News archive 2013
Conserving and making the most of the planet's wealth of genetic resources will be crucial for survival, as people will need to produce sufficient and nutritious food for a growing population, FAO Deputy Director-General Dan Gustafson said today addressing the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Efforts to end hunger and fight the effects of climate change in the Pacific Islands will hinge on the success of sustainable development, including wise use of oceans and fisheries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told ministers from the region today.
The governing body of the International Plant Protection Treaty today wraps up its annual meeting in Rome, having approved two modified phytosanitary measures aimed at preventing plant pests and diseases from spreading via international trade. Every year global crop yields are reduced by somewhere between 20 and 40 percent due to plant pests and diseases, according to the FAO-based IPPC Secretariat.
During the next 40 years the world's population is projected to reach more than nine billion people. Demand for food is expected to increase by 60 percent under business-as-usual assumptions. Competition for land, water, and food could lead to greater poverty and hunger if not properly addressed now, with potentially severe environmental impacts.
The FAO Food Price Index (FPI) crept higher by one percent in March compared with a month before, driven mainly by an 11 percent increase in dairy. Dairy products carry a 17 percent weight among the various commodity prices included in the calculation of the overall FPI.
A new free online course is helping to ensure safe international trade by highlighting the important role of phytosanitary measures in cross-border trade of forest products. The course was developed by FAO, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat and other partners and launched during the 8th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures.
Responding to the occurrence of the A(H7N9) influenza virus in China requires strong biosecurity measures. Unlike other influenza strains, including highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, this new virus is hard to detect in poultry because the novel virus causes little to no signs of disease in animals.
National leadership and action are crucial and governments have the primary responsibility for assuring the food security of their citizens, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today told a high-level meeting on the UN’s vision for a post-2015 strategy against world hunger.
Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets – basically the same ones used to protect humans – are boosting livestock health and the lives of people depending on those animals, from dairy farms run mostly by women in Kenya to smallholder pig farms in Ghana. The knock-on benefit? With fewer insects around, people too are a lot less sick.
Madagascar needs more than $22 million of emergency funding by June to start fighting a severe locust plague that threatens the country's next cropping seasons and the food security of more than half the country's population, FAO said today. The agency underlined, however, that a three-year strategy is needed - requiring an additional $19 million.