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Food Policy Monitoring in the Near East and North Africa region

Due to the droughts and reduced domestic production, cereal import requirements have increased in 2022/23 in Arab countries. However, various factors limit the room for manoeuvre of regional governments to procure cereals from abroad, such as high international grain and transport prices, the Ukraine crisis, more expensive alternative import sources,...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Flowering plants attract the insects that help us

These insects that help us need pollen and nectar to survive, and a place where they can find shelter. Grow different kinds of flowering trees, shrubs and herbs around your field, so insects find different sources of food throughout the year.
2022 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
FAO to boost soil nutrient mapping in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will fast track an impact-oriented project in Central America and in sub-Saharan Africa for digital soil nutrient mapping thanks to a $20 million contribution from the Government of the United States of America. This type of soil mapping can improve...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Working paper
Papers Explore Synergies Between Biodiversity and Climate Frameworks

Experts have developed a series of six thematic papers to “provide an overview, a sound scientific basis, and inspirational examples and case studies of synergies between biodiversity and climate change commitments.” The papers cover legal agreements under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UNFCCC, recent scientific findings, practical...
2022 - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Family Farming: From concepts to practice

Modalidad: Self-study | Desde el 22-03-22 hasta el 31-12-22 The Course "Family Farming: From concepts to practice is part of the Regional Technical Platform for Family Farming ( in alliance with the “Sembrando Capacities” projects (ABC, MAPA Brazil, MADR Colombia and FAO) and “Farmers Organizations for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries -FO4ACP” (IFAD, EU, OACPS, PROCASUR...
2022 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Climate resilience and disaster risk analysis for gender-sensitive value chains

A guidance note
The purpose of this publication is to facilitate gender analysis in value chain operations, considering climate change effects, in order to enhance adaptive capacities of value chain actors. It aims to facilitate the analysis of the factors that determine gender-differentiated vulnerability to climate change and risks. It is intended for...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
Agricultural transformation: trends in farm size, crop diversification and mechanization in Nicaragua and Peru

Structural change is a process in which the amount of labour, capital and land dedicated to agriculture (and other sectors) changes over time. In this study, we focus on the cases of Peru and Nicaragua using their two most recently administered agricultural censuses. The agricultural censuses permit us to identify...
Nicaragua - Peru
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Burkina Faso : les obstacles à la sortie du système pesticides

Selon cet article, le modèle agro-chimique des pesticides se caractérise par une puissante inertie. Une fois les pesticides ancrés dans les pratiques agricoles, toute volonté de s’en détourner pour faire émerger des modèles plus durables se heurte à d’importants freins et obstacles. L’article explore ces enjeux à travers le cas...
Burkina Faso
2022 - SOS Faim Belgique

Addressing food security challenges faced by Near East and North Africa region due to the Ukraine crisis

Regional overview
The Russian Federation and Ukraine are among the most important producers of agricultural commodities in the world. Both countries are net exporters of agricultural products, and they both play leading supply roles in global markets of foodstuffs and fertilizers, where exportable supplies are often concentrated in a handful of countries....
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Photo gallery
Enter the hidden world of soils

Our well-being is highly dependent on biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides. Yet the loss of soil biodiversity is considered one of the main global threats to soils in many regions of the world. If an enabling environment is built, soil biodiversity could be a nature-based solution to many of...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Blog article
Partnerships help build better seed systems in Europe and Central Asia

A study tour brought representatives of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and North Macedonia to Hungary to learn about improving their seed systems. The visit on 16–20 May constituted part of an FAO project aiming to enhance climate resilience in agriculture. Specifically, national professionals and policy-makers from the three countries deepened their knowledge in...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Blog article
African and European agriculture needs protection

The sixth European Union – African Union Summit will be held in Brussels on 17-18 February. On this occasion, as peasant farmers in Africa and Europe, we jointly express the urgent need to rebuild food sovereignty on our two continents. Today, people in Europe and Africa are still fed by peasant...
2022 - Euractiv

Case study
“I found this group of women with a unique business model. And I thought it was wonderful that the very same oil we ate at home could also […] provide income streams in areas such as cosmetics.” 

Martha Negumbo -- Namibia
  Marula has long been a staple in Namibian homes, where both the nut and the fruit have a reputation for being healthy and the nut oil is popular for skin care and cooking. In recent years, international companies, too, have caught on to the oil – and with demand booming,...
2022 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Climate change on fisheries and aquaculture

Limiting and managing the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture, will largely depend on the sector's ability to implement mitigation and adaptation strategies. FAO supports member countries and partners to achieve this goal, thinking first at all those people that depend on the sector for their nutrition, income...
2022 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Report of the vulnerability and capacity assessments in coastal and fishing communities in Saint Kitts y Nevis

This report presents the main findings and recommendations from a vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) of coastal and fishing communities in Saint Kitts and Nevis. The overall goal of the assessment was to improve understanding of local climate change impacts and vulnerabilities for effective adaptation in the fisheries sector. It...
Saint Kitts and Nevis
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fourth NSP seminar on ”Sound Fertilization for Food Security in the context of the current crisis" on 6 July 2022

Seminar Recording | 06 July 2022 | 14:00 CEST Fertilizers are used in agricultural production to improve plant nutrition and enhance plant health and productivity, but since the beginning of 2022 fertilizers prices recorded an additional 30 percent increase because of several factors, including surging input costs, energy price increases, supply disruptions caused by...
2022 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Agroecological stories from India (film)

Agroecologie enables the improvement of agricultural production through the enhancement of local natural resources and traditional know-how. It contributes to maintaining biodiversity and restoring land in drylands, which are particularly threatened by global warming and food insecurity, while contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Within the framework of the...
2022 - AVACLIM

Blog article
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, FAO upscales support to agricultural and rural development planning

FAO launched a new initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina to help selected local authorities boost agriculture and economic development through local agriculture and rural development plans and corresponding action plans. The project builds on experiences gathered in the Livno area (Canton 10), where similar activities took place a few years ago. As the cornerstone...
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Working paper
True or False? Evaluating solutions for agriculture and climate change

For decades, mainstream climate debates, both nationally and internationally, largely ignored agriculture. Now, thankfully, the climate community has woken up to the importance of agriculture and food systems in tackling climate change. At the same time, this new awareness makes it imperative that climate experts who are new to the...
2022 - IATP

Land & Water

Almost all the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. Life would not be possible without groundwater. Most arid areas of the world depend entirely on this resource. Groundwater supplies a large proportion of the water we use for food production and industrial processes. Groundwater is also critically important to...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO
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