Highlights archive


Every year 75 billion tonnes of fertile soil are lost to erosion. It is expensive and labour-intensive to monitor this invaluable resource using conventional methods, which is why the Joint FAO/ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Programme on Nuclear Techniques [...]


FAO recently launched the Agricultural Development Economics Technical Study series, which provides policy-oriented assessments and analyses on food security and nutrition, resilience, climate-smart agriculture, agribusiness and rural transformation. The series explores the implications of the global trends and challenges that affect [...]


Recent FAO titles illustrate the role of resilient agricultural livelihoods in addressing the drivers of migration, including rural poverty, food insecurity, inequality, unemployment and climate change. Migration is a growing and complex global phenomenon, with millions of people moving each year. [...]


Lessons learned from FAO field projects on watershed management Watershed management in action: Lessons learned from FAO field projects looks at how 12 projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America are devising local solutions to global challenges. A watershed is characterized not [...]


In a context of increasing global agricultural trade, FAO’s data and analyses provide timely insights into key policy questions. Based on country case studies, the Commodities and Development Report 2017, co-published with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development [...]


A selection of FAO publications on climate change and food security in the agricultural sectors – the latest on climate-smart agriculture, food waste reduction, low emission development strategies and much more. 


Researching one of the least-known ocean regions of the world  This book celebrates the years of surveys and studies undertaken by the marine research vessel (RV) Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in the Western Indian Ocean, one of the least-known oceans in the [...]


Acting together, we can achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. This is FAO’s ambitious goal and the theme underpinning the book Towards Zero Hunger 1945–2030, a unique collection of images documenting FAO’s leading role in fighting hunger worldwide since 1945. FAO’s photo [...]


To encourage young people to manage the planet wisely, we have to give them the means to become agents of change. FAO’s Forests for kids teaching and learning guides, released in July 2017, are part of an FAO initiative to [...]


Should we be focusing on whether people are getting enough food or good food? Common sense would say both. Indeed the definition of food security is that it exists “when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic [...]