News archive 2014
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.
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.
Thanks to IYFF, many more people around the world are now aware of the importance of the sector - statistics show that family farms produce more than 80 percent of the world's food in value terms and represent collectively the largest source of employment worldwide.
Each year millions of people dependant on agriculture, forestry and fisheries are confronted by droughts, floods, plant pests or animal diseases, and conflict. When that happens, the livelihoods of communities can be left in tatters, while disruptions to food production and distribution undermine the food security of nations and entire regions.
New avian influenza’s rapid spread to Europe threatens poultry sector especially in low-resourced countries
Earlier this year, the People's Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea reported outbreaks of H5N8 in poultry as well as findings in migratory birds and waterfowl. The fact that the virus has now been found within a very short time interval in three European countries, both in a wild bird and in three very different poultry production systems, suggests that wild birds may have played a role in spreading the virus, FAO and OIE experts said.
The time is now for bold action to shoulder the challenge of Zero Hunger and ensure adequate nutrition for all, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today in closing remarks to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).
Pope Francis tells delegates from 172 countries at the Second International Conference on Nutrition to view food, nutrition and the environment as global public issues and warned that when "solidarity is lacking in one country, it's felt around the world."