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Nov 2015 - The best way to protect a country from an outbreak of rinderpest virus infection is to not have the virus in the country in the first place. The following unfortunate consequences, resulting from release of rinderpest virus, can be prevented by not storing rinderpest virus containing material in a country. ...more
Nov 2015 - A unique, Africa-led fund to improve agriculture and food security across the continent has become a reality. Officially launched in June 2013 with funding totalling over US $ 40 million from Equatorial Guinea, Angola and group of civil society organizations in the Republic of Congo.
Nov 2015 - Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle Healthy soils provide the largest store of terrestrial carbon. When managed sustainably, soils can play an important role in climate change mitigation by storing carbon (carbon sequestration) and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in ...more
Sep 2015 - Among the most pressing challenges facing the world today is feeding a growing global population projected to increase from over 7 billion currently to over 9 billion by 2050. This challenge is compounded by the additional threats of climate change, increasing water and land scarcity, soil and land degradation, and ...more
Sep 2015 - Forested areas have decreased but rate of net forest loss has been cut by 50%. Challenges remain The extent of the world’s forest continues to decline as human populations continue to grow and demand for food and land increases. Implementing sustainable forest management practices requires sound policies and positive returns on investment to encourage adoption. Governments, private ...more
Aug 2015 - Soils are under increasing pressure of intensification and competing uses for cropping, forestry, pasture and urbanization. The demands of a growing population for food, feed and fibre are estimated to result in a 60 percent increase by 2050. These pressures combined with unsustainable land uses and management practices, as well ...more
Aug 2015 - An El Niño state occurs when the central and eastern equatorial Pacific sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) are substantially higher than usual. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines an El Niño event when the NIÑO 3.4 area has sea-surface temperatures at least 0.5 ºC higher than normal for five consecutive ...more
Aug 2015 - Healthy soils are crucial for ensuring the continued growth of natural and managed vegetation, providing feed, fibre, fuel, medicinal products and other ecosystem services such as climate regulation and oxygen production. Soils and vegetation have a reciprocal relationship. Fertile soil encourages plant growth by providing plants with nutrients, acting as ...more
Jul 2015 - Every year around the globe 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted, that is a 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption. Food losses represent a waste of resources used in production such as land, water, energy and inputs, increasing the green gas emissions in vain.
Jul 2015 - World banana production, exports and imports.