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News stories, 2006
21 December 2006 - Yesterday’s UN General Assembly decision declaring 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres will contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
20 December 2006 - Danish chemicals company Cheminova has submitted plans for phasing out highly toxic forms of pesticides in developing countries to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
19 December 2006 – A team from the joint FAO/OIE Crisis Management Centre is in the Republic of Korea collecting epidemiological data from rural areas south of the capital, Seoul, where three recent outbreaks of avian influenza in domestic poultry occurred.
18 December 2006 – After several years of social and political unrest aggravated by recurrent hurricanes, floods, droughts and other natural disasters which hampered its development, Haiti is at a crossroads.
18 December 2006 - Five international organizations, donors and representatives of beneficiary countries have approved a new strategy for their joint efforts to help developing countries implement internationally agreed standards for food safety and animal and plant health.
15 December 2006 - Around 20 percent of animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with one breed lost each month.
11 December 2006 - FAO calls for a global alliance to safeguard the world’s mountains as a vital source of biodiversity.
8 December 2006 - FAO today welcomed additional funding of US$475 million from the international donor community to continue the fight against the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus.
7 December 2006 – Cereal prices, particularly for wheat and maize, have reached levels not seen for a decade, according to FAO’s latest Food Outlook report.
7 December 2006 - Representatives of national alliances against hunger and government delegations review progress made towards reducing the number of hungry people since the 1996 World Food Summit.
6 December 2006 – Deadly H5N1 bird flu remains a potent threat around the world – both to animals and humans, and the possibility of a human pandemic cannot be ruled out, FAO warns at a major donor conference in Bamako, Mali.
5 December 2006 – The majority of world's 650 million disabled people live in developing countries, and of these, 80 percent live rural areas.
5 December 2006 – The heads of the three Rome-based food and agriculture agencies demonstrated their determination to strengthen joint efforts to reduce hunger and poverty at the grassroots level by visiting Ghana’s food insecure Northern Region this week.
1 December 2006 – Despite improvements in HIV prevalence rates in some countries, the epidemic is continuing to worsen in rural areas in the developing world.
1 December 2006 - FAO is asking donors for over $114 million to provide agriculture relief to vulnerable rural populations in 11 emergencies worldwide.
29 November 2006 - The modern livestock sector is emerging as a major environmental menace, contributing significantly to global warming and to the degradation of land and water, according to a new FAO report.
27 November 2006 - Damage and losses to agriculture, fisheries and forestry in Lebanon as a result of last summer’s hostilities are estimated at around $280 million, FAO said today.
27 November 2006 - Raúl González, star of Real Madrid and captain of Spain's national soccer team, is paying a visit to Senegal today as an FAO Goodwill Ambassador in order to rally support for the UN agency's efforts to combat hunger across all of Africa.
23 November 2006 - Exports of shrimp by developing countries earn them US$8 billion a year and provide employment to hundreds of thousands of people. But shrimp trawling has negative impacts on the environment. An FAO project is introducing new technologies that are helping untangle this Gordian Knot.
22 November 2006 - Fourteen projects worth nearly US$60 million will help spur development of the agriculture sector in Saudi Arabia over the next five years, under a new cooperation programme approved today by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and FAO.
9 November, Rome/Washington - A collaborative effort by FAO and a group of partner organizations to make shrimp farming more environmentally-friendly yesterday received the World Bank's 2006 "Green Award."
9 November 2006 - Myanmar’s edible oil crop sector will be developed over the next three years with technical assistance from FAO, supported by a loan of US$12.3 million from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).
8 November 2006 - If reports of the spread of the new Fujian virus sublineage of H5N1 avian influenza circulating in parts of Asia are confirmed, it comes as no surprise, FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said today.
7 November 2006 – Climate change will directly affect future food availability and compound the difficulties of feeding the world’s rapidly growing population.
3 November 2006 - Five international organizations met for the first time in Paris on 20 October 2006 to advise the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on funding to help developing countries meet international standards for dealing with disease outbreaks and related issues.
