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Apr 2016 - Large urban trees are excellent filters for urban pollutants and fine particulates. Trees can provide food, such as fruits, nuts and leaves. Spending time near trees improves physical and mental health by increasing energy level and speed of recovery, while decreasing blood pressure and stress. Trees properly placed around buildings ...more
Feb 2016 - PPR is a deadly disease with high impact on livelihoods and food security. It was approved by the 39th FAO conference as the next disease to be eradicated by 2030. The product will raise awareness among stakeholders on the importance of the disease for the vulnerable populations and the needed ...more
Feb 2016 - Pulses are good for you, beneficial to farmers' livelihoods and have a positive impact on the environment. It is clear that even though dried beans, lentils and peas have been around for centuries, they will play a fundamental role in our sustainable future.
Dec 2015 - While global hunger figures are decreasing, the number of food insecure people in mountain areas rose 30 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to a new study, released today by FAO and the Mountain Partnership on International Mountain Day. Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity found that the number of ...more
Dec 2015 - Functional soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. Water infiltration through soil traps pollutants and prevents them from leaching into the groundwater. Moreover, the soil captures and stores water, making it available for absorption by crops, and thus minimizing surface ...more
Dec 2015 - Our soils are by nature linked to the micronutrient content of our food production. The poster shows how to reverse the increasing trend of nutrient depleted soil by adopting sustainable soil management practices
Nov 2015 - The best way to protect a country from an outbreak of rinderpest virus infection is to not have the virus in the country in the first place. The following unfortunate consequences, resulting from release of rinderpest virus, can be prevented by not storing rinderpest virus containing material in a country. ...more
Nov 2015 - A unique, Africa-led fund to improve agriculture and food security across the continent has become a reality. Officially launched in June 2013 with funding totalling over US $ 40 million from Equatorial Guinea, Angola and group of civil society organizations in the Republic of Congo.
Nov 2015 - Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle Healthy soils provide the largest store of terrestrial carbon. When managed sustainably, soils can play an important role in climate change mitigation by storing carbon (carbon sequestration) and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in ...more
Sep 2015 - Among the most pressing challenges facing the world today is feeding a growing global population projected to increase from over 7 billion currently to over 9 billion by 2050. This challenge is compounded by the additional threats of climate change, increasing water and land scarcity, soil and land degradation, and ...more