Highlights archive


This year’s International Day of Forests on 21 March sees the release of the 250th issue of Unasylva, FAO’s longest-running periodical. First published in 1947, this forestry journal covers areas ranging from forest policy, conservation and management, products and services, [...]


School meals programmes benefit not only the most vulnerable children, but also their communities, particularly in rural areas. On International School Meals Day, read about the many facets of FAO’s work in this area, including technical support to governments, food [...]


Women make significant contributions to the rural economy throughout the world. Their roles differ across regions, yet they have consistently less access than men to the resources and opportunities they need. Achieving gender equality and empowering women in agriculture is [...]


From the annual hunger report, completely re-geared to provide a broader understanding of food security and nutrition, to the first in a new series on the future of food and agriculture, FAO produced over 700 publications in 2017. These can [...]


Every year 75 billion tonnes of fertile soil are lost to erosion. It is expensive and labour-intensive to monitor this invaluable resource using conventional methods, which is why the Joint FAO/ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Programme on Nuclear Techniques [...]


FAO recently launched the Agricultural Development Economics Technical Study series, which provides policy-oriented assessments and analyses on food security and nutrition, resilience, climate-smart agriculture, agribusiness and rural transformation. The series explores the implications of the global trends and challenges that affect [...]


Recent FAO titles illustrate the role of resilient agricultural livelihoods in addressing the drivers of migration, including rural poverty, food insecurity, inequality, unemployment and climate change. Migration is a growing and complex global phenomenon, with millions of people moving each year. [...]


Lessons learned from FAO field projects on watershed management Watershed management in action: Lessons learned from FAO field projects looks at how 12 projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America are devising local solutions to global challenges. A watershed is characterized not [...]


In a context of increasing global agricultural trade, FAO’s data and analyses provide timely insights into key policy questions. Based on country case studies, the Commodities and Development Report 2017, co-published with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development [...]


The Story of the FAO Library – 65th Anniversary 1952–2017 is a journey through the events that led to what has become one of the world’s finest collections of materials (both digital and print) on food, agriculture and international development. 

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