17 Sep 2010

FAO Investment Centre Supports World Bank in Emergency Irrigation Rehabilitation Project

Over 600,000 households have benefited from the World Bank (WB) Emergency Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (EIRP) that was conducted with the support and technical assistance of FAO’s Investment Centre. The project was established because of a need to rehabilitate Afghanistan’s agriculture sector, which had suffered greatly due to decades of political [...]

08 Sep 2010

New World Bank Report Sees Growing Global Demand for Farmland

 A new World Bank report says volatility in food prices has been a key factor behind a rising tide of large scale farmland purchases in the developing world, which can pose social and environment risks, if not well managed. The Bank has worked with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International [...]

03 Sep 2010

Wheat sends food prices up

FAO Food Price Index climbs five percent in August 1 September 2010, Rome - Surging wheat prices drove international food prices up five percent last month in the biggest month-on-month increase since November 2009, FAO announced. The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) averaged 176 points in August, up nearly nine points [...]

13 Aug 2010

FAO cuts wheat production forecast but considers supplies adequate

Wheat stocks still high in spite of the jump in prices The impact of unfavourable weather events on crops in recent weeks has led FAO to cut its global wheat production forecast for 2010 to 651 million tonnes, from 676 million tonnes reported in June. But despite production problems in some leading [...]

12 Aug 2010

Creaming off Russia's dairy sector

The Russian milk and dairy market shows clear signs of recovery. Between 1997 and 2007, yields rose by 60% to reach 2.2 tonnes of milk per cow per annum. With consumers’ disposable income steadily increasing, domestic demand for dairy products is also on the rise and has a good potential [...]

25 Jun 2010

Five countries to receive over US$200 million to fight poverty and hunger

Agriculture and food security funding mechanism issues first grants Bangladesh, Haiti, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Togo are set to receive grants totalling US$224 million from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) – a World Bank-managed financial pass-through mechanism designed to reduce poverty and hunger in low-income countries. FAO welcomes [...]

22 Jun 2010

Alternatives to large land acquisitions in developing nations

New report analyses how partnerships benefit both big investors and small farmers 22 June 2010, Rome - New research shows how agricultural investments in developing nations can be structured as alternatives to large-scale land acquisitions. It documents a range of more inclusive business models that can bring benefits to small-scale farmers and [...]

16 Jun 2010

Italian Parmigiano Reggiano: an inspiration for Russian cheese

Representatives from the Russian dairy industry visited Italy to see how geographical indication is used by Italian dairy producers to boost sales of local cheeses. The tour, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), took place from 23–27 May 2010 [...]

02 Jun 2010

FAO urges early action on climate change responses

1 June 2010, Rome - “Agriculture can potentially be part of the solution to climate change in ways that respect and support the development and food security requirements of developing countries,” FAO has told a UN working group preparing long-term approaches to climate change mitigation. For more information:

22 Apr 2010

Agriculture and food security trust fund launched

FAO welcomed the launch of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a new multidonor trust fund managed by the World Bank to improve food security and incomes in low-income countries through assistance to agriculture. The new mechanism is designed to address the underfunding of country and regional agriculture and [...]


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