News archive 2010
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will dedicate a series of three soccer matches in the fight against hunger and poverty at an impressive show of football solidarity during the Asian Cup Matches to be played in Doha, Qatar, promoted by FAO and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
A significant portion of the rice harvest in northwestern Haiti is likely to be lost because of farmers’ fears of cholera contamination, an FAO preliminary assessment indicates. FAO and the Haitian Ministries of Agriculture and Health are engaged in a campaign to provide hygiene information to farmers reluctant to harvest rice during the ongoing cholera emergency in the country.
West African farmers have succeeded in cutting the use of toxic pesticides, increasing yields and incomes and diversifying farming systems as a result of an international project promoting sustainable farming practices.
Germany has committed nearly six million dollars for food and nutrition security, sustainable livelihoods and climate-smart agriculture.
The Government of Romania has signed its first-ever contribution agreement with FAO, putting its not so distant past as a recipient country behind it, and undertaking to provide neighbouring Republic of Moldova with significant financial assistance. The funds supplied by Romania will allow an Agriculture Census to be conducted in Moldava in early 2011.
An FAO regional agricultural project funded by the Government of Italy will enable El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to achieve higher food security levels through improvements in the commercialization of farm products.
Boosting investment in developing world agriculture is necessary not only to reduce current levels of world hunger but to safeguard future world food supplies against the impacts of climate change, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said today at the UN Conference on Climate Change, in Cancun, Mexico. Food security and climate change should be addressed together, by using climate-smart agriculture practices to eradicate hunger.
Senior representatives of more than 60 countries including 22 cabinet ministers have met in Rome as part of a new push to galvanize support behind the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources and its Benefit-sharing Fund, considered essential to conserve and utilize the world’s threatened plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
Rapid population growth in the Near East is not being matched by growth in agricultural production, making the region ever-more dependent on food imports and increasingly vulnerable to market and supply shocks. This trend makes it vital to boost investment in agriculture in the region, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said today.
City-planners must make urban horticulture an integral part of their development and planning strategies to meet the challenges of improving nutrition and feeding a growing population in the face of rapid urbanization, FAO Assistant Director-General Modibo Traoré told a symposium on urban and peri-urban horticulture in Dakar, Senegal.