaders to put more effort and funds into agriculture

3 July 2003 -- Jacques Diouf called today on African leaders to clearly indicate the key role of agriculture in the economic development and the reduction of poverty and food insecurity in their countries, by giving greater priority and allocating adequate resources to the sector.

The frontier that unites

2 July 2003 -- FAO, together with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is tackling the problem of desertification in the island of Hispaniola through a local development initiative aimed to manage natural resources and create a social framework to strengthen development efforts on both sides of the border.

UN Committee recommends new dietary intake limits for mercury

1 July 2003 -- Experts convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced agreement on recommendations regarding safe intake levels for a variety of different chemicals occurring in food, including cadmium and methylmercury, the most toxic form of mercury.

UN food safety and trade standards commission opens meeting

30 June 2003 -- FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission to decide the adoption of new food safety and quality standards at its 26th session, which opened today in Rome with representatives from 169 countries. Standards up for adoption include methods to assess the risk of foods derived from biotechnology and a standard that would allow increased levels of radiation to be used in food irradiation.

Agricultural response to AIDS crisis urgently needed

30 June 2003 -- A new joint FAO/UNAIDS report calls upon agricultural institutions to scale up their efforts to fight the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic.

"The right to food is fundamental to human existence," says FAO Director-General

20 June 2003 -- FAO Director-General tells International Conference on the Right to Food and Costs of Hunger that "the right to food is fundamental to human existence."

UN agencies warn that food aid needs in Southern Africa remain substantial

13 June 2003 -- Southern Africa still requires substantial food aid despite the fact that more food was produced in the region than during last year's severe food crisis, according to reports released by FAO and WFP.

New FAO-sponsored Web site promotes sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

16 June, 2003 Rome -- A new FAO-sponsored Web site promotes the use of biotelemetry in fisheries and aquaculture. The technology is a powerful tool for studying fish populations and the environments they inhabit -- and for making informed management decisions.

A public-private alliance against hunger

11 June 2003 -- The private sector must become a key player in an international alliance against hunger. Collaboration with the dairy sector shows how pooling resources, energies and expertise can benefit everyone.

Ethiopia: drought-hit farmers receive emergency aid

10 June 2003 -- In Ethiopia the rural population who depend upon harvests to eat have been battered by cycles of droughts and floods. Pockets of the East African country are suffering from pre-famine conditions. FAO is helping farmers prepare for the next planting season.

Peru ratifies International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources

6 June, Rome -- Peru has ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Peru and the Andes are the cradle of plants such as potato and tomato, fundamental to world food consumption.

Diouf: Safeguard "the source of food security"

5 June, Rome -- "Water - Two Billion People are Dying for it!" is the theme of World Environment Day celebrated today. On this occasion, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf called on all countries "to help safeguard the source of food security on our planet."

BSE case in Canada should not cause panic

3 June 2003 -- The recent discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow in Canada is not a cause for panic, FAO said today. The agency urged all countries to continue to check for the disease, even where it has never been found.

Eritrea: Cereal and legume seeds to save the 2003 crop

Rome, 30 May 2003 -- In Eritrea, FAO is helping farmers restore their productive capacity. Cereal and legume seeds are being distributed by FAO, NGOs, donors and the Ministry of Agriculture for planting the 2003 crop.

Agricultural projects in Afghanistan at risk

29 May 2003 -- Long-term agricultural development activities in Afghanistan are under threat, FAO warned today. Without new donor funding, the agency will have to stop more than 70 percent of its activities by the end of this year.

A different view of mountains

28 May 2003 -- Tapping the latest data and using GIS technology, a new FAO study paints a detailed portrait of vulnerable mountain communities and the challenges facing them, paving the way for future work on mountain development.

German President Rau receives Agricola Medal

27 May 2003 -- Johannes Rau, President of Germany, has received FAO's Agricola Medal for his commitment to support efforts to banish world hunger.

FAO Director-General calls on mayors to promote decentralized cooperation for reducing hunger

26 May 2003 -- FAO Director-General calls on mayors to promote decentralized cooperation and international solidarity for reducing hunger speaking at the 2nd Second Annual Glocalization Conference (24-26 May 2003). Dr. Diouf presented the triangular partnership between the City of Rome, the City of Kigali (Rwanda) and FAO.

The Netherlands provides additional 6.3 million euros for FAO Partnership Programme

26 May 2003 - The Government of the Netherlands has pledged an additional 6.3 million euros in support of the FAO/Netherlands Partnership Programme (FNPP). The FNPP started two years ago to support food security, forestry and agrobiodiversity activities. The additional funds will allow the programme to continue its activities until the end of the year.

Former IMF Director Camdessus: 1.1 billion people in world are without clean, safe water

14 May 2003 -- Michel Camdessus, Honorary Governor of the Bank of France and former International Monetary Fund Chief, stressed the need for an increase of $100 billion annually to provide safe, clean water for 1.1 billion people in the world who suffer from a lack of clean water.

