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2020

 Stronger linkages of cities and rural areas back efficient food systems in Tajikistan. FAO helped revitalize the urban-rural connection in Tajikistan, with a view to develop more efficient food systems that benefits residents of both areas. With growing urbanization the nexus between rural and urban areas is becoming stronger and more vital, said Robert van Otterdijk, FAOs agro-industry officer. The perception of rural development as something completely distinct from urban development became outdated. More...
21-12-2020
 FAO moves to scale up response to Fall Armyworm as pest continues to spread. FAO is increasing efforts aimed at bolstering the global response to Fall Armyworm (FAW), considered one of the top 10 devastating plant pests affecting food and agriculture. FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, noted today that great strides had been made by the Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control (GA), a coordination mechanism established by him a year ago, but emphasized that many challenges remain to be tackled in the sustainable management of this pest. More...
21-12-2020
 Geographical indication products can help Albania align with EU standards. In Albania, FAO has used part of its efficiency savings, called the Multidisciplinary Fund, to scale up the promotion of geographical indication products in light of the countrys European Union approximation process. Traditional and geographical indication products also have a high potential to advance rural development and rural livelihoods. More...
18-12-2020
 Kyrgyz farmers learn managing multiple risks in agriculture and the food system. During the COVID-19 crises, 1 140 families have been supported by FAO with vegetable seeds and professional advice. The project runs through December 2020. It is financed from FAOs Multidisciplinary Fund, which is part of the Organizations Programme of Work and Budget for 201819. More...
17-12-2020
 FAO Annual Employee Recognition Awards go to 200 individuals and ten teams across the UN agency. Two hundred individuals and ten teams from across all streams and offices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) were recognized today for "remarkable performance under extraordinary circumstances in an exceptional year" at the FAO Employee Recognition Awards event - held this year online. More...
17-12-2020
 Desert Locust upsurge continues to threaten food security in Horn of Africa and Yemen despite intense efforts. A new generation of Desert Locust swarms is threatening agricultural and pastoral livelihoods and the food security of millions of people in the Horn of Africa and Yemen despite intense efforts to control the pest throughout 2020. With international support and an unprecedented large-scale response campaign coordinated by FAO, more than 1.3 million hectares of locust infestations have been treated in ten countries since January. More...
16-12-2020
 Joint FAO-WHO webinar looks at food safety control and management in 2020. Although the work to assess the impacts of COVID-19 to determine informed actions continues, it was also time to take stock on food safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. FAO and WHO organized a joint webinar to share information and experiences on how food safety management, control, and attitudes have been affected by the new realities. The recording of the virtual event is now available online. More...
16-12-2020
 FAO launches the UNs International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021. QU Dongyu launched the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 (IYFV) with an appeal to improve healthy and sustainable food production through innovation and technology and to reduce food loss and waste. Proclaimed at the 74th session the UN General Assembly, IYFV 2021 is dedicated to raising awareness about the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health. More...
15-12-2020
 Global Environment Facility approves over $78 million to support FAO-led projects. 16 countries will benefit from projects designed to conserve biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services, combat land degradation, and preserve natural resources on land and water. The decision came during the 59th GEF Council Meeting and will build upon its June 2020 decision to approve $176 million for FAO-led projects. More...
15-12-2020
 Transforming agri-food systems to feed the world and tackle climate change. Feeding the world's growing population while limiting the impacts of climate change will require urgent and radical transformation of our agri-food systems, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said at a High-Level event commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. More...
14-12-2020
 Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries are turning the corner on overexploitation. After decades of increasing human pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Sea marine ecosystems and fisheries resources, the latest data suggest that a corner is finally being turned on overexploitation of the region's vital fish stocks. According to a new report on the State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries (SoMFi 2020) while 75 percent of fish stocks remain subject to overfishing, this percentage fell by more than 10 percent between 2014 and 2018. More...
14-12-2020
 Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries are turning the corner on overexploitation. After decades of increasing human pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Sea marine ecosystems and fisheries resources, the latest data suggest that a corner is finally being turned on overexploitation of the region's vital fish stocks. According to a new report on the State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries (SoMFi 2020) while 75 percent of fish stocks remain subject to overfishing, this percentage fell by more than 10 percent between 2014 and 2018. More...
14-12-2020
 GEF allotment helps Azerbaijan and Tajikistan protect natural resources and biodiversity. Today, the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) agreed to support FAO projects in Azerbaijan and Tajikistan worth a total of USD 12.5 million. These projects will contribute to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically those on sustainable management of water (SDG 6) and life on land (SDG 15). More...
11-12-2020
 Mountain people among the worlds hungriest as biodiversity loss and climate change take their toll. Mountains host about half of the global biodiversity hotspots and are home to a growing number of the world's hungriest people, according to a new study launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners to mark International Mountain Day 2020. More...
11-12-2020
 Small Island Developing State leaders join FAO Director-General to explore pathways to resilience. The world's Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face special food-security strains due to climate change, rising oceans, and high reliance on food imports and tourism, which have declined sharply due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of island states said at a dialogue organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO Director-General QU Dongyu noted that the SIDS faced unique vulnerabilities and challenges, which have been further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. More...
08-12-2020
 New project promotes sustainable food systems in the Black Sea region. A virtual workshop kicked off a new FAO project that establishes a Regional Cooperation Centre for Sustainable Food Systems for Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) countries. As a framework for cooperation among FAO, Turkey, and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, the project will run for three years with a budget of USD 0.5 million, funded by the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme. More...
08-12-2020
 Central Asia embraces digital agriculture. The challenges and opportunities of digital agriculture was the topic of the second meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of Central Asia, facilitated by FAO and Kazakhstan. The Central Asian countries expressed interest in developing and implementing comprehensive digital agricultural strategies to spur the growth of digital technologies. More...
08-12-2020
 FAO calls for anticipatory action in support of agriculture to give relief and hope to households in crises. Timely and robust actions can reduce hunger and human suffering as a result of crises, and that's truer than ever in the wake of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu told participants in the High-Level pledging event for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the second-largest donor to FAO's humanitarian programme. More...
08-12-2020
 Leveraging trade to end hunger. FAO's Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP) today organized a special event to discuss the importance of food and agricultural trade for ending global hunger, seeking to identify critical trade-offs associated with different policy measures and possible priorities for action. "We are only nine seasons away from 2030," said the FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, in his keynote remarks, alluding to Sustainable Development Goal 2 (ending hunger by 2030). More...
07-12-2020
 Women sustaining forests in Uzbekistan. FAO currently works with four pilot areas in Uzbekistan to sustain forests in mountain and valley regions and support the most vulnerable. FAO has introduced alternative and diverse income-generating activities for women to increase their family income, which in turn will decrease their dependence on grazing and illegal logging. More...
04-12-2020
 FAO governing Council approves new private sector engagement strategy. The FAO Council today wrapped up its 165th Session. The new Strategy for Private Sector Engagement has been approved. Members also welcomed the Outline of the Strategic Framework 2022-31 and the Outline of the Medium-Term Plan 2022-25. The new Strategic Framework puts at its centre the strategic narrative of Leaving No One Behind through sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life. More...
04-12-2020
 New FAO report highlights the role of soil organisms in ensuring sustainable agri-food systems and mitigating climate change. Soil organisms play a crucial role in boosting food production, enhancing nutritious diets, preserving human health, remediating pollution and combating climate change, but their contribution remains largely underestimated, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said today in its report on "The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity". The report was launched on the occasion of World Soil Day, marked on 5 December. More...
04-12-2020
 International Platform for Digital Food and Agriculture can bring huge benefits to the sector, high-level panel says. The equity and efficiency of the world's agri-food systems could benefit enormously from digital technologies, and making sure that happens requires coordinated and inclusive promotion of innovative techniques and a balanced policy framework to mitigate risks and assure that nobody is left behind, a high-level dialogue hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations heard today. More...
03-12-2020
 FAO Food Price Index rises sharply. Global food commodity prices rose sharply in November to their highest level in nearly six years, according to a benchmark United Nations report released today. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 105.0 points during the month, up 3.9 percent from October and 6.5 percent higher than its value a year earlier. The monthly increase was the sharpest since July 2012, putting the index at its highest level since December 2014, the Food and Agriculture Organization said. More...
03-12-2020
 FAO Director-General cites inclusiveness, market access and innovations as key to food security in the COVID-19 context. Ensuring the free movement of food across the world and well-functioning markets has been a central pillar of the global response to COVID-19 pandemic but difficulties with access to food at national level still remain, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today at a high-level panel discussion. Entitled "People first: the human security paradigm in a time of pandemic," the event is part of Mediterranean Dialogues 2020, an initiative of Italy. More...
03-12-2020
 Window to prevent famine in Yemen is narrowing, UN agencies warn. New Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis for Yemen indicates that pockets of famine-like conditions (IPC Phase 5) have already returned for the first time in two years, and warns that the number of people experiencing this degree of catastrophic food insecurity could nearly triple from 16,500 currently to 47,000 people between January and June 2021. More...
03-12-2020
 Holistic approaches and reduced chemical use increase soil productivity and crop yields. Recently, over 400 people, including farmers and agricultural extension specialists, benefited from support under the Lifecycle management of pesticides and disposal of POPs pesticides in Central Asian countries and Turkey project funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The trainings followed FAOs Save and Grow model of sustainable intensification of crop production that aims for the highest possible productivity within the ecosystem's carrying capacity. More...
03-12-2020
 Turkmenistan joins FAO projects on food loss and waste, fisheries, and wheat rust disease. Turkmenistan officially endorsed a set of projects on reducing food loss and waste, improving fisheries and aquaculture management, and increasing fungal resistance of wheat, funded by the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture. More...
02-12-2020
 Carbon offsetting: A way to reach the Paris Agreement goals. Investing in carbon sequestration, both in vegetation and in soils, is needed and represents an important opportunity to keep the "below 2C" temperature, a goal defined in the Paris Agreement. To analyze ways of accelerating opportunities of doing that, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization, QU Dongyu participated at a webinar on Wednesday entitled "Forests and soils: A new opportunity for the Planet". More...
02-12-2020
 New United Nations report reveals the inequality in the geographical distribution of malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean. A new United Nations report shows the territorial inequality of malnutrition in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Regional Overview of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020 analyzes child overweight and stunting in the countries of the region, and identifies which territories are highly lagging, that is, those that exhibit levels significantly higher than the national averages. More...
02-12-2020
 FAO and partners advocate for inclusive food systems to combat rural poverty. The implications of agri-food systems transformation for the livelihoods of rural people in the COVID-19 era was the focus of a high-level event today, co-organized by FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The event "Transforming agri-food systems and fostering inclusive rural development in the context of COVID-19 to end rural poverty" was held virtually, on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly's Special Session in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More...
02-12-2020
 Director-General updates Council on FAO's work and engagement in the past 16 months. In his address to the 165th Session of the FAO Council today, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, made a comprehensive report on the UN agency's work and engagement in the past 16 months, updating the Council on important activities and presenting new proposals and initiatives, such as the outline of the Strategic Framework 2022-2031 and the FAO Strategy for Private Sector Engagement 2021-2025. More...
30-11-2020
 FAO appoints Monty Don and Diarmuid Gavin as International Year of Plant Health advocates. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has appointed the popular British gardening expert, writer and broadcaster, Monty Don, as a Goodwill Ambassador to promote the International Year of Plant Health. In addition, FAO has appointed the Irish garden designer, writer, and broadcaster, Diarmuid Gavin, as an official Champion of the cause. More...
30-11-2020
 In Papua New Guinea, partnerships with local private sector promote more inclusive and sustainable cocoa production. As part of efforts to support smallholder farmers and create more inclusive agri-food value chains in Papua New Guinea, FAO implementing the European Union co-funded STREIT programme, has engaged the local private sector, partnering with Paradise Foods Ltd., the country's oldest national food manufacturing company. More...
26-11-2020
 How to overcome water challenges in agriculture. More than three billion people live in agricultural areas with high to very high levels of water shortages and scarcity, and almost half of them face severe constraints. Furthermore, available freshwater resources per person have declined by more than 20 percent over the past two decades globally, underscoring the importance of producing more with less, especially in the agriculture sector, the world's largest user of water. More...
26-11-2020
 Fresh kick-off for agri-food systems transformation. Global leaders called today for an urgent action to transform agri-food systems to make them more sustainable and resilient in the face of COVID-19 pandemic and other crises, and ensure that everyone has access to affordable, healthy and nutritious food. The discussion took place at a Special Seminar on Food and Nutrition, organized by FAO, entitled Urgent call for agri-food systems transformation to achieve healthy diets for all. More...
25-11-2020
 Central Asia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey establish joint Food Loss and Waste Strategy Committee. FAO and the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry convened a meeting of high-level officials from Central Asia to establish a joint Food Loss and Waste Strategy Committee mandated to oversee the development and implementation of the regional food loss and waste reduction programme. More...
25-11-2020
 There is always a way. Samira lives in a very remote village in Kyrgyzstan with her husband and four children. They grow vegetables in a small greenhouse to feed the family. In addition, Samira works at the bakery with 10 other women they bake bread for the local school. This might sound like a typical life in a rural setting, but their life was not like this before. More...
25-11-2020
 North Macedonias achievements in land consolidation receives EU recognition. The 2020 European Commission Report on North Macedonia has recognized the advanced status of land consolidation in the country. This achievement is a result of the joint efforts of FAO, the European Union (EU), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy. More...
24-11-2020
 Ensuring quality seeds when the need is greatest. At an FAO webinar, seed experts discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on seed systems the primary basis for human sustenance and potential action to mitigate these. The recording of the virtual event is available online (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amp7SKlRAHM). More...
19-11-2020
 New partnership to boost bamboo and rattans contribution to sustainable development. A new five-year partnership signed today between the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that aims to scale up the benefits and opportunities that these fast growing tropical plants provide, including reducing rural poverty, increasing carbon sequestration, promoting biodiversity and land restoration, and the greening of the construction industry worldwide. More...
18-11-2020
 Drug-resistant infections threaten to become next pandemic. As antimicrobial resistance (AMR) drastically rises threatening to turn into the next pandemic with serious implications for global health, agri-food systems and economies, FAO is calling on actors across all sectors, from farmers to cooks, producers to consumers, to accelerate efforts to prevent the spread of drug-resistant microbes. This World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November), the Organization highlights that everyone has a role to play to combat AMR. More...
