News archive 2013
Indonesia and FAO will strengthen cooperation in the field of marine affairs, fisheries and aquaculture under an agreement signed in Jakarta during an official visit by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. The three-year Memorandum of Agreement sets up a framework for future joint activities in those sectors.
FAO has launched a $9 million project on information for decision making for food and nutrition security. This initiative will assist the Government of South Sudan to achieve its goal of ensuring food security for all.
Governments, civil society and the private sector should ensure and strengthen the contributions of forests, trees and agroforestry systems to food security and nutrition, said participants in the first-ever International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition (13-15 May), organized by FAO.
FAO and the international Slow Food organization agreed today to develop joint actions to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working in rural areas. Under a three-year Memorandum of Agreement signed here the two organizations will join forces to promote more inclusive food and agriculture systems at local, national and international levels.
Forests, trees on farms and agroforestry are critical in the fight against hunger and should be better integrated into food security and land use policies, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome (13-15 May).
The three conventions that govern chemicals and hazardous waste safety at the global level concluded their first ever jointly held meetings of the parties late Friday night in Geneva. The historic meeting, attended by nearly two thousand participants from 170 countries, as well as 80 Ministers, adopted 50 separate decisions aimed at strengthening protection against hazardous chemicals and waste.
Latest indications point to strong growth in world cereal production in 2013. Assuming more normal weather conditions than in 2012, global wheat production in 2013 is expected to reach 695 million tonnes, 5.4 percent up from last year's harvest and just some 6 million tonnes short of the 2011 record level. Meanwhile FAO's Food Price Index rose one percent, or two points, in April.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has acknowledged Cuba’s efforts to ensure the food security of its population during a meeting with President Raul Castro. He invited the President to attend a ceremony marking the country's achievement to be held on the occasion of the next meeting of FAO's governing Conference in June 2013.
In a major breakthrough, researchers at the University of Arizona have identified the causative agent behind a mysterious disease that has been decimating shrimp farms in Asia. Shrimp Early Mortality Syndrome has over the past two years caused large-scale die-offs of cultivated shrimp in Asia, where 1 million people depend on shrimp aquaculture for their livelihoods. FAO is engaging with a broad coalition of partners to organize a concerted, interregional effort to address the disease.
Mexico's National Crusade Against Hunger can mark a historical turning point for the country, says FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva. Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed during his two-day visit, FAO and Mexico will join forces in support of the initiative.