News archive 2015

Photo: ©FAO/Rodger Bosch
Crop and livestock production prospects in Southern Africa have been weakened by the El Niño weather phenomenon that has depressed rains and increased temperatures. A reduced agricultural output would build on last year’s disappointing season, which has already contributed to higher food prices and “could acutely impact the food security situation in 2016,” according to a special GIEWS alert.
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While welcoming the Nairobi agreement, FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva stressed the need for a global trade framework in which countries can balance their pursuit of their national food security and development objectives without harming their trading partners.
Photo: ©FAO/Believe Nyakudjara
The Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID) and FAO are deepening their partnership with a new agreement that will benefit ongoing and future collaborations in areas such as hunger reduction, land rights, forest governance, and community resilience to crises.
Photo: ©FAO/Joan Manuel Baliellas
In 2014, growth in wood products, including industrial roundwood, sawnwood, wood-based panels and pulp and paper, ranged from 1 to 5 percent, surpassing the pre-recession levels of 2007, according to new data published by FAO today. The fastest growth was registered in Asia-Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean.
Photo: ©Nagara River Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Promotion Association
Four new sites have been designated today by FAO as “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems” for innovation, sustainability and adaptability.
Photo: ©FAO/Daniel Hayduk
FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva has welcomed the successful conclusion of the Paris Climate Summit saying that “for the first time ever, food security features in a global climate change accord.” The Paris Agreement recognizes “the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the impacts of climate change”.
Photo: ©FAO/Roberto Faidutti
While global hunger figures are decreasing, the number of food insecure people in mountain areas rose 30 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to a new study, released today by FAO and the Mountain Partnership on International Mountain Day.
Photo: ©FAO/Ami Vitale
Policy makers must assure that international food trade rules “work for, and not against, the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition,” according to The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets.
Photo: ©FAO/Daniel Hayduk
A UN Programme working to help countries include climate-related risks in national planning and budgeting processes - especially those that affect the agriculture sector - is getting an additional €5 million in support from the government of Germany.
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FAO, working with the European Union, has just completed the deployment of 25 "fish magnets" along Somalia's 3,300-km coastline, a move that will boost the nation's small-scale artisanal fisheries.
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