News archive 2015

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Skipping meals, migrating to find work, borrowing to pay for necessities, selling their household goods and vehicles, killing their livestock for lack of feed, planting less for lack of seed and fertilizer – these are some of the coping strategies of 230,000 families struggling to get by in the conflict areas of eastern Ukraine.
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FAO, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the CGIAR research program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) today launched a new initiative to enhance global cooperation on measuring and reducing food loss and waste.
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The Status of the World's Soil Resources produced by FAO's Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils brings together the work of some 200 soil scientists from 60 countries. Its publication coincides with World Soil Day which is celebrated on 4 December and also the end of the UN International Year of Soils 2015 an initiative which has served to raise global awareness on what has been described as "humanity's silent ally".
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FAO’s executive council today closed its 151st session today, welcoming the Organization’s budgetary focus and renewed emphases on themes such as climate change and nutrition that cut across traditional disciplines and technical divisions. The Council, the equivalent of FAO’s board of directors, also welcomed FAO’s work with the Sustainable Development Goals approved at the United Nations this autumn.
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Major food commodity prices fell in November, reversing about half of their rise in the previous month, as the cost of internationally-traded staples fell across the board except for sugar. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 156.7 points in November, down 1.6 percent from its revised October average and 18 percent below its value a year earlier.
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Ten facts about how a change climate affects our ability to grow food and feed ourselves. Help spread the word about the implications of climate change for global food security: Select a fact, and then the Twitter icon that appears to tweet it.
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Providing support to developing countries and their agricultural sectors is essential for the global goals of eradicating hunger and tackling the challenges of climate change, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said atthe UN climate change conference in Paris.
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Google and FAO have agreed to work closely together to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible for countries. The three-year partnership between Google and FAO is designed to foster technological innovation and expertise and enhance capacity building efforts by working to make applications of digital tools easier to use and apply.
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The island nation of Palau is the latest in a growing number of countries - and the first Pacific island state - to ratify an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, which is estimated to deprive the global economy of up to $23 billion each year and endanger biodiversity and food security in many countries.
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Graziano da Silva was addressing participants in a COP21 High Level Meeting on climate resilience and adaptation. This included the launch of the UN Secretary-General's new: Initiative on Resilience: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R) aimed at boosting countries' disaster risk reduction efforts.