The Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management is a voluntary instrument to improve the management of pesticides. It was adopted in 1985 and revised in 2013. The Code has now been adopted by WHO, and a Panel of FAO and WHO experts has prepared specific guidelines for all its main sections - pesticide legislation, labelling, pesticide registration, advertisement, etc. - addressing both agricultural and public health. Harry Van der Wulp explains how the guidelines on pesticide legislation have been updated to emphasize that pesticide management stretches beyond agriculture and also involves ministries of health and environment. In the past, concerns (...)
FAO new guidelines aim to bring together national plans for climate adaptation and global action plan for genetic resources for food and agriculture. Being the basis of food security, their conservation, classification and use is extremely important for climate change adaptation. Irene Hoffmann gives figures on existing resources and risks of losses and explains the different methods of conservation in-situ and ex-situ, used respectively for livestock and seeds.
10 November 2015, Rome--- Pulses, including all kinds of dried beans and peas, are a cheap, delicious and highly nutritious source of protein and vital micronutrients that can greatly benefit people’s health and livelihoods, particularly in developing countries. Under the slogan “nutritious seeds for a sustainable future", the UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses to raise awareness of the many benefits of pulses, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.
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