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Biodiversity for food security and nutrition: 30 years of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Apr 2013 - Genetic resources for food and agriculture are not only of actual but even more of potential value to food security, nutrition and livelihoods. However, biodiversity, and in particular genetic diversity, is being lost at an alarming rate. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters ...more
Mar 2013 - Forests are invaluable to all life on earth. Forests cover 1/3 of the total land area Forests contain most of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods US$108 billion a year of medicinal plants from tropical forests The rate of deforestation, though slowing, is still alarmingly high. 5.2 million ...more
Dec 2012 - Investing in agriculture is essential for reducing hunger and promoting sustainable agricultural production. Those parts of the world where agricultural capital per worker and public investments in agriculture have stagnated are the epicentres of poverty and hunger today. Demand growth over the coming decades will place increasing pressure on the ...more
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012: Economic growth is necessary but not sufficient to accelerate reduction of hunger and malnutrition
Oct 2012 - The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 presents new estimates of undernourishment based on a revised and improved methodology. The new estimates show that progress in reducing hunger during the past 20 years has been better than previously believed, and that, given renewed efforts, it may be possible ...more
Jan 2011 - There has been a rapid uptake of the term Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) by the international community, national entities and local institutions, in the past years. However, implementing this approach is challenging, partly due to a lack of tools and experience. Climate-smart interventions are highly location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Considerable efforts are ...more
Jan 2011 - FAO-Adapt consolidates five global priority themes and related actions that support global adaptation needs in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.
Jul 2009 - To produce enough food to satisfy a person's daily needs takes about 3000 litres of water.
Jul 2009 - Physical water scarcity occurs when there is not enough water to meet all demands. Arid regions are most often associated with physical water scarcity, but an alarming new trends is an artificially created physical water scarcity due to over allocation and overdevelopment of water resources. Symptoms of physical water scarcity ...more
Jul 2009 - To produce food, water is consumed by the plants in the field through evaporation and transpiration. The amount of water needed varies with crops and depends from place to place, on local productivity and conditions of available water supply through rainfall or irrigation. Once the product is harvested and becomes ...more
Jul 2009 - With continuing population growth, rising incomes and urbanization, food demand will roughly double in the next fifty years and thus we must make better use of water along with whole chain from the farm to the market while preserving and restoring healthy ecosystems.