18-11-2020
 FAO promotes prudent use of antimicrobials. For World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 (WAAW), FAO is organizing a series of activities to call attention to this important topic to different audiences of Europe and Central Asia. At the regional level, FAO will organize on 23 November a high-level webinar jointly with FAOs tripartite partners, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). More...
17-11-2020
 Land consolidation is the missing link for farmers in North Macedonia. Farmer Ljupco Angelovski from North Macedonia has been able to modernise his farm after taking part in an EU-funded FAO project supporting land consolidation. Most farms in North Macedonia have an average size of less than two hectares and are often fragmented into many smaller, irregularly shaped parcels that can be challenging to farm. Now that their smaller land parcels have been consolidated into three manageable ones, Ljupco and his wife Kathy are upgrading to modern machinery to increase their farm productivity. More...
16-11-2020
 World Food Day 2020 in Europe and Central Asia. This years World Food Day coincided with the 75th anniversary of the founding of FAO. The theme for this combined celebration was Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together, emphasizing the importance of a better recovery and paying homage to Food Heroes all those people who produce, plant, harvest, catch, and transport our food. Every year countries across Europe and Central Asia organize special events to help spread the message of World Food Day. More...
16-11-2020
 Global Climate Fund approves $160 million to support FAO-led projects. The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved three new FAO-designed projects in Argentina, Guatemala and Sudan for a total amount of $158.6 million aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening resilience to climate change, and combating deforestation. Thanks to the new funds, smallholder farmers in Guatemala will learn how to use improved climate information systems, improved crop varieties, as well as efficient soil and water management techniques. More...
13-11-2020
 United in the One Health approach to protect antimicrobials. As Tripartite partners, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Sub-Regional Representation for Central Asia, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, are united in support of the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) 2020. More...
13-11-2020
 Improving diversity and public perception of the forest sector workforce for green recovery. Altogether almost 4.3 million people work across the forest sectors of North America, Europe, and Central Asia according to a new study published by FAO and UNECE, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. New job profiles have also emerged, related to sustainability targets, forest education, and human recreation. More...
12-11-2020
 FAO's Food Outlook: Developing countries buoy global food trade. Global trade in food products has proven remarkably resilient during the pandemic, with developing countries even managing to increase export revenues, according to a new report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Data available through June "suggest strong, albeit not complete, resilience of the global food markets to COVID-19 shocks", the semi-annual Food Outlook says in a special feature on recent trends in food imports bills and export earnings. More...
12-11-2020
 FAO calls for making agri-food systems and green spaces part of urban plans. The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today called on local governments to make agri-food systems and green spaces part of their plans, policies and actions to make cities more sustainable and inclusive, as well as to create jobs and promote youth engagement, built on a "green industry, a green environment, green products and a green way of lifestyle," he said. More...
12-11-2020
 Global Food Security Cluster turns 10: ending hunger is everyones job. The Global Food Security Cluster (gFSC), which coordinates life-saving food and livelihoods assistance to people hit by crises, turns 10 this year and marked the anniversary at its bi-annual meeting of global partners held virtually today, with the participation of the FAO Director-General QU Dongyu, the WFP Deputy-Executive Director Amir Abdulla, and gFSC partners from NGOs and academia. More...
11-11-2020
 FAO webinar offers solutions for reducing food waste and improving food security amidst the pandemic. An FAO webinar, focusing on Europe and Central Asia, was held to exchange and promote new practices for facilitating vulnerable groups access to food and tackling food waste through the development and adoption of innovative solutions. A recording of the virtual event, Food waste prevention and reduction in times of crisis, is available online (http://www.fao.org/europe/events/detail-events/en/c/1319482/). More...
11-11-2020
 Livelihoods of Albanian farmers supported through income diversification, tourism, and digitalization. Two new FAO projects support the Albanian agriculture sector by diversifying incomes (on- and off-farm) and building capacities for smallholder farmers, rural women, youth, extension services, and farmers associations. The projects also aim at enhancing the abilities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to create a conducive policy framework for smallholders. More...
10-11-2020
 UN food agencies warn of rising levels of acute hunger with potential risk of famine in four hotspots. The Early Warning Analysis of Acute Food Insecurity Hotspots - issued by the FAO and the WFP - describes a toxic combination of conflict, economic decline, climate extremes and the COVID-19 pandemic that is driving people further into the emergency phase of food insecurity. Parts of the population in the four hotspots of highest concern are already experiencing a critical hunger situation, with the report warning that escalations in conflict as well as a further reduction in humanitarian access could lead to a risk of famine. More...
06-11-2020
 FAO launches Food Coalition to lift food access, sustainable agri-food systems. The need for concerted action to prevent the COVID-19 international health emergency from triggering a catastrophic world food crisis received a welcome new tool today as the FAO formally launched the Food Coalition. A "network of networks", the Food Coalition is a voluntary multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral alliance set up to support innovative initiatives to ensure global food access, increase the resilience of agri-food systems and put them on a more sustainable course. More...
05-11-2020
 Global food prices continue rising in October. Global food prices continued rising for the fifth consecutive month in October, led by cereals, sugar, dairy and vegetable oils, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most traded food commodities, averaged 100.9 points in October 2020, up 3.1 percent from September and 6.0 percent above its value in October 2019. More...
05-11-2020
 Europe and Central Asia call for more sustainable and innovative agriculture. On the final day of the 32nd Session of the Regional Conference for Europe, FAO Members from Europe and Central Asia reinforced their commitment to transform agri-food systems through innovation, digital technologies and sustainable practices, as well as create inclusive growth in rural areas, taking into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and agriculture. More...
04-11-2020
 Innovation and digitalization key for agriculture development in Europe and Central Asia. The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, as well as representatives of governments, international organizations, civil society, young farmers and the private sector from Europe and Central Asia today made a strong case for harnessing agricultural innovation and digital technologies. More...
04-11-2020
 FAO discusses youth and employment for vibrant rural areas in Europe and Central Asia. As pointed out today during an event at the Thirty-second Session of the Regional Conference for Europe titled Solutions for youth, employment and developing rural areas in relation to the United Nations Decade of Family Farming, family farms face multiple challenges, including limited access to finance and modern technologies, low input quality and limited labour skills. More...
03-11-2020
 Europe and Central Asia discuss solutions to promote sustainable agri-food systems. The 32nd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe started today as FAO Members from Europe and Central Asia will discuss several challenges facing the region on food and agriculture, particularly how to promote sustainable agri-food systems and healthy diets as well as solutions for youth, employment and developing rural areas. More...
02-11-2020
 EBRD, FAO target better biosecurity ahead of busy grain harvests in Ukraine and Serbia. Ukraine and Serbia are big exporters of wheat, maize, and other grains. Disruptions in their grain supply chains can have serious consequences on food security in many parts of the world. FAO and the EBRD developed guidelines on COVID-19 safety adjustment measures and carried out four online technical trainings in Ukraine, reaching more than 500 grain elevators in Ukraine and 70 in Serbia with online and on-the-spot trainings and guidelines for employees and managers. More...
30-10-2020
 Locust control campaign covers millions of hectares, but the voracious pest is still a threat in East Africa. Questions and Answers with Keith Cressman, FAO's Senior Locust Forecasting Officer. Weather and locust biology key factors, says FAO Desert Locust forecaster Keith Cressman. A massive humanitarian disaster has been averted. With international support coordinated by FAO, over 1.1 million hectares of land in 10 countries have been surveyed and treated for locust infestation since January. When you add in locust control efforts outside of East Africa and Yemen, 2.3 million hectares of land have been controlled this year. More...
29-10-2020
 With forests, Kosovo is getting closer to sustainable, inclusive development. A new endeavor to strengthen sustainable and multipurpose forest management in Kosovo has set sail with the ultimate goal of tackling rural poverty and climate change. Since forests have a major role in fighting climate change, they are also an important natural asset in Kosovo. By the end of the four-year programme , forests in Kosovo should be in a better shape, and forest users should equally value its wood and non-wood products, environmental value and ecosystem health. More...
28-10-2020
 African countries commit to accelerate actions towards food security. Ministers at the largest ever FAO Regional Conference for Africa have committed to raise ambitions and accelerate actions' towards achieving food security, at the close of the three day event. Around 900 delegates including 95 ministers and other government officials from 48 countries have met in the context of rising food insecurity and malnutrition exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple overlapping crisis - climate change, transboundary pests and diseases, conflict and economic downturns. More...
28-10-2020
 Empowering women to leave no one behind. The report, Leaving no one behind: A Regional Outlook on Gender and Agrifood Systems (https://doi.org/10.4060/cb1086en), was launched by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu and African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Josefa Sacko at the 31st Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa. More...
28-10-2020
 FAO calls for stepping up forest and landscape restoration. Efforts to restore the world's degraded forests and landscapes must be scaled up to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, said FAO in a new publication released today. Land and forest degradation are among the world's most pressing environmental issues. Globally, 25 percent of the total land area has been degraded. To safeguard the future of our planet, major actions are needed to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. More...
28-10-2020
 FAO aims to untap Africa's potential to end hunger and malnutrition. The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations QU Dongyu says Africa's potential gives him hope that the battle against poverty and hunger can be won. He made the remarks at today's opening of the Ministerial segment of the 31st Session of the Regional Conference for Africa. More...
27-10-2020
 FAOs Hand-in-Hand Initiative can help end hunger and poverty in Africa. Agriculture ministers from across Africa, representatives from the African Union, the civil society and the private sector, and other partners, recognized the role FAO's Hand-in-Hand Initiative can play in ending poverty and hunger and meeting the agreed goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Malabo Declaration. More...
27-10-2020
 FAO and OIE kickstart global initiative to stop spread of deadly pig disease. As African swine fever (ASF) marches swiftly across countries affecting food security and livelihoods of some of the world's most vulnerable populations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are calling on all nations and partners to join forces to keep this deadly pig disease at bay under a new initiative. More...
26-10-2020
 Civil society has its voice heard at FAO forum. FAO provided the framework for its civil society partners to gather virtually and discuss striking questions of food and agriculture in Europe and Central Asia. The Civil Society Consultation precedes the European Regional Conference and its main conclusions will enrich the Conferences sessions. More...
23-10-2020
 FAO enhances knowledge and skills of Syrians and local farmers through Farmer Field Schools. An inauguration ceremony launched a Farmer Field Schools initiative to support Syrians refugees under Temporary Protection and Turkish citizens in improving their knowledge and skills of modern agricultural technologies and practices. Through Farmer Field Schools, FAO will provide training for selected Syrian refugees and host communities with support from the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry. More...
23-10-2020
 FAO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation present action plan for food security, sustainable development. FAO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Secretariat presented a joint plan of action to the agricultural ministers of the SCO. Developed in consultation with the Member States, it covers areas of common interests, such as achieving food security and sustainable nutrition. The action plan builds on the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Vladimir Rakhmanin and Vladimir Norov, Secretary-General of the SCO. More...
22-10-2020
 Kazakhstan works toward securing precious pastures for future generations. Held within the framework of the GEF-funded multi-country project "Integrated natural resources management in drought-prone and salt-affected agricultural production landscapes in Central Asia and Turkey" (CACILM2), the webinar has become an international platform for discussing current issues on the conservation and restoration of Central Asia's most valuable natural resource pastures. More...
22-10-2020
 Canada and the U.S. join FAO in commemorating the UN agencys 75th anniversary at the opening of the informal North America regional conference. Many of the global challenges that the UN FAO was set up to address are still prevalent today, including chronic undernourishment, high-level participants at FAO's Informal North American regional conference said today. The commemorative event and the virtual conference are hosted by Canada in Quebec City, where FAO, conceived in the United States of America in 1943, was formally founded in 1945. More...
22-10-2020
 Strong support for innovation and digital technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean.The 36th Session of FAO's Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean ended today with FAO Members in the region agreeing to join efforts to fight COVID-19 and promote sustainable agri-food systems through innovation, digital technologies, partnerships and enhanced data, particularly to strengthen food value chains and support smallholders farmers and the most vulnerable communities. More...
21-10-2020
 Director-General engages with Italian parliamentarians on partnership potential. Italy's agri-food system offers lessons on the transformations the world needs, and the nation is playing a critical role by promoting a multilateral food coalition that is closely aligned to FAO's own rural development framework as articulated in the Hand-in-Hand Initiative and the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today in an address to members of Italy's parliament. More...
21-10-2020
 FAO-WTO facilitates dialogue on agrifood trade policies to prevent a food crisis. Experts and decision-makers shared their opinions and information on such trade policies at a joint FAO-WTO webinar. The virtual event Agrifood trade policies in Europe and Central Asia during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond also aimed at supporting an international dialogue by taking stock on and analyzing the different trade measures. More...
21-10-2020
 Free online training increases capacity of veterinary laboratories in the region. The training covered various topics, from introducing strategies on how to reduce the use of antibiotics, to discussing viral, fungal, bacterial, and parasitic diseases in poultry. The lectures were conducted by Marina Eyngor, head of the Rabies Laboratory at Kimron Veterinary Institute in Israel, a renowned specialist in laboratory methods for diagnosing animal infectious diseases, particularly in poultry. To further spread knowledge in the region, all lectures were recorded and made available on FAOs YouTube channel in Russian language (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reT5PqvLnD0&list=PLzp5NgJ2-dK7-K2JrlTEBhKIU2f0U5ltM). More...
20-10-2020
 FAOs Statistical Yearbook offers largest trove of data on food and agriculture. The World Food and Agriculture - Statistical Yearbook 2020 offers a synthesis of the major factors at play in the current global food and agriculture landscape, including information ranging from farming trends, inputs use, labor utilization, food security and nutrition to greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of agriculture on the environment. More...
20-10-2020
 FAO calls for collaboration and innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The 36th session of FAO's Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted virtually by the Government of Nicaragua, started today with Members exchanging their experiences, strategies and ideas on the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, while the FAO Director-General QU Dongyu stressed the importance of strengthened collaboration and innovation, particularly to support the most vulnerable people highly affected by the pandemic. More...
