4 December 2013, Rome/Morocco – The value of data collection and coordination in food security goes far beyond the numbers. This is why an unprecedented gathering of experts from 35 countries are meeting in Morocco this week for the 23rd session of the African Commission on Agricultural Statistics (AFCAS). Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems. But what role do these statistics play in food security and how are they relevant to farmers?
27 November, Rome – Rural survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines need immediate resources for their land. With only a small window of opportunity to plant and harvest crops, assistance is critical to avoid even more tragedy in the wake of this current disaster. The Philippine Department of Agriculture requests that FAO support a cash-for-work scheme, which would cover more than 150 000 hectares and some 80 kilometers of communal irrigation canals.
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