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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...

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...

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