Food Chain Crisis
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The human food chain is continuously threatened by the increasing number of outbreaks of transboundary animal and plant pests and diseases, including aquatic and forest pests and diseases, and food safety and radiation events.

Avian influenza, Peste des petits ruminants, Fall armyworm, locust and other insect infestations, banana diseases, food-borne pathogens and mycotoxins are some examples of threats to the human food chain that may impact human health, food security, livelihoods, national economies and global markets.

Through the Food Chain Crisis Management Framework (FCC), FAO addresses the risks to the human food chain through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and institution-wide collaborative approach.

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Animal health solutions: a digital tool to support animal disease surveillance and reporting mechanism in Ghana

“Since the EMA-i tool was implemented in the country, the number of animal diseases reported from the field has increased by 5 times”. EMA-i is a mobile app that enables data collection and the entry, storage and analysis of epidemiological data in real time, reducing human errors and ensuring data confidentiality. This tool supports the surveillance and reporting mechanisms in place to monitor priority animal diseases in Ghana. 
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Farmers look to FAO to help resolve the worsening pest outbreak issue

Pests are major causes of crop yield losses. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), between 20 and 40 percent of global crop yields are reduced each year due to damage caused by plant pests (insects and diseases). Continue Reading

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