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News stories, 2007
20 December 2007 - As the immediate impact of 2004 Asian tsunami is fading, FAO remains continues to work in affected countries, helping fishing communities and national authorities' transition from disaster recovery to looking at issues like safety at sea and sustainable development over the long term..
19 December 2007 - High levels of arsenic in rice could be reduced by applying improved irrigation management practices in Asia, FAO said in a new report.
17 December 2007 – FAO is urging governments and the international community to implement immediate measures in support of poor countries hit hard by dramatic food price increases.
12 December 2007 - Expressing their “deepest concern”, the three Rome-based UN Agencies – FAO, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development – warned today that climate change is a major challenge to world food security.
11 December 2007 – Higher temperatures are affecting mountain ecosystems and their populations FAO warned today during the commemoration of the International Day of Mountains.
10 December 2007 – FAO has no reason to believe that organic agriculture can substitute for conventional farming systems in ensuring the world’s food security, Dr. Jacques Diouf, FAO Director-General, said today.
7 December 2007 - Strategies to prepare for escalating impacts of climate variability that do not take into account the cultural and socio-economic differences among men and women will simply fall short of addressing the needs of those likely to be damaged.
6 December 2007 - FAO’s latest forecast puts world cereal production in 2007 at 2 101 million tonnes, with most of the increase in coarse grains, especially maize in the United States.
5 December 2007 – Eleven African countries have agreed to join forces to meet the challenge of education for rural people. They also decided to identify synergies and establish international technical cooperation to enhance education in rural areas.
4 December 2007 – Avian influenza could still cause a global pandemic and requires continued vigilance and control efforts particularly in animals.
4 December 2007 - The Government of Germany has committed more than US$7.5 million to support food security, nutrition and sustainable livelihoods in Afghanistan, Kenya and Tanzania.
3 December 2007 - Over ver 300 crop safety and pesticide management officials and other experts are meeting this week at FAO to discuss challenges associated with pesticide use on "speciality crops" like garlic, ginger and chilies.
28 November 2007 - Farm schools for vulnerable children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic are becoming increasingly important in sub-Saharan Africa.
26 November 2007 - The 34th FAO Conference has approved a budget that allows the Organization to continue its work and prepare a plan of action to implement far-reaching reforms in a new world environment, where agriculture has taken centre stage.
23 November 2007 – The agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors in southern Bangladesh have suffered enormous losses and large-scale assistance is urgently needed to address the damage caused by Cyclone Sidr, FAO said today.
23 November 2007, Rome – The spread of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in Sudan could escalate in the coming weeks as millions of animals are moved around the country and the region.
21 November 2007 - The Aid for Trade initiative should focus on five priority areas in agriculture to help poor countries benefit from the changing global trade regime in agricultural products, according to a document prepared for a high level FAO event today.
20 November 2007 – The use of wood energy can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to poverty reduction. But the use of wood for fuel can also result in deforestation or forest degradation if forests are not managed sustainably.
19 November 2007 - FAO told high level group of fisheries ministers meeting in Rome today that aquaculture represents the only way of meeting future need for fish and needs to be more widely promoted, especially in the developing world.
19 November 2007 - Agriculture will play a crucial role in the key issues facing humanity this century, FAO Director-General Diouf said.
17 November 2007 - The FAO Conference today welcomed Andorra and the Republic of Montenegro as new members and the Faroe Islands as an associate member, bringing the total number of FAO members to 192.
15 November 2007 - Carefully targeted payments to farmers could serve as an approach to protect the environment and to address growing concerns about climate change, biodiversity loss and water supply.
13 November 2007 - Capturing the full potential of biofuels means overcoming environmental and social constraints and removing trade barriers, according to a new report released by the Global Bioenergy Parnership (GBEP).
13 November 2007 - In response to Rift Valley Fever outbreaks in Sudan FAO has sent a senior animal health expert to advise the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries on prevention and control measures.
12 November 2007 - FAO and the US Peace Corps today signed an agreement to continue their collaboration to help improve the conditions of the rural poor around the world.
12 November 2007- A Desert Locust outbreak has developed during October in northern Sudan, which could give rise to a potentially dangerous situation in the region, according to the latest bulletin issued this month by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
7 November 2007 - Global cereal prices to remain high for the coming year warns the latest Food Outlook issued today by FAO.
29 October 2007 - A new multilateral system for the fair and equitable sharing plant genetic resources for food and agriculture has become operational.
29 October 2007 - FAO today welcomed the report of the first Independent External Evaluation (IEE) in its 62-year history as a major milestone and proposed a number of early actions to start the process of implementing its recommendations.
