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FAO in the field, 2004
A joint FAO-Conservation International project in Ghana has found that chili pepper cloth is an effective way to stop elephants living in Ghana's Kakum National Park from raiding crops on nearby farms.
In Sierra Leone, where ten years of hostilities marked by the maiming of civilians have compounded the problem of disabilities, an FAO project is providing rural disabled persons with technical and business skills to contribute to their households' welfare and to the development of their communities.
Small enterprises have been created in communities around the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda to generate income while conserving the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
FAO is working to promote peace and reconciliation and strengthen rural economies in Sri Lanka by supporting agricultural livelihood regeneration in communities devastated by conflict and natural disaster.
In Swaziland, a revolution in diet is sweeping the country, as people turn from indigenous food to fast food and packaged products. With support from FAO's LinKS project, the government is fighting this trend, and the health problems that accompany it, by promoting traditional food crops and the conservation of local seed varieties.
FAO has embarked on a project in Angola to combat the vulnerability of communities resettled as part of peacemaking efforts after 27 devastating years of war.
In northeastern Namibia, indigenous fruit trees are contributing to the food security and livelihoods of rural communities, thanks to an FAO project.
In one of New Delhi's poorest communities, hunger is on the decline as a group of residents team up with FAO to produce their own food supplies.
FAO's programme to eradicate the tropical bont tick, which has been successful on a number of Caribbean islands, is turning its focus to Antigua. Efforts to encourage livestock production on the island and reduce meat imports hinge on the programme's success.
In 2005, the world's urban population is expected to surpass the rural population. Three billion city dwellers will need safe and affordable food. Can widespread city gardening provide not only on-the-spot fresh produce, but also jobs for the poor and better nutrition for their families? A project in Caracas, Venezuela, is trying to find out.
Deep in the heart of the Bolivian rain forest, an FAO project is helping former coca growers find legal ways to make a living -- part of the Bolivian Government's alternative development programme.