17 March 2014, Rome- A new FAO database collects previously scattered and unharmonized land cover information from around the globe into one centralized database. This marks a major improvement in information regarding the physical characteristics of the Earth's surface. Getting a good global overview of land cover – such as, how much land is covered by croplands, tree covered areas, bare soils, etc. – has been a great challenge of experts in the field, until now. Generally speaking, different countries and organizations go about identifying, measuring and recording such data in diverse ways. For FAO's new Global Land Cover SHARE (...)
14 March 2014, Rome - The International Year of Family Farming was launched as part of a global campaign to reinforce awareness and support for small scale and family farmers around the world. The move to focus on family farmers for the international year was driven by strong advocacy from civil society, mainly the World Rural Forum. According to FAO, the contributions of these important agricultural producers is critical to the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector.
13 March 2014, Rome – There is a steady increase in incidents where low levels of GM crops are being detected in traded food and feed, FAO has said today. It is noted that this can be attributed to the increased production of genetically modified crops (GMOs) around the globe. According to FAO, the trace amounts of GM crops become mixed with non-GM food and feed crops as a result of accidents occurring during field production - for example, a field trial of a GM crop grown near a field of a non-GM crop. This could also by (...)
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