News archive 2010
In an effort to stem rising rural poverty in Nicaragua, the European Union (EU) and FAO have joined the government in supporting organisations of small-scale farmers boost the productivity of staple crops, like beans, maize and rice.
16 European football leagues are dedicating matches to the fight against hunger and poverty as an impressive show of footballing solidarity during the “European Match Day against Hunger” (this weekend, 22-24 October) promoted by FAO and the European Professional Football Leagues Association (EPFL).
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has called for action on key issues related to food security and nutrition such as land tenure and international investment in agriculture, food price volatility and on addressing food insecurity in protracted crises.
"Responding properly to the hunger problem requires urgent, resolute and concerted action by all relevant actors and at all levels. It calls for the need for all of us to be united,” said FAO Director General Jacques Diouf at World Food Day celebrations in Rome.
An ambitious global effort that has brought rinderpest, a deadly cattle plague, to the brink of extinction is ending all field activities, paving the way for official eradication of the disease. It would be the first time in history that humankind has succeeded in wiping out an animal disease in the wild.
Italian actor Raoul Bova, Canadian singer Céline Dion, Filipino singer Lea Salonga and American actress Susan Sarandon to be appointed FAO Goodwill Ambassadors.
The countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia have vast untapped agricultural resources and can play a vital role in improving world food security, the FAO and EBRD said at the opening of a special two-day meeting in Istanbul today. The participants are going to discuss how targeted investment and improved policies could help unleash the region's agricultural potential.
The high level intergovernmental Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meets in Rome following extensive reforms aimed at making it the cornerstone of the global governance of agriculture and food security. The CFS is the most inclusive international platform for all relevant stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all.
Bangladesh has managed to triple its rice production in the 40 years since independence. But feeding the country's rapidly growing population - especially given dwindling land and water resources and rising climate threats - requires new strategies, new technologies and innovation.
Many countries in the world are suffering from recurrent disasters, natural or man made compounded by and with long food crises. The new State of Food Insecurity in the World 2010 report puts the way international assistance is delivered to these struggling nations under the microscope.