02 Mar 2009

Regional Training Underway to Promote Investments in Sustainable Land Management

Because of its global importance to livelihoods and the environment – from ensuring food security to reducing carbon emissions – sustainable land management (SLM) is being paid increasing due attention by governments and their development partners. However, financing for SLM activities remains a challenge as governments struggle to [...]

03 Feb 2009

FAO stresses need for agricultural investment in Africa

Addis Ababa, February 3, Walta Information Center (WIC) - The Eastern Africa office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stressed the need for expanding agricultural investment in Africa.In a message distributed yesterday evening at a reception held in connection with the 12th African Union Summit at [...]

15 Jan 2009

Improving Water Resources Management in Yemen

Yemen is among the most water-scarce countries, with an arid climate and one of the lowest rates of freshwater availability per capita. Water shortages pose an increasing constraint to the country’s efforts at economic development and poverty reduction. The Government of Yemen and development partners in the international [...]

18 Dec 2008

Investment Training - New Workshop Approach

From 8 to 12 December 2008, a pilot workshop was held on “Formulation of Investment Projects in Agriculture and Rural Development”, in Budapest, organized by the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) and the Subregional Office for Central and Eastern Europe (SEU), with the Investment Centre. Recognizing [...]

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 [...]


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