News archive 2010
In a bid to shed new light on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, a FAO Technical Consultation has agreed to identify a structure and strategy for the development of the Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels.
Prices in most commodities in 2010 up sharply from 2009, meaning harder times ahead according to FAO's latest Food Outlook report. Food import bills for the world’s poorest countries are predicted to rise 11 percent in 2010 and by 20 percent for low-income food-deficit countries.
Under-nourishment will continue to plague much of the population of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the coming months, despite a relatively good harvest and a slight increase in food production this past year, a joint report by FAO and WFP said today.
Quick-reference crop calendar for 43 African countries and 283 agricultural zones from drylands to highlands will help governments, NGOs and international agencies supplying seeds in emergencies.
FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf has been awarded the Action against Hunger Humanitarian Award in recognition of his long-standing commitment to fight hunger and poverty.
Farmers around the world are adopting new ways of producing food that both help cope with climate change and reduce farming's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new FAO website on 'climate-smart' agriculture published today. Shifting to climate-smart agriculture can protect farms, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve crop yields.
A deadly viral disease which broke out in Tanzania earlier this year risks spreading to southern Africa, posing a mortal threat to more than 50 million sheep and goats in 15 countries. Known as Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), it is considered as the most destructive viral disease affecting small ruminant flocks.
Agriculture in developing countries must become 'climate-smart' in order to cope with the combined challenge of feeding a warmer, more heavily populated world, says a new FAO report. Climate change is expected to reduce agriculture productivity, stability and incomes in many areas that already experience high levels of food insecurity.
FAO has begun a large-scale distribution of wheat seeds in Pakistan that will benefit well over half a million farming families or nearly five million people. Making seeds available to vulnerable farming families is crucial because an estimated 500 000 to 600 000 tonnes of wheat seeds were washed away or ruined by recent floods.
FAO has launched the Second Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the definitive healthcheck on the biodiversity of crops. Much has changed since FAO published its last report twelve years ago, including an acceleration of climate change, making the conservation and the utilization of genetic resources even more pressing.