5 March 2015, Rome---The FAO Food Price Index declined to a 55-month low in February, dropping 1.0 percent from January and 14 percent below its level a year earlier. Lower prices for cereals, meat and especially sugar more than offset an increase in milk and palm oil prices. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 179.4 points in February, down from 181.2 points in January and 208.6 points in February 2014. Its ongoing decline – to its lowest level since July 2010 - reflects robust supply conditions, as FAO also once again raised its 2014 forecast for both world cereal production (...)
24 February 2015, Rome--- In the small the fishing village of Abobodoumé, Côte d’Ivoire, it is estimated that 70-80 percent of local marine and freshwater catch is consumed in smoked form. Smoked fish is preferred by locals because of its nutrition benefits and it’s competitive prices compared to other protein sources such as milk, meat and eggs. And it also has a long shelf life, which is about 3-6 months. However, the traditional kilns widely used to prepare this popular food item do pose some problems.
19 February 2015, Rome--- Sharks may be able to swim more serenely one day thanks to a handy new digital technique developed by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and its partners. With more species of sharks being included on international endangered species lists, it is becoming necessary to track which sharks are being fished and caught. Often times shark fins are brought to land without the bodies and this tool allows users to quickly identify various shark species by the fin. The new tool is called iSharkfin software.
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