19-10-2020
 ZEFs Joachim von Braun gives special lecture for 2020 World Food Day. The professor, Director of the Department of Economic and Technological Change at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), gave a virtual address on the "Role of Policy, Innovation, Bio-economy and SDGs in Agri-Food System Transformation," followed by a question-and-answer session. The event was webcast by FAO. More...
16-10-2020
 FAO honored by minting of special coin in India. India has minted a commemorative coin to celebrate World Food Day and the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the gesture and for the country's support. "We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with India as we work together toward achieving the SDGs by 2030," the Director-General expressed on Twitter. More...
16-10-2020
 As FAO turns 75, its mission to end hunger and nourish the world is as relevant today as ever. Today, World Food Day marks the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Born on the wake of catastrophe - World War II, three-quarters of a century later, FAO's mission to end hunger and nourish the world has been made more relevant because of another global scourge - the COVID-19 pandemic, said QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General. Hence, also, this year's World Food Day's theme: grow, nourish, and sustain. Together. More...
16-10-2020
 Romes Colosseum illuminated to mark FAOs 75th anniversary and World Food Day. The Director-General QU Dongyu today was joined by Italian authorities for the presentation of two video mapping shows in Rome (one at FAO's headquarters and the other at the Colosseum) to celebrate FAO's 75th anniversary on World Food Day. In a stirring tribute to the UN agency and its work, the video mapping show celebrated food heroes and encouraged global solidarity efforts for the transformation of food systems. Until Sunday October 18, the show will continue to be screened on the facade of FAO's global headquarters in Viale Aventino. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-e949jmFqw More...
16-10-2020
 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and FAO approve COVID-19 technical support package. The package will also help to strengthen the longer-term resilience of the food system, including production, processing and transport. It includes immediate technical and policy assistance as well as strategic inputs to support the transformation of food systems after the crisis. The initiative will look at investment options for urban food, low or zero carbon value chains and more efficient distribution systems, including e-marketing. More...
16-10-2020
 Jubilee World Food Day convoy carries 90 tonnes of donated food. World Food Day has once again brought more than 20 trucks full of donated food into the heart of Budapest. As has been happening every year since 2006, the convoy, organized by FAO and the Hungarian Food Bank Association, made a short stop at Heroes Square before departing for the associations warehouse to empty 90 tonnes of food. More...
16-10-2020
 FAO event set the course for a long and nourishing life. This year tested humankind on how we score in resilience. This is also at the heart of FAO, aiding the Organization, along with two additional fundamental principles, sustainability and innovation, during an eventful 75 years of existence. The World Food Day Talks event provided an opportunity for inspiration on how these three principles can be fruitful to everyone, even in times of crises. More...
15-10-2020
 We stand with rural women for sustainable agriculture and development. International Day of Rural Women 2020. On the International Day of Rural Women, FAO urges the recognition of womens significant role in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty. In Europe and Central Asia, the status of rural women is the most advanced globally; however, gender-based discrimination persists in the region. More...
15-10-2020
 Nobel laureate outlines how new technologies measurably boost farmers. Mobile technologies and digital agriculture hold great promise for the world's farmers, making it all the more important to foster appropriate institutions able to generate innovation whose benefits reach smallholders and disadvantaged groups, Nobel Prize-winning economist Michael Kremer said today in a special lecture hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. More...
15-10-2020
 FAO stresses the importance of innovative approaches during meeting of the Committee on World Food Security. Promoting innovation and applying digital technologies in agri-food systems, as well as reducing food loss and waste, are vital to step up the fight against hunger and poverty. This was FAO's main message at the opening of the High-Level Special Event on Strengthening Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition organised by the Committee on Food Security (CFS), taking place from 13 to 15 October. More...
13-10-2020
 Impact of COVID-19 on people's livelihoods, their health and our food systems. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work. The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic is devastating: tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty, while the number of undernourished people, currently estimated at nearly 690 million, could increase by up to 132 million by the end of the year. More...
13-10-2020
 FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters. The Director-General of FAO, QU Dongyu, participated in the launch of the 2020 State of Climate Services Report at a virtual high-level event hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which produced the report with inputs from FAO and 15 other international agencies and financial institutions through the Global Framework for Climate Services. The report was released on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. More...
13-10-2020
 Celebrating food and nutrition on World Food Day. FAO was established on 16 October 1945. To commemorate this day, year by year, World Food Day reminds us about the pressing issues of hunger, malnutrition, and obesity. In 2020, the COVID-19 global health crisis has been a time to reflect on things we truly cherish and our most basic needs. Eating healthy and diverse and maintaining our social connections has become even more of an imperative. More...
12-10-2020
 FAO, IFAD and WFP pledge to strengthen collaboration against hunger. The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), QU Dongyu, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert Houngbo, and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today pledged to step up their joint efforts to end global hunger, particularly amid the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. More...
12-10-2020
 Donors must double investments to stamp out hunger. If donors double their investments and spend the money wisely, they could help end hunger by 2030, a coalition of research groups said in a call-to-action ahead of World Food Day. Donors must spend an additional US$14 billion on average each year between now and 2030, roughly double what they currently spend on aid for food security and nutrition, according to new research from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Cornell University, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). More...
12-10-2020
 Statement by QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. "It is with great delight and pride that I offer my congratulations to all my colleagues at the World Food Programme for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. It is a much deserved recognition of the untiring efforts of generations of humanitarian workers worldwide to defeat hunger. It also turns the eyes of the international community towards the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of food insecurity." More...
09-10-2020
 Prices of several staples up to multi-month highs. The benchmark price index for food commodities rose in September, led by vegetable oils and cereals, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 97.9 points during the month, up 2.1 percent from August and 5.0 percent higher than its value in September 2019. The FAO Food Price Index, released monthly, tracks the international prices of the most commonly-traded food commodities. More...
08-10-2020
 FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change. The countries' contribution was finalized through the Technical Assistance Fund (TAF) of the NDC Partnership , a global coalition of countries and institutions committed to supporting climate action and sustainable development. FAO Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo, thanked Germany and Sweden for their support saying it would help FAO directly support those countries hardest hit by climate change. More...
08-10-2020
 FAO: With joint actions, we can recover from the current crisis. A wide range of actors were brought together by FAOs virtual regional dialogue on scaling up the response of food and agriculture sectors to the COVID-19 crisis with the ultimate goal of protecting livelihoods and transforming food systems. As a baseline, the UN Agency presented its Regional Response Plan providing evidence-based solutions through immediate and medium-term actions, since the virus, as well as its consequences, have not yet fully hit food systems in Europe and Central Asia. More...
07-10-2020
 FAO workshop leads to understanding and designing better agricultural policies in post-Soviet countries. An FAO workshop will bring a closer understanding of agricultural policy distortions in eight post-Soviet countries. The event will cover a niche by providing a platform to present and discuss preliminary findings of an upcoming study on quantitative agricultural policy monitoring. Once published, this information can guide decision-makers, trade and agricultural policy experts, and academia in the long run. More...
07-10-2020
 FAO Director-General calls for transformational change in the way we manage our forests and food systems that depend on them. Transformational change is needed in the way we manage our forests and their biodiversity, produce and consume our foods and interact with nature, if we want to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This was the key message of a speech delivered today by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu at the 25th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO). More...
05-10-2020
 FAO and CropLife International strengthen commitment to promote agri-food systems transformation. During a virtual meeting, FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, and Giulia Di Tommaso, the President and Chief Executive Officer of CropLife International, signed a Letter of Intent to explore new partnerships between the UN Agency and the private sector. It was the first time that a FAO Director-General delivered a keynote speech to the Board of Directors of CropLife International. In his opening remarks, Qu stressed the importance of having the private sector onboard in the adoption of concrete steps towards agri-food systems transformation and highlighted the potential of digital technologies in this regard. More...
02-10-2020
 Coordination remains crucial for African swine fever preparedness in the Balkans. Despite the limitations in travel and face-to-face meeting due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, FAO continues to bring people together, online, to discuss African swine fever (ASF) a lethal, viral, transboundary animal disease of domestic pigs and wild boar, against which there is no vaccine. The focus of the meeting will be on wild boar, hunting, and hunting biosecurity. More...
01-10-2020
 FAO helps address the rural dimension of migration. Border entry restrictions and lockdown measures, following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, have affected seasonal and circular migration, as well as food security in many countries across Europe and Central Asia. To this end, FAO has organized a webinar dedicated to practical solutions for mitigating COVID-19 impacts and associated challenges, and to providing a platform for sharing information on seasonal and circular migration. The full webinar, part of a series of regional COVID-19 webinars, is available on YouTube. More...
30-09-2020
 Biodiversity is a bulwark for people, societies, economies and food security. FAO Director-General calls for reverence of nature and accelerated action on transforming food systems at UN Summit on Biodiversity. Biodiversity underpins most of the world's economic activities, particularly in the agri-food sector, so the pace of its erosion must be contrasted with holistic, coherent and collective efforts, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today. "Its loss undermines global efforts to tackle poverty and hunger - no biodiversity, no food diversity," he said in a video address to the UN Summit on Biodiversity. More...
30-09-2020
 Food loss and waste must be reduced for greater food security and environmental sustainability. At the global event marking today the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and their partners urged everyone to do more to reduce food loss and waste or risk an even greater drop in food security and natural resources. Some 690 million people today are hungry and three billion cannot afford a healthy diet. Hunger has been on the rise for the past five years, and the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the food and nutrition security of up to an additional 132 million of people. More...
29-09-2020
 FAO teams up with UNWTO to boost sustainable rural tourism to help strengthen rural economies and conserve ecosystems. New partnership aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, drive sustainable development and strengthen livelihoods in rural areas. The new partnership will also contribute to the ecosystems conservation and the development of the FAO's Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), as well as support the Coalition of Fragile Ecosystems (COFE) - a global alliance of vulnerable communities living in fragile ecosystems that advocates for the protection of mountain and island ecosystems and the resilience of their populations. More...
29-09-2020
 FAO's Committee on Agriculture focuses on how livestock sector transformation can contribute to achieving the SDGs. The agricultural sectors and livestock farming in particular must shift towards sustainability to enhance their contribution to food security, nutrition and healthy diets and build back better to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today in his opening remarks to the 27th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG). More...
28-09-2020
 World Rabies Day 2020. A new United Against Rabies Forum aims to accelerate progress towards the elimination of human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030. The disease continues to kill one person every nine minutes - almost half of them children. The Forum, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) will bring together partners across government institutions, human and animal and environmental health sectors, the private sector, civil society as well as research and academia. It aims to increase understanding of what policy and research work is required and improve coordination (including of resource mobilization) and information sharing between partners. More...
28-09-2020
 Georgias agritourism receives further boost from EBRD and FAO. A new agritourism initiative in Georgia by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and FAO is promoting agritourism that highlights authentic Georgian foods while protecting the biodiversity the endemic plant and animal species and local know-how that make those foods unique. EBRD and FAO are also connecting small-scale producers of high-quality speciality foods with local hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Sustainable agritourism like this can help keep small businesses and local economies afloat and make them more resilient to crises. And it can keep Georgias food traditions and cultural heritage alive. More...
25-09-2020
 Codex Alimentarius is a driving force for ensuring food safety and trade standards during COVID-19, says FAO Director-General. The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today praised the work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission as a driving force for ensuring international food safety and trade standards, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Director-General opened the 43rd session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the United Nations body established by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) to protect consumer health and ensure fair practices in international food trade. More...
24-09-2020
 Codex Alimentarius Commission: 24-26 September 2020. The United Nations food standards body Codex Alimentarius Commission is being held online from 24 to 26 September 2020 to adopt food safety and quality standards. Charged with protecting consumer health and ensuring fair practices in the food trade, the Codex Alimentarius is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). More...
24-09-2020
 Artificial Intelligence best-practices in agriculture can help bridge the digital divide while tackling food insecurity. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), IBM and Microsoft, at an event organized today with the Pontifical Academy for Life, relaunched a commitment towards developing forms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that are inclusive and promote sustainable ways to achieve food and nutrition security. The aim of the online event: AI, Food for All. Dialogue and Experiences is to reinforce and build upon the Rome Call for AI Ethics endorsed by Pope Francis and co-signed by FAO, IBM and Microsoft at a conference hosted by the Academy in February. More...
24-09-2020
 Countries unite in the fight for better food and nutrition. FAO and its Member Countries ensure the current issues of food security, nutrition, and rural poverty is on the agenda of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, ongoing this week in New York. For Europe and Central Asia, the forthcoming FAOs Regional Conference will give an additional platform for discussion and search for solutions in early November. More...
23-09-2020
 Global trade in food and agricultural products more than doubles in last two decades. Global agri-food trade has more than doubled since 1995, amounting to $1.5 trillion in 2018, with emerging and developing countries' exports on the rise and accounting for over one-third of the world's total, according to a new report issued today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets, 2020 (SOCO 2020) argues that global trade and well-functioning markets lie at the heart of the development process as they can spur inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, and strengthen resilience to shocks. More...
23-09-2020
 FAO welcomes China's new $50 million donation to support South-South Cooperation. FAO welcomed an announcement today by Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, that his country will support the UN agency's South-South Cooperation (SSC) efforts with an additional $50 million in funding. "We are very grateful for this new $50 million contribution announced by President Xi, as it provides a strong boost to the work of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme," FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said. More...
22-09-2020
 Ministers from Near East and North Africa commit to strengthen collaboration on food and agriculture. Ministers from the Near East and North Africa (NENA) approved a historical Ministerial Declaration that sets a foundation for strengthened collaboration across the region to build lasting solutions to the most urgent and pressing food and agricultural challenges, aimed at recovering from COVID-19 impacts and transforming food systems. The Declaration focuses on how governments, the private sector, civil society and communities can work together to end hunger and poverty, ensure healthy diets for all and address the growing challenges of water scarcity, climate change and transboundary pests and diseases. More...
22-09-2020
 High-level roundtable calls for strengthened collaboration in the Near East and North Africa. Ministers and other representatives of FAO Members in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region shared today their concerns and priorities over how to respond to the COVID-19 disruptions and accelerate progress towards sustainable food systems, in a high-level roundtable during the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East. Several participants highlighted that the COVID-19 crisis put additional pressure on regional food systems, which were already facing many challenges, such as rapidly expanding population, the impacts of climate changed, extreme water scarcity and the degradation of natural resources. More...
