News archive 2014
Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
FAO estimates that over the next 35 years farmers will need to increase the annual production of maize, rice and wheat to 3 billion tonnes. Experts say this can only be achieved through eco-friendly agriculture that results in higher productivity while conserving natural resources, adapting to climate change, and delivering economic benefits to the world's 500 million small-scale family farms.
Global production of all major wood products continued to show steady growth in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, with the exception of the pulp and paper industry which stagnated in 2012-13 largely due to a decline in consumption in China, according to new data published by FAO today.
Border closures, quarantines, hunting bans and other restrictions are seriously hindering people's access to food, threatening their livelihoods, disrupting food markets and processing chains, and exacerbating shortages stemming from crop losses in areas with the highest Ebola infection rates, the FAO-WFP reports stressed.
FAO's Investment Centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary of work devoted to improving public and private investment in developing and transition countries. The Centre's mission is to work with countries to determine how to best invest in agriculture and rural development to reduce poverty.
Horizontal cooperation between countries of the global South is increasingly important to meeting the sustainable development challenges of our time, according to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
Latest indications confirm that world cereal production will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report. However, the report also warns that food insecurity is worsening in a number of countries due to civil conflicts, adverse weather and the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.
Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to a new FAO report.
Through the Global Bioenergy Partnership, FAO is helping countries to better assess the possible risks and benefits of bioenergy. In this interview, Michela Morese of FAO's energy team talks about recent FAO work in Colombia and Indonesia to test bioenergy sustainability indicators.
Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important "silent ally," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on the eve of World Soil Day, to be celebrated on 5 December. The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.