26 October 2007 - Special assistance to Caribbean countries to promote food security and take advantage of trade liberalization is provided under an innovative FAO project funded by the Government of Italy.
25 October 2007 - The avian influenza virus H5N1 could become entrenched in poultry and domestic ducks and geese in parts of Europe, FAO warned.
18 October 2007 – "The world has the means to implement the right to food. The time has come to take action," declared Dr. Jacques Diouf today at the United Nations in New York.
18 October 2007 - FAO today welcomed the final report of the Independent External Evaluation of the Organization, which diagnoses institutional performance and charts a way forward for FAO, as a “major milestone” in its history.
17 October 2007 - The United States will support FAO’s avian influenza control and prevention programme with an additional US$38 million.
16 October 2007 - FAO today called for a renewed commitment to guarantee the right to food for the world's hundreds of millions of hungry people.
10 October 2007 – More than 150 countries will observe World Food Day this year, organizing special events, conferences and contests on “The Right to Food”.
9 October 2007 - Educating school children in healthy nutrition is one of the most effective strategies for overcoming malnutrition and chronic diet-related diseases.
8 October 2007 - The recent arrival of the bluetongue virus in the UK indicates again that animal diseases are advancing globally.
In this Q&A interview, FAO chief of fisheries information and statistics Richard Grainger discusses why counting fish is important in the fight against hunger.
5 October 2007 - International wheat prices have increased sharply since June, hitting record highs in September in response to tightening world supplies, historically low levels of stocks and sustained demand.
4 October 2007, Rome - Over 60 representatives from governments, civil society and international organizations from mountain countries across the globe have called for a more coherent approach to sustainable agriculture and rural development in the world's highland areas.
3 October 2007 - African Swine Fever remains deeply entrenched in Georgia and has recently also hit northern Armenia.
1 October 2007 – Costa Rica’s pilot project to convert polluting wood residues into a profitable “green” energy source, presents new prospects for timber industries in developing countries, FAO said today.
28 September 2007 – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization today announced the launch of a unique interactive web-based platform in support of agriculture and rural development.
25 September 2007 - Dr Jacques Diouf pledged today that FAO will bring all its resources and experience to support flood-affected countries in Africa.
25 September 2007 - The US$400 billion seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for "environmentally friendly" fish, according to FAO.
25 September 2007 -- Severe drought has drastically reduced crop yields in Moldova, driving up food prices and reducing access to food for poor households, according to a new FAO/WFP report.
24 September 2007 – An international conference on how to help rural communities harness new Internet technology for rural development and natural resource management opens tomorrow at FAO headquarters.
17 September 2007 - Global animal food production is undergoing a major transformation that could lead to a higher risk of diseases.
17 September 2007 - Efforts to rebuild the rural economy of Afghanistan must start with a better understanding of the country’s complex history and social background.
12 September 2007 – A new photographic exhibition at FAO headquarters takes viewers on a vivid tour of Russia’s vast food landscape.
12 September 2007 - FAO's fight against hunger has found an ally in the world’s leading satellite services provider.
11 September 2007 – Delegates from 109 countries have adopted the first internationally agreed framework to halt the erosion of livestock diversity and support the sustainable use, development and conservation of animal genetic resources.
10 September 2007 - In a workshop at FAO, organized under the framework of the UNFCCC, experts share knowledge and experiences regarding impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.
5 September 2007 - At first meetings on the draft report of the Independent External Evaluation of FAOmember countries welcomed its independence, frankness and the scope of the analysis.
4 September 2007 – Calling the rate of livestock breed extinctions “alarming”, FAO today urged the international community to adopt a global plan of action to stem erosion of the world’s farm animal diversity and protect the global food supply.
31 August 2007 – Media reports covering the first working draft of the Independent External Evaluation of FAO were “highly selective and cited mainly negative observations,” according to team leader Leif Christoffersen of Norway.
28 August 2007 - In the wake of the earthquake which devastated Peru’s Southern coastal region some US$13.85 million is needed to help feed and restore the farming and fishing based livelihoods of the affected population.
24 August 2007- FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today welcomed the Independent External Evaluation of FAO (IEE) as a significant and historic effort to improve the Organization’s work.
8 August 2007 - Smallholders in South Lebanon are being helped to return to work under an FAO recovery and rehabilitation programme.
7 August 2007 - Climate change is likely to undermine food production in the developing world, while industrialized countries could gain in production potential, according to FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.
