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FAO offers condolences to the family of former Director-General Jacques Diouf who has passed away at the age of 81.
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Almost 5 million pigs in Asia have now died or been culled because of the spread of African swine fever (ASF), a contagious viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs and that was first detected in Asia one year ago this month.
Photo: ©FAO/Luis Tato
FAO welcomes the IPCC special report released today, which gives a comprehensive and stark account on the damages being done to our planet, highlighting how unsustainable agricultural practices can turn land from an ally into a foe when it comes to climate change, and putting forward workable solutions to reduce or reverse these negative trends.
Resilience must be boosted in Africa in response to climate change, according to participants at the high-level Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue hosted by the Government of Rwanda in Kigali (5-6 August), in partnership with FAO.
Photo: ©FAO/Fadi Khure
Kuwait and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have strengthened their partnership to help Syrian farmers and herders recover and boost their food security and nutrition - all thanks to a $3 million contribution from Kuwait to benefit some 20,000 highly vulnerable people and their extended families.
Photo: ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti
Qu, who took office as the UN agency's chief just last week (1 August), met Conte at the Italian Prime Minister's office, Palazzo Chigi. Conte reaffirmed Italy's partnership with FAO and agreed to visit the agency's headquarters soon.
Photo: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto
Qu began by greeting staff at the agency's Rome headquarters and visiting them in their individual offices. "Let's work together, learn together and contribute together for the benefit of our (FAO's) member countries," he told FAO staff.
Photo: ©FAO/Karen Minasyan / FAO
The FAO’s Food Price Index (FPI) averaged 170.9 points in July 2019, slipping 1.1 percent below its level in June but up 2.3 percent from a year earlier.
Photo: ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti
Social protection programmes and public policies are fundamental to reducing hunger and the quality of our food – both produced and consumed – must be improved, FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at a handover ceremony marking his last day at the UN agency’s helm.
Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today made his strongest appeal yet for tougher measures to combat the global obesity pandemic, urging a "legally-binding instrument as a global convention to promote healthy diets in remarks given while receiving the Nutrition Inspiration Award".
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