5 December 2013, Rome – Experts from around the world gathered at FAO headquarters in Rome this week to mark World Soil Day. A number of issues have been raised by experts regarding the lesser know functions of soil and the issues concerning its degradation in many parts of the world. FAO studies have found that one quarter of the Earth’s land areas are highly degraded due to a variety of human activities –including farming. “From the origins of civilization in early farming communities up through to today, we can see how societies have prospered thanks to healthy soils and (...)
4 December 2013, Rome/Morocco – The value of data collection and coordination in food security goes far beyond the numbers. This is why an unprecedented gathering of experts from 35 countries are meeting in Morocco this week for the 23rd session of the African Commission on Agricultural Statistics (AFCAS). Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems. But what role do these statistics play in food security and how are they relevant to farmers?
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