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Faced with the problem of an influx of Syrian refugees in Turkey needing work, and at the same time a lack of skilled agricultural workers, FAO stepped in to train the refugees, and host community members, and many have now found jobs. It means brighter futures for all.
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Fall Armyworm keeps spreading to larger areas within countries in sub-Saharan Africa and becomes more destructive as it feeds on more crops and different parts of crops, increasingly growing an appetite for sorghum and millet, in addition to maize. The pest could spread to Northern Africa, Southern Europe and the Near East, warned the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today. The agency called for a massive scaling up of the Fall Armyworm campaign to train more than 500 000 farmers to manage the pest through Farmer Field Schools in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Thanks to $6 million, FAO and Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative will scale up SEPAL (System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing and Analysis for Land Monitoring), an innovative FAO digital platform that helps countries measure, monitor and report on their forests and land use.
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The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and Pennsylvania State University joined forces to develop and launch the first app – Nuru – to help African farmers recognize Fall Armyworm, a new and fast-spreading crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa, so that they can take immediate steps to destroy it and curb its spread.
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FAO training in Fall Armyworm mechanical control has helped family farmers in Kenya protect their crops from the devastating pest.
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Food that ‘disappears’ from the food chain after harvest owing to spoilage could feed an estimated 48 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa. A project by FAO, the African Union and the Rockefeller Foundation aims to help countries drastically reduce these post-harvest losses by 2030.
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The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched today a new handbook to help restore forests in displacement-affected areas, where heavy reliance on woodfuel puts forests and woodlands in jeopardy.
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Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human health and the planet's ecosystems, a problem often underestimated by policymakers and farmers alike, cautions a new report from FAO and the International Water Management Institute.
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Development is the only way to stop migration, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger said today at a meeting with the FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva.
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The Council of the European Union has stressed FAO’s role as a knowledge-based organization for sustainable agriculture as well as food security and nutrition. In a resolution the Council approved today it highlighted that “FAO has a substantial role to play in the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.”