30 October 2006 - The number of hungry people in the world is currently increasing at the rate of four million a year and the "race against hunger" is in danger of being lost.
26 October 2006 – Ten years after the World Food Summit, global representatives from over 120 countries will meet in Rome next week to review just how far the world has come towards meeting the 2015 goal of reducing by half the number of hungry people in the world, then estimated at 800 million.
25 October 2006 - The vital role played by communication in development will be highlighted at a three-day conference, which opened at FAO headquarters today, attended by 500 delegates including policy-makers, academics and media professionals.
19 October 2006 - Many traditional agricultural systems handed down the generations still provide food security for millions of poor rural communities worldwide.
16 October 2006 - The most important gene bank collections of the world’s key food and forage crops today came under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
16 October 2006 – “Recently there has been a significant revival in lending for agriculture. Debt forgiveness programmes, strengthened by the G8 decision in 2005, have begun to release national resources for investment in agriculture. But much still remains to be done,” said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today.
16 October 2006 - New global education project launched today to raise awareness about hunger and the right to food among children and young people around the world.
12 october 2006 - FAO today inaugurated a new Crisis Management Centre (CMC) to fight Avian Influenza outbreaks and other major animal health or food health-related emergencies.
11 October 2006 – Important events at FAO headquarters in Rome can be viewed live on the UN agency’s web site, as well as on the RAI Portal, under a pilot scheme launched by FAO and RaiNet.
11 October 2006 – Important Desert Locust infestations recently detected in northwest Mauritania have prompted the FAO Locust Group to warn several countries to increase the level of alert against a potential Desert Locust threat in West and North Africa.
10 October 2006 – Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain was today awarded the Ceres Medal from FAO, in recognition of her efforts to raise the living standards of rural women in developing countries.
9 October 2006 - Forty countries are facing food emergencies and require external assistance, with the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan still the most pressing humanitarian problem, according to an FAO report released today.
5 October 2006 - Liberia passed a new forestry law last night, opening a new era for the Liberian forestry sector after a long period of mismanagement and exploitation of forest resources to fuel conflict.
5 October 2006 – Officials from over 100 governments will meet in Geneva next week to decide whether to add chrysotile asbestos to a trade “watch list” that already contains 39 hazardous substances.
5 October 2006 - Several governments and local authorities in Europe, North America and Japan have adopted or are developing policies that will ensure that the forest products they buy come from legal and sustainably managed sources.
3 October 2006 - FAO is currently helping Lebanon speed up the recovery of its agriculture sector, following recent hostilities, which had a devastating impact on the people and economy of the country.
3 October 2006 - Today FAO and CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) signed an agreenent formalizing a long-standing working relationship related to responsible trade of fishery products.
27 September 2006 – Over 100 of the world’s poorest countries will now be able to access leading food and agriculture journals for little or no cost with the launch of the second phase of the Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) initiative, FAO announced today.
26 September 2006 - With the technical cooperation and support of FAO, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Governments of Norway and Iceland have teamed up to convene a meeting of experts and policymakers to talk about how governments can do more to include environmental considerations into their fisheries management plans.
25 September 2006 - Located at FAO headquarters and supported by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, the Secretariat’s mandate is to facilitate a global political forum to promote bioenergy and to encourage the production, marketing and use of “green” fuels, with particular focus on developing countries.
20 September 2006 - For the seventh consecutive year, Intelsat is supporting the fight against hunger by providing satellite capacity for the FAO's global solidarity concerts.
19 September 2006 – Among the events taking place in over 150 countries to mark this year’s World Food Day on 16 October 2006, will be a five kilometre Run-for-Food race through Rome’s historical centre.
15 September 2006 - A group of world-famous artists will be taking part in a concert in Paraguay's capital, Asunción, to draw attention to the problem of world hunger and raise funds for FAO projects.