More food aid needed for some sub-Saharan African countries

7 May 2003 -- Food and crop situation improves somewhat in southern Africa, but 25 countries face food emergencies, caused mostly by adverse weather problems, civil strife and economic policies.

No evidence that SARS stems from farm animals

5 May 2003 -- The spread of the SARS virus has caused major concern around the world. Peter Roeder, FAO Animal Health Officer, explains that there is no proof that the virus originated in farm animals.

So far yet so near

30 April 2003 - Chinese experts arrive in Nigeria to work with local experts as part of the South-South Cooperation component of the Nigerian Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS).

At least one third of Iraq's spring crop unscathed

28 April 2003 -- One-third of Iraq's critical spring grain crop appears to have emerged unscathed from the conflict, according to a first survey conducted by FAO.

FAO/WHO launch expert report on diet, nutrition and prevention of chronic diseases

23 April 2003 -- FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) today issued a report by independent experts on diet and health. The report provides the scientific basis for developing a WHO global strategy to combat the growing burden of chronic diseases. It also has potential implications for food and agriculture.

Farmers in Iraq need assistance with spring harvest

16 April 2003 -- Farmers in Iraq need help to start harvesting in May, FAO said today. Estimates indicate a cereal production of about 1.7 million tonnes, but the outlook is uncertain. The spring crop is the main harvest in the country.

Funding drought threatens Afghanistan's food security

15 April 2003 -- FAO appeals for $6.89 million to prevent animal disease outbreaks in Afghanistan. Potential outbreaks of livestock diseases like rinderpest and foot-and-mouth risk crippling the country's fragile rural sector.

Safeguarding food security in the Caribbean

7 April 2003 -- A $5 million project to promote food security in the Caribbean has been jointly launched by FAO, the Caribbean Community, the CARIFORUM and the Government of Italy. It is the first project to be launched from the FAO Trust Fund for Food Security.

Iraq conflict could be devastating for rural economy

3 April 2003 -- Armed conflict in Iraq could seriously damage the country's agricultural production, FAO warned as it launched an $86 million appeal to buy the seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, machinery, fuel and spare parts needed by farmers.

From farm to table: a global approach to food safety

31 March 2003 -- Food safety begins at the grassroots level - literally.
FAO is advocating a new, global and integrated method of ensuring food is free from contaminants by beginning at its very source with the Food Chain Approach

Fertilizers are vital to meet global food needs

26 March 2003 -- Speaking at a meeting on "Global Food Security and the Role of Sustainable Fertilization," FAO Deputy Director-General David Harcharik and the President of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), Wladimir Puggina, underlined the important role of fertilizers in agricultural production.

Improving agricultural water use is essential to fight hunger and poverty

21 March 2003 -- On the eve of World Water Day, Ministers and officials responsible for water for food and agriculture from more than 40 countries called for increased investment in rural water management to meet the world's growing demand for food, enhance food security and alleviate poverty.

New fish and seafood safety initiative

17 March 2003 -- Launched by FAO and Canada, the Aquatic Food Product Initiative assists developing countries in the production and marketing of safe fish and seafood products.

Two million face serious food shortages in West Africa

13 March 2003 -- Funds are urgently needed for emergency projects in Cape Verde, the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. Drought, poor harvests and political instability have left many families without enough food and the situation continues to get worse.

No global water crisis - but many developing countries will face water scarcity

12 March 2003 -- Agriculture in developing countries will need to produce more crop per litre of water, promote equitable access to water and conserve precious water resources, FAO said in a new study today.

FAO calls for enhanced role of forests in Africa

11 March 2003 -- In a new report entitled Forestry Outlook Study for Africa (FOSA), FAO suggests new approaches for enhancing the contribution of forestry to the economic, social and environmental interests of Africa.

Progress in implementing sustainable forest management

10 March 2003 -- The State of the World's Forests 2003 (SOFO), explains how forests, when managed in a sustainable way, can bring about environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits for the people.

FAO releases new global estimate of mangroves

10 March 2003 -- A new FAO assessment on the status of mangrove forests worldwide indicates that while the rate of mangrove deforestation is high, it has been gradually decreasing over the past 20 years.

Asbestos, 3 deadly pesticides and 2 forms of lead targeted for international action

10 March 2003 -- All forms of asbestos, the pesticides DNOC , parathion, a severely hazardous pesticide formulation that is a mixture of benomyl, thiram and carbofuran, and two highly toxic lead additives used in gasoline should be added to an international list of chemicals subject to trade controls.

Over 520 Chinese to work with Nigeria on food security

6 March 2003 -- China, Nigeria and FAO sign agreement to send more than 520 Chinese technicians and experts to work on food security projects in Nigeria. The initiative is the largest programme of its kind, which allows countries at different levels of development to share agricultural knowledge and experience. It is part of a global initiative, the South-South Cooperation Programme.

Loss of forest cover threatens freshwater supplies

6 March 2003 -- Forests can have an important role in supplying freshwater; forested watersheds require therefore special attention. This issue and other important forestry issues will be discussed at the next session of the FAO's Commitee on Forestry.

