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 [...]

01 Aug 2008

FAO helps develop new Agricultural Investment and Services Project in Kyrgyzstan

A new Agricultural Investment and Services Project (AISP) in Kyrgyzstan was recently approved for financing by the World Bank. Under FAO’s longtime collaboration with the Bank, Investment Centre staff supported the formulation, preparation and appraisal of this project, with David Lugg responsible for the design of the agricultural components [...]

17 Jul 2008

Natural resources specialists examine investing in emission reductions

Natural resources specialists attending the 28th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Bonn, Germany during June 2008, convened on the need to increase investment in emission reductions in the agricultural and rural development sectors. This and other important issues concerning agriculture [...]

11 Jul 2008

Planting Underway in Burkina Faso - FAO Initiative Focuses on Local Production to Offset High Prices

FAO is moving into the final stages of an intensive month-long distribution of millet, sorghum, maize, cowpea and peanut seeds to 33 000 farmers in the regions of Burkina Faso that have been hardest-hit by a devastating combination of soaring food prices and severe weather that has vastly reduced [...]

09 Jul 2008

Initiative on soaring food prices now covers 54 countries

"...The provision of seeds, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs to small farmers is intended to encourage donors, financial institutions and national governments to support the provision of inputs on a much larger scale, according to FAO experts who stress that their Initiative is intended to produce a salutary catalytic [...]


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