17 December 2014, Rome--– The number of people facing food insecurity due to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone could top one million by March 2015 unless access to food is drastically improved and measures are put in place to safeguard crop and livestock production, two UN agencies warned today. In December 2014 half a million people are estimated to be severely food insecure in the three worst hit Western African countries. In their reports, the Rome-based FAO and WFP underscore how the outbreak of Ebola has caused a significant shock to the food and agriculture sectors (...)
16 December 2014, Rome - FAO is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its work devoted to improving public and private investment in developing and transition countries. The mission of FAO's Investment Centre: to work with countries to determine how to best invest in agriculture and rural development to reduce poverty. It also engages with governments to directly design, implement, supervise and evaluate agriculture and rural development projects in the field. Over the last five decades, FAO staff has helped leverage $110 billion in investment in member countries and supported around 2 000 projects in 170 countries.
With 12.5% of the global population suffering from chronic hunger, many countries around the world need to increase food production in order to meet their food security needs. The four pillars of food security are availability of food, access to that food, utilization in terms of how our bodies use that food and a stable environment, and food safety plays a key role in all of them. This video, produced for an ICN2 side-event on food safety and food security, looks at how good practices is contributing to rapid growth in aquaculture for domestic consumption and export in Bangladesh.
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