In 2006 Turkish authorities fought and won a battle to save Europe from invasion by a new strain of foot-and-mouth disease, thanks to a €4.5 million FAO-EU project aimed at fighting the virus on Europe's perimeter.
The Government of Viet Nam decided early on to make the fight against bird flu priority number one. Many veterinary experts today consider Viet Nam one of the most successful countries when it comes to containing the H5N1 bird flu virus.
It has been almost ten years since the H5N1 bird flu virus was first isolated from a goose in China, and people are still dying from the disease while the deadly virus has spread to wild birds and poultry farms across Africa, Asia and Europe.
From the Southern Ocean to the North Sea, illegal fishing is undermining sound resource management and hurting fishing-dependent communities. FAO is organizing a series of workshops to help port authorities around the world clamp down on the problem.
Despite a winemaking tradition that dates back several thousand years, Georgia’s greatest liquid asset – today wine is the country’s third biggest export – is at risk, threatened by counterfeiting and the wine sector’s failure to diversify its markets.
One year ago a peace accord ended Sudan’s 21-year civil war. With more than two million people expected to return to Southern Sudan, the next battle may be over land. But an FAO project is helping local authorities tackle the land tenure issue.