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New report paints a worrying picture, provides recommendations on what can be done
Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human health and the planet's ecosystems, a problem often underestimated by policymakers and farmers alike, cautions a new report. In many countries the biggest source of water pollution today is agriculture — not cities or industry — while worldwide, the...
FAO report calls for a more pro-active and long-term planning to become more resilient against droughts
15 June 2018, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for a fundamental shift in the way drought is perceived and managed in the Near East and North Africa region. The agency said in a new report issued today that a more pro-active approach based on...
Afrisoils launched on the margins of Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly
13 June 2018, Rome - The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership launched today a new programme to boost soil productivity and reduce soil degradation for greater food and nutrition security in Africa. The Afrisoils programme aims to increase soil productivity in 47 African countries...
Burkina Faso and Mali are two of the six countries in the Sahel facing increasing hardships this year
31 May 2018, Rome - Sweden, through the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will support drought-stricken farmers and herders in the Sahel, with a focus on Burkina Faso and...
Incorporating biodiversity as a priority in agriculture can yield multiple benefits
 FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has called for transformative changes in how we produce our food, grounded in sustainable agricultural systems capable of producing healthy and nutritious food while simultaneously safeguarding the planet's biodiversity.
6 reasons why soil pollution should not go unnoticed
Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan. Soils affect the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, our health and the health of all organisms on the planet. Without healthy soils we wouldn’t be able to...
The first step in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management
The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution (GSOP18) will take place at FAO headquarters from 2 to 4 May 2018. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, UN Environment...
FAO offers guidance on how to make the most of innovation and guard against water waste
Solar powered irrigation systems are now an affordable and climate-friendly technology for both large and small-scale farmers in developing countries.  But they need to be adequately managed and regulated to avoid the risk of unsustainable water use, FAO stressed in a new report published today. Sharp and ongoing drops in the...
New FAO study urges avoiding "mutual aggravation" of links between water scarcity and migration
Global water use has increased by a factor of six over the past century, twice the rate of population growth, and its scarcity is now a looming human challenge due to a host of factors ranging from climate change and pollution to lack of capacity and infrastructure. In a video message...
Asia hardest hit region, says report on the burden borne by poor farmers due to natural disasters
Natural disasters are costing farmers in the developing world billions of dollars each year, with drought emerging as the most destructive in a crowded field of threats that also includes floods, forest fires, storms, plant pests, animal diseases outbreaks, chemical spills and toxic algal blooms. According to a new report from...
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