14 September 2006 -- Some 70 percent of child labour worldwide is found in agriculture, with many children engaged in forced and hazardous activities. How to tackle the problem was on the agenda of a recent meeting at FAO headquarters.
13 September 2006 - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf calls for a second Green Revolution to feed the world while safeguarding the environment.
13 September 2006 – Environmental degradation and, in particular, the loss of biodiversity could undermine the achievement of some of the Millennium Development Goals, according to FAO Assistant Director-General Alexander Müller.
11 September 2006 – Shrimp farming is often criticized for its environmental impacts. But millions of small-scale producers in the world’s poorest countries depend on it for their livelihoods.
7 September 2006 - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf told a high-level advisory committee that reducing hunger and extreme poverty was a prerequisite for achieving the MDGs.
6 September 2006 - GPS transmitters attached to wild whooper swans are helping FAO scientists and their colleagues track the birds' journeys and shed light on how wild birds may be involved in the spread of avian influenza.
5 September 2006 - Using home-grown hybrid varieties developed with FAO help, Egypt has achieved record rice yields. But improved crop management may be the key for some other countries to grow more rice.
4 September 2006 - There is a major role for developing countries to play in resolving the issue of global warming as much of it is caused by tropical deforestation.
4 September 2006 - Nearly half the fish consumed as food worldwide are raised on fish farms rather than caught in the wild, says a new report from FAO.
31 August 2006 – Around 1.8 million Somalis are still in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and livelihood support at least until the end of this year, FAO said today.
30 August 2006 - In order to help prevent a possible outbreak of avian flu in Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO has just published a new handbook targeted especially to the region's small-scale poultry farmers.
The future of fishing depends to no small extent on stronger port controls aimed at combatting illegal fishing, according to FAO. The UN agency is organizing a series of workshops for authorities around the world to strengthen their fishing port control strategies.
25 August 2006 – The development of C4 rice or similar varieties is very much welcome, International Rice Commission Secretary Nguu Nguyen said today.
21 August 2006 – Deadly H5N1 bird flu continues to threaten people, animals and economies in a growing number of countries, despite successful efforts in some countries to contain the spread of the virus, says FAO.
17 August 2006 - Laboratory confirmation points to both old and new isolates of the bird flu virus as sources of recent HPAI outbreaks in Southeast Asia, FAO said today.
16 August 2006 – World-famous actor and martial arts expert Jackie Chan warns children about the dangers of playing with sick or dead birds.
8 August 2006 - FAO says collapse of the Doha Round of international trade negotiations is the result of a fight for advantage in agricultural markets by large and powerful countries, corporations and lobbies.
1 August 2006 - OFFLU, the OIE/FAO joint network of expertise on avian influenza, will systematically make avian influenza virus sequences accessible to the entire scientific community.
1 August 2006 – More than 60 percent of the sustainable wood supply in Latin America and the Caribbean will come from planted forests by the year 2020.
27 July 2006 - The FAO announced today the launch of its new FAOSTAT system. It is the first revision of the system in more than a decade.
26 July 2006 - Poor rains and military tension are deepening the crisis in Somalia, endangering the food security of 2.1 million.
25 July 2006 - Rising insecurity and damage to roads and bridges have interrupted the food supply chain in Lebanon, which relies on food imports for around 90 percent of its cereal needs. The escalating conflict is also likely to disrupt the country's main cereal harvest.
24 July 2006 - A global early warning system for animal diseases transmissible to humans was launched by FAO, OIE and WHO last week.
19 July 2006 - World cereal stocks are expected to decline sharply in 2006, due to a slight decrease in global cereal output and significant growth in utilization, according to FAO's latest forecast.
14 July 2006 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will send four veterinary specialists to Rome to assist the FAO in launching a new animal disease crisis management centre.
12 July 2006 - Six countries and the European Community have signed a multilateral agreement on the management of fishing in a vast area of the high seas in the South Indian Ocean.
11 July 2006 - The Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted new standards on the maximum allowable levels of a number of key contaminants and food additives in order to protect the health of consumers.
