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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...

26 Jun 2013

Locust plague threatens to trigger severe food crisis in Madagascar

Locusts have already infested over half of the island nation’s cultivated land and pastures

Madagascar is in the grips of a largely uncontrolled locust plague and risks a serious food crisis. A large-scale emergency control campaign urgently requires a minimum of  $22 million in funding to start in time for the...

22 Jun 2013

Celebrating the Eradication of Rinderpest on 28 June 2013

Two years ago, the world reached a milestone: FAO declared the world free from rinderpest on 28 June 2011. Rinderpest is a highly contagious animal disease also known as cattle plague. Next week FAO and the world are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the eradication of the virus. FAO will...

14 Jun 2013

FAO calls for continued vigilance in face of H7N9 avian influenza

Asia needs to strengthen biosecurity measures and surveillance

FAO has urged countries in Asia to remain vigilant in the face of the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. The best way to protect people and animals against the virus is to continue raising public awareness and strengthening biosecurity on farms and along the...

13 Jun 2013

Wheat rust diseases remain a constant but neglected threat

FAO warns this year’s strong wheat output could be hampered by wheat rusts

FAO is calling for countries in the global ‘wheat belt’ to step up monitoring and prevention for wheat rusts – fungal diseases that do especially well in particularly wet seasons. Yields could be affected across North Africa, the...

7 Jun 2013

Assessing, monitoring and managing the avian influenza A (H7N9) situation

FAO's Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES) for Animal Health, with the assistance of international experts, has developed three guiding documents to meet the challenge triggered by the H7N9 events:

The Emergency risk assessment summarizes the latest knowledge on the potential introduction and spread of the virus. Download...

4 Jun 2013

FAO joins partnership in fight against cassava disease in Africa

FAO has joined the call for urgent action to prevent the spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) in Africa. The two diseases, both transmitted by whiteflies and the movement of infected planting materials, pose an enormous threat to the food security and livelihoods of...

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