News archive 2013
Understanding the potential role of animals in the emergence and spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) requires further investigation, analysis and study.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 205.9 points in July 2013, 4 points below its June and 7 points lower than in July 2012. The decline was largely driven by lower international prices for grains, soy and palm oil while sugar, meat and dairy quotations were also down.
With the consequences of climate change for the world's food production systems becoming increasingly clear, more needs to be done to capitalize on agriculture's potential to mitigate global warming.
The tragic incident in Bihar, India, where 23 school children died after eating a school meal that was contaminated with monocrotophos, is an important reminder to speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from markets in developing countries.
FAO has launched its first e-books, featuring bestselling titles from the world of food, agriculture and hunger eradication. The first titles are available for free download in formats compatible with major e-readers and tablets such as iPad, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony Reader and others.
FAO has made good progress in the last two years but much remains to be done, according to a new report published by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).
When village people and local authorities in southern Niger won back over hundred hectares of degraded land, they added one extra piece to a mosaic being laid across the Sahel and the Sahara aimed at tackling desertification and land degradation.
World cereal production is forecast to increase by about 7 percent in 2013 compared to last year, helping to replenish global inventories and raise expectations for more stable markets in 2013/14, according to the latest issue of FAO’s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.
A moratorium on using live rinderpest virus for approved research has been lifted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
The UN food standards body Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruit, vegetables, fish and fishery products and animal feed.