10 July 2006 - Avian influenza has been largely checked in Western Europe and much of Southeast Asia apart from Indonesia. But it is still expanding in Africa and will remain a threat for years to come, FAO Deputy Director-General David Harcharik reports.
4 July 2006 - A new joint OECD-FAO report says productivity growth in the world's poorest nations is not keeping pace with the food needs of their rising populations.
3 July 2006 - Developing countries should be enabled to fully exploit biotechnology tools. A new FAO publication explains why and how.
29 June 2006 - The Codex Alimentarius Commission meets from 3-7 July 2006 to consider the adoption of proposals to better protect consumers from disease-causing organisms and substances by reducing their contamination of foods.
27 June 2006 – Female-headed households in Ethiopia’s Southern Tigray region have little access to tree and plant resources, which are vital for their livelihoods.
26 June 2006 – Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered here in the Dominican Republic for a high-level FAO meeting on forests have launched a new initiative to collect case studies of successful forest management from around the region so that they can be replicated elsewhere.
22 June 2006 – Urban areas are projected to account for nearly all population growth over the next 25 years. According to FAO, urban forestry initiatives can help offset the environmental, economic and health risks posed by rapid urbanization and poverty.
21 June 2006 - The first meeting of the governing body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was marked by a broad consensus among participating countries.
15 June 2006 – “Conservation of wetland ecosystems is essential not only for sustainable fresh water supply but also for preserving biodiversity and ensuring other services necessary to the health and well-being of people around the world,” FAO Assistant Director-General Alexander Müller said.
14 June 2006 – Ministers of Agriculture responsible for implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture have unanimously approved a Ministerial Declaration.
14 June 2006 - The FAO Regional Conference for Europe underlined the key role of rural development driven by agriculture in achieving food security and combating poverty.
13 June 2006 – Donors would have to give US$1.64 billion per year to meet basic education needs for rural people in low-income countries.
12 June 2006 – Representatives of 100 countries gathered today in the Spanish capital for a ceremony inaugurating the first-ever meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, promoted by FAO.
8 June 2006 - The European Union can play a fundamental role in improving the welfare of the countries of the Balkans and the Community of Independent States (CIS), especially of their rural populations.
8 June 2006 - Recent months have seen commodity markets as a whole becoming more volatile with a steady upward trend in prices, according to the June edition of FAO’s Food Outlook report.
8 June 2006 – The signature of the Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture marked a major step towards guaranteeing food security in the world.
6 June 2006 - FAO has called for $5.6 million to help farmers affected by the earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java quickly resume farming and livestock production activities.
5 June 2006 - The 10th meeting of the FAO Sub-Committee on Fish Trade was marked by vigorous debate regarding the increasingly complex challenges of responsibly managing the globe-spanning fish trade sector.
2 June 2006 - More investment by governments in agriculture and the right farm policies would help keep rural populations on the land and reduce migration, according to FAO.
1 June 2006 - Wild bird migrations play a role in transporting HPAI, but the virus is mainly spread by legal and illegal poultry trade.
1 June 2006 - FAO plans to monitor wild birds' migrations for advance warning of HPAI.
30 May 2006 – Booming fish exports are having a positive effect on food security in the developing world, but good management of fisheries by developing nations is essential if they are going to continue to benefit over the longer term.
29 May 2006 - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today announced three senior appointments to the Organization at the level of Assistant Director-General.
26 May 2006 - Additional resources are needed for educating and training rural people in the Caribbean.
25 May 2006 - A scientific conference organized by FAO and OIE in Rome will examine the role of wild birds in spreading highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu.
25 May 2006 - Two projects, financed by the Italian government, will promote food security in five countries in eastern and southern Africa.
24 May 2006 - Eastern European countries are facing many challenges following the restitution of forests from the State to their previous owners.
