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 [...]

03 Jul 2008

About 50 million more hungry people in 2007

The number of hungry people increased by about 50 million in 2007 as a result of high food prices, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said today addressing a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels. “Poor countries are feeling the serious impact of soaring food and energy prices,” Dr Diouf [...]

26 Jun 2008

High food prices could reverse agricultural growth in transition countries

Soaring food prices could reverse the significant growth in agricultural production recorded by some of the poorest countries in Europe and Central Asia over the past 10 years, said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today at the opening of the 26th FAO Regional Conference for Europe.Moreover, government response to higher [...]

19 Jun 2008

Soaring food prices put further pressure on African agriculture

Food insecurity has been exacerbated in Africa by the current rapid rise in food prices together with challenges such as climate change, greater demand for food products in emerging economies, agricultural production used for biofuels, rapid population and urbanization as well as transboundary animal and plant diseases, said FAO [...]

13 Jun 2008

FAO starts seed distribution in Mauritania

Trucks loaded with more than 500 tonnes of seed left the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott today for six regional capitals, marking the beginning of FAO-supported emergency measures in the country forming part of the Organization’s Initiative on Soaring Food Prices. More information at :

06 Jun 2008

Food Summit calls for more investment in agriculture

The Summit on soaring food prices, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has concluded with the adoption by acclamation of a declaration calling on the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by [...]


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