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News stories, 2005
15 December 2005 - Alex Jones, FAO's post-tsunami operations coordinator, voices optimism about the tsunami relief effort one year on, but stresses that sustainable recovery requires a five- to ten-year effort.
15 December 2005 - With the first anniversary of the devastating tsunami fast approaching, FAO warned that many areas on the west coast of Aceh, Indonesia, were still in a critical condition.
15 December 2005 – Agricultural trade and trade liberalization can unlock the potential of the food and agriculture sector to stimulate economic growth and promote food security, FAO said at the WTO meeting in Hong Kong.
13 December 2005 – Food insecurity in southern Africa is of serious concern despite a bumper maize harvest in South Africa.
9 December 2005 - Noting that deforestation accounts for 25% of all man-made emissions of CO2, FAO has offered to provide countries with data and technical advice to explore ways to create financial incentives for reducing forest loss in the developing world.
9 December 2005 - Urgent measures are needed across Latin America and the Caribbean to improve the availability of safe food, both to reduce the level of disease and to facilitate the export of the region’s numerous food products to the rest of the world.
7 December 2005 – FAO issues annual report on the State of Food and Agriculture 2005, warning that the benefits of trade reform may not reach the poor unless urgent complementary policies and investments are made.
7 December 2005 - FAO and the European Commission today presented the EC’s Online Export Helpdesk for developing countries to FAO member countries at FAO’s Rome headquarters.
5 December 2005 - Chicken and other poultry are safe to eat if cooked properly, according to a joint FAO/WHO statement.
2 December 2005 – Working towards greater inclusion of people with disabilities in agricultural production is a must.
1 December 2005 - New research by FAO and the International Tropical Timber Organization suggests that governments are becoming increasingly innovative -- and effective -- in tackling illegal logging.
1 December 2005 - Viet Nam will send 12 farming experts and technicians to Mali as part of an agreement between the two countries, the City of Montreuil, France, and FAO.
1 December 2005 -- FAO is addressing the needs of Africa's future farmers, many of whom have lost parents to HIV/AIDS, through schools that teach agricultural techniques and life skills to help these children improve their often desperate living conditions.
30 November 2005 – FAO today launched an appeal for more than $96 million to provide agricultural relief in the coming year in 14 countries and regions suffering from devastating human or natural disasters.
29 November 2005 - FAO today warned against culls of wild birds in cities in countries affected by bird flu, saying this could distract attention from the campaign to contain the disease among poultry.
28 November 2005 – Top priority should be given to improving access to quality education in rural areas.
26 November 2005 – FAO's governing Conference today voted the food agency a two-year budget appropriation of $765.7 million for its work in 2006–2007.
24 November 2005 - FAO will convene an International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 7-10 March 2006, to identify sustainable rural development experiences that can contribute to rural poverty reduction.
24 November 2005 – Seven Heads of State and Government and some 60 Agriculture Ministers and government officials representing 30 countries today issued a declaration in support of Small Island Developing States.
22 November 2005 – Hunger and malnutrition are killing nearly six million children each year, FAO said in a new edition of its hunger report.
22 November 2005 -- While eating well is vital for a healthy and active life, many people do not eat well because of poverty and a lack of nutrition education, according to FAO.
22 November 2005 - Sweden's Agriculture Minister Ann-Christin Nykvist says access by women to land, credit and other factors of production is “vital to their prospects of overcoming poverty.”
21 November 2005 - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today called on Member States to support reform proposals aimed at flattening the bureaucracy of the Organization and making it more flexible and responsive to members’ needs.
19 November 2005 - FAO today honoured a group of three journalists, one partner organization and two of its own field personnel with awards in recognition of their contributions to the effort to stamp out world hunger.
19 November 2005 -- The key to reducing hunger is not merely calling for more political will, but building it, said David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, a US-based citizens' movement to end hunger, during the opening ceremony of FAO’s governing Conference today.
19 November 2005, Rome - Dr Jacques Diouf of Senegal was re-elected to a third six-year term as Director-General of FAO today, receiving a total of 137 votes out of 165 votes cast.
18 November 2005 – A Ministerial Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Low-Lying Coastal Countries opened today at FAO.
