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Coping with water scarcity
An action framework for agriculture and food security
This report provides a conceptual framework for addressing food security under conditions of water scarcity in agriculture. The document examines the conceptual framework on which FAO’s water scarcity programme should be based, proposes a set of definitions associated with the concept of water scarcity, and indicates the main principles that FAO should follow to best support its member countries.
Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Plant genetic resources are a strategic resource at the heart of sustainable crop production. Their efficient conservation and use is critical to safeguard food and nutrition security, now and in the future. The loss of genetic diversity reduces the options for sustainably managing resilient agriculture, in the face of adverse environments, and rapidly fluctuating meteorological conditions. Well-managed genebanks both safeguard genetic diversity and make it available to breeders. These voluntary Standards set the benchmark for current scientific and technical best practices, and support the key international policy instruments for the conservation and use of plant genetic resources.
World Livestock 2013: Changing disease landscapes
World Livestock 2013: Changing disease landscapes offers a comprehensive approach for the promotion of global health and gives greater emphasis on agro-ecological resilience, protection of biodiversity and efficient use of natural resources to ensure safer food supply chains. The publication explores three key areas: the Pressure, including drivers and risk factors that contribute to disease emergence, spread and persistence; the State, describing the disease dynamics that result from the Pressure and their subsequent impact; and the Response, required both to adapt and improve the State and to mitigate the Pressure.
Tackling climate change through livestock
A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities
Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies. This report represents the most comprehensive estimate made to-date of livestock’s contribution to global warming – as well as the sector’s potential to help tackle the problem. This publication is aimed at professionals in food and agriculture as well as policy makers.
Crop yield response to water
This publication lists a set of tools which provide the means to sharpen assessment and management capacities required to: compare the result of several water allocations plans; improve soil-moisture control-practices under rainfed conditions; optimize irrigation scheduling (either full, deficit or supplementary); sustainably intensify crop production; close the yield and water-productivity gaps; quantify the impact of climate variability and change on cropping systems; enhance strategies for increased water productivity and water savings; minimize the negative impact on the environment caused by agriculture. These tools are invaluable to various agricultural practitioners including, but not limited to: water managers and planners; extension services; irrigation districts; consulting engineers; governmental agencies; non-governmental organizations and farmers´associations; agricultural economists and research scientists.
Part I. Yield response to water
Part III. Crop yield response to water: Fruit trees & vines
Panorama de la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional 2013
Dieciséis países de la región de América Latina y el Caribe han alcanzado ya la meta del primer Objetivo del Milenio de ¨reducir a la mitad el porcentaje de personas que padecen hambre¨. Otros países están logrando importantes resultados. En enfoque de doble vía, según el cual se combinan políticas y programas a largo plazo al tiempo que se fomentan medidas más inmediatas ha estado en la base del éxito. Pese a ello, 47 millones de personas siguen padeciendo hambre en la región, que produce suficientes alimentos pero que aún debe abordar el desafío de la redistribución de los ingresos mediante cambios estructurales y el compromiso político de los Gobiernos y la sociedad civil.
Milk and dairy products in human nutrition
Milk and dairy product are not only a vital source of nutrition but they also represent livelihood opportunities for farm families, processors and other stakeholders in dairy value chains. This publication draws together information on nutrition, and dairy-industry development, providing a rich source of useful material on the role of dairy products in human nutrition and the way that investment in dairy-industry development has changed.
Food Outlook, November 2013
Food Outlook is a biannual publication focusing on developments affecting global food and feed markets. The report focuses on developments in international markets, giving comprehensive assessments and forecasts on a commodity by commodity basis. The November 2013 issue includes a special feature on the revised methodology for the Food Price Index calculation.
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013: The multiple dimensions of food security
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets. The latest assessment shows that further progress has been made towards the 2015 MDG target, which remains within reach for the developing regions as a whole, although marked differences across regions persist and considerable and immediate additional efforts will be needed.
Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of national food security
The Voluntary Guidelines promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment. They were officially endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security on 11 May 2012. Since then implementation has been encouraged by G20, Rio+ 20, United Nations General Assembly and Francophone Assembly of Parliamentarians.
