15 Oct 2009

Serbia takes initial steps to establish Grain Warehouse Receipts system

In June 2009, the Warehouse Receipts Law of the Republic of Serbia was approved. Grain Warehouse Receipts (GWR) systems allow local grain farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs to access short-term credit from banks by depositing grain in certified warehouses and using it as collateral. With more short-term credit available, farmers do [...]

08 Oct 2009

On horizon 2050 - billions needed for agriculture

Net investments of $83 billion a year must be made in agriculture in developing countries if there is to be enough food to feed 9.1 billion people in 2050, according to an FAO discussion paper published today.  Agricultural investment thus needs to increase by about 50 percent, according to the paper [...]

04 Sep 2009

Workshop focuses on climate change impact on Latin America and the Caribbean region

In May 2009, a workshop on Climate Change and Land Use, and Land Use Change and Forestry, brought together renowned scientists, international financing agencies, government representatives and FAO staff, to review and identify the severity of impact on the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The workshop was jointly [...]

27 Jul 2009

Zero-tillage shows high potential to increase wheat yields in Kazakhstan

Rome – In the northern part of Kazakhstan, zero-tillage (no-till or direct seeding) technology has the potential to increase wheat productivity by 20 to 50 percent above current levels. In general, conversion from conventional tillage to conservation agriculture techniques such as zero-tillage, can take a long time as the technology [...]

20 Jul 2009

IDB and FAO sign new Memorandum of Understanding to expand collaboration on agriculture and rural development

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) signed today a new Memorandum of Understanding that will widen collaboration between the two multilateral assistance agencies. The Agreement will provide a non-exclusive framework for joint cooperation on investment programmes and projects to support [...]

02 Jul 2009

Rural makeover in the Balkans: FAO-World Bank study explores the changing face of rural space in the Balkans

While the Western Balkans are seeing healthy economic growth overall, rural areas are falling behind, according to a new FAO-World Bank report.Agricultural trade deficits are widening, climate change is putting pressure on agricultural resources, and young people are increasingly migrating to urban areas or abroad in search of [...]

22 Jun 2009

Africa’s sleeping giant

A vast stretch of African savannah land that spreads across 25 countries has the potential to turn several African nations into global players in bulk commodity production, according to a study just published by FAO and the World Bank. The book, entitled Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant - Prospects for [...]

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 [...]


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