21-09-2020
 Near East and North Africa countries discuss responses to COVID-19 and how to transform food systems during FAO Regional Conference. FAO Director-General highlights COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme and calls for enabling multi-sectoral policies, innovation, well targeted investments, and vital agricultural activity. The 35th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East started today with the topics of transforming food systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the centre of the discussions. More...
21-09-2020
 FAO supports smart farming in Uzbekistan and Vietnam benefitting youth. A new FAO project, Smart farming for the next generation implemented in Uzbekistan and Vietnam, will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and hunger, and ensuring good health and well-being for everyone. The four-year project has a total budget of USD 3.4 million, provided by South Korea. More...
18-09-2020
 FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition. FAO unveiled today its new Green Cities Initiative and Action Plan to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition in and around the cities in a post COVID-19 era. The launch took place at a high-level virtual event entitled "Green Cities to Build Back Better for SDGs - A New Powerful Venture" hosted by FAO during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. More...
18-09-2020
 Urgent action needed to avert the risk of famine in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen, FAO Director-General tells UN Security Council. Conflict and COVID-19 are also worsening food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan. The Security Council invited FAO Director-General QU Dongyu to provide an update on the food security situation in a number of countries around the world experiencing food insecurity. More...
17-09-2020
 Google and FAO launch new Big Data tool for all. Earth Map empowers FAOs Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform and allows anyone with basic Internet access to tap critical climate, environmental and agricultural information. Anyone anywhere can access multidimensional maps and statistics showing key climate and environmental trends wherever they are, thanks to a new tool developed by Google and the FAO. Earth Map has also been designed to empower and provide integrative synergies with the federated FAO's Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform, a more comprehensive tool to provide Members, their partners and donors with the means to identify and execute highly-targeted rural development initiatives with multiple goals ranging from climate adaptation and mitigation to socio-economic resilience. More...
16-09-2020
 Agriculture has to go on. A growing number of livestock helped young Azerbaijani farmer secure a better livelihood for his family. Rahib Aghaev, a 32-year old farmer, applied successfully for financial support from the Agriculture Employment Enhancement Project, implemented under the FAO-Azerbaijan Partnership Programme. The project has been launched to increase the interest of young farmers in agriculture. More...
16-09-2020
 FAO report on food and agriculture indicators underscores lack of progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. FAO is rolling out innovative data tools to help countries track progress as COVID-19 pandemic poses new monitoring challenges. The unprecedented global health crisis, with associated economic and social impacts, is "making the achievement of these SDG targets even more challenging," according to the report, "Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators 2020". More...
15-09-2020
 COVID-19 impacts driving up acute hunger in countries already in food crisis. Pandemic aggravates pre-existing drivers of acute food insecurity - Democratic Republic of the Congo is now worlds largest food crisis. FAO and partners call for urgent and decisive action. The Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) today held a high-level event to present a review of the most recent global data available on how the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are driving up acute hunger in vulnerable countries that were already wracked by food crises even before the novel coronavirus arrived on the scene. More...
15-09-2020
 FAO to continue to support G20 to address the pandemic and strengthen agri-food systems. Through the Hand-in-Hand initiative, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme and other actions, FAO can help ensure well-functioning global food markets, promote responsible investments, and reduce food loss and waste, among other areas. The FAO Director-General QU Dongyu participates in the G20's Agriculture and Water Ministers meeting. More...
12-09-2020
 Georgian vegetable producers prove that kindness is contagious. A kind gesture by entrepreneur and food hero, Keti, helps other women through the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the idea to grow herbs from an FAO-EBRD-organized study tour, Keti now has extra income to not only get herself through these difficult times but also help other women in her community. The FAO-EBRD initiative helps fruit and vegetable growers in Georgia, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to modernize their operations and tap into more lucrative markets. More...
09-09-2020
 Asia-Pacific countries pledged bold and innovative action for food security and livelihoods. Innovation, solidarity, coherence and strong partnership among and within countries of Asia and the Pacific are required for the region to rebound from the damage caused by COVID-19 and the ongoing effects of chronic undernourishment. That was a call made by more than 40 member countries of the FAO concluding a four-day regional conference. About 750 participants, including representatives of the private sector and civil society, pledged to work to transform food systems, making them more sustainable, productive and resilient, and to feed a hungry world in a way that is profitable for farmers yet produces healthy food that is accessible to all. More...
04-09-2020
 Global food prices rise in August. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks the international prices of the most commonly traded food commodities, averaged 96.1 points in August, up 2.0 percent from the previous month and reaching its highest level since February 2020. International quotations for sugar, vegetable oils and coarse grains increased from July, while worldwide cereal harvests remain on course to hit annual record. The FAO Sugar Price Index rose by 6.7 percent from the previous month, reflecting reduced production prospects due to unfavorable weather conditions in the European Union and Thailand, the world's second-largest sugar exporter, as well as strong import demand by China. More...
03-09-2020
 FAO Regional Conference calls for greater action to tackle COVID-19s impacts across Asia and the Pacific. On the third day of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia-Pacific, the FAO Director-General QU Dongyu, Government Ministers as well as civil society and private sector representatives voiced concern over COVID-19's impacts on the food security and livelihoods of millions of people, and urged for greater action to overcome the food and agriculture challenges facing the region. The FAO Director-General highlighted that small and vulnerable farmers must be at the centre of the response. More...
03-09-2020
 With renowned partners, FAO looks at the future of food systems. In order to define its future medium and long term priorities for Europe and Central Asia, FAO has requested a group of renowned experts to prepare a region-specific report outlining the trends, challenges, and opportunities for food, agriculture and rural development in the region up to 2025 and beyond. The team was led by Eugenia Serova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Attila Jambor (Corvinus University, Budapest), and Diana Kopeva (University of National and World Economy, Sofia). A virtual regional workshop was convened on 2728 August, where the research teams presented the draft report for review. More...
02-09-2020
 Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) make their voices heard at FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference. The FAO Regional Conference for Asia-Pacific, which started yesterday virtually hosted by Royal Government of Bhutan, has been an important platform for FAO and the international community to hear and acknowledge the voice of those countries that are usually the most vulnerable to shocks, such as the impacts of COVID-19. More...
02-09-2020
 FAO Regional Conference for Asia-Pacific discusses responses and recovery work on COVID-19 and hunger. As COVID-19 continues to threaten lives and livelihoods across many countries of the Asia-Pacific region, it has led to setbacks in the fight to end hunger and malnutrition. In this context, the 35th Session of the FAO Asia and Pacific Regional Conference (#APRC35), hosted virtually by the Royal Government of Bhutan, started today with representatives from 46 countries examining the present situation of the region's food security, with a particular emphasis on implications linked to the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on food systems region-wide. More...
01-09-2020
 Experts discussed international standards for phytosanitary measures. The 2020 IPPC regional workshop for Europe and Central Asia came to an end. The workshop has been proceeded by the regular annual IPPC consultations of the draft international standards on phytosanitary measures developed under the Convention. During the workshop, plant health experts from 18 countries of Europe and Central Asia have exchanged information, concerns, and ideas to shape the regional dialogue on plant health matters. They reviewed the draft standards, discussed other issues pertaining to international cooperation under the IPPC, and took stock on the delivered activities foreseen by the 2020 International Year on Plant Health work plan. More...
01-09-2020
 FAO and MammalNet joint app helps detect African swine fever in wild boar. African swine fever (ASF) can spread through several routes, including via the natural movement of wild boar. The virus is equally lethal to pigs and wild boar. Therefore, testing deceased wild boar for the presence of the ASF virus is the most reliable way to early detect (and react to) the disease in these populations. FAO joined forces with the MammalNet project team, in adding new features to their free mobile application, iMammalia, to report wild boar carcasses in the Balkans and beyond. The app, already being used in Europe, was originally designed for easy recording the presence of mammals. More...
24-08-2020
 More than 3 million people facing acute food insecurity as Burkina Faso grapples with COVID-19 and conflict. Urgent and sustained action is needed to address worsening food and nutrition insecurity in Burkina Faso, say the FAO and the WFP, citing alarming new data. Some 3.3 million people are estimated to be facing acute food insecurity during the current lean season, that period which precedes the harvest in September. The latest analysis by the Cadre Harmonise indicates an increase in acute food insecurity of more than 50 percent since the situation in Burkina Faso was last assessed in March. Experts say the crisis has been exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 on people's ability to earn money to cover their daily needs in a country already reeling from conflict and climate change. More...
21-08-2020
 FAO and Green Climate Fund partner for climate change adaptation and green growth in Armenia. The Green Climate Fund Board approved a project in Armenia, formulated with FAO support, to enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation, promote rural green growth, and increase the resilience of forests. The eight-year Green Climate Fund project, with a total budget of USD 18.7 million, will be implemented by FAO and the Environmental Project Implementation Unit in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of Armenia. A key element of the project is the involvement of the private sector for a wider impact, and to ensure long-term sustainability by introducing energy-efficient heating stoves for rural areas. More...
19-08-2020
 FAO and Green Climate Fund partner for climate change adaptation and green growth in Armenia. The Green Climate Fund Board approved a project in Armenia, formulated with FAO support, to enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation, promote rural green growth, and increase the resilience of forests. The eight-year Green Climate Fund project, with a total budget of USD 18.7 million, will be implemented by FAO and the Environmental Project Implementation Unit in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of Armenia. A key element of the project is the involvement of the private sector for a wider impact, and to ensure long-term sustainability by introducing energy-efficient heating stoves for rural areas. More...
19-08-2020
 Kyrgyzstan strengthens disaster risk management. In 2019, FAO launched a project together with the Ministry of Emergency Situation in the Kyrgyz Republic to enhance disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness in the agriculture sector to support climate change adaptation and ensure food security and better nutrition. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, FAO continues to support Kyrgyzstan in climate change adaptation. The Organization has provided the Ministry of Emergency Situation with equipment to establish its system for the efficient processing and management of a database on types of natural disasters in the Kyrgyz Republic. These will be identified using FAO tools, such as Collect Earth. More...
17-08-2020
 If managed sustainably, Albanias Vjosa Valley can spur green economy development. FAO has now started a new project for the effective and improved management of Vjosa Valleys natural resources, which will support farmers and authorities through sustainable development in the green economy and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (life on land) and 13 (climate action). The project is financed by the SDG Acceleration Fund with contributions by the Government of Norway and contributes to FAOs region-wide umbrella programme on managing natural resources sustainably, under a changing climate. More...
17-08-2020
 EBRD and FAO welcome landmark Ukrainian legislation on agricultural cooperation. By working together, farmers can improve their access to high quality inputs, modern technologies, technical advice, financing, and markets both at home and abroad and strengthen their bargaining power. An EBRD/FAO team comprising legal and technical experts helped design the law, which was later reviewed by leading international experts from the International Co-operative Alliance, the Canadian Co-operative Association, Rabobank, and FAOs legal team. More...
14-08-2020
 FAO and Japan support Syrian refugees and Turkish host communities in starting agribusinesses. Another round of vocational trainings are about to start in provinces to support selected Syrian refugees under temporary protection and Turkish citizens in launching micro-scale agrifood businesses. The FAO project, funded by the Government of Japan, will provide useful vocational and entrepreneurship skills, technical support services, as well as basic tools and equipment. The inauguration of the activity which is part of the project "Promoting self-reliant livelihoods through employment and micro-entrepreneurship" was attended by Sheikh Ahaduzzaman, FAO programme officer, Ibrahim Halil Cetiner, Sanl?urfa GAPTAEM Director, and local representatives of the implementing partner, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, among others. More...
07-08-2020
 Global food prices rise in July. The Food and Agriculture Organization's Food Price Index averaged 94.2 points in July, a 1.2 percent increase from June and nearly 1.0 percent higher than July 2019. The FAO Food Price Index tracks international prices of the most commonly traded food commodities. The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index increased 7.6 percent since June to reach a five-month high, with international quotations for the key oils rising amid, in the case of palm oil, likely production slowdowns, revived global import demand and protracted migrant labor shortages. The price coverage of the FAO Food Price Index was expanded and rebased in July 2020. The feature article of the latest Food Outlook explains details on this revision. More...
06-08-2020
 Setting the stage to withstand the crisis. Consolidating social and agricultural approaches with advanced nutrition. In 20172019, a global FAO project, funded by the Russian Federation, explored avenues for bringing together various social protection and agricultural support measures to strengthen food security and nutrition outcomes of the most vulnerable populations and help them emerge from poverty. One of the pathways explored in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan in the recent years was the Cash+ programme, combining national social protection cash transfers and agricultural assistance in the form of various agricultural inputs and knowledge through training. This proved to be particularly helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic, making households more confident and resilient on their way through the crisis. More...
06-08-2020
 Pandemics impact on agrifood production and markets in Eurasia is as diverse as the region itself. Some food prices in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus peaked during the first six months of 2020, but prolonged logistics, trade and market disruptions continue to challenge agrifood value chains, according to the report. The Europe and Central Asia: Regional food market situation and policy bulletin overviews market supply and demand in the region and looks at the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic of agrifood markets, value chains and policies. The information was gathered through ongoing surveys and monitoring in the region. More...
03-08-2020
 FAO-led global COVID-19 Food Coalition gains momentum. The Italian government-proposed initiative aims to tackle the long-term impacts of the pandemic on food and agriculture, engaging more countries to support the efforts. Presented in June, the coalition is a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral mechanism that aims to mobilize political, financial and technical assistance in support of countries affected by the current crisis. It will offer a platform to develop a dialogue among diverse stakeholders including private sector, academia, farmer organizations, civil society, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others to provide country-tailored responses to the COVID-19 impacts on food systems. More...
31-07-2020
 IKEA Foundation contributes $3.5 million to support FAO's work with refugees and host communities in eastern Africa. Initiative seeks to increase self-reliance of vulnerable populations and lay the groundwork for increased agribusiness investment. A $3.5 million dollar contribution from the IKEA Foundation will support efforts by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to empower refugees and their host communities in one of the world's largest displacement crises. The partnership will help vulnerable populations in Kenya and Uganda to generate a reliable source of income, by helping them to cultivate in-demand crops and connecting them to market opportunities. More...