17 November 2005 - Agriculture ministers from FAO’s Member nations will meet (19-26 November) to review wide-ranging reform proposals for the UN agency.
16 November 2005 – Direct and indirect losses to crops, livestock and irrigation infrastructure as a result of last month’s earthquake in northern Pakistan total more than $440 million, according to an FAO assessment released today.
15 November 2005 – The rural digital divide is isolating almost one billion of the poorest people who are unable to participate in the global information society, FAO said on the eve of the World Summit on the Information Society, Phase II.
14 November 2005 – Each year about 13 million hectares of the world’s forests are lost due to deforestation, but the rate of net forest loss is slowing down, FAO announced today.
10 November 2005 – Improving the skills of rural people will have a positive impact on livelihoods in rural areas of developing countries.
9 November 2005 - A global meeting has identified key components of a global action plan to control avian influenza in animals and simultaneously limit the threat of a human influenza pandemic.
8 November 2005 - More than 100 countries are participating in FAO's 2010 round of agricultural censuses covering the period 2006-2015, the UN agency announced today.
7 November 2005 - More decisive action must be taken by affected countries, civil society, the private sector and the international community to stop bird flu in animals, FAO said today.
31 October 2005 - Today marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of FAO's Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, aimed at safeguarding the contributions fisheries and aquaculture make to food security and poverty alleviation.
28 October 2005 - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf comments on how to stop bird flu.
27 October 2005 - FAO today expressed concern about general and pre-emptive bans on poultry imports adopted in response to avian influenza.
24 October 2005 - FAO will assemble an emergency team of experts in Indonesia to help the country embark on a new phase of the battle against avian influenza at source in poultry, the UN agency announced today.
19 October 2005 - After the confirmed outbreaks of avian influenza in Romania and Turkey, the risk of bird flu spreading to the Middle East and African countries has markedly increased, FAO warned today.
17 October 2005 - Brazil and FAO will work together on school nutrition programmes in poor countries, according to a multilateral agreement signed in Rome today.
17 October 2005 - FAO "must adapt to the changes of the last 60 years if it is to rise to new challenges and profit from emerging opportunities," FAO Director-General Dr Jacques Diouf said today during an official ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of FAO.
16 October 2005 - At World Food Day celebration FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said the world has the resources and technology today to produce sufficient quantities of food.
14 October 2005 - More than 150 countries around the world will observe World Food Day with special events, seminars, conferences, contests and media campaigns.
13 October 2005 -- Better information on the number and the state of poor people without access to adequate food in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will help reduce the number of food insecure people there, FAO said today.
13 October 2005 -- FAO has launched an appeal for $7 million to help farm families affected by the earthquake in northern Pakistan resume their agricultural activities over the next six months.
6 October 2005 - Many of the 450 million waged agricultural workers, the largest labour force in the world, are suffering from some of the highest incidences of poverty and hunger.
5 October 2005 - The will to return to farming and livestock-raising is present in war-ravaged Darfur, but for hundreds of thousands of displaced persons the means are still not in place.
4 October 2005 - South Africa will donate $21.5 million to FAO and WFP to support the agencies' operations in southern Africa.
3 October 2005 - Food-borne diseases are a serious threat to people in Africa, especially Africans already weakened from devastating conditions such as malaria and HIV/AIDS.
3 October 2005 - Conservation agriculture holds considerable promise for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa because it can control soil erosion, reverse land degradation, give more stable yields and reduce labour and fuel needs.
29 September 2005 - FAO's forecast for world cereal production output in 2005 has been revised slightly downward, according to the latest Food Outlook.
28 September 2005 - Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi was today presented with FAO's Agricola Medal in recognition of his strong support for the fight against world hunger and poverty.
28 September 2005 - FAO's Africa Report says a total of 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are facing food emergencies caused by problems ranging from civil strife and war to adverse weather and economic crisis.
26 September 2005 - The global strategy for the control of avian influenza in animals remains largely under-funded despite important contributions pledged by some donors.
22 September 2005 - FAO is concerned about the spread of avian influenza in Indonesia and has offered further assistance to control the virus in the country.