World agriculture towards 2030 - Final study published

4 March 2003 -- FAO has published the final version of World agriculture: towards 2015/30. It says that more people will be better fed by 2030, but the number of hungry people will remain high.

Strong support for firmer action against IUU fishing

3 March 2003-- At the 25th session of FAO's Committee on fisheries, Japan and other countries proposed to step up the implementation of two international plans aimed at protecting marine resources against overfishing.

New report on diet and chronic diseases released

3 March 2003 -- More fruit, vegetables and physical exercise and less saturated fat, sugar and salt are needed to counter ever-increasing levels of chronic diseases. These are some of the diet and lifestyle measures recommended by an independent expert report commissioned by WHO and FAO.

Feeding hope: nutrition plays key role in HIV/AIDS care

25 February 2003 -- A balanced diet can improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. FAO has joined together with the World Health Organization to publish a nutritional manual aimed at improving the lives of the estimated 42 million people living with HIV/AIDS.

FAO and Libya sign agreements for agriculture projects

20 February 2003 -- Libya commits more than $21 million to new agriculture projects in Sahelian and Saharan countries to promote food security. Five countries to benefit from the new FAO-led projects.

Aquaculture rapidly growing

20 February 2003 -- Aquaculture has expanded and has made significant technological advances, according to FAO's State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2002 (SOFIA). The report warns that nearly half of world marine stocks offer no reasonable expectations for further expansion.

FAO launches e-mail newsletter on food safety

19 February 2003 -- Updates about new publications and research findings can now be delivered directly to your desktop

FAO warns of 'molecular divide' between North and South

18 February 2003 -- The promises and potential of biotechnology are not equally shared between developed and developing countries, according to Louise Fresco, who heads the FAO Agriculture Department. Biotechnology must be redirected to address the pressing needs of the poor and the new requirements for food quality and quantity and new agricultural products, she said.

Pakistan's victory over rinderpest

18 February 2003 -- Pakistan has declared itself "provisionally free" from the deadly cattle plague rinderpest. The last cases of rinderpest, a highly infectious viral disease that can destroy entire populations of cattle and buffaloes, were detected in October 2000.

More than $15 million requested by FAO for southern Africa crisis

17 February 2003 -- FAO appeals for $15 million to continue assistance to victims of food and health crisis in southern Africa. The crisis continues to threaten as many as 15 million people.

Codex Alimentarius - new $40 million fund for poor countries

14 February 2003 -- Trust Fund will help regulators and food experts from developing countries and countries in transition to participate in setting international food safety and trade standards

Brazil receives US$1 million for Zero Hunger Project from FAO

14 February 2003 -- FAO Director-General visits Brazil to discuss closer collaboration with President Lula in the fight against hunger

FAO seriously concerned about the spread of Avian flu in East Asia

15 January 2004 -- With outbreaks in three countries, the disease seems to have a regional dimension, FAO said. Possible links between outbreaks must be clarified.

Brazil: The hunger of the missed meal

14 February 2003 -- Hunger and poverty are still widespread in Brazil. Interview with Andrew MacMillan on FAO's support for President Lula's Zero Hunger Project.

7.2 million people still need food aid in Ethiopia

14 January 2004 -- Ethiopia has good harvest, but 7.2 million people still need food aid, down from 13.2 million last year, according to a joint FAO/WFP crop and food assessment report.

Poultry keeping: a life-saver for poor rural households

February 2003 -- Poultry keeping is making an important contribution to the livelihoods of the most vulnerable rural households in developing countries. It is a source of income, it improves nutrition and it helps meet family and social obligations.

Earthquake has seriously hit farmers in Bam region

13 January 2004 -- FAO launched today an appeal for $2.5 million to assist farming families affected by the earthquake in the city of Bam in Iran. FAO's emergency assistance will restore water supply for affected date plantations and will provide agricultural inputs and support for livestock farmers.

Bananas not on verge of extinction, says FAO

30 January 2003 -- With the commercial banana threatened by disease, FAO calls for more diversity in commercially traded bananas.

BSE controls in many countries are still not sufficient

12 January 2004 -- The discovery of the first BSE case in the US highlights the need for countries to strengthen their BSE control measures, FAO said today.

WTO talks: FAO bolsters developing countries negotiating skills

27 January 2003 -- A broad programme organised by FAO aimed at bolstering the negotiating capacity of developing countries ahead of a new round of WTO trade talks will enter its second phase with national training sessions in 2003.

Higher world tobacco use expected by 2010 - growth rate slowing down

8 January 2004 -- While in developed countries tobacco smoking is set to continue to decline until 2010, in developing countries consumption will increase, according to a new FAO study.

New forms of assistance for developing countries

7 January -- A new programme of decentralized cooperation will enable FAO to work with local authorities in Italy and those of developing countries to improve food security. The initiative - the first of its kind - will be launched from an Italian trust fund of $2.3 million.

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