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An estimated 3.1 billion people worldwide do not have access to a healthy diet and some 828 million people go hungry. All of this means there is an urgent need to accelerate action to reduce food loss and waste. Ahead of [...]


Fishing is considered one of the most hazardous occupations. Every day hundreds of fishers are injured and more than 200 fishers die at work. Fishers – most of whom work small-scale – often face dangerous conditions, at high risk of [...]


The cotton sector contributes significantly to the economies of many low-income countries, as a source of employment and livelihoods. It is estimated that cotton sustains about 32 million growers and benefits over 100 million families across about 80 countries in [...]


Seven years into the 2030 Agenda, there is an urgent need to understand where the world stands in eliminating hunger and food insecurity, as well as in ensuring sustainable agriculture. FAO's new report, “Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators”, [...]


World Water Week 2022 is an opportunity to browse through a list of FAO publications highlighting the Organization’s work to promote coherent approaches to sustainable land and water management. The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and [...]


Indigenous women are the backbone of Indigenous Peoples’ communities and play a crucial role in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge. International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (9 August) is an opportunity to browse through some of FAO’s publications that highlight [...]


About 95% of the food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils, which have a natural capacity to support plants by providing them with nutrients through the soil solution. Healthy soils are crucial to our basic survival as well [...]


The FAO Library , the world's premier resource for food and agriculture scholarship, has clocked up seven decades. Its roots date back to the foundation of the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA) in 1905, whose mission was to collect, study, publish and disseminate [...]


With some 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses every year, unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies around the world. Ensuring food safety is a public health priority and an essential step to achieving food security. FAO is [...]


Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing remains one of the greatest threats to marine ecosystems as it undermines national and regional efforts to manage fisheries sustainably as well as endeavours to conserve marine biodiversity. Fisheries resources available to bona fide fishers [...]