2 October 2014, Rome - A locust plague of the Malagasy Migratory Locust started in April 2012 in Madagascar, threatening rice and maize crops and therefore the food security and livelihoods of millions of people in the country. FAO and the Government of Madagascar jointly prepared a three-year Programme in response to the locust plague and have successfully halted the growth and migration of locusts in the country.
29 September 2014, Rome--- The Committee on Agriculture (CoAg) will meet this week in Rome to discuss a wide range of issues, including family farming, sustainable agriculture, food safety, governance, investment monitoring, sustainable livestock production, the global soil partnership and agricultural heritage systems. This Committee is the governing body of FAO. The discussions and reviews of programmes and policies happening this week will ultimately determine the work and programme strategies for the Organization going forward.
This FAO-World Bank film addresses the challenges to increasing female land ownership in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). Although sound legal frameworks protecting women’s rights to own property are in place throughout the region, longstanding customs and traditions continue to favor male property ownership. A joint FAO-World Bank project in the region produced gender-disaggregated data on land ownership for each country, indicating low levels of female ownership. Armed with their new data, country gender teams set about working to reverse the trend in pilot communities.
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