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Five countries have reported Tilapia Lake Virus, a highly contagious disease that decimates one of the 's most important fish for global nutrition, according to a Special Alert released today by FAO’s Global Information and Early Warnings System.
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Africa’s informal cross-border trade can contribute to improving livelihoods and increasing regional integration across the continent, says FAO’s new “Formalization of informal trade in Africa” report. Such trade accounts for a large share – between 20 and a hefty 70 percent – of employment in sub-Saharan Africa.
FAO's José Graziano da Silva and WFP's David Beasley made their appeal during a visit to Unity State, one of the areas in South Sudan worst hit by the current hunger crisis.
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FAO is working with the government of Peru to assist some 7,000 mostly small-scale farmers restore their capacity to produce crops and feed their families in the wake of heavy rains, floods and landslides that hit the country earlier this year.
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Governments, civic groups and businesses need to rally support for both immediate relief to people in countries at risk of famine as well as longer-term initiatives that will allow them to recover and restore their livelihoods, Ambassador Amira Gornass, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security, said today.
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Graziano da Silva made the remarks at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing. The event, he said, provided a unique impetus for an international concerted effort to promote "a more balanced, equitable and inclusive development along the Belt and Road".
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FAO has developed guidelines (Supplementary Guidelines for Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag)) aiming to support developing countries in making sure agriculture is both included in national plans and made more adaptive and resilient.
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Graziano da Silva noted how Japan has a healthy and "unique" food culture, one that includes many vegetables, fruits and fish. He cited Washoku, a comprehensive set of skills, knowledge and traditions relating to the preparation and consumption of food, which has been designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
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FAO and the World Bank are strengthening their cooperation to end hunger and poverty at global and national levels. The two organizations will work closely together to support the member countries in meeting the SDGs, improve rural livelihoods, enhance efficiency of food production, and ensure sustainable management of natural resources worldwide.
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"The WFP report is an important contribution to the debate and analysis of some of the fundamental drivers of migration especially those related to conflict and food insecurity said Kostas Stamoulis, FAO Assistant Director-General. Economic and Social Development Department.
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