06 Jun 2008

Food Summit calls for more investment in agriculture

The Summit on soaring food prices, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has concluded with the adoption by acclamation of a declaration calling on the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by [...]

05 Jun 2008

Renewed financial effort in fight on hunger

Delegates to the Rome Food Security Summit announced their increased commitment to the fight against hunger and for agricultural development. Even though the summit was not a pledging conference, a number of donors announced firm financial contributions. The money will benefit countries hard hit by the current world food crisis, [...]

04 Jun 2008

Boosting Food Production in Africa’s "Breadbasket Areas"

An unprecedented partnership among key players in agricultural development aims to significantly boost food production in Africa’s “breadbasket regions,” link local food production to food needs, and work across Africa’s major agricultural growing areas—or agro-ecological zones—to create opportunities for smallholder farmers. Today’s agreement marks a significant transformation in the [...]

29 May 2008

Agricultural commodity prices expected to remain high

“Coherent action is urgently needed by the international community to deal with the impact of higher prices on the hungry and poor,” Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the FAO said at a press confence launching the Outlook in Paris. “Today some 862 million people are suffering from hunger and malnourishment [...]

28 May 2008

High food prices - supporting the poor and re-launching agriculture

The upcoming High-Level Conference on World Food Security, to take place next week in Rome (3-5 June), offers a historic chance to re-launch the fight against hunger and poverty and boost agricultural production in developing countries, FAO said today. In a key policy document specially prepared for the Summit, [...]

26 May 2008

Maps and atlases on agriculture in Myanmar

The Investment Centre is pleased to promote the below new FAO website. This digital agricultural atlas was produced by FAO’s Environment, Environmental Assessment and Management Unit in collaboration with the Centre. 26 May 2008, Bangkok – FAO has launched a new website offering a wide range of data and information [...]

29 Apr 2008

Diouf: world must seize chance to boost agriculture

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today called on the international community not only to take immediate action to de-fuse the current world food emergency but also to seize the opportunities offered by higher food prices and prevent similar dramatic situations occurring in the future. In a statement published on the FAO [...]

11 Apr 2008

Poorest countries’ cereal bill continues to soar, governments try to limit impact

"...FAO urges all donors and International Financing Institutions to increase their assistance or consider reprogramming part of their ongoing aid in countries negatively affected by high food prices. A tentative estimation of the additional funding required by the governments to implement country projects and programmes for dealing with soaring [...]

09 Apr 2008

Urgent measures required to reduce impact of high food prices on the poor

Dr Diouf said: “It is essential to increase agricultural investment in water control and infrastructure and to facilitate small farmer access to inputs, so they can raise their productivity.” He stressed the importance of effective marketing and processing systems for agricultural products. “Agro-industry helps preserve foodstuffs, add value and [...]

31 Mar 2008

Private sector stakeholder consultation convened on world food security, climate change and bioenergy

In view of severe consequences posed by climate change on the agricultural, rural and land use sectors, particularly for developing countries and food security, a ”Private Sector Stakeholder Consultation and Dialogue on World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy“, was organized by the FAO Investment [...]


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