17 December 2013, Rome – It is possible for West African countries to strengthen their food security. So why have so many countries in the region been lagging behind in their growth? A new report released by FAO called, Rebuilding West Africa’s Food Potential, presents a range of case studies which highlight successful investments in agricultural development in West Africa. Since the World Food crisis in 2007-2008, many African countries stepped up their agricultural investments and focused on new strategies in order to strengthen their food security. However, even though some countries are doing better than others, the (...)
16 December 2013, Rome - Seventy-percent of new diseases that have emerged in humans over recent decades are of animal origin and, in part, directly related to the human quest for more animal-sourced food. This is according to new report released by FAO called, World Livestock 2013: Changing Disease Landscapes. In turn, these outbreaks have significant impacts on humans both directly and indirectly. According to the report, livestock health as the weakest link in our global health chain, which raises a number of questions: Why is this happening and what approaches need to be taken to control these emerging (...)
12 December 2013, Rome/Dar-es-Salaam/Dodoma - After a week of official visits to Ethiopia and Tanzania, Maria-Helena Semedo, Deputy-Director-General of FAO accompanied a delegation including Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme(WFP); and Adolfo Brizzi, the Director of Policy and Technical Advisory Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The mission ended today with a press conference following a launch event for the Bank of Tanzania's National Financial Inclusion Framework.
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