30-07-2020
 FAO unveils platform to help accelerate action on reducing food loss and waste. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today unveiled a comprehensive platform to help the global community step up action to reduce food loss and waste as the UN agency and partners call for increased efforts and gear up for the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste - to be marked for the first time on 29 September 2020. The Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste brings together information on measurement, reduction, policies, alliances, actions and examples of successful models applied to reduce food loss and waste across the globe. More...
30-07-2020
 Quality seeds bring climate resilience to Kyrgyz agriculture. A new initiative has started in Kyrgyzstan by FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration, that contributes to the spread of climate change adaptation processes in agriculture and food systems by improving the resilience of seed systems and the quality of climate-tolerant seed varieties. More...
29-07-2020
 FAO and Japan continue fighting locust in Central Asia. FAO, the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan will continue to collaborate in the second phase of a regional project to enhance locust management in Tajikistan. The agreement of the project for improved locust management was signed today by Takayuki Miyashita, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, Oleg Guchgeldiyev, FAO Representative, and Tanabe Hideki, Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. More...
28-07-2020
 Kenya beats back desert locust upsurge for now, but East Africa remains at risk. Q&A with Cyril Ferrand, FAOs Resilience Team Leader for East Africa. At the moment FAO is fighting the second generation of Desert Locusts. We have made significant progress in a number of countries, especially in Kenya, where only two of the 29 counties that were infested in February have Desert Locusts today. In the coming days, that will drop to one county, and within three weeks Kenya should be free of large-scale infestations altogether. That is a success but the threat of possible re-infestation towards the end of the year will call for careful and continued surveillance. More...
28-07-2020
 FAO and Russian Federation sign Contribution Agreement to ramp up fight against desert locusts, help affected communities. FAO and the Russian Federation have signed a $10 million Contribution Agreement aimed at boosting efforts to control and eliminate Desert Locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. The agreement was signed today by FAO Deputy Director-General Beth Bechdol and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Rome-based UN Agencies Victor Vasiliev during a virtual ceremony. More...
27-07-2020
 UNECE/FAO studies contribute to sustainable management of precious forests. The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia are essential for this vast region, whose total area is almost equal to that of the European Union. They play a key role providing protection against land erosion and soil loss, safeguarding precious biodiversity, serving as carbon sinks, and supporting the livelihoods of the overwhelmingly rural population which inhabits the region. To support evidence-based management of these forests, UNECE and FAO have published bilingual (English/Russian) studies on Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, providing a detailed overview of forest resources and the forest sector in each of the countries, as well as policies and institutions in place for addressing challenges for sustainable forest management. More...
24-07-2020
 United Kingdom supports FAO's desert locust-fighting efforts with ? 17 million contribution. "We are once again grateful to the United Kingdom for their consistent support, which will go far helping to safeguard the food security and livelihoods of vulnerable farmers and their families in Africa and Asia threatened by desert locust," said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu. The funds come via the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and are in addition to a previous contribution of ? 8 million donated earlier this year for the desert locust appeal. The contribution from the United Kingdom will scale up ongoing efforts in East Africa, Yemen and Southwest Asia as well as help countries in West Africa prepare for a potential incursion of the pest. More...
23-07-2020
 FAO and Islamic Development Bank strengthen partnership with new cooperation agreement. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) today strengthened their long-standing partnership through a new agreement and action plan, focusing on agriculture-related business development, technical assistance and capacity development. The Memorandum of Understanding - the first to be signed virtually by the IsDB - will also focus on project design/implementation, policy advice and knowledge-sharing to increase the joint impact of both FAO and the Bank's work in the agricultural sectors. More...
22-07-2020
 Yemen sees return to alarming levels of food insecurity. Economic shocks, conflict, floods, desert locusts and now COVID-19 are creating a perfect storm that could reverse hard-earned food security gains in Yemen, warns the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners. The analysis carried out so far in 133 districts in southern Yemen[1] forecasts an alarming increase of people facing high levels of acute food insecurity, i.e. in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) by the end of the year. More...
22-07-2020
 FAO webinar puts agricultural research in focus. Agricultural research is central to unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. FAO organized a webinar focusing on Europe and Central Asia on Agricultural research in Europe and Central Asia in the post-COVID-19 era: Can be produced more with less? The event discussed information and experiences with governments and research institutes on the relevance of agricultural research and innovation in adopting and promoting new and innovative technologies for increased food production with fewer resources. The full webinar is available on YouTube (https://youtu.be/AOthncJBAcs). More...
22-07-2020
 FAO launches Hand-in-Hand geospatial data platform to help build stronger food and agriculture sectors post COVID-19. The platform has a large and rich set of data on food, agriculture, socioeconomics, and natural resources to help strengthen evidence-based decision-making in the food and agriculture sectors. It is a crucial tool for all efforts to build back better and create more resilient food systems post COVID-19. It boasts over one million geospatial layers and thousands of statistics series with over 4,000 metadata records, bringing together geographic information and statistical data on over ten domains linked to food and agriculture - from food security, crops, soil, land, water, climate, fisheries, livestock to forestry. It also includes information on COVID-19's impact on food and agriculture. More...
21-07-2020
 World's most comprehensive analysis of forest resources launched today in an innovative format. FAO launched today the most comprehensive forestry assessment to date in an innovative and easy-to-use digital format. Available for public viewing, the Global Forest Resources Assessment report (FRA 2020) and its first-ever online interactive dissemination platform contain detailed regional and global analyses for 236 countries and territories. Users can now consult a comparable and consistent set of more than 60 forest indicators across countries and regions and download the requested data in a non-proprietary digital format. More...
21-07-2020
 Global action needed now to halt spread of deadly pig disease. Pork is the most consumed meat in the world, representing 35.6 percent of global meat consumption. In recent years, African swine Fever (ASF) - which may cause up to 100 percent mortality in pigs - has become a major crisis for the pork industry, causing massive losses in pig populations and generating drastic economic consequences. The OIE and FAO call on countries and partners to join forces against this deadly pig disease by adoptingthe new Initiative for the Global Control of ASF (http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/ca9164en). More...
20-07-2020
 New report identifies 27 countries heading for COVID-19-driven food crises. New analysis out today by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) identifies 27 countries that are on the frontline of impending COVID-19-driven food crises, as the pandemic's knock-on effects aggravate pre-existing drivers of hunger. The joint analysis by FAO and WFP warns these "hotspot countries" are at high risk of - and in some cases are already seeing - significant food security deteriorations in the coming months, including rising numbers of people pushed into acute hunger. More...
17-07-2020
 Analysis on the state of small farms in Albania can advance their future. A new FAO study on Albanian smallholders is a crucial step towards evidence-based decision-making for the benefit of some 300 000 small farms and the Albanian countryside. The Smallholders and family farms in Albania Country study report (http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/ca7450en) also provides a set of recommendations, mainly at the policy level, to ensure improvements in areas hindering development, including a set of measures to support transformation of small and subsistence farms into viable and competitive commercial (and semi-commercial) farms. More...
17-07-2020
 Rising uncertainties from COVID-19 cloud medium-term agricultural prospects. According to the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2020-2029, the pandemic is expected to depress demand in the next few years and could further undermine food security. The joint OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2020-2029 report (http://www.fao.org/publications/oecd-fao-agricultural-outlook/2020-2029/en/) finds that over the next ten years supply growth is going to outpace demand growth, causing real prices of most commodities to remain at or below their current levels. Fluctuations in the driving factors of supply and demand could lead to strong price variations around this general path. More...
16-07-2020
 FAO launches the new COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme outlining seven key priority areas. FAO unveiled today its new comprehensive COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, aimed at preventing a global food emergency during and after the COVID-19 pandemic while working on medium to long-term development response for food security and nutrition. The Programme was launched today during a virtual dialogue with private and public sectors entitled "Joint action on COVID-19: boosting our food and agricultural response". The event was organised by FAO to provide an agile and coordinated global response that ensures access to nutritious food for all by mobilizing all forms of resources and partnerships at country, regional and global level. More...
14-07-2020
 As more go hungry and malnutrition persists, achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 in doubt, UN report warns. The latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (http://www.fao.org/publications/sofi/en/), published today, estimates that almost 690 million people went hungry in 2019 - up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years. High costs and low affordability also mean billions cannot eat healthily or nutritiously. The hungry are most numerous in Asia, but expanding fastest in Africa. Across the planet, the report forecasts, the COVID-19 pandemic could tip over 130 million more people into chronic hunger by the end of 2020. (Flare-ups of acute hunger in the pandemic context may see this number escalate further at times.) More...
13-07-2020
 FAO Council approves new measures to reform the UN agency. The FAO Council today approved a series of measures proposed by the Director-General QU Dongyu to modernize the UN agency and make it more efficient and effective. Composed of 49 member countries and executive organ of the FAO Conference, the Council met virtually for the first time in FAO's history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its final report, the FAO Council "supported the Director-General's vision for the Organization to be fit-for-purpose, modern, inclusive and agile, while preserving its technical capacity, in particular through a more modular and flexible structure aiming to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and cross-sectoral collaboration." More...
10-07-2020
 EcorNaturaSi and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat to boost rural, mountain, forest and island communities livelihoods. The two organizations committed to improving value chains and access to markets for small-scale producers; advocating for the conservation of biodiversity; reducing food loss and waste; and promoting animal welfare. "This collaboration will benefit vulnerable smallholder producers and their environments. It will help them safeguard and promote their unique food and non-food products, and boost their incomes. And throughout this process, they will learn how to better care for their environments," said Hiroto Mitsugi, FAO Assistant Director-General. More...
09-07-2020
 Online training helps veterinarians in Lumpy skin disease preparedness. FAO offers an electronic training kit in the form of a four-week online course on Lumpy skin disease (LSD) preparedness. The current pilot course has been co-organized by FAO and the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD), under the umbrella of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs). The course materials have been developed jointly by a team of experts from FAO and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute in Germany. The main goal of the pilot is to elicit experts feedback to further improve the course. Participants include invited representatives of veterinary services from 44 countries, all the way from Western Europe to East Asia. More...
09-07-2020
 FAO welcomes additional 15 million from the European Union to fight Desert Locusts and their impacts on food security. The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, QU Dongyu, today welcomed a 15 million contribution from the European Union to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as a new wave of locusts is emerging in the region. The European Commission said it had allocated funds to support the UN agency and partner countries in combatting the worst Desert Locust upsurges seen in the region in decades. The funds came via the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (EU DEVCO). The EU made a previous contribution of 11 million to the locust appeal in February. More...
08-07-2020
 Social protection measures offer help in countering COVID-19 impacts. An FAO webinar, the fourth in a series of regional COVID-19 webinars, discussed practical solutions aiming to mitigate COVID-19 impacts and associated challenges, and provide opportunities through social protection measures. The discussion examined proven ways and tools, as well as analyzed strengths, weaknesses, and requirements of the adopted measures for the benefit of rural populations. The full webinar is available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn0JOG7qfe4). More...
08-07-2020
 North Macedonia receives continued support for "greening". The Green Climate Fund (GCF), the main global fund financing actions to fight climate change, approved its second project for North Macedonia under the readiness and preparatory support programme to help the country become more prepared for the impacts of climate change. This is the continuation of a similar effort, completed in 2019. The project, which will run for an 18-month period, started with a virtual workshop bringing together 130 representatives of key government institutions, ministries, the private sector, civil society, academia, and development partners. More...
08-07-2020
 Sweet future for Turkish beekeepers. FAO provided 400 beehives and equipment to beekeepers in the villages of Karaman and Konya districts where beekeeping is an especially important activity, to support the integrated forest management plan for Eregli in the centre of Turkey. The activity is part of a project on sustainable land management and climate-friendly agriculture jointly implemented with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and funded by the Global Environment Fund. Honeybees carry out 85 percent of pollination in nature. Hence as bees fly from flower to flower, they deliver a crucial service of preserving and developing biodiversity and ensuring food reliability and income, as well as honey and other bee products. More...
07-07-2020
 FAO and Rabobank's new partnership focuses on helping make food systems more sustainable, including through innovative investments. Joint projects aim to lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve land and water use, and empower smallholder farmers to reduce food losses and address the challenges of climate change. FAO has signed a new partnership agreement with Rabobank, a Dutch cooperative bank, with the intention of helping targeted rural communities benefit from more inclusive, sustainable food systems. It also envisages jointly exploring the use of innovative financial instruments to bridge financing gaps in emerging markets and to promote sustainability in food systems investments. More...
06-07-2020
 The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu proposes new structure to make FAO agile and efficient. QU Dongyu presented to the FAO Council a second set of measures to reform the UN agency. These follow those approved by the Council in December 2019, aimed at making FAO more agile, efficient and accountable. Qu also outlined the current and future challenges facing food security and agriculture at large, and his vision to respond to them. "The further adjustments that I am presenting today are guided by the same vision: creating an inclusive and agile FAO that serves its Members to achieve the "four betters": better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life by further transparent, open, innovative, responsible and effective reform," Qu said. More...
06-07-2020
 New FAO Representative takes up duties in Kyrgyzstan. Adnan Quereshi has been appointed as FAO Representative in Kyrgyzstan, effective from 1 July. The British national will switch to the Central Asian country from the Organizations Rome headquarters, where he served as senior programme officer since 2018. "Kyrgyzstan is a vast country with very varied geography and climate, and FAOs project portfolio reflects this diversity," Quereshi said. "I look forward to learning more about our work covering aquaculture, youth engagement, animal health, food security and nutrition, locust, sustainable resource management, and many other areas." More...
06-07-2020
 FAO partners with the Adaptation Fund to help vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change. FAO has been accredited as an implementing partner of the Adaptation Fund and will work with the international fund on projects to help vulnerable countries fight the harmful effects of climate change. FAO is already accredited with the Green Climate Fund and now becomes the 13th multilateral implementing entity to work with the Adaptation Fund. "FAO's official accreditation to the Adaption Fund is a significant step forward in our work to promote food security and nutrition in countries particularly affected by climate change," said Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General. More...
03-07-2020
 Good agricultural practices help Azerbaijani hazelnut farmers increase efficiency and quality. A new FAO project catalyzing the efficiency and sustainability of Azerbaijans hazelnut sector "HAZER" was virtually launched in June, under the FAO-Azerbaijan Partnership Programme. The project therefore aims to empower smallholder farmers to adopt good agricultural practices for the increased production efficiency of hazelnuts, with adapted mechanization technologies and services and to increase the quality of nuts produced, with a specific focus on reducing the risk of aflatoxin contamination. More...
