Highlights archive


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 [...]


A staple food for the world's population, potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, providing a primary source of energy. They also contain several micronutrients including B vitamins, vitamin C, folate, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. Potatoes are a vital part of the global [...]


International Tea Day (May 21) is an opportunity to celebrate the cultural heritage, health benefits and economic importance of tea, while working to make its production sustainable “from field to cup” ensuring its benefits for people, cultures and the environment [...]


From ecosystem-based approaches to climate and/or nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better. Browse through a selection of FAO publications on biodiversity and nature-based [...]


World Bee Day (20 May) is an opportunity to highlight the importance of beekeepers and the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy, safeguarding biodiversity, and contributing to food security and nutrition. This year, [...]


Land, soil and water resources for food production form the core of the global food system, and produce more than 95% of the food we eat.     Future agricultural production will depend upon soil, land and water systems, for which we need [...]


As a knowledge-driven organization, FAO works to guarantee continued access to its knowledge. World Book and Copyright Day 2022 is an opportunity to get a glimpse of the wealth of our online resources, easily accessible from your computer or mobile phone. Check [...]


Healthy plants constitute the foundation for all life on Earth, as well as ecosystem functions, food security and nutrition. Plant health is key to the sustainable development of agriculture required to feed a growing global population by 2050. As FAO has [...]