News archive 2013
The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO report.
A multinational effort supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency and FAO marked a key milestone when a Kenyan university debuted two new varieties of disease-resistant wheat to the nation's farmers.
The FAO Food Price Index dropped for the fourth month in a row in August reaching its lowest level since June 2012. Last month’s decline was mainly driven by continued falls in the international prices of cereals and oils. Dairy, meat and sugar prices rose slightly.
About 11 million people in the Sahel are still severely food insecure, FAO warned today. Poor families have used up their food stocks and are facing high food prices awaiting the next harvest. FAO is appealing to the international community to increase funding for aid to the most vulnerable farmers and herders.
FAO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has launched a new initiative aimed at stopping post-harvest food losses and food waste.
A study undertaken by FAO in Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru showcases the contributions that school feeding programmes are making to strengthening children's social protection, food security and nutritional status.
FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva highlighted the potential of South-South Cooperation and reiterated FAO's commitment "to strengthen and channel the exchanges between Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa with the aim to adopt, adapt and broaden best practices that promote agricultural development."
The Brazilian experience of strengthening school meal programs and their relationship with family farming will be brought to Africa. This is just one of the 17 South-South Cooperation projects that the government of Brazil and FAO are implementing together, with a total investment that surpasses $36 million dollars.
Preliminary results from a project aimed at helping Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia make the transition to a “climate-smart” approach to agriculture show that some farmers are struggling to adopt the new methods, while others are finding ways to cope well with climate-change problems like late rains.
FAO recently introduced new mapping technologies in Uganda that will help the country generate better forestry statistics and land cover maps. FAO's innovations permit efficient processing of satellite images and do not require any large financial investments to implement.