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20 Jan 2014

Human cases of influenza A(H7N9) on the rise again in Southern and Eastern China

FAO calls for increased vigilance and preparedness in neighboring countries

Human infections with the influenza A(H7N9) virus are on the rise again in China and the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities provide opportunity for further spread and human exposure, FAO warned today. 

Millions of people and poultry are expected to be on...

19 Dec 2013

Locust plague campaign gets results in Madagascar

Control operations move against hunger threat

Control operations are continuing in Madagascar against an invasion of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, a voracious insect threatening rice and maize crops and therefore the food security and livelihoods of millions of people.

Jointly prepared by FAO and the Government of...

17 Dec 2013

Dare to prepare: taking risk seriously

In moving towards the post-2015 Development Agenda, and with evidence pointing towards a world in which disasters are even more frequent than today, the centrality of ‘risk’ is becoming an essential component of all development and humanitarian work.

Emergency preparedness has the potential to be truly transformative, a means to reshape...

16 Dec 2013

Surge in diseases of animal origin necessitates new approach to health - report

Focus on root causes and prevention needed

Population growth, agricultural expansion, and the rise of globe-spanning food supply chains have dramatically altered how diseases emerge, jump species boundaries, and spread, according to an FAO report released today. A new, more holistic approach to managing disease threats at the animal-human-environment interface is...

12 Dec 2013

Fight against Black Sigatoka must continue to save small Caribbean banana farms

FAO calls for boosting research and technology to move beyond temporary solutions to Black Sigatoka disease

FAO warns that without increased commitment to combat Black Sigatoka Disease, which has ravaged banana and plantain production in the Caribbean, vulnerable people could face food insecurity if the disease situation is allowed to further...

21 Oct 2013

United Kingdom contributes to FAO’s work in Syria and Lebanon

British development agency donates £10 million for humanitarian projects

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) is donating £10 million to FAO humanitarian projects in Syria and Lebanon.

Part of the United Kingdom’s contribution will go towards boosting winter wheat and barley production in Syria, where more than 4...

4 Oct 2013

FAO collaborates in fight against coffee rust disease in Central America

FAO is collaborating with partners in Central America in the fight against coffee rust, a disease currently posing a serious threat to the region’s coffee crop.

Representatives from agriculture ministries and institutions working on coffee met for a regional workshop co-organized by the Organization to discuss how monitoring and...

23 Sep 2013

As Madagascar food crisis looms, locust control campaign launched

Rice crop already severely damaged, 13 million people at risk

A locust control campaign is starting in Madagascar against a plague of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, which threatens the food security and livelihoods of 13 million people or nearly 60 percent of the island's population. 

Aerial survey operations to identify...

16 Sep 2013

Bird flu viruses could re-emerge in upcoming flu season

International experts recommend vigilance and promote targeted surveillance, market restructuring to fight H7N9, H5N1 and other threats

FAO has issued a new warning to the international community that the H7N9 and H5N1 avian influenza viruses continue to pose serious threats to human and animal health, especially in view of the upcoming...

9 Aug 2013

Too early to draw conclusions on source of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome infections in humans

Further investigation into possible role of animals needed

Understanding the potential role of animals in the emergence and spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) requires further investigation, analysis and study, FAO said today. Current evidence is not sufficient to identify the specific source, whether animal or otherwise, of the coronavirus...

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