29 March 2017, Rome--- One of the world’s most invasive pest species, the Red Palm Weevil, has experts concerned as it continues to spread rapidly across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central America regions. This beetle has caused significant socio-economic impacts on the date palm production sector and the livelihoods of farmers in affected areas. A high-level event will take place from 29-31 March at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome this week.
28 March 2017, Rome--- In an example of how the UN’s three Rome-based food agencies are stronger working as one, staff from the Madagascar inter-agency country team were today recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security in the African island nation. The country team was selected as winner of the biennial FAO-IFAD-WFP award for excellence in fieldwork for its efforts in 2015-16 to support the people of Madagascar as they coped with the consequences of consecutive years of drought.
27 March 2017, Rome--- Managing urbanization sustainably poses new challenges and opportunities to recast food and agriculture systems in ways that benefit both cities and the countryside, according to a new report presented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and FAO. IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report, to which FAO contributed in the lead chapter, addresses a wide range of issues linked to urbanization. Growing urban populations will be especially visible in Africa, as a majority of the continent’s fast-growing population will be living in cities by 2030. Globally, some 2.5 billion more people than today will be (...)
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