Around the world, 3 billion people lack access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking. In Africa, charcoal production has doubled in the past two decades and demand is likely to keep growing as more people move to urban centres. It is cleaner and easier to use than firewood, and is often cheaper and more readily available than gas or electricity. But the surge in charcoal use is contributing to forest degradation and in some areas also to deforestation, especially around large urban centers. So, what can be done to make charcoal use more sustainable? To turn black charcoal ‘green’? (...)
28 April 2017, Rome--- The world is facing one of the largest food crises in decades, with 30 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — severely food insecure, many on the brink of famine. Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan, where 100 000 people are at risk, and more than 5.5 million people will not have any reliable source of food by July. A "joint FAO/WFP Briefing on the Food Security Situation in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen" was organized today at FAO headquarters, during the 156th (...)
24 April 2017, Rome--- Made of up 49 elected countries, the FAO Council convenes between sessions of the main Conference to provide advice and oversight related to programmatic and budgetary matters. Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, FAO Directory-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the opening of the UN agency’s Council. Council members will be briefed on the extent of the hunger crises, and the steps required to prevent catastrophe, during the week-long session.
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