6 August 2007 - Afghanistan’s cereals production has doubled in the six years since the ouster of the Taliban regime, according to FAO’s latest production figures.
30 July 2007 - Record summer temperatures and hot dry winds have made parts of the Mediterranean a tinder box with fire-fighters working around the clock to control blazes threatening people and vegetation.
26 July 2007, Rome – Involving villagers in the fight against bird flu is important in Indonesia as the disease continues to kill millions of poultry and sporadically also humans.
26 July 2007 - A series of natural disasters in 2006 and 2007 have severely impacted on crop production in Nepal, placing a significant number of people at risk of food insecurity, according to a new FAO/WFP report.
25 July 2007 – As part of FAO’s reform process, Mr. Jacques Diouf, the Organization’s Directeur General, today officially inaugurated FAO’s Sub-regional Office for Central Africa in Libreville.
24 July 2007 - An interview with Shivaji Pandey, Chairperson of FAO's Working Group on Biotechnology, on marker-assisted selection.
21 July 2007 – Yemen has received a pesticide donation from Mauritania to combat the worst locust outbreak in nearly 15 years.
19 July 2007 - FAO and WHO are urging all countries to strengthen their food safety systems and to be far more vigilant with food producers and traders.
17 July 2007 – Slowdown in growth of cereal production in low-income food-deficit countries, coupled with prospects for continued high international prices, could result in a tighter food supply situation for these countries in the coming year.
11 July 2007 - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives FAO's Agricola Medal and a new FAO regional sub-office is inaugurated in Ankara.
9 July 2007 - The Codex Alimentarius Commission has adopted 44 new and amended food standards and set up a comprehensive set of risk analysis principles for food items not covered by Codex.
6 July 2007 - Despite positive results in the fight against hunger in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, progress has not been evenly distributed, says FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.
4 July 2007 – Desert Locust swarms from Ethiopia and northern Somalia are expected to cross the Indian Ocean and could reach India and Pakistan.
4 July 2007 - Increased demand for bio-fuels is causing fundamental changes to agricultural markets, according to a joint OECD-FAO report.
2 July 2007 - Italy will supply to FAO real-time meteorological data, products and services that will help the UN agency improve its services in developing countries.
2 July 2007 - New measures to ensure safer infant powdered formula and hygienic egg production will be discussed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
27 June 2007 - The response to the deadly H5N1 virus in poultry has significantly improved over the past three years, but the virus remains entrenched in several countries.
26 June 2007 - There is strong evidence that the devastating pig disease African Swine Fever is widely spread across Georgia.
26 June 2007 - Six African governments and the United Nations today agreed on a road map to tackle the root causes of rising hunger across the drought-plagued Horn of Africa.
26 June 2007 – Dr. Jacques Diouf yesterday urged Europe's parliamentarians to meet the challenge of the fight against hunger especially in rural areas.
21 June 2007 - A group of 50 participants from 13 countries in the Indian Ocean region are strategizing on how to toughen up controls in coastal ports in order to better combat illegal fishing during an FAO-run workshop starting in Mauritius.
20 June 2007 - Nearly one-third of the world’s food insecure live in mountain areas - over 245 million people, but development has barely touched many mountain communities. Increasingly, however, mountainous regions in Europe are providing resources and expertise to highland communities in developing countries.
19 June 2007 – FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf names James G. Butler as the Organization's Deputy Director-General.
18 June 2007 - FAO sees a greater role for grandmothers in development.
14 June 2007 -- The rapid spread of large-scale industrial livestock production focussed on a narrow range of breeds is the biggest threat to the world’s farm animal diversity.
13 June 2007 - Lesotho needs urgent international assistance to avert a major food crisis because of high cereal prices after this year’s main cereal harvest was ravaged by one of the worst droughts in 30 years.
12 June 2007 - This year's UN World Day against Child Labour focuses on eliminating the worst and most hazardous forms of child labour in agriculture. According to FAO, the root of the problem is rural poverty.
11 June, 2007 - In a global first, over 150 governments are today discussing the status of the world's aquatic genetic resources and looking at ways to better understand and manage the genetic diversity of the planet's oceans, lakes and rivers in order to safeguard their contributions to food production.
11 June 2007 – A project designed to support Morocco’s National Water Economy Plan was launched today in an effort to combat the country’s water shortage problem.
8 June 2007 – Georgia has been hit by the devastating pig disease African Swine Fever, which could also threaten neighbouring countries.
7 June 2007 - FAO and a group of 14 partner organizations are celebrating World Ocean day by marking the fifth anniversary of the launch of the UN atlas of the Oceans.