Quality Assurance for Animal Feed Analysis Laboratories
FAO Animal Production and Health Manuals
Every sector of the livestock industry, the associated services and the wellbeing of both animals and humans are influenced by animal feeding. This document gives a comprehensive account of good laboratory practices, quality assurance procedures and examples of standard operating procedures as used in individual specialist laboratories. The manual will be useful for laboratory analysts, laboratory managers, research students and teachers and it is hoped that it will enable workers in animal industry, including the aquaculture industry, to appreciate the importance of proven reliable data and the associated quality assurances approaches.
Future prospects for food and feed security
Launched during the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, this publication describes the contribution of insects to food security. It shows the many traditional and potential new uses of insects for direct human consumption and the opportunities for and constraints to farming them for food and feed. It examines the body of research on issues such as insect nutrition and food safety, the use of insects as animal feed, and the processing and preservation of insects and their products.
Trends and impacts on foreign investments in developing country agriculture
Evidence from case studies
Substantial increases in agricultural investments in developing countries are needed to combat poverty and realize food security and nutrition goals. In order to acquire an in-depth understanding of potential benefits, constraints and costs of foreign investment in agriculture and of the business models that are more conducive to development, FAO has undertaken research in developing countries. This publication summarizes the results of this research, in particular through the presentation of case studies on policies to attract foreign investment in agriculture and their impacts on national economic development in selected countries in Africa, Asian and Latin America.
Fishing harbour planning, construction and management
This publication should enable consultants, architects and contractors involved in any stage of design or construction of a fish landing or port to avoid the mistakes of old as it covers all the aspects of fishing port infrastructure, from inception to construction and management of the fishing port or landing once constructed.
Part I deals with the planning required for fishing ports and includes the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, International Conventions, needs assessment and environmental auditing, all of which impact the decision-making process during the planning stage.
Part II deals with the physical construction of the port itself and discusses issues relating to hydrographic surveys, dredging, breakwater construction, quays, slipways and construction materials.
Part III deals with port management and covers both software (port management bodies) and the hardware (port fittings, shore based infrastructure, renewable energy and public health and hygiene) required to run the port.
Food Outlook, June 2013
Food Outlook is a biannual publication focusing on developments affecting global food and feed markets. The sub-title "Global Market Analysis" reflects this focus on developments in international markets, with comprehensive assessments and forecasts on a commodity by commodity basis.
Crop Prospects and Food Situation
Crop Prospects and Food Situation is published four times a year and focuses on developments affecting the food situation of developing countries and the Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCs) in particular. The report provides a review of the food situation by geographic region, a section dedicated to the LIFDCs and a list of countries requiring external assistance for food. It also includes a global cereal supply and demand overview to complement the biannual analysis in the Food Outlook publication.
Save and grow: cassava
A guide to sustainable production intensification
This is the first in a series of guides on applying FAO's ''save and grow'' model of agriculture to smallholder crops and farming systems. It illustrated the practical application of this ecosystem-based approach to profitable and sustainable cassava production.
The State of Food and Agriculture: Food systems for better nutrition
Malnutrition – in the form of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity – imposes unacceptably high economic and social costs on countries at all income levels. The causes of malnutrition are complex, yet all forms of malnutrition share one common feature: nutritionally inappropriate diets. The State of Food and Agriculture 2013 makes the case that healthy diets and good nutrition begin with food and agriculture.
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FAO in the 21st century
Ensuring food security in a changing world
This publication details our current knowledge on the complex and interrelated challenges that are compounding efforts to achieve global food security. It discusses likely implications for the food and agriculture sector and for hunger and poverty reduction efforts, including FAO's role in assisting members in the coming years.
International code of conduct on pesticide management
The International code of conduct on pesticide management is the framework on pesticide management for all public and private entities engaged in, or associated with, production, regulation and management of pesticides. The new Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management was approved by the FAO Conference in June 2013. The Code provides standards of conduct serves as a point of reference in relation to sound pesticide life cycle management practices, in particular for government authorities and the pesticide industry.