03-07-2020
 Global food commodity prices rebound in June. In June, global food commodity prices rose for the first time since the beginning of the year driven by a rebound in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy quotations. However, in the cereals and meat markets, most prices remained under downward pressure amid market uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most traded food commodities, averaged 93.2 points in June, some 2.4 percent higher than the previous month. More...
02-07-2020
 "Without shared efforts, we cannot achieve our goals". In two neighbouring countries, water sharing leads to modern technologies, cross-border cooperation, and increased women involvement. Water is a scarce natural resource consumed not only by humans, but much more by agriculture. The Isfara river in north Tajikistan, shared with Kyrgyzstan, has been the centre of conflicts over water for many years until five United Nations Agencies stepped in to foster cooperation through fair and sustainable water management under the framework of the South-South Cooperation. More...
01-07-2020
 Traditional bamboo cultivation system in the Republic of Korea earns place on global agricultural heritage sites list. The Republic of Korea's traditional bamboo-based farming system in Damyang has been recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS), a designation managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is the fifth time a site from the Republic of Korea has won the GIAHS recognition. Based on traditional agroecological practices, the site is an impressive example of sustainable agriculture approach linking nature and traditional farming practices while respecting the environment. More...
26-06-2020
 Time to scale up and support Africas Great Green Wall. "We have to promote sustainable eco-economies. Restoration and associated livelihood benefits must be scaled up," FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said to heads of United Nations agencies and other multilateral entities at a round table on how to roll out a project that spans 8,000 kilometers and aims to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes by 2030. The Great Green Wall Initiative, endorsed by the African Union in 2007, is a response to the challenge of desertification and climate change along the arid strip of land in the Sahara-Sahel region, stretching from Senegal to Djibouti. FAO has played a leading role in initial projects linked to the initiative, which have showcased its potential and identified its needs. More...
25-06-2020
 Virtual event showed ways to keep family farming alive through the pandemic. Food systems in Europe and Central Asia are under pressure by COVID-19. Food outlets and peoples mobility have been temporarily suspended, trade has been disrupted, unemployment is on the rise. Their impacts are yet to be quantified, notably in relation to smallholder agriculture that plays a pivotal role in the region. FAO organized a webinar focusing on the numerous needs and constraints of smallholders and family farms in the region, highlighting the specific challenges that are further evolving due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More...
24-06-2020
 Experts joined a webinar on the challenges of fisheries and aquaculture in the face of climate change. Fisheries are expected to be significantly affected by climate change as a result of acidification of seawaters, changes in sea temperatures and circulation patterns, increase in frequency and severity of extreme events, as well as rise of sea levels and associated ecological changes. To address these challenges and share national experiences, experts from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and FAO convened today for the first session of a two-day webinar on climate change adaptation in fisheries and aquaculture, moderated by Haydar Fersoy, FAO senior fishery officer. More...
23-06-2020
 FAO and the EU highlight the vital role of biodiversity in building sustainable food systems. If we want to shift towards healthy and sustainable food systems and build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to re-connect agriculture with ecosystem services and unleash biodiversity's full potential to enhance our food and agriculture production, the participants of a high-level panel discussion, co-organised by FAO and the European Union, heard today. The virtual discussion entitled "The European Green Deal: A Conversation on the Transformative Force of the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies to build Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems" focused on ways to strengthen the FAO-EU collaboration on addressing challenges to sustainably manage biodiversity across all agricultural sectors. More...
23-06-2020
 What's in a name? Or better yet, what's in a cheese? With youth increasingly leaving rural areas for cities and with processed foods on the rise, traditional foods run the risk of disappearing, especially as habits and lifestyles change. But by putting traditional foods like sulguni and Tushetian guda on the map linking people, products and places FAO, together with partners like the government of Georgia, is helping to instil a sense of pride in rich local, food heritage, especially among younger generations. Recognizing producers contribution to national food and biodiversity heritage and increasing the value of and pride in these products boosts livelihoods and helps to keep these food traditions alive and celebrated for years to come. More...
18-06-2020
 FAO Director-General calls for new approach to stop soil loss on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2020. A new approach is needed to combat soil degradation, desertification and drought if we are to meet the growing demand for food to feed the world's population, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, QU Dongyu, said today. The Director-General was speaking at RECSOIL: Recarbonization of global soils , a virtual event convened by FAO on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The theme of this year's international day is "Food.Feed.Fibre. Sustainable consumption and production". More...
17-06-2020
 Matching grants help migrants businesses take off in Tajikistan. The matching grants pilot is a part of the FAO project, Developing capacity for strengthening food security and nutrition in selected countries of Caucasus and Central Asia, funded by the Russian Federation. It has supported vulnerable families in Tajikistan in becoming more resilient to the consequences of global crises, be it pandemics, natural disasters or other crises. By leveraging innovative in-country solutions, these projects are helping ensure continued food security and boosting rural economies, both key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. More...
16-06-2020
 Towards innovative, conflict-sensitive and human rights-based approaches to forest monitoring. With the support of Finland, a national-scale forest inventory will be implemented in Myanmar, including in areas with security and conflict issues. The Governments of Myanmar and Finland today launched a trailblazing project designed to allow for monitoring of forests in a manner that is sensitive to local conflicts and protects human rights. More...
16-06-2020
 Tunisias unique farming systems win recognition as part of the global agricultural heritage. Tunisia's traditional Ramli agricultural systems in the lagoons of Ghar El Melh and its hanging gardens from Djebba El Olia, have been recognized as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), a designation managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is the second time Tunisian sites have won the GIAHS recognition, after Gafsa Oases in 2011. More...
15-06-2020
 Growing productivity for Georgias women farmers. Georgia is primarily an agricultural country, and women are crucial participants and contributors to agricultural development. Nonetheless, the contribution of women to agricultural production remains invisible and under-recognized. With better agricultural knowledge rural women could enhance their farms production and raise standard of living for their children and families. To overcome this shortcoming, female farmers in Georgia have learned about agricultural production and good practices from FAO and the European Union (EU) under the umbrella of the European Neighborhood Programme for Agricultural and Rural Development (ENPARD). More...
12-06-2020
 Webinar underlined the extension and advisory services crucial impact on sustainable food systems. FAO, in partnership with the Regional Network of Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services, organized a webinar to discuss the role of extension and advisory services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a series of regional webinars, succeeding the online event for Asia and another on food systems. Examples from Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine were presented. The full webinar is available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixON8NHGzo4). More...
11-06-2020
 Global food markets still brace for uncertainty in 2020/21 because of COVID-19 says FAO. Food markets will face many more months of uncertainty due to COVID-19, but the agri-food sector is likely to show more resilience to the pandemic crisis than other sectors, according to a new report released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Food Outlook report provides the first forecasts for production and market trends in 2020-2021 for the world's most traded food commodities - cereals, oilcrops, meat, dairy, fish and sugar. More...
11-06-2020
 World Day Against Child Labour 2020: preventing child labour in agriculture during COVID-19 and beyond. FAO marked World Day Against Child Labour today by stressing the critical need to step up efforts to prevent a spike in child labour in agriculture due to the COVID-19 pandemic's disruptive global impact on livelihoods, education, food and health systems. This year's observance focused on exploring child labour mitigation measures through livelihood and food assistance, social protection, health and education programmes which can help protect children from bearing the brunt of the pandemic impacts. FAO together with its partners promotes such initiatives as part of its efforts to help ensure decent employment conditions in the agricultural sectors. More...
11-06-2020
 INTERVIEW: In times of a pandemic, everyone has had to adapt to ensure safe food. Mary Kenny is FAOs food safety and consumer protection officer for the Europe and Central Asia region, based at the Organizations regional office. Kenny spoke recently with communication officer Victoria Kalinin on the occasion of World Food Safety Day (7 June) declared by the UN in 2018, about how FAO is helping countries in the region within this effort. More...
10-06-2020
 Emerging data suggest COVID-19 is driving up hunger in vulnerable countries. Initial and ongoing assessments by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provide strong indications that the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts are driving up hunger in countries that were already experiencing high levels of food insecurity prior to the disease's outbreak. "The COVID-19 pandemic poses a clear and present danger to food security and nutrition, especially to the world's most vulnerable communities" FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today at the opening of a high-level UN event on humanitarian action. More...
09-06-2020
 Fisheries management works, so its time to apply it more broadly. FAOs State of the Worlds Fisheries and Aquaculture 2020 tracks growing fish production and consumption, and highlights the promise of sustainability actions. Total fish production is set to increase to 204 million tonnes in 2030, up 15 percent from 2018, with aquaculture's share growing from its current 46 percent according to The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA). That growth is around half the increase recorded in the previous decade, and translates into an annual per capita fish food consumption is forecast to reach 21.5 kilograms by 2030. More...
08-06-2020
 Forests are critical for promoting pollination in agriculture and biodiversity, says FAO report. Forests and trees are critical for promoting pollination by bees, butterflies and other animals, and there is an urgent need to stop their habitat degradation and safeguard biodiversity, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The report jointly produced by FAO and Bioversity International, is designed to raise awareness about critical role and the benefits of forest-dependent pollinators and is targeted at forest managers, landscape planners and land use decision makers. More...
08-06-2020
 IUU fishing is a great threat to sustainable fisheries. FAO on Friday led celebrations of the 3rd International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, a scourge accounting for as much as one-seventh of the fish traded in the world. "Ensuring sustainable fisheries is essential both for present and future generations," said Vera Agostini, Deputy Director of FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. "IUU fishing is among the greatest threats. We can eliminate it -we must remember that." More...
07-06-2020
 World Environment Day 2020: Healthy ecosystems are fundamental for preventing global diseases and ensuring food security. A better understanding of the role of ecosystems and biodiversity in addressing diseases and other threats to people's lives, health, and livelihoods will enable us to overcome the COVID-19 challenges and prevent the re-emergence of such devastating outbreaks in the future. This was the key take-away from the virtual celebration of World Environment Day 2020, organized by FAO today. This year's theme "Time for Nature" highlights what needs to be done to transform our food and agricultural systems in order to restore our ecosystems and biodiversity, which are instrumental in the efforts to build back better after COVID-19. More...
05-06-2020
 Sustainable fishing receives strong support in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Today, the world is celebrating the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. There is even more to celebrate, as the 58th Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has now endorsed financial support to two FAO projects on fisheries and ecosystem-based management for the Black Sea and Mediterranean. More...
05-06-2020
 Sustainability and biodiversity in Uzbekistan receives a strong boost from FAO and GEF. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved to co-finance FAOs efforts in Uzbekistan striving to shift food systems and land use to a sustainable track and supporting land restoration. Specifically, improvements in the wheat production and value chain are foreseen, given that the country is the sixth biggest wheat consumer in the world and that appetite is growing. During a virtual meeting, the GEF Council agreed to cover USD 6.75 million out of a total budget of USD 71.23 million as part of the global Food systems, land use and restoration impact program. The rest will be funded by FAO and country partners. More...
05-06-2020
 Addressing COVID-19's impacts and structural crisis in the Pacific. With or without COVID-19 cases, pandemics impact in the Pacific is enormous - Q&A with FAO Pacific Coordinator. Eriko Hibi, FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific and Representative to thirteen Pacific States discusses COVID-19 pandemic's impact in the Pacific, and plans to rebuild. More...
04-06-2020
 Thirty countries will benefit as Global Environment Facility funds FAO-led projects. Nations from Brazil to Yemen will see a boost to their efforts to protect biodiversity; reverse land degradation; adapt to climate change; safeguard international waters; and promote sustainable food systems. he Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today welcomed the decision by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council to allocate a substantial $ 176 million to 24 of its projects that tackle the critical intersection between agriculture and environmental concerns. The decision came at the Council's 58th meeting, the first to be conducted virtually. More...
04-06-2020
 FAO Food Price Index falls to 17-month low. Global commodity food prices fell for the fourth consecutive month in May, as supplies appear strong and demand weakens due to economic contractions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported today. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 162.5 points in May, 1.9 percent below the previous month and marking its lowest reading since December 2018. First forecasts for 2020/21 point to new records ahead for global cereal production, utilization, stocks and trade. More...
04-06-2020
 FAO Director-General appeals to donors to scale up response and ease plight of farmers and fishers in Yemen. The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, has appealed to donors for $100 million in urgent aid to ease the plight of desperate farmers, herders, fishers and their families in Yemen. The Director-General made his appeal on Tuesday in an address to the virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, which was convened by the United Nations in partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More...
03-06-2020
 Rural families receive joint FAO-WFP support to combat climate change and COVID-19. Some parts of Kyrgyzstan were hit hard by flood, frost, and snowfall in April an additional layer of hardship on vulnerable rural families affected by labour migration, who have already been cut off from employment due to COVID-19 border closures and movement limitations. These circumstances have left more than a thousand families without access to food markets and adequate knowledge on essential agricultural techniques and practices, which would have helped them to grow food in their backyards. More...
02-06-2020
 FAO, GAIN and Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World launch new online dashboard to inform better food policy. Dashboard houses food systems data from more than 230 countries and territories. FAO, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, and The Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World launched a new easy-to-navigate online tool designed to help decision makers understand their food systems, identify their levers of change, and decide which ones to pull. The Food Systems Dashboard is a unique holistic resource intended for policymakers, non-governmental organisations, businesses, civil society leaders, and other actors to enable timely visualisation of national food systems, understand the interconnections across multiple sectors, perform comparisons with other countries, identify key challenges, and prioritise actions. More...
01-06-2020
 COVID-19 causes havoc to supply chains for fresh fruits and vegetables. Getting fruit and vegetables from the fields to the table is extra challenging amid COVID-19 from restrictions on movement to high transport costs and closed markets. The sector is also facing big changes in demand and prices. While the prices of some products are skyrocketing, especially those thought to boost immunity like lemons and garlic, others are plummeting. More...
29-05-2020
 Using innovation to deliver in Somalia despite COVID-19. A stark hunger outlook means finding new ways to reach Somalis in need. FAO Representative in Somalia Etienne Peterschmitt discusses COVID-19 and its impacts on vulnerable groups and the UN agency's work. More...