20 September 2005 -- Michael Wales, Principal Adviser of FAO's Investment Centre, explains why investment in rural areas is key to tackling poverty and talks about one initiative that is working to ensure that agriculture is front and centre on the poverty alleviation agenda.
19 September 2005 -- FAO issues a consensus by top world experts in agriculture, the environment and economics calling on governments to give priority to expenditures on public goods for rural areas.
15 September 2005 - FAO's Executive head, Dr Jacques Diouf, announced today that he was determined that FAO should move fast down the track of UN reform.
14 September 2005 - As the UN Summit in New York opens, FAO is urging governments and the private sector to adequately fund actions and initiatives that reduce hunger through rural development and reduction of rural poverty while widening direct access to food.
9 September 2005 - Ministers of education, agriculture, fisheries and rural development and high-level officials from eleven African countries today agreed to make education in rural areas a top priority.
7 September 2005 - Poor communities in the Gambia are now earning regular income by selling forest products, thanks to an FAO programme.
6 September 2005 - Education is the most effective way to empower the rural poor to get out of poverty and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
5 September 2005 - Today 24 members of FAO's General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean began jointly enforcing new fishing regulations aimed at safeguarding the fishery resources of the inland sea.
1 September 2005 - The European Commission will step up its fight against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) by providing €4.5 million to the FAO European Commission for the Control of FMD.
31 August 2005 - The deadly strain of avian influenza that has hit several countries in Asia is likely to be carried along the flyways of wild water birds to the Middle East, Europe, South Asia and Africa.
30 August 2005, Bangkok/Rome - Large forest fires in South-East Asia have caused serious health and environmental problems, in particular choking haze in the region.
22 August 2005 - In this Q&A interview, FAO Assistant Director-General for Fisheries Ichiro Nomura discusses the emerging fish production crisis in African fisheries and what should be done about it.
11 August 2005 - Malawi is facing its worst food crisis in more than a decade, the result of a combination of factors, including drought, floods, consecutive poor harvests, endemic poverty and the effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
10 August 2005 - Fishing communities in Yemen were much more seriously affected by the tsunami than originally thought, with damages totalling around US$2.2 million and 2 000 families affected.
8 August 2005 - Iraq's seed industry has collapsed and the country is currently not able to meet farmers' needs for improved crop varieties.
5 August 2005 - 'Agriculture and intercultural dialogue' is the theme of this year's World Food Day, celebrated every year to mark the day on which FAO was founded in 1945.
3 August 2005 - The government of Afghanistan, working closely with FAO, has largely succeeded in clearing crop-devouring Moroccan locusts from cultivated areas in the agriculture-dependent country.
2 August 2005 - FAO today renewed its appeal for $4 million for emergency agricultural assistance to respond to the ongoing food crisis in Niger.
27 July 2005 - With fish stocks declining, Mediterranean countries have begun to work more closely together to responsibly manage shared fishery resources.
25 July 2005 - Mediterranean countries could save lives and billions of euros if they better trained and mobilized communities in forest fire prevention and control.
21 July 2005 - Intensive and wide-ranging locust monitoring and control operations need to be continued in the next months in frontline countries in the Sahel.
20 July 2005 - The rainy season has just begun in North Darfur, and around 70 000 vulnerable rural families will be able to plant with seeds and agricultural tools provided by FAO.
18 July 2005 - Niger is facing a worsening food crisis due to limited food supply and increasingly high prices for local food staples.
14 July 2005 - World tea production continued to reach new highs in 2004, when output grew by 2 percent to reach an estimated 3.2 million tonnes.
13 July 2005 - Research and applications of biotechnology in forestry are advancing rapidly, according to a new FAO study.
11 July 2005 -- The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) adopted more than 20 food standards at its annual meeting, the food standards body announced today. Among the measures adopted are guidelines on vitamin and mineral food supplements and a code of practice to minimize and contain antimicrobial resistance.
8 July 2005 -- Natural resource experts recently met in Rome to discuss ways of giving poor countries incentives under the Kyoto Protocol to improve the use of fuelwood and reduce deforestation, loss of vegetation cover and land degradation.
