On first-ever International Day of Zero Waste, FAO puts the spotlight on bioeconomy
We must use existing biological resources more efficiently, and waste less, instead of relying on finite fossil-based resources”, the Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, told a high-level event held at the UN General Assembly to commemorate...
Iraq: Safety, credit and opportunities are all key for displaced farmers to return home
Quadripartite call to action for One Health for a safer world
Recent international health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, mpox, Ebola outbreaks, and continued threats of other zoonotic diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges, as well as ecosystem degradation and climate change clearly demonstrate the need for resilient...
FAO welcomes the outcomes of UN 2023 Water Conference
On the last day of the UN 2023 Water Conference, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) welcomed the outcomes of the three-day meeting and reaffirmed its commitment to actively follow up agreed actions in the new
UN 2023 Water Conference: FAO calls for responsive and innovative drought financing mechanisms
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called for innovative drought financing mechanisms to help deal with the rising frequency and severity of drought events amid intensifying climate extremes that often damage fragile communities the most.
"The lack of adequ...
International Day of Forests 2023 global event highlights importance of forests for environmental and human health
The vital role forests play to ensure environmental health and healthy societies came under the spotlight today at a global event which brought together ministers, experts and youth activists to mark In...
Water scarcity means less water for agriculture production which in turn means less food available, threatening food security and nutrition
Ahead of the UN 2023 Water Conference and following the 2nd WASAG (The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture) International Forum, the Director of the Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Li Lifeng, talks about one of the most pressing ...
The world is in a water crisis. Agriculture can lead the way out of it
The world isn’t heading for a water crisis. It’s already in one. In many places, water withdrawals exceed recharge rates. Climate change is causing droughts and floods all over the globe. Water bodies that support vital biodiversity and production of food, both aquatic and on land, are comprom...
Latest IPCC report highlights the critical need to transform agrifood systems as a way to mitigate and adapt to climate change
Transforming agrifood systems is essential to adapt to human-caused climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today in the face of the latest report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC...
Tropical Cyclones Judy and Kevin: FAO mobilizes to safeguard food security and rural livelihoods in Vanuatu
The Category 4 Tropical Cyclones Judy and Kevin that made landfall over Vanuatu earlier this month have left a trail of destruction in their wake, affecting some 80 percent of the population and causing widespread damage, flooding and power outages. With about three-quarters of the population ...
New UN report focuses on food security and nutrition in Europe and Central Asia, points way towards more affordable and sustainable diets
In Europe and Central Asia, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the outbreak of the war in Ukraine put food security and healthy nutrition under enormous pressure. Food prices peaked, posing a challenge for decision makers to ensure that no one is left behind.
Developed by eight United Nat...
To transform agrifood systems, we must implement climate change and biodiversity agendas in tandem
Brussels, Geneva and New York – The rethinking of food and agriculture and the necessary sector transformations we need moving forward must take into consideration the implementation of the closely interlinked climate change and biodiversity outcomes from COP27 and C...
RuralInvest toolkit fosters access to finance for small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has finalized the latest update of a toolkit that aims to revolutionize small and middle-sized rural entrepreneurship. RuralInvest, the methodology developed by the
International Women’s Day 2023: Bridging the digital gender divide is essential for unleashing women’s potential in rural areas, say UN food and agriculture agencies
Inclusive access to digital technologies and education is crucial to reducing gender inequalities and empowering rural women and girls – that was the message from three United Nations’ food and agriculture agencies as they marked International Women’s Day 2023.
Participants at the ev...
FAO and UNIDO launch global Agrifood Systems Transformation Accelerator (ASTA)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have jointly launched the Agrifood Systems Transformation Accelerator (ASTA), a global programme designed to help Least Developed Countries make their agrifood systems more ...
Somalia: lives and livelihoods of millions still at risk, FAO calls for an urgent scale-up in emergency humanitarian aid alongside resilience
While humanitarian assistance has prevented worse outcomes and staved off famine in parts of Somalia thus far, millions of rural Somali people continue to face unprecedented challenges to their food security. Reversing the alarming trend requires not only sustained and at-scale humanitarian as...
FAO Food Price Index declines for the 11th consecutive month
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 129.8 points in February, a ...
Candidates for the post of FAO Director-General announced
Election for the Organization’s top leadership post with a four-year term of office starting on 1 Aug...