News archive 2016
Some 200 000 people from Mosul and across Iraq will be able to earn an income for the first time since the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL) took parts of the area in 2014, thanks to a new FAO project that is restoring irrigation to 250 000 hectares of farmland.
Countries in the Horn of Africa are likely to see a rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months, as farming families struggle with the knock-on effects of multiple droughts that hit the region this year, FAO warned today. Growing numbers of refugees in East Africa, meanwhile, are expected to place even more burden on already strained food and nutrition security.
Meeting in Cancun, Mexico at the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP13) which ended on 17 December, governments agreed on specific steps to to promote the integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity within and across the agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and tourism sectors.
Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but is a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, experts and policymakers have said during a high level event on rural women held at FAO's Rome headquarters.
Peace in our country will help global food security and agricultural development, Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos said. He outlined his country's post-conflict development plan, which counts on FAO's support, and agreed to join the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates alliance against hunger.
Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, while trade in wood products decreased slightly, according to new data published by FAO today. The increase was mainly boosted by the continuous economic growth in Asia, a recovering housing market in North America and scaling up of the bioenergy targets.
Conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen are the prime culprit behind the doubling of undernourished people in the Near East, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said today as he visited Beirut, where FAO is opening a new sub-regional office.
The 155th session of the FAO Council wound down today, with Members giving the thumbs-up to the creation of a new department focused on climate change and approving a fine-tuned strategic framework that fully aligns the Organization’s work with the 2030 Global Agenda.
Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely stressed food security in 2016, increasing the number in need of food assistance, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation released today. The report highlights 39 countries that are in need of external assistance for food.
The FAO Food Price Index dipped slightly in November, marking a mild departure from its steady rise over the course of 2016. The Index declined 0.4 percent from October, averaging 171.3 points in November, as a sharp drop in sugar prices outweighed an increase in palm oil quotations