News archive 2014
Latest indications confirm that world cereal production will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report. However, the report also warns that food insecurity is worsening in a number of countries due to civil conflicts, adverse weather and the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.
Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to a new FAO report.
Through the Global Bioenergy Partnership, FAO is helping countries to better assess the possible risks and benefits of bioenergy. In this interview, Michela Morese of FAO's energy team talks about recent FAO work in Colombia and Indonesia to test bioenergy sustainability indicators.
Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important "silent ally," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on the eve of World Soil Day, to be celebrated on 5 December. The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.
Global staple food prices were broadly stable in November, as dairy and sugar prices dropped while vegetable oil and wheat and maize prices rose. The Food Price Index averaged 192.6 during the month, essentially unchanged from October and 6.4 percent below its level a year earlier.
The agreement is one of three signed today in which the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund is granting a total of $6.5 million to support FAO's work in continent-wide programmes including youth employment in rural areas and South-South Cooperation
Belgium has donated €5.8 million to support FAO activities that help protect agriculture-based livelihoods for food security and resilience in the face of natural disasters and human-induced crises.
Infographic: Why an international year of soils?
Thirteen countries today won recognition from FAO for outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an achievement which includes reaching international targets ahead of the end-of-2015 deadline.
If countries of the Mediterranean want to stem the tide on forced migration and human suffering, they should put agricultural, food and rural development at the core of regional cooperation, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.