23 May 2006 - Today FAO unveiled a new partnership for improved reporting on the state of world fish stocks during a UN meeting on international fisheries policy being held this week at UN headquarters in New York.
21 May 2006 - "Collaboration between FAO and the OIE is a dynamic process that is under constant evolution,” according to Dr Jacques Diouf.
19 May 2006 -- The current avian flu crisis is not only an immediate, short-term problem, it is likely to be a continuing emergency that will last several years, says Joseph Domenech, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer.
18 May 2006 – China expressed its intent today to send at least 3 000 experts and technicians over a six-year period to help small-scale farmers and fishers in developing countries improve their productivity.
18 May 2006 - The right agricultural policies can promote healthy diets, but Europeans are in some ways eating worse now than in the sixties and obesity is fast becoming a problem in developing countries too.
16 May 2006 – A new partnership aimed at restoring depleted fisheries and reducing poverty in Africa was launched today by the African Union, the World Bank, WWF and FAO.
15 May 2006 - Several provinces in western and northern China are facing food shortages due to a prolonged drought that has left hundreds of reservoirs dry and tens of thousands of wells either dry or nearly empty.
12 May 2006 – International attention turns towards the Caribbean region on the eve of a regional conference on education for rural people.
9 May 2006 – More accessible and better oriented literacy and education programmes for fishing communities will improve their livelihoods while diversifying their income-generating activities, according to a new FAO's report.
8 May 2006 - Tuvalu, one of the world's smallest countries, is facing a plague of coconut-eating rats. But help is on the way from FAO.
5 May 2006 – Worldwide, 39 countries are in need of external food assistance -- the majority required for drought-affected and chronically food insecure populations in southern and eastern Africa, according to a new FAO report.
5 May 2006 - Iran has ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO announced today.
4 May 2006 – A two-day meeting opening today in Berlin will explore ways to ensure that agricultural investments in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia yield optimal results.
3 May 2006 - Diminishing numbers of wild bananas in India are causing concern at FAO.
26 April 2006 -- Over 15 million people are at risk of losing their livelihoods due to the severe drought currently affecting countries in the Horn of Africa.
25 April 2006 - Rocketing oil prices and growing environmental constraints are some of the forces driving for a major international switch to renewable bioenergy sources.
24 April 2006 - The International Rice Commission will hold its 21st Session, 3-5 May 2006, in Chiclayo, Peru. Discussion will focus on ways to promote production, preservation, distribution and consumption of rice, the main staple of more than half the world's population.
24 April 2006 - New version of FAO's spatial data catalogue, FAO GeoNetwork, launched today.
20 April 2006 - At FAO's Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, debates will focus on actions to reduce hunger and poverty and to help create greater opportunities for development.
18 April 2006 - Demand for camel milk is booming all over Africa and the Near East. FAO sees this as a bright opportunity for nomad herdsmen.
13 April 2006 - The Russian Federation has taken up membership of FAO by sending a letter accepting the Constitution of the Organization to Director-General Jacques Diouf.
13 April 2006 - The Asia-Pacific region recorded the highest rate of forest plantation in the world over the past five years.
13 April 2006 - The OIE and FAO confirm that the animal species playing a role in the transmission and spread of highly pathogenic avian H5N1 influenza virus are essentially domestic and wild birds.
7 April 2006 - 2005 was a record-breaking year for the world rice economy. Global paddy production reached 628 million tonnes, according to FAO.
7 April 2006 -- The EC-FAO Food Security Information for Action Programme, which provides 20 countries subject to chronic food insecurity, protracted crises or undergoing rapid economic transformation with the tools to formulate more effective anti-hunger policies, has launched a new Web site.
6 April 2006 – Despite the fact that bird flu has now been confirmed in 45 countries on three continents, efforts to combat the disease on poultry farms are slowly proving successful on many fronts.
5 April 2006 -- With nearly 80 percent of its population trapped in extreme poverty and more than 70 percent undernourished, the DR Congo faces enormous challenges. Agriculture will play a key role in the country’s future economic growth and poverty reduction efforts.
