30 October 2014, Rome--- The numbers on malnutrition are startling. Today, two billion people suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies. Over one billion are overweight. Twenty six percent of the world's children under five are stunted due to poor diet. Why? What approaches are being successfully used to tackle the problem? What more needs to be done? The G77 ‘Dialogue on Nutrition’ is organized as part of a series, ahead of the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).
29 October 2014, Rome --- Widespread looting and insecurity in the Central African Republic have taken a heavy toll on crops, livestock and fishing. Political tensions and civil unrest has created an environment that is eroding the capacity of people across the country to secure sufficient food. This is according to a new joint assessment by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The assessment found significant declines in agricultural production in the wake of the crisis, which caused massive displacements and drove hundreds of thousands of people fleeing across (...)
28 October 2014, Rome/Vienna – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency have made a new discovery about four of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests. According to the results of a global research effort - which involved 50 researchers and spanned across 20 countries - the Oriental, Philippine, Invasive, and Asian Papaya fruit flies are actually one and the same. That is, they all belong to the same biological species. A species of tiny fruit fly that has caused incalculable damage to horticultural industries and food (...)
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