15 Dec 2008

Irrigation key for Africa’s food security

Water management is "a key element" in food security, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf told a ministerial conference on Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: the Challenges of Climate Change which opened here today. More information at :

09 Dec 2008

Number of hungry people rises to 963 million

Another 40 million people have been pushed into hunger this year primarily due to higher food prices, according to preliminary estimates published by FAO today. This brings the overall number of undernourished people in the world to 963 million, compared to 923 million in 2007 and the ongoing financial [...]

03 Nov 2008

New financing agreements signed in Kazakhstan with FAO during international agrarian investment forum

From 23 to 24 October 2008, FAO participated in the First International Agrarian Investment Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan, which was organized to bring together investors, agricultural producers, state bodies and support institutions. The Forum was attended by 450 participants from 25 countries, representing Ministries of Agriculture, FAO, international financing [...]

16 Oct 2008

Political, financial push urged to end hunger

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today called for a political and financial push to boost sustainable agriculture in the world’s poor countries, double global food production and free the world of hunger and malnutrition. More information at :

15 Oct 2008

Women in agriculture: the critical food producers

Women make up over half the agriculture labour force yet they are frequently subject to discrimination, poverty and hunger. A new publication launched today investigates the situation of women in the rural workforce and how some of the main challenges facing such women can be overcome. Launched on the occasion [...]

18 Sep 2008

Hunger on the rise: Soaring prices add 75 million people to global hunger rolls

Rising prices have plunged an additional 75 million people below the hunger threshold, bringing the estimated number of undernourished people worldwide to 923 million in 2007, FAO said today. High food prices have reversed the previously positive trend towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the proportion [...]

11 Sep 2008

Lands of opportunity

Agricultural output is expected to increase significantly in the Russian Federation and Ukraine this year, as higher food prices have led to an expansion in area planted in cereals, FAO said at a meeting here today. Yields are also up in the two countries, and the UN agency predicts bumper cereal [...]

08 Sep 2008

FAO Director-General in Swaziland amid food crisis

FAO will help cash-strapped farmers in Swaziland to purchase seeds in time for the next planting season, Director-General Jacques Diouf said today. Diouf was speaking to reporters while visiting a school-based farming project in Boyane, near the capital, Mbabane. He said the UN agency was preparing to deliver emergency assistance [...]

28 Aug 2008

Fighting high food prices in Madagascar

A month-long series of plantings is coming to an end in eastern Madagascar, aimed at ensuring that the local food supply – of rice especially – is sufficient to avoid importing large quantities at high prices to meet the country’s food needs this year. In July, FAO launched an emergency [...]

04 Aug 2008

Sowing seeds for hungry Haitians

In readiness for the new planting season, FAO has started distributing urgently-needed seeds and tools to Haiti’s most vulnerable farmers to help them cope with the rising cost of food, fuel and fertilizer. Some 600 tonnes of seeds, including beans, maize and sorghum as well as tools such as hoes [...]


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