News archive 2017
Canada announced it will contribute an extra $1 million to support the work of the Codex Alimentarius, the International Plant Protection Convention, and the World Organisation for Animal Health, for their efforts to promote a safe, fair and science-based trading environment.
In an era in which challenges like climate change and natural resource scarcity are making agriculture ever more knowledge-intensive, family farmers in the developing world need information and technology tools that can help them not just get by, but thrive and feed a growing world population, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told G20 Agricultural Ministers.
Growing water scarcity is now one of the leading challenges for sustainable development, and that challenge is poised to intensify as the world's population continues to swell and climate change intensifies, according to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
Overweight affects almost half the population of all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean except for Haiti
The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean report, noted that close to 360 million people - around 58 percent of the inhabitants of the region - are overweight with the highest rates observed in the Bahamas (69 percent), Mexico (64percent) and Chile (63 percent).
With food demand and water scarcity on the uptick, it's time to stop treating wastewater like garbage and instead manage it as a resource that can be used to grow crops and help address water scarcity in agriculture.
Belgium, a long-time supporter of FAO’s work in emergencies, has deepened its commitment to protecting agriculture in countries struck by disaster with a €14-million contribution. This boost FAO and its member countries’ capacity to respond immediately to disasters and crises and build long-term resilience.
New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia will jeopardize the nation’s restoration of food security unless urgent efforts are made to shore up vulnerable households, FAO warned today. Food security in 120 woredas has worsened since July.
Prices of major food commodities declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, averaging 161.6 points for the year as a whole, some 1.5 percent below their 2015 levels. In December, the FAO Food Price Index averaged nearly 172 points, unchanged from November.
EU funds will be used to provide a better understanding of the magnitude of the current situation and avert a deepening crisis, while providing immediate agricultural support to more than 150 000 people to help them rapidly improve food production and nutrition.