5 May 2015, Rome/Barcelona--- Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries are increasingly dependent on imports for key staples such as grains, sugar and vegetable oil which provide the region’s poor with most of their calories. In a region where most countries have significant food deficits, emphasis is being placed on the role of private-sector investment in bolstering food security. From May 5th to 6th a two-day conference sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Union for the Mediterranean will take place in Barcelona Spain. Leading agribusinesses, farmers’ (...)
FAO has warned that the impact on food security and agricultural livelihoods is expected to be very high as the earthquake struck during the wheat harvest, with rice planting just one month away. Daniele Donati is the Deputy Director of FAO’s Emergency Division. He has more details on what the focus of relief work will be in the weeks and months ahead, and why further funding to meet the needs of those caught in the crisis area is critical.
30 April 2015, Rome--- The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization is calling for $8 million in aid to help Nepalese farmers during this time of crisis in the country. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal last week, has killed thousands and has left approximately 3.5 million in need of food assistance. According to FAO, this call for aid is urgently needed to help farmers rapidly recover lost agricultural inputs. They must also resume preparations for the upcoming rice sowing season set to start in mid-to-late May.
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