06 Jun 2009

Call for stronger anti-hunger system

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf called today for a strengthened global governance system for world food security. Those aspects of the international trade system that have resulted in more hunger and poverty also have to be changed, he said. “We have to build a more coherent and effective system of governance for [...]

25 May 2009

Land acquisitions in Africa pose risks for poor

Land acquisitions are on the increase in Africa and other continents, raising the risk, if not made properly, that poor people will be evicted or lose access to land, water, and other resources, according to the first detailed study of the trend. More information at :

21 May 2009

It’s sunny side up for Kazakh farmers - Better seeds mean higher yields for sunflower sector

Sunflower oil is by far the major vegetable oil consumed in Kazakhstan, but growing demand in recent years has been met largely by imports rather than increased production. Low rainfall results in poor yields - and sunflower's poor reputation among farmers in northwestern Kazakhstan. But the picture may [...]

04 May 2009

FAO-OECD to weigh investments against hunger

Amid growing evidence that the fight against hunger risks being lost, senior experts from FAO and the 30-nation Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) open a two-day, high-level meeting tomorrow to map out long-term investment and financing strategies to avert the menace of unprecedented levels of hunger.  Under-investment in agriculture [...]

27 Mar 2009

Helping migrants to invest in countries of origin

Helping migrants to invest in agricultural development in their home countries is at the heart of a new agreement between FAO and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).FAO Deputy Director-General Jim Butler and IOM Deputy Director-General Ndioro Ndiaye today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on agricultural projects [...]

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 :


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