28 January 2015, Rome--- In Malawi many have fled their homes and farmlands in the southern districts of the country after usually heavy rains hit last week, sparking devastating floods. While the country struggles to cope with the immediate crisis, the UN’s Food and Agriculture organization is reporting that a significant amount of households have lost their crops and livestock.
23 January 2015, Rome--- Natural or manmade inland water sources such as canals, lakes, rivers and bays play a very crucial role in food security. But despite their importance, these ecosystems are poorly managed in many areas of the world. Their value and the roles they play in local economies, personal nutrition, religion and even culture are arguably under-realized. But what are the issues? What has to be done now to preserve them? And what has to be done so that these waters are protected and used most efficiently as the world population continues to grow? These (...)
21 January 2015, Rome--- In Madagascar, the battle against an ongoing plague of locusts risks being lost as funds for continuing operations run out. Failure to carry through the joint 2013-16 FAO/government anti-locust programme, would jeopardize the more than $28.8 million mobilized so far. There are concerns that this could potentially trigger a food-security crisis in a huge part of the country.
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