22 September 2014, Rome--- A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia known as A(H5N6) represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, FAO said today. Chinese authorities first reported the influenza A(H5N6) virus in poultry in April 2014. Since then, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Viet Nam have also detected the H5N6 virus in poultry. The fact that the virus is highly virulent in chickens and geese and potentially spread across a large part of Southeast Asia translates into a real threat to poultry-related livelihoods. Poultry contributes to (...)
16 September 2014, Rome – About 805 million people in the world, or one in nine, suffer from hunger, according to a new UN report released today. The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) confirmed a positive trend which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by more than 200 million since 1990-92. The overall trend in hunger reduction in developing countries means that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is within reach. To date, 63 developing (...)
As the UN Food and Agriculture Organization releases its annual flagship report ‘State of Food Insecurity in the World’, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, FAO Assistant Director-General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development, provides an overview of the key findings, including the latest hunger figures, regional differences and the four pillars required to create an enabling environment for food and nutrition security.
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