Rio+20 and beyond: together for a sustainable future

Rio+20 must result in a change of mind-set. We can no longer afford to ignore the interdependencies between natural resources, the environment, hunger and malnutrition. Sustainable agricultural and food systems that make efficient use of our natural resources must become the basis of tomorrow's economy. And with sufficient political will and vision, agriculture can help us achieve the sustainable future we want: a world without hunger.

FAO Building Resilience in Ethiopia

Drought, low yield and plant disease make life hard for farmers in southern Ethiopia -- but thanks to a special variety of root vegetable, farmers benefiting from this FAO project have tripled their yields and can feed themselves and their families.

Hungry Planet 16: RIO+20 Special Report

The Hungry Planet series showcases how the three UN food agencies – FAO, IFAD and WFP – are working to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges in their joint battle against chronic hunger. In this episode: researchers measure carbon levels stored within Tanzania's forests; Brazilian farmers turn to sustainable agriculture to rehabilitate the natural environment; Mali refugees arrive at the M'bera refugee camp in Mauritania in search of food and safety.

United for a healthier future: UN joint project in Bangladesh

Here in Bangladesh, almost 40% of the people live in poverty. With rising food prices and natural disasters, children and mothers are most at risk from malnutrition. Improving food security for them is one of the most difficult tasks of the Millennium Development Goals. Three UN agencies, FAO, WFP and UNICEF, are working together to help the most vulnerable.

Sierra Leone: Farming as a Business

This first video of a three-part series observes how FAO has used EU funding to provide 44,000 farmers with training, machinery and other inputs as part of an initiative to increase agricultural production and productivity in Sierra Leone, in partnership with the Government and other humanitarian organisations.


India's barefoot water scientists

In southern India, the climate is becoming unpredictable and drought more common. Indiscriminate pumping from shallow aquifers shared by many farmers has caused abnormal drops in water levels. When a well goes dry, a farmer loses his crop. Six thousand farmers have been trained in groundwater management by a project run by Indian NGOs and guided by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. They have learned to monitor how much water is available underground at the start of the growing season. Then they only plant crops that need that much water.

Turning the tide on desertification in Africa

In Senegal, the Acacia project has involved the planting and managing of Acacia forests in arid lands helping combat desertification while providing life-changing benefits to local communities. With two thirds of the African continent now classified as desert or drylands and desertification affecting a quarter of the world's population, the breakthrough has the potential to transform the lives of vulnerable populations.


Turning Points in Modern Aquaculture

This 15-min video was produced by the Aquaculture Service of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department for the Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010 and the Fifth session of the COFI Sub-Committtee on Aquaculture held in Phuket, Thailand in October 2010.

Fruit Tree Seedlings in Ethiopia

For hundreds of years, farmers in the dry highlands of northern Ethiopia have been dependent on cereal production. But an irrigation project and training sessions are encouraging farmers to cultivate a new source of nutrition and income -- temperate fruit trees. Now 10,000 farmers are buying good quality fruit tree seedlings from FAO supported nurseries.


Hungry Planet 11:
Turning arid desert into productive farmland helps ward off hunger in drought-prone Niger. Fishermen and fish sellers in Benin discover alternative ways of earning a living that are good for them and the fishery. Mountain gorillas in Rwanda, the original "gorillas in the mist," are under greater threat due to climate change. Find out what be done to protect them.
Hungry Planet 15: Rio+20 Special Report
In this Episode of Hungry Planet: Rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms threaten millions of farmers living along Bangladesh's southern coast, increasingly unpredictable weather patterns in Chad fuel hunger and, in Ethiopia, distribution of high yield root and tuber varieties help farmers increase production in times of drought.

last updated:  Wednesday, June 20, 2012