8 July 2005 - FAO, IFAD and WFP call for increased funding for agriculture and rural development and better aid coordination if the goal of reducing by half the percentage of poor and hungry people in the world is to be met by 2015.
6 July 2005 -- International animal and human health experts today unveiled a plan designed to reduce the risk of the H5N1 avian influenza virus spreading from poultry to humans and appealed for funds to make it work.
4 July 2005 - The Codex Alimentarius Commission is meeting this week to adopt a number of new or revised food safety and quality standards that will safeguard the health of consumers worldwide and improve food quality and agricultural trade opportunities.
4 July 2005 - The bird flu situation in many Asian countries remains critical and requires more attention by affected countries and the international community.
1 July 2005 - The number of chronically undernourished people in the world remains stubbornly high, but in this interview, Andrew MacMillan, Director of FAO's Field Operations Division, explains why he believes the tide is turning in the fight against hunger.
30 June 2005 - School gardens can be a powerful tool to improve the quality of nutrition and education of children and their families if they are integrated with national agricultural, nutrition and education programmes.
28 June 2005 - For the first time, an environmentally friendly weapon against Desert Locusts has been successfully tested under large-scale field conditions.
27 June 2005 - Enabling people in emergencies to realize their right to food and ensure the nutritional well-being of their families should be an important objective of relief and rehabilitation efforts.
24 June 2005 - Survey operations should be intensified in Sudan and neighbouring Eritrea, as several locust swarms have moved east across Sudan from Darfour towards the Gedaref area and the border with Eritrea.
23 June 2005 - Six months after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, strong coordination between governments, donors and aid organizations is essential to help build back better livelihoods for those hardest hit by the disaster.
22 June 2005 - Fishermen in Sumatra who survived the tsunami are having their lives put at risk by the delivery of poorly constructed boats to replace the craft they lost in the December 26 disaster, FAO warned today.
22 June 2005 - FAO's Food Outlooks says world cereal trade is set to decline slightly in the 2005/06 marketing season, as global cereal trade in 2005/06 is forecast at 230 million tonnes, or 1.3 percent below the previous season.
21 June 2005 - Global competition among exporters of wheat, rice, oilseeds, sugar and livestock is expected to intensify over the next ten years among both developed and developing countries, according to the OECD's latest Agricultural Outlook.
20 June 2005 - The consequences of last year's drought and locust invasion continue to threaten the livelihoods and access to food of millions of farmers and herders in West Africa.
15 June 2005 -- Education programmes that address the specific needs of rural communities are essential if eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is to be achieved by 2015.
14 June 2005 -- Eva Clayton, FAO Assistant Director-General and Special Advisor on World Food Summit Follow-up, talks about the International Alliance against Hunger and its role in sustaining momentum towards achieving the Summit and UN Millennium Development Goals.
9 June 2005 -- Five years of severe drought in Eritrea, coupled with the ongoing border dispute with Ethiopia, have exhausted coping mechanisms, contributing to widespread poverty and food insecurity.
8 June 2005 -- As part of an ongoing e-learning initiative, FAO has released the second in a series of training modules aimed at improving the management and sharing of agricultural information.
8 June 2005 - Expanding livestock production is one of the main drivers of the destruction of tropical rain forests in Latin America.
7 June 2005 - In this interview, Ichiro Nomura, FAO Assistant-Director General for Fisheries, discusses how fishing and aquaculture help millions of people around the world by supporting development, alleviating poverty, and putting food on the table.
7 June 2005 - FAO has launched a new project to help countries around the world improve information on trends in world fisheries.
3 June 2005 - With the world's cities growing rapidly, farming in and around urban areas needs to play a bigger role in feeding city populations.
31 May 2005 - FAO is working to restore veterinary services in Iraq, which have been severely damaged after years of neglect and conflict, to protect farm animals and humans from epidemic diseases.
27 May 2005 - In a first agreement of its kind, Cameroon's local authorities have agreed to join forces in combating food insecurity in the country.
26 May 2005 - Climate change threatens to increase the number of the world's hungry by reducing the area of land available for farming in developing countries FAO said this week.
26 May 2005 - FAO has just launched EASYPol, a new online repository of downloadable resources aimed at improving access to FAO materials on policy formulation and implementation.
