11 September 2014, Rome--- FAO's monthly food price index registered another drop in August, continuing a 5-month downward run and reaching its lowest level since September 2010. The index's August average of 196.6 points represents a decrease of 7.3 points (3.6 percent) from July. With the exception of meat, prices for all of the commodities measured by the index dipped markedly.
3 September 2014, Apia, Samoa/Rome--- Through its new Blue Growth Initiative, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is helping Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the world sustainably use their aquatic resources. The goal is to advance food security, improve nutrition, and reduce poverty in vulnerable areas. During the 3rd International UN Conference on Small Island Developing States taking place this week in Apia, Samoa (1-4 September), FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva will highlight key areas where action is needed. One main area of work will be to improve the management and use of (...)
4 September 2014, Rome--- Disruptions in food trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by Ebola have made food increasingly expensive and hard to come by, while labor shortages are putting the upcoming harvest season at serious risk, FAO warned today. In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, quarantine zones and restrictions on people's movement aimed at combating the spread of the virus, although necessary, have seriously curtailed the movement and marketing of food. This has led to panic buying, food shortages and significant food price hikes on some commodities, especially in urban centers, according to a (...)
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