28-05-2020
 Lifting lockdowns what next for food systems? As countries ease lockdown measures, a new set of challenges emerges for food production, processing, and logistics of supply chains. Some of these can provide opportunity for growth, given that policymakers and value chain actors play their part. To mitigate COVID-19 impacts and to open new opportunities, countries need practical solutions on a range of issues including food supply, food and nutrition security, trade, and markets. More...
28-05-2020
 FAO stresses the need for investment now to sustain Africa's agriculture in a post COVID-19 era. Brussels Dialogue brings together the African Union, the Organization of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union. As COVID-19 increasingly affects Africa, the shocks to agriculture and food systems become more evident. Building resilience for the most vulnerable is now a priority. That was the message participants stressed repeatedly during the FAO Brussels Dialogue "Sustaining food security and resilience in Africa in times of COVID 19" a virtual event organized by the FAO Liaison Office in Brussels. More...
27-05-2020
 Stronger livelihoods help Armenian families manage the current crisis. Support for rural Armenians helps them face the COVID-19 pandemic with more confidence. Building stronger foundations for vulnerable Armenian families by safeguarding their livelihoods is key to ensuring that families can get through times of crises and shocks and make quicker recoveries afterwards. While COVID-19 is the current crisis, global hunger is the larger one. FAO helps families keep their livelihoods strong and stay food secure, ensuring that Armenia and countries worldwide, are on track to achieve a hunger free world. More...
26-05-2020
 FAO stands by Kyrgyzstan in locust emergency. The locust plague is one such problems that represent a serious threat for food security and nutrition, even today, even in Kyrgyzstan. Therefore, as a prevention measure to protect food security and nutrition, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration will receive technical support from FAO to fight the locust. It is predicted for 2020 that, without immediate action, Kyrgyzstan is expected to have a massive population of locusts on an area of more than 120 000 hectares. More...
25-05-2020
 UN report: As the worlds forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity. Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world's forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World's Forests released today. Published on the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), the report shows that the conservation of the world's biodiversity is utterly dependent on the way in which we interact with and use the world's forests. More...
22-05-2020
 FAO Director-General says the fight against Desert Locusts will take time, despite significant control gains. The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, has warned that efforts to control Desert Locusts will take time, noting increased concern for the Sahel and Southwest Asia is adding to the burden of efforts ongoing in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Appeal raised to $311.6 million as swarms continue to threaten the Horn of Africa, Yemen while threats are increasing in Southwest Asia and the Sahel. More...
22-05-2020
 Potential is brewing for tea growers in Georgia and Azerbaijan. Harnessing benefits for all, from field to cup. When you think of tea growing countries, Georgia and Azerbaijan might not immediately spring to mind. But the two have a long history steeped in tea production dating back to the nineteenth century. By the 1980s, they were supplying most of the tea consumed in the then Soviet Union. Their once booming tea industries rapidly declined in the years following the Soviet collapse. Today, their combined production is not even 2 percent of their peak from the 1980s, as Georgian and Azerbaijani consumers have turned to less expensive, better quality imports. More...
21-05-2020
 First International Tea Day sees call for joint action to ensure sustainability of tea sector. FAO today marked International Tea Day by stressing the crucial need to ensure the sustainability of tea production - a basis for the livelihoods of millions of farmers - especially at a time when the world economy enters a recession and incomes decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the current pandemic, the first observance of International Tea Day was held virtually. More...
21-05-2020
 The buzz around Turkish pine honey. This years event 'World Bee Day 2020', organized around the theme Bee Engaged, shines a spotlight on the huge role bees and pollinators play in the foods we eat and the health of our environment. The day is not just for the bees, but also recognizes the role of beekeepers. They safeguard bee populations and their biodiversity, and improve global food security through a wide range and quality of nutritious foods and food products. More...
20-05-2020
 World Bee Day 2020: FAO calls for more to be done to safeguard our tiny food heroes, amid alarming decline. Protecting bees and beekeepers crucial in times of COVID-19 to support livelihoods. This was the key take-away from the virtual celebration of World Bee Day 2020, organized by FAO in partnership with the government of Slovenia - which spear-headed the creation of the Day by the UN General Assembly in 2017, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and Apimondia - the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations. More...
20-05-2020
 Central Asia exchanged pandemic experiences and policy work on food security. With the COVID-19 pandemic raging all over the globe, safeguarding nutrition and agriculture is vital for every country. This was the reason for FAO and Uzbekistan, as the host of the next European Regional Conference, to convene a meeting of agricultural ministers of five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) for a round-table. The virtual meeting on ensuring food security and agricultural development aimed to facilitate dialogue during the COVID-19 pandemic. More...
19-05-2020
 FAO needs $350 million to avert rising hunger as countries reel from COVID-19 pandemics impact. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking $350 million to scale up hunger-fighting and livelihoods-boosting activities in food crisis contexts where COVID-19's impact could be devastating. Although the pandemic's full-scale and long-term impact on food security is yet to be revealed, evidence shows that in countries already hit by acute hunger, people are increasingly struggling to have access to food as incomes fall and food prices rise. More...
18-05-2020
 FAO, EU, and Georgias ministry launch $1 million grant for farmers to fight COVID-19 crisis. Bringing transformative agriculture solutions and building farmer resilience to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the European Union EU, FAO, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture have teamed up to develop an accelerated funding mechanism for Georgian farmers. Their efforts have unlocked USD 1 million in rapid funding for smallholder farmers experiencing difficulties during the pandemic. More...
15-05-2020
 Future generations receive guidance to explore the steppes. The FAO project is implemented by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, General Directorate of Plant Production, and General Directorate of Forestry, with financial support from GEF, in three distinct grasslands K?z?lkuyu Wildlife Development Area, Tek Tek Mountains National Park, and the Karacadag Steppes in Sanliurfa. It aims to improve the conservation of Turkeys steppe ecosystems through effective protected area management and mainstreaming steppe biodiversity conservation into production landscapes. More...
14-05-2020
 FAO makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains. Releasing FAO's progress report on the locust control campaign in East Africa and Yemen, the Director-General noted that the UN agency had continued its surveillance and control operations despite constraints resulting from COVID-19 and other challenges. Preliminary estimates from the UN agency indicate that 720, 000 tonnes of cereal, enough to feed five million people a year, have been saved in ten countries by preventing the spread of Desert Locusts and damage to many more hectares. An additional 350 000 pastoral households have been spared from distress. More...
11-05-2020
 Amid ample food supplies, FAO reveals snarls in distribution during COVID-19 pandemic. In Europe and Central Asia, as well as globally, early indications project near-record wheat production and stock levels in 2020. Food supplies for major food commodities are sufficient. Still, logistics disruptions have emerged as a result of measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, challenging food distribution and agricultural production in some countries. All this was revealed in the FAO publication Regional food market situation and policy bulletin in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/ca8869en), which reviews the Europe and Central Asia region. More...
08-05-2020
 FAO, EU provide 60 tonnes of potato seeds to Tajik farmers. The activity helps build small producers capacity and improve their livelihoods in northern Shahristan and central Nurobod districts. Seed potato value chains in Tajikistan are experiencing multiple burdens. Those include challenges of poor quality, hampered import supply due to COVID-19, combined with increased seed demand ahead of the planting season. Quality potato seeds are limited in availability come at a high price; in addition, lack of access to pesticides, fertilizers and other inputs, prevent farmers from obtaining a higher return. More...
08-05-2020
 Global food commodity prices drop further in April. FAO expects subdued usage to push up cereal stocks in 2019/20 and FAOs first forecast for wheat markets in 2020/21 points to continued growth in inventories. World food commodity prices declined for the third month in a row during April, as the economic and logistical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant contractions in demand for many commodities. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 165.5 points in April, some 3.4 percent lower than the previous month and 3 percent lower than April 2019. More...
07-05-2020
 Forest loss slows globally as sustainable management grows. Globally deforestation continues, albeit at a slower rate, with 10 million hectares a year being converted to other uses since 2015, down from 12 million hectares a year in the previous five years, according to the key findings of a flagship report that is conducted by FAO every five years. The key findings of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA 2020) have been released today together with an interactive publication called "A Fresh Perspective: Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020." The full FRA2020 report, with country data, will be released at a later date. More...
07-05-2020
 COVID-19: Using economic stimulus to reduce the long-term hunger impact. Beyond the COVID-19 health emergency, a recession looms, and countries ought to take measures now to soften the longer-term impacts on hunger and food insecurity, a new FAO policy brief says. In the 2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report, FAO analysts noted that economic slowdowns and downturns helped explain rising undernourishment levels in 65 of the 77 countries that recorded such rises between 2011 and 2017. That underscores the risk of adverse hunger trends ahead. More...
30-04-2020
 Despite the threat of COVID-19, FAOs work in Syria carries on helping farmers grow food and get back on their feet. In this interview, we speak with Mike Robson, FAO Representative in Syria about the COVID-19 pandemic and what it could mean for a country such as Syria, which is on a long road to recovery after nine years of crisis. More...
29-04-2020
 FAO welcomes Russian Federations $10 million donation to support fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa. "We are grateful to the Russian Federation for its contribution to help fight the alarming impact of the Desert Locust upsurge. It will help efforts to stop the spread of the locusts and to safeguard the livelihoods of farmers and their families who are at risk from this scourge," Qu said. More...
28-04-2020
 Forestry industry must improve safety record. The forestry industry must take steps to improve its safety record and promote decent rural employment in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda, according to a new FAO paper published today on World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The report, Occupational safety and health in forest harvesting and silviculture: A compendium for practitioners and instructors, argues that despite incomplete statistics, forestry is one of the most dangerous civilian professions in the world. More...
27-04-2020
 "COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa". Q&A with Coumba Sow, FAO Resilience Coordinator for West Africa. In this interview, we speak with Coumba Sow, FAO Resilience Coordinator for West Africa, about the COVID-19 pandemic and what it could mean for millions of people already grappling with hunger and conflict in West Africa. More...
27-04-2020
 New regional UN task force fosters sustainable food systems and food security. This week, the Regional United Nations System Meeting gave the green light for the kick-off of the Issue-Based Coalition (IBC) on food systems a regional task-force to coordinate UN support on sustainable food systems in Europe and Central Asia. Sustainable food systems are a cornerstone of a sustainable future, framed by the 2030 Agenda, that should help provide healthy and nutritious diets for everyone. More...
24-04-2020
 FAO launches African swine fever preparedness online course for Europe. Although media attention is all about the human pandemic, African swine fever (ASF) is still a pressing issue. Rampaging throughout three continents, never before in history has the disease had such a wide distribution with so many millions of animals affected. To help preparedness, FAO is launching an online training course in the English language, involving more than 450 animal health practitioners from 30 European countries that have already been selected. All European countries were previously invited to join this limited course, with nominations provided by Veterinary Services. More...
22-04-2020
 Assessing El Ninos impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world. New report presents the main regional consequences caused by the five types of the climate pattern. While considerable resources are invested in seasonal forecasts and early-warning systems for food security, not enough is known about El Nino's impact on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, even though its name was given in the 1600s by fishers off the coast of Peru. To remedy that, FAO is publishing the report El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) effects on fisheries and aquaculture. This report captures the current state of knowledge on the impacts of ENSO events across sectors, from food security to safety at sea, from fish biology and fishing operation to management measures. More...
22-04-2020
 FAO urges at G20 meeting protection of food supply chains amid COVID-19 threat. Director-General speaks to G20 agriculture ministers on behalf of UN food agencies. The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a major public health concern but also a threat to global food security, one that can be mitigated by avoiding measures that disrupt food supply chains, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu told the Agriculture Ministers of the G20 countries today. "Preserving access to safe food and nutrition is an essential part of the health response," he said, recommending countries to strengthen local production and shorten food supply chains. More...
21-04-2020
 Global Report on Food Crises reveals scope of food crises as COVID-19 poses new risks to vulnerable countries. An international alliance of UN, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies working to address the root causes of extreme hunger have released a new edition of their annual Global Report on Food Crises. The report by the Global Network Against Food Crises, along with key findings, statements by partners, and multimedia products unpacking its contents are now available at: The Global Network's website: http://www.fightfoodcrises.net/food-crises-and-covid-19/en/ More...
21-04-2020
 QU Dongyu says a coordinated response needed to address the drivers that perpetuate food crises. QU Dongyu says a coordinated response needed to address the drivers that perpetuate food crises. With conflicts, extreme weather, desert locusts, economic shocks and now COVID-19, likely to push more people into acute food insecurity, coherent actions are needed among humanitarian, development and peace actors, to address the root causes that perpetuate existing food crises, said FAO-Director-General QU Dongyu. He delivered his remarks at an online briefing organized by the United Nations Security Council on the topic of 'The Protection of civilians from conflict induced hunger'. More...
21-04-2020
 FAO, IFAD, the World Bank and WFP on the occasion of the Extraordinary G20 Agriculture Minister's Meeting. On the occasion of today's Extraordinary G20 Agriculture Minister's Meeting, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank and the World Food Programme (WFP) have issued the Joint Statement on COVID-19 Impacts on Food Security and Nutrition. More...
21-04-2020
 FAO addresses agricultural land abandonment in Armenia. FAO continues helping Armenias Ministry of Economy address agricultural land abandonment, affecting approximately one-third of all arable land in the country. Now, the joint expert team of FAO and the Ministry of Economy has prepared a draft law on ensuring effective use of agricultural land, which was presented to the Legal Working Group of the Ministry of Economy for review and comment. More...
20-04-2020
 Contribution will help to scale up detection and containment of locusts.FAO Director-General QU Dongyu has welcomed a $10 million donation from Mastercard Foundation to step up the fight against the Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa amid concern about an imminent upsurge in numbers. "I thank Mastercard Foundation for its generous contribution as the Desert Locust threatens to provoke a humanitarian emergency," QU said. "It is crucial that we act hand in hand, scale up efforts to contain the locusts and protect the livelihoods of millions of farmers and their families." More...
17-04-2020
 COVID-19: FAO and African Union commit to safeguarding food security amid crisis.Regional body and UN agency join forces to minimize lockdowns impact on continent where one in five goes hungry. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the African Union (AU) and international partners today described the food and agriculture system as "an essential service that must continue to operate during periods of lockdown, emergency, curfew and other containment measures". More...