25 May 2005 - Agricultural relief and rehabilitation operations are crucial to support the smooth transition to a sustainable peace in southern Sudan, according to FAO.
24 May 2005 - FAO today proposed a new four-pronged approach to help developing countries achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goals.
23 May 2005 -- Armed conflicts are now the leading cause of world hunger with HIV/AIDS and climate change not far behind, says an FAO report presented today at a meeting of the Committee on World Food Security.
12 May 2005 - Around 14 000 grain storage silos will be distributed to farmers in nine provinces of Afghanistan, thanks to a new FAO project funded by the Government of Germany.
11 May 2005 - This interview with FAO expert Matthias Halwart looks at the ways that combined rice/fish production contributes to food security in Asia - and what potential the practice holds for other regions.
10 May 2005 - Damage from the 2004 drought and locust infestations is aggravating the food situation in parts of the Sahel.
9 May 2005 - AIDS orphans in Africa are being helped to improve their often desperate living conditions by learning agricultural techniques in specially designed schools.
9 May 2005, Bangkok - Strengthening property rights, paying attention to people's livelihoods and developing appropriate institutional structures are keys to effective forest management.
6 May 2005 - Several developing countries now have well-developed biotechnology programmes and are approaching the leading edge of biotechnology applications, according to a new FAO assessment.
5 May 2005 - FAO will provide 94 000 vulnerable households in internally displaced persons camps in northern Uganda with seeds, tools and agricultural training to help reduce their dependence on food aid.
4 May 2005, Rome - A new FAO regional fisheries body has been established to promote responsible and sustainable fishing in the southwestern Indian Ocean.
29 April 2005 -- FAO has launched an urgent appeal for nearly $4 million to provide veterinary services, food and water for livestock in Djibouti, where worsening drought conditions are threatening around 30 000 pastoralists with famine.
26 April 2005 -- For the first time, a tool kit including a wide range of teaching and learning tools for the education of rural people is available on the Internet.
25 April 2005 - The recent outbreak of avian influenza in North Korea has been successfully contained. FAO urged the country to continue surveillance to ensure that no residual infection remains.
22 April 2005 - Tunisia is sending 20 farming experts and technicians to Togo to work with local experts, as part of an agreement signed today between the two countries and FAO.
21 April 2005 - North Korea is applying knowledge gained from a forestry project on sustainable development of upland water catchments and use of marginal agricultural land to help reduce soil erosion, protect natural resources and increase agricultural output.
14 April 2005 - Agriculture and forestry could become leading sources of bioenergy, a key element in the fight against hunger and poverty.
13 April 2005 - The incumbent Director-General of FAO, Dr Jacques Diouf, will be the sole candidate in the November 2005 election for head of the UN agency, FAO announced today.
13 April 2005 - Globalized livestock markets can increase national income and improve nutrition, but they are also posing potential risks, FAO said.
13 April 2005 - In sub-Saharan Africa, 23 countries will need food assistance in the coming months, FAO said today in its Africa Report.
12 April 2005 - The Committee on Commodity Problems opened its 65th session at FAO headquarters yesterday, the food agency announced today amid concern over low producer prices for many of the worlds major agricultural commodities, such as coffee, sugar, meat, oils and cotton.
12 April 2005, Bangkok - A tiny parasitic wasp may help save the coconut industries of a number of countries in the Asia and Pacific region from a destructive pest that feeds on the developing leaves of the coconut palm.
12 April 2005 - Coinciding with a meeting of FAO's Committee on Commodity Problems (11-13 April) the Organization yesterday hosted an exhibition by famed photographer Sebastião Salgado.
8 April 2005 - North Korea has formally appealed to the international community for assistance in its fight against bird flu.
7 April 2005 - His Holiness Pope John Paul II was a moral reference not only for Christians but people of all faiths. He stood courageously for justice and equity, for freedom and equality. He always defended the poor and the weak.
7 April 2005 - FAO's April Food Outlook forecasts a good world cereal crop for for 2005. At 1 971 million tonnes, including rice in milled terms, that is above the average of the past five years, but down slightly on last year's record level.
