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.
20 April 2017, Rome--- Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. The new WaPOR open-access database has gone live today during an event at the Organization’s headquarters in Rome. According to the food agency, worldwide water utilization – the majority of which is used by agriculture – has outpaced the rate of population growth for most of the last century and an increasing area of water supply is either at or beyond the limit of sustainable use. (...)
11 April 2017, Rome--- The crisis afflicting the strife-torn Lake Chad Basin is rooted in decades of neglect, lack of rural development and the impact of climate change, and the only way to ensure a lasting solution is to address these including through investments in sustainable agriculture, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said today.
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