7 June 2007 - Global food import bills are increasing, partly due to soaring demand for biofuels, according to FAO’s latest Food Outlook report.
6 June 2007 - Yemen is facing its worst Desert Locust outbreak since 1993.
5 June 2007 - A poor harvest coupled with a worsening economic crisis will leave more than 4 million people in Zimbabwe in need of food assistance by early next year, according to a new FAO/WFP report.
5 June 2007 – A growing proportion of rural family income is coming from non-farm activities,but earnings from agriculture remain a fundamental source of livelihood for 90 percent of rural households, says a report released today by FAO.
31 May 2007 - Forest fires are increasing as a result of climate change, and they are affecting larger areas and becoming more severe in several regions of the world, FAO said today, calling upon countries to invest more in fire preparedness and prevention.
30 May 2007 - A panel of experts convened by FAO supports inclusion by the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of sawfish and the European eel on its list of animal species subject to trade restrictions in order to protect stocks in the wild.
28 May 2007 - The recent discovery that feed used on some U.S. fish farms contained the toxin melamine highlights the challenges facing the booming aquaculture sector, which today supplies some 44% of all fish consumed worldwide, according to FAO.
23 May 2007 - Swaziland's record low annual maize harvest has left more than a third of the population in need of food assistance, according to a new FAO/WFP report.
21 May 2007 - Bangladesh will have to engage in a long-term strategic campaign against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in order to get the spreading H5N1 virus under control.
16 May 2007 -- World cereal production in 2007 is on track to reach a record level of 2 095 million tonnes, but with stocks at their lowest level in over two decades, total supplies would still be barely adequate to meet the increased demand from the fast-growing biofuels industry.
10 May 2007 - The American Red Cross and FAO have announced the launch of a new partnership to support the recovery of fishing communities in Indonesia's Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province affected by the 2004 tsunami.
10 May 2007 - Prabhu Pingali, Director of FAO’s Agricultural Development Economics Division honored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
9 May 2007 - The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) today unveiled its web site at the GBEP’s 3rd Steering Committee meeting in New York.
9 May 2007 – As representatives of 137 countries gathered in Rome this week to assess progress in reducing world hunger, FAO announced the release of an e-learning course aimed at improving the analysis of food security information.
8 May 2007 - A comprehensive report from UN-Energy, a group of 20 UN Agencies and Organizations, assesses the likely impact of the fast-growing bioenergy market.
7 May 2007 – On the eve of the 60 year anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, some rights, like the Right to Food, are overshadowed by those that have received more political and public support, yet severe food insecurity affects at least one-seventh of the world’s human population.
3 May 2007 – FAO has just issued a paper on organic agriculture and its contribution to food security.
27 April 2007 - The rights of poor fishermen to harvest and manage local fish stocks need to be strengthened in order to fight poverty and reduce overexploitation of threatened coastal and inland fisheries.
25 April 2007 - Agriculture offers important solutions for many of today’s environmental problems.
23 April 2007 – FAO's Committee on Commodity Problems opened a three-day meeting today to review recent agricultural commodity market developments and policy issues.
23 April 2007 - International experts in Rome agree that governments could use bioenergy as a force for rural development.
20 April 2007 - FAO is working with partners around the world to come up with a common understanding of how certification of farm-raised fish should be conducted in order to ensure food safety, protect the environment, and help fish farmers.
16 April 2007 - Top international experts meet at FAO headquarters today to review present knowledge of bioenergy and suggest a road map for the way ahead.
16 April 2007 - South African development professionals will gain experience in aid delivery and management and in organizing and assisting small-scale farmers, under an agreement signed today between the Government of South Africa and FAO.
12 April 2007 - A new and virulent fungus that attacks a wide range of wheat varieties has spread from East Africa to Yemen.
11 April 2007 – Multilateral agricultural trade policy reform is expected to stimulate trade and economic growth, says FAO, but any new trade rules need to be compatible with the first Millennium Development Goal.
4 April 2007 - The recent outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in North Korea was probably a single case and appears to be under control.
3 April 2007 - World cereal production in 2007 is forecast to increase 4.3 percent to a record 2 082 million tonnes, FAO said today. But despite improved supply, food crises persist in many countries.
2 April 2007 - Despite substantial progress in global efforts to bring the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus under control the disease continues to threaten the lives of people living and working around poultry, while hurting farm incomes and reducing the availability of nutritious food.
30 March 2007 - Latvia's President was today awarded FAO's Ceres Medal at a ceremony in Rome.
28 March 2007 – In a new offensive against the desert locust, FAO today called on countries in northeast Africa to intensify surveys and control operations, particularly on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea and Sudan and in northwest Somalia.