16-04-2020
 FAO study suggests policies to strengthen family farms in Serbia. The Smallholders and family farms in Serbia study was written to better understand their situation and trends and, ultimately, provide policy recommendations on further developing family farms, while at the same time ensuring inclusive growth, improved rural livelihoods, and reduction of rural poverty. In the past ten years, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries accounted for on average 9.2 percent of the total gross value added and employed 21 percent of the labour force. The sector is characterised predominantly by high volatility in growth rates caused by frequent extreme weather events, such as drought and floods. More...
15-04-2020
 What a difference some greens make. The pilot project, Productive Social Contract/Cash Plus, has helped more than 150 households living in this western region of Kyrgyzstan to improve their nutrition and increase their incomes by giving them training in agriculture. This is designed to complement the existing state social cash transfer programme. The pilot is part of the wider project that is funded by the Russian Federation. More...
09-04-2020
 FAO continues to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen despite COVID-19 constraints.More than 240,000 hectares treated and 740 personnel trained in affected countries since January 2020. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN is continuing its efforts to contain the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa despite restrictions on the movement of personnel and equipment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. More...
09-04-2020
 FAO rolls out toolkit for smart policymaking during the COVID-19 crisis.Imagine a virtual space where to search and find what decision makers are doing in their countries worldwide to respond to and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A global library that provides detailed information on how different countries, with different social and fiscal landscapes and diverse agricultural endowments, are trying to keep their supply chains moving amid the disruptions caused by travel and other health restrictions. That space is now available and free to access. More...
08-04-2020
 COVID-19: Our hungriest, most vulnerable communities face "a crisis within a crisis".In countries whose medical systems are under-resourced, the health crisis could be compounded by a hunger crisis and lost livelihoods unless we act now to help. In this interview, Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO's Emergency and Resilience Division, explains the particular challenges COVID-19 poses in vulnerable communities already coping with high levels of hunger due to pre-existing crises -- and how the Organization is gearing up to help. More...
07-04-2020
 Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences joins forces with FAO to support sustainable agriculture and rural economies.The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS) have signed a partnership agreement which foresees joint efforts to support smallholder farmers through technological innovation. The collaboration will focus on developing sustainable, resilient and efficient food systems across urban and rural areas, and sharing knowledge and technologies with developing countries through FAO's South-South and triangular cooperation framework. More...
07-04-2020
 World food prices drop in March.World food prices declined sharply in March, driven mostly by demand-side contractions linked to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drop in global oil prices due mostly to expectations of economic slowdown as governments roll out restrictions designed to respond to the health crisis. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly traded food commodities, averaged 172.2 points during the month, down 4.3 percent from February. More...
02-04-2020
 Mitigating impacts of COVID-19 on food trade and markets.Millions of people around the world depend on international trade for their food security and livelihoods. As countries move to enact measures aiming to halt the accelerating COVID-19 pandemic, care must be taken to minimise potential impacts on the food supply or unintended consequences on global trade and food security. More...
31-03-2020
 A battle plan for ensuring global food supplies during the COVID-19 crisis. FAOs Chief Economist maps the ways the world can mitigate shocks to agriculture and food systems. The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world on a crisis footing, with unprecedented actions to restrict movements and plans for radical deployment of public funds to combat the threat posed by a novel coronavirus that knows no boundaries. Success will entail coherent and robust plans for our food systems. FAO Chief Economist Maximo Torero Cullen outlines a framework for how countries can think about and craft these plans. More...
26-03-2020
 FAO Director-General urges G20 to ensure that food value chains are not disrupted during COVID-19 pandemic. Qu made his appeal in an online address from Rome to the G20 Extraordinary Virtual Leaders' Summit on COVID-19. Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the summit which was called to forge a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications. More...
26-03-2020
 FAO hand in hand with Italy in the fight against COVID-19. FAO is illuminating its headquarters in Rome with the green-white-red colours of the Italian "Tricolore" flag, as a sign of solidarity with its host country as it grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic.The lights were turned on this evening and will stay on until the novel coronavirus crisis ends.This year marks FAO's 75th anniversary. The Organization has been based in Rome since 1951. More...
23-03-2020
 UN fast tracks $10 million loan to help scale up FAO action to fight Desert Locusts. FAO is further scaling up its activities to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa thanks to a $10 million loan approved this week by the United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). This loan will supplement the $10 million grant that CERF contributed to FAO in January to fight the outbreak which is threatening to provoke a humanitarian emergency in the region. More...
20-03-2020
 FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring. Peatlands cover only 3 percent of the world's surface yet contain as much carbon as all of its vegetation, dramatically underscoring their pivotal role in global climate regulation. Their degradation, by drainage or fire or other forces, triggers their conversion from slow carbon sinks into fast sources capable of releasing carbon stored over millennia in a few decades. More...
18-03-2020
 Green Climate Fund approves a $119 million climate resilient project for Cuba. The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved a $119 million disbursement for a FAO co-designed project to boost the resilience to climate change of vulnerable rural communities in Cuba. The Green Climate Fund will contribute $38.2 million, while the Government of Cuba provides $81.7 million in co-financing for the project, which is expected to help 240 000 people. Announced today by the Fund's board meeting in Geneva, this is the first project in Cuba to be supported by the Green Climate Fund. More...
12-03-2020
 Traditional farming system in Brazil added to global agricultural heritage list. A traditional farming system in the Southern Espinhaco Mountain Range of the Minas Gerais State in Brazil has been recognized as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is the first time a Brazilian site has won the GIAHS recognition. More...
11-03-2020
 FAO prioritizes staff wellbeing in the fight to contain COVID-19. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has over the last five weeks implemented a series of precautionary measures to protect its employees and their families against the threat of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19). These measures have been implemented in accordance with guidelines and protocols set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Italian authorities. More...
09-03-2020
 Acute food insecurity hotspots need urgent attention. While global attention has focused on the swarms of Desert Locusts attacking crops in East Africa, a number of other countries and regions are also confronting serious food security threats and require support, according to the FAO. This represents the FAO component of the UN system's consolidated 2020 humanitarian appeal. It does not include the additional $138 million that the Organization is seeking for countries in East Africa affected by the ongoing Desert Locust upsurge. More...
09-03-2020
 Securing sustainable food systems hinges on gender equality. The three United Nations' Rome-based agencies dedicated to food and agriculture called today for bolder action to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls in the agricultural sector and beyond. Securing sustainable global food systems is only possible if women everywhere are empowered and their rights recognized and respected, stressed FAO, IFAD and WFP at an event today marking International Women's Day (IWD) at FAO headquarters. More...
05-03-2020
 Dry weather increases by two the list of countries in need of external food assistance. The effects of inadequate rainfall on agricultural production added two countries - Namibia and Tanzania - to FAO's list of countries in need of external assistance for food, adding to strains triggered by desert locusts even as global cereal production appears strong, according to FAO's quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released today. More...
05-03-2020
 World food prices drop in February. World food prices declined in February for the first time in four months due to a sharp fall in the export prices of vegetable oils, partly driven by fears that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will slow global demand. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 180.5 points in February, down 1.0 percent from the previous month but still 8.1 percent higher than a year earlier. More...
05-03-2020
 Germany contributes EUR 50 million to strengthen resilience in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the German Development Bank KfW, has contributed EUR 50 million ($54 million) to a resilience building programme to be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). More...
04-03-2020
 FAO welcomes 17 million contribution from Germany to combat the impact of the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu has welcomed a 17 million contribution from Germany to provide assistance to those directly affected by the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa. Germany's Permanent Representative to FAO, Ulrich Seidenberger, made the announcement at FAO headquarters in Rome. The new pledge comes after Germany already contributed 3 million. More...
28-02-2020
 Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu became today one of the first signatories of a ethical resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) endorsed by Pope Francis, stressing the importance of minimizing this new technology's risks while exploiting its potential benefits. "Artificial Intelligence needs to be transparent, inclusive, socially beneficial and accountable," Qu said, adding: "We need to ensure the human-centric approach in designing and implementing artificial intelligence today and in the future." More...
28-02-2020
 Ramping up the fight against Fall Armyworm. Tools are available to wrestle Fall Armyworm, a voracious invasive species that is ravaging crops in Africa, Asia and the Near East, and it is imperative to intensify coordination to curb the insect's spread. "We will need to step up the alliance among key partners from all relevant sectors at the global level," FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today while opening the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global action for Fall Armyworm Control. Fall Armyworm, or Spodoptera frugiperda, is a moth native to the Americas that has spread in recent years and has now reached Australia. In its caterpillar state, the pest feeds on more than 80 crops, with a particular attraction to maize. More...
27-02-2020
 FAO welcomes European Union contribution of 11 million to fight Desert Locust outbreak. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today welcomed an 11 million contribution from the European Union as the UN agency steps up efforts to fight the Desert Locust upsurge which has now spread from East Africa to the Persian Gulf. The European Commission announced 10 million would come from the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO). Another 1 million has also been allocated from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). More...
27-02-2020
 Locusts in East Africa: A race against time. East Africa is a region beset by climate- and conflict-related shocks. Millions of people are already acutely food insecure. Now they face another major hunger threat in the form of desert locusts. The locust upsurge affecting East Africa is a graphic and shocking reminder of this region's vulnerability. This is a scourge of biblical proportions. Yet as ancient as this scourge is, its scale today is unprecedented in modern times. More...
24-02-2020
 Worlds food systems rely on biodiversity. Everything we eat is produced in ways that imply some transformation of the environment, which means we must have careful discussions of the type and scale of transformations we are prepared to accept, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today in opening remarks to negotiators at a high-level meeting on biodiversity. Agriculture and food systems are "at the heart of the concept of sustainable development" and are central to deliberations regarding the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, he said. More...
24-02-2020
 FAO welcomes $10 million donation from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today welcomed a $10 million donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the fight against the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as the UN agency expanded its appeal. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said its donation would assist FAO as it supports governments in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia to combat locust infestation that is posing a significant threat to food production and livelihoods in the region. More...
24-02-2020
 Hunger threatens over half of the population in South Sudan. Some 6.5 million people in South Sudan - more than half of the population - could be in acute food insecurity at the height of this hunger season (May-July), three United Nations agencies warned today. The situation is particularly worrying in the areas hardest hit by the 2019 floods, where food security has deteriorated significantly since last June according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today. More...
20-02-2020
 Italy and FAO highlight the importance of the Mediterranean diet for the sustainable management of land and water resources. The Mediterranean diet is not only healthy for humans, but also for the environment and for biodiversity. This was the main message at an event held today at FAO headquarters with the aim of raising awareness on how the Mediterranean diet can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Today's event - the third in the series of the initiative on "Mediterranean Diet's Principles for Agenda 2030" - was organized by the Government of Italy, in cooperation with Coldiretti (Italy's largest farmers' organization) and with Fondazione UniVerde. More...
13-02-2020
 Cooperation models for transforming the agricultural sector. The path to reducing unacceptable hunger levels "lies in our ability to transform the agricultural sector", FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today at a high-level panel here. "We need smarter agriculture that works with, not against, nature, that properly values and remunerates the contributions of small-scale producers, fishers, pastoralists and indigenous peoples not only to food but to preserving biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services," he said. More...
12-02-2020
 FAO Director-General says greater action needed to avert a humanitarian crisis as Desert Locust spreads. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today greater and faster action was needed to prevent a humanitarian crisis in East Africa as the Desert Locust upsurge was now affecting seven countries and threatened to spread even further. The Director-General was addressing donors and representatives from the affected countries at a joint breakfast meeting in New York with Mark Lowcock, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. More...
12-02-2020
 Team effort is high road to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is a "team effort", FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today as he welcomed the 43rd Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The fact that IFAD's governing body is meeting at FAO's headquarters ""is a clear indicator of how the Rome-based agencies work together every day and support each other," he said. More...
11-02-2020
 FAO highlights role of pulses in fighting hunger and achieving healthy diets for all. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today highlighted pulses' crucial role in addressing food insecurity and achieving healthy and balanced diets for all, pointing to the need to unlock their full potential to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. More...
07-02-2020
 FAO hails first contribution to promoting digital agriculture through knowledge-sharing. FAO today welcomes the sharing of China's digital agriculture plan on its e-agriculture platform. This contribution comes on the heels of the latest Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), where agriculture ministers of 71 nations welcomed the advancement in creating an International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture. More...
07-02-2020
 The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund donates $1 million to efforts to combat Desert Locust in East Africa. The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) has donated $1 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to combat the worsening Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa. The decision came at a meeting of the ASTF Steering Committee at FAO headquarters in Rome on Wednesday. More...
07-02-2020
 World food prices rise in January. World food prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in January. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 182.5 points during the month, up 0.7 percent from December and 11.3 percent higher than the same month a year earlier. Vegetable oils, sugar, and wheat were the chief drivers of the index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities. More...
06-02-2020
 UN food agencies offer support to China amid coronavirus outbreak. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have jointly expressed solidarity with China and offered support to the country as it battles the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. More...
05-02-2020
 Trees in the city plaudits for sustainable urban forestry trailblazers. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation today announced the first cities to be recognized under the Tree Cities of the World programme, designed to help create more resilient and sustainable cities. More...
04-02-2020
 FAO appeals for urgent support to fight worsening Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today the Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa threatened to provoke a humanitarian crisis and appealed for urgent funding to tackle the outbreak in order to protect livelihoods and food security. More...
30-01-2020
 Overfishing of the worlds major tuna stocks going down, bycatch and pollution reduced and 18 new areas protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems established. A five-year, $50-million Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded program rolled out by FAO and partners has made remarkable progress in protecting international waters' biodiversity by rendering fishing in these waters less harmful to several marine species, including sea turtles and tuna. More...
29-01-2020
 Alarm over Desert Locusts increases as new generation of the destructive pests starts breeding in Horn of Africa. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that rising numbers of Desert Locusts present an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa. According to FAO's latest update on the Desert Locust upsurge, the current situation would be further worsened by new breeding that will produce more locust infestations in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. More...
29-01-2020
 First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring. The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) today launched a portal - the first such comprehensive platform - to track international capacity development support to developing countries in forest monitoring for climate action. The portal - the GFOI Inventory of Activities - is