Highlights archive


Forestry and fisheries have taken centre stage at FAO this month, with the release of The State of the World’s Forests and The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture in the context of the 33rd Committee on Fisheries meeting (9−13 [...]


Biodiversity is the sum of all terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems, species and genetic diversity. It includes the variability within and among living organisms and the ecological complexes of which they are part. FAO recognizes biodiversity as being integral [...]


Although not a new concept, agroecology is gaining momentum worldwide as an effective approach to tackle climate change and the interconnected challenges facing food security and nutrition. On the occasion of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology (3‒5 April 2018, [...]


On 23 April 2018, FAO marks World Book and Copyright Day by announcing a forthcoming Open Access policy to maximize use and distribution of its publications and other knowledge products. Knowledge is crucial to achieve Zero Hunger, and disseminating knowledge has [...]


Water is essential for every form of life. It is also an integral part of every aspect of FAO’s work: from agriculture to forests and fisheries; from climate change to crises caused by conflict. In a context of growing populations [...]


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 [...]

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