27 March 2007 - A committee of worldwide experts have taken steps towards the listing of endosulfan and tributyl tin compounds in the Prior Informed Consent procedure under the Rotterdam Convention on hazardous chemicals.
27 March 2007 - FAO and the Government of Hungary today agreed to open two new FAO offices in Budapest, Hungary.
22 March 2007 - Poultry vaccination is an important tool in the global battle against H5N1 bird flu virus.
22 March 2007 - As the number-one user of water worldwide, the agriculture sector must be in the lead in addressing the rising global demand for water and its potential drain on the earth’s natural resources.
20 March 2007 – Venezuela has committed US$4.6 million to help FAO strengthen food security in Mali and Burkina Faso, making it the first Latin American country to fund FAO projects in other developing nations.
20 March 2007 - Floods and cyclones have destroyed many thousands of hectares of crops and infrastructure in southern Africa, with the greatest damage in Mozambique, Madagascar and Zambia.
19 March 2007 - Animal health experts from 15 nations are meeting in Vienna today to discuss new mobile rapid-detection technology.
14 March 2007 - FAO and the US Department of Agriculture today signed an agreement to enhance their cooperation to promote and support the development of a viable, sustainable global agriculture system.
13 March 2007 – A number of regions of the world are reversing centuries of deforestation and are now showing an increase in forest area, according to FAO's State of the World’s Forests report, released today.
12 March 2007 - A group of 131 countries attending a high level meeting on world fisheries in Rome have agreed to begin a process leading to the adoption of a binding international agreement establishing control measures in ports in order to combat illegal fishing.
5 March 2007 - Although the proportion of the world’s marine fish stocks rated by FAO as overexploited or depleted has remained stable over the past 15 years, the status of certain highly migratory and high-seas species is cause for serious concern.
26 February 2007 - A newly updated database from FAO is helping fish farmers round the world make sound decisions when deciding whether or not to introduce exotic fish species into new habitats.
23 February 2007 – In Desert Locust early warning, vigilance is critical, particularly on the Red Sea coastal plains.
21 February 2007 - FAO has published a training guide promoting a simple cold preservation process that could increase sales of bottled coconut water.
20 February 2007 - FAO has urged Nigeria to increase control measures to prevent the spread of avian influenza and reduce the risk of further human cases.
15 February 2007 – FAO today announced the launch of an interactive web site providing practical information for policy-makers, legal practitioners and others on the right to food.
14 February 2007 -- By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stress conditions.
9 February 2007 - Early prospects for 2007 world cereal crops are favourable, but food security problems persist in several countries due to localized losses of 2006 crops and civil conflict.
8 February 2007 - Cats can become infected with the highly lethal H5N1 avian influenza virus, but at present there is no scientific evidence to suggest that there has been sustained transmission of the virus in cats or from cats to humans.
7 February 2007 - FAO today expressed confidence in the capacity of authorities in the United Kingdom to adequately respond to the recent outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza there, but other countries struggling to control the virus need more support.
6 February 2007 - Queen Sofia of Spain visited FAO fisheries rehabilitation projects in Indonesian province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam devastated by December 2004 tsunami.
1 February 2007 - FAO is promoting urban agriculture to help feed the growing populations of the world's cities.
30 January 2007 - The Government of Germany has committed €2.8 million to support food security, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in Afghanistan, Kenya and Tanzania, under two agreements signed today with FAO.
24 January 2007 - Major changes in the way international food aid is organized and delivered are recommended by FAO. They include the "untying" of aid and the use of cash or food coupons instead of commodities.
23 January 2007 - FAO today expressed concern about new flare-ups of avian influenza but stressed that the number of outbreaks in the first weeks of 2007 has been significantly lower than the epidemic waves of last year.
18 January 2007 - China will send 44 agricultural experts and technicians to Gabon to help small-scale farmers there improve crop and animal production, fish farming and processing of agricultural products, under an agreement signed today between the two countries and FAO.
16 January 2007 - A group of nations whose fishing fleets regularly ply the waters of the Mediterranean have agreed upon a series of new measures aimed at conserving the region's fish stocks.
15 January 2007 - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf has announced the appointment of two women to top positions in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
10 January 2007 – Good agricultural practices can help developing countries cope with globalization while not compromising their sustainable development objectives.
4 January 2007 – A Nairobi-based FAO team is working with veterinary authorities in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia to address the latest outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in the Horn of Africa.