31 March 2006 – The net rate of forest lost in Africa is the second highest in the world, while the continent leads the globe in the frequency of forest fires, FAO told the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission at a meeting this week in Mozambique.
28 March 2006 – FAO today urged authorities in tsunami-affected countries to redouble their efforts to ensure that fishing boats built to replace those destroyed during the 2004 disaster meet minimum safety standards.
23 March 2006 - Cases of Bovine Spongiform Encepalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease” worldwide are declining, according to FAO.
20 March 2006 - Bringing information closer to the people who really need it is one of the aims of a meeting at FAO headquarters from 20 to 22 March 2006.
10 March 2006 - Representatives of 96 FAO member countries participating in the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development in Porto Alegre, Brazil have recognized “the essential role of agrarian reform and rural development in promoting sustainable development” of the planet.
1 March 2006 - At the dawn of the third millennium, three-quarters of the world's 852 million men and women suffering from hunger are found in rural areas, and depend on agriculture for their survival.
1 March 2006 - The Japanese Government and the United Nations have committed over $1.7 million to a joint IAEA-FAO project to remove the tsetse fly and the diseases it transmits from the Southern Rift Valley in Ethiopia.
28 February 2006 - Recent avian influenza outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have caused dramatic swings in poultry consumption, increased trade bans and sharp price declines.
27 February 2006 - At a major international conference on fisheries in Australia, FAO is underscoring the need for governments to establish clear and fair rules for managing access to fishery resources.
22 February 2006 – The deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus continues to spread in poultry in Nigeria and could cause a regional disaster.
20 February 2006 - FAO has created a new online database and website about invasive species which can negatively impact forests as a tool to help foresters deal with this growing problem.
17 February 2006 – Growing concern that the bird flu virus H5N1 may spread to West Africa. The effects would be devastating.
17 February 2006 -- While Sudan is likely to reap a reasonably good harvest in 2005-2006, almost 7 million people will require food aid this year, according to FAO and WFP.
15 February 2006 -- Farmers and herders in drought-stricken regions of Ethiopia are facing severe food shortages, with pre-famine conditions being reported in some areas.
13 February 2006 - FAO today qualified as “extremely effective” the control measures taken by Italian authorities following the discovery of the highly pathogenic avian flu virus in Sicily.
10 February 2006 - FAO and the OIE today called upon veterinary authorities in Nigeria to immediately close down poultry markets throughout Kaduna and Kano states and neighbouring regions.
9 February 2006 - Pest control using low environmental impact technology has marked up another success with the eradication of the Mediterranean fruit fly in Argentina's Patagonia region using a method known as the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT).
8 February 2006 - The bird flu outbreak in Nigeria confirms the fears expressed by FAO that African countries are facing a high risk of becoming infected by the virus.
2 February 2006 - Industrial livestock production in developing countries often causes severe environmental damages.
30 January 2006 – Amid continued threats to Africa’s food security, FAO convened the 24th Regional Conference for Africa today.
30 January 2006 -- FAO today called for $40 million to support its agricultural relief and recovery activities in Sudan in 2006, stressing that humanitarian assistance needs to be coupled with longer-term development aid to ensure lasting peace in the country.
27 January 2006 - Giving poor forest-dwellers access to basic financial services is a key element in helping them improve their living standards, according to a new FAO publication.
18 January 2006 - The avian influenza virus could become entrenched in the Black Sea, Caucasus and Near East regions through trade and movement of people and animals and could be further spread by migratory birds particularly coming from Africa in the spring, FAO arned today.
16 January 2006 - Despite progress in income diversification of rural households, agriculture is still the principal activity of rural households in developing countries, says FAO.
11 January 2006 - The highly pathogenic Avian Influenza virus H5N1 could become endemic in Turkey, FAO warned.
6 January 2006 - Millions of people are on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa due to recent severe droughts coupled with the effects of past and ongoing conflicts.