30 March 2005 - FAO has sent a veterinary expert to North Korea to obtain further information on the extent of the current avian influenza outbreak in the country.
24 March 2005, Rome - A new website on forest invasive species in Africa will enable countries to share information on outbreaks and on ways to tackle them.
23 March 2005 - Efforts to ensure the sustainability of the world's marine fisheries got a boost earlier this month when FAO's Committee of Fisheries adopted a set of guidelines for ecolabelling fish products.
21 March 2005 - "Appropriate policies and good governance practices are needed to encourage and guide farmers to make better use of water," FAO said in a message on the eve of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life 2005-2015'
17 March 2005, Rome - Economic viability, including the environmental and social benefits deriving from forests, is a pre-requisite for wider adoption of sustainable forest management practices, FAO said today.
16 March 2005 - Following Burundi's recent vote for a new constitution to end more than ten years of conflict, FAO and WFP said today that two million Burundians would need emergency food aid this year, 40 percent more than last year.
15 March 2005 - International cooperation on forest fires, combating deforestation, and the role of forests in post-tsunami rehabilitation and in achieving the Millennium Development Goals are among the issues being discussed at high-level meetings at FAO this week.
14 March 2005 - Representatives of 121 countries meeting at FAO have issued declarations stressing the need to rebuild fisheries and aquaculture in tsunami-affected countries in a responsible manner and pledging new action in the fight against illegal fishing.
14 March 2005, Rome - Wangari Maathai, who received the Nobel Peace prize last year for her dedication to the conservation of the environment by planting trees all over Africa, will address a high-level FAO meeting on forests tomorrow in Rome.
10 March 2005 -- Morocco will send 27 farming experts and technicians to Niger to work with local experts, as part of an agreement between the two countries, the Islamic Development Bank and FAO.
8 March 2005 - FAO's Committee on Fisheries is meeting this week in Rome to discuss challenges to the responsible management of world fisheries and explore ways to strengthen international cooperation on meeting those challenges.
7 March 2005 - Rebuilding depleted fish stocks is a "challenging necessity" according to a new FAO report, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture. The report looks at a number of other issues related to world fisheries, including their contribution to food security and poverty alleviation and emerging management challenges.
4 March 2005 - A summary report released today by a Joint FAO-WHO Expert Committee warns that the unintentional contaminant acrylamide in certain foods may be of public heath concern.
3 March 2005 - In countries with high rates of HIV/AIDS infection, fishing communities are often among the groups at highest risk for infection, yet are frequently overlooked by prevention, treatment, and risk mitigation programmes.
2 March 2005 -- The ten countries within the Nile River basin will benefit from better access to information on the availability, use and development potential of the Nile resources they share, thanks to a new project aimed at improving water resource management in the region.
28 February 2005 -- An integrated approach to agricultural investment emphasizing greater public-private partnership is key to agricultural development in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, according to FAO and other sponsors of a meeting opening in Rome today.
28 February 2005 - New FAO reports says 36 countries need external food assistance and 11 face unfavourable prospects for current crops. The report, Foodcrops and Shortages, says civil strife and adverse weather are the predominate causes.
25 February 2005 - At the invitation of the French Ministry of Agriculture, the FAO will be present again this year at the Paris agriculture fair.
25 February 2005 -- An international conference on avian influenza in Asia has expressed major concern about the bird flu situation in the region.
23 February 2005 - The Philippines will send 28 experts and technicians to six Pacific Island countries as part of a new South-South Cooperation agreement signed yesterday.
23 February 2005 -- Containing the bird flu virus to the greatest extent possible and reducing the risk of infection in poultry and farmed free-range ducks will help to prevent a global human influenza pandemic.
FAO's General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean has selected Rome as the site of its new headquarters.
21 February 2005 - A harmful build-up of excessive fishing capacity must be avoided in the countries hit by the tsunami, FAO warned today.
18 February 2005 - The AGORA initiative to provide free or low-cost scientific information to researchers and students in developing countries, now in its second year, has seen a significant increase in user participation as more publishers get involved.
17 February 2005 - Updated damage assessments from southern Asia are shedding new light on the scope of the losses suffered by fisherfolk there as a result of the tsunami -- and the financial costs involved in rehabilitating the region's all-important fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
16 February 2005 -- FAO announced today that it has received firm donor commitments of around US$20.5 million to finance early recovery assistance for the millions of fisherfolk and farmers affected by the disaster.
16 February 2005 - The entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol and its provisions today will not only oblige industrialized countries to reduce their emission of greenhouse gases, but also enhance sustainable development in developing countries.
15 February 2005 - The long-term downward trend in agricultural commodity prices threatens the food security of hundreds of millions of people in some of the world's poorest developing countries where the sale of commodities is often the only source of cash, according to The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2004.
7 February 2005 - The few cases of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or 'mad cow disease' in cattle in Canada and the US should not cause panic among consumers and producers, the FAO said in a statement today. Nor should the single case of BSE recently confirmed in a goat in France.
4 February 2005 - "The current levels of undernourishment and the alarming trends provide ample justification for giving high priority to agricultural development in Africa," FAO Director-General Dr. Jacques Diouf told the Dakar Agricole Forum today.
4 February 2005 -- Countries should urgently take action to develop integrated policies that reconcile the water needs of agriculture and ecosystems, according to an international conference that ended in The Hague today.
3 February 2005 - The first of a US$380 000 consignment of boat repair kits to help restore the livelihoods of thousands of Sri Lankan fishermen was handed over to the country's fisheries minister Chandrasena Wijesinghe today.
1 February 2005 -- While bird flu continues to rage across much of Viet Nam this season, strenuously applied control measures seem to be working in Tien Giang province, one of the most severely hit provinces in the country.
1 February 2005 -- The new wave of Avian Influenza outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand clearly shows that the avian virus remains endemic in Asia and that affected countries need to do more to keep it under control, FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said today in a joint statement.
31 January 2005 -- Investments in agriculture and ecosystems in poor countries are essential to reduce by half the number of hungry people by 2015.
28 January 2005 - Ethiopia is enjoying a bumper harvest from the 2004 main season now projected to be more than 24 percent above the previous year's revised estimate of 11.49 million tonnes and 21 percent above the average for the past five years, according to a joint UN report issued today.
27 January 2005 - A consultation of experts convened at FAO recommended that any responsible deployment of genetically modified crops needs to comprise the whole technology development process, from the pre-release risk assessment, to biosafety considerations and post release monitoring.
26 January 2005 -- Agriculture and natural ecosystems are increasingly competing for often scarce water resources, FAO said. Reconciling the water needs of the two sectors is essential to ensure food production and safeguard natural resources.
25 January 2005 - Forests contribute directly to reducing extreme poverty and hunger and ensuring environmental sustainability, two of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a panel of forestry experts invited to the FAO has concluded.
24 January 2005 - An FAO-produced Atlas on areas affected by the 26 December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia has proven to be very useful to FAO teams and to Italian and other European officials and non-governmental organizations working in the devastated zones.
19 January 2005 - Rehabilitation of severely affected mangroves would help speed up the recovery process from the tsunami, but large-scale planting should be undertaken with caution, FAO said today.
18 January 2005 - Three Rome-based UN agencies today called for immediate action by developed and developing countries to ensure that the goals of the 2000 Millennium Summit are achieved.
17 January 2005 - FAO will convene a special conference in November 2005 to review the Mauritius Strategy to further Implement the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.
14 January 2005 - There is no evidence that fish- and seafood-borne illnesses have increased in Asian countries hit by the tsunami, according to a new FAO assessment.
13 January 2005 -- The tsunami waves have had a devastating impact on the fisheries sector in many countries of the Indian Ocean, FAO said.
11 January 2005 -- Local communities severely hit by the tsunami disaster will face severe food security problems in the short and long term because parents and relatives have been lost, livelihood assets have been destroyed, and sources of income no longer exist, FAO said today.
7 January 2005 - Despite recent improvements, the Desert Locust situation remains serious in Western Africa where vigilance and intensive control operations are still needed, according to FAO.
6 January 2005 -- FAO today launched an urgent appeal for $26 million for farmers and fisher folk hit by the South-Asian tsunami disaster. Funds are needed to finance emergency rehabilitation projects over the next six months.