FAO Liaison Office in New York

Publications

The FAO-WFP Hunger Hotspots report is a forward-looking, earlywarning analysis of countries and situations, called hotspots, where acute food insecurity is likely to deteriorate over the coming months. These hotspots are identified through a consensus-based analysis of key drivers of food insecurity, and their likely combination and evolution across countries and regions.
On top of a decade of exacerbated disaster loss, exceptional global heat, retreating ice and rising sea levels, humanity and our food security face a range of new and unprecedented hazards, such as megafires, extreme weather events, desert locust swarms of magnitudes previously unseen, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Agriculture underpins the livelihoods of over 2.5 billion people – most of them in low-income developing countries – and remains a key driver of development. At no other point in history has agriculture been faced with such an array of familiar and unfamiliar risks, interacting in a hyperconnected world and a precipitously changing landscape. And agriculture continues to absorb a disproportionate share of the damage and loss wrought by disasters. Their growing frequency and intensity, along with the systemic nature of risk, are upending people’s lives, devastating livelihoods, and jeopardizing our entire food system. This report makes a powerful case for investing in resilience and disaster risk reduction – especially data gathering and analysis for evidence informed action – to ensure agriculture’s crucial role in achieving the future we want.
As part of the global response to COVID-19, the digital finance industry has been playing a key role in developing and providing services and innovations that have mitigated, at least partially, the disruptions brought about by the pandemic on multiple aspects of people’s lives. In developing and emerging contexts, especially, there has been a strong surge in interest for the ample potential that fintech (i.e. financial technology) carries in preserving people’s livelihoods and businesses that have been, and continue to be, threatened by the pandemic, thereby enabling and sustaining – within societies – the flow of cash, credit, deposits, investments, salaries, government-topersons (G2P) and peer-to-peer (P2P) transfers, among others, at national and regional levels.The intended audience for this study is quite broad, given the vast numbers of both public and private stakeholders engaged in response efforts against this crisis, as well as the myriad uses that digital financial services can have to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and keep vital services functioning during lockdown.
The 13th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in 2021 is seeking recommendations, guided by four questions about “How to Feed the World in Times of Pandemics and Climate Change?”: 1) How can food systems emerge strengthened from the COVID-19 pandemic? 2) How can the agricultural sector contribute to preventing further pandemics? 3) How can food systems become more climate-resilient? 4) How can food systems contribute to climate change mitigation better than before? In this brief, the four questions posed by the GFFA are addressed from the perspective of livestock systems. The crucible of COVID-19 is an opportunity to acknowledge vulnerabilities in order to “build back better” by applying the lessons learned from emergency and rehabilitation activities of past zoonotic disease outbreaks and natural disasters. This means investing in sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and better lives.Countering the destabilizing forces of pandemics and climate change through better mitigation and preparedness efforts can see livestock systems contribute to a sustainable future by becoming greener, safer, and more equitable
This identification guide includes 552 species of mesopelagic fishes (i.e. those fishes residing primarily between 200-1000 m depth during daytime) that are known to occur in the central and south east Atlantic Ocean. Fully illustrated dichotomous keys to all taxa are provided. Species are treated in detail, with accounts including the scientific name, FAO common name in English (where available), other useful characters, size, a distribution map, and one or more illustrations. To facilitate even further the identification of the taxa, captions and arrows are added to help users quickly locate their key morphological features. The guide is intended for both specialists, and nonspecialists who have a working knowledge of ichthyology.
This third edition of the State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries provides a comprehensive overview of the status of fisheries in the region, looking at their main features and trends, in order to better inform their management and better examine current and future challenges that they will face in the near future. The aim of this report is to produce a document that could provide useful analysis and direction for decision-making and future action. This report is based to a large extent on the most up-to-date data available submitted by General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean contracting and cooperating non-contracting parties, including information on stock status, national catches, fleet and socio-economic information up to 2018.
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