Food Chain Crisis Management Framework

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8 Sep 2010

Madagascar - locust emergency

FAO situation update No.1 -- Food security in Madagascar is under imminent and severe threat from increasing number of swarms of migratory locust. These insects can ruin harvests and destroy livelihoods by devastating crops. Controlling an upsurge already underway can require years and hundreds of millions of US dollars.

Locusts are...

17 Aug 2010

U.S. and FAO continue joint battle against infectious disease threats

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is renewing its support of FAO's efforts to combat highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and other emerging infectious diseases, the UN agency announced today. USAID's commitment totals US$26.3 million for the period running from October 2011 to September 2012.

The funds...

12 Aug 2010

Locust swarms threaten agriculture in Madagascar

Madagascar is at risk of a significant plague of crop-eating locusts, FAO warned today.

An unknown number of immature swarms of Malagasy Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria capito) have formed up and moved out of the country's south-western corner, where they are usually contained, and have begun to spread...

26 Jul 2010

Improved disease prevention in animal health could save billions of dollars

Governments could save billions of dollars by stepping up the prevention and control of high impact animal diseases, some of which pose a direct threat to human health, FAO said today.
Many other animal diseases have a negative impact on people's livelihoods. Pandemic influenza viruses H5N1 and H1N1, foot-and-mouth disease,...

6 Jul 2010

International experts limit Melamine levels in food

The maximum amount of melamine allowed in powdered infant formula is 1 mg/kg and the amount of the chemical allowed in other foods and animal feed is 2.5 mg/kg, according to new rulings from the United Nations' food standards body, Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Melamine is a chemical used in a variety...

2 Jun 2010

Wheat rust tracking site launched

FAO has launched a new website to track the advance of Ug99 the devastating strain of wheat stem rust disease and other wheat rusts amid concern the fungus is on the march across Africa and could head toward South Asia.

The aim of “Rust SPORE” is to...

28 Apr 2010

FAO warns of increased foot-and-mouth threats

FAO today urged heightened international surveillance against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) following three recent incursions in Japan and South Korea.

“We are worried because the rigorous biosecurity measures in place in the two countries were overwhelmed, pointing to a recent, large-scale weight of infection in source areas, very probably...

16 Apr 2010

Despite many successes, avian influenza still threatens

Although concerted international action has successfully eliminated the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus from poultry in almost all the 63 countries it infected at the peak of the world outbreak in 2006, it persists in five nations and thus poses a continuing threat to global animal and human health.  

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