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.
2 November 2015, Rome--- Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, visited FAO headquarters and addressed country representatives, UN staff and media on the agriculture-related agreements being negotiated at the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya (15-18 December). Among the envisioned outcomes are steps on export competition in agriculture that have long been a priority for developing countries and could become the WTO’s most significant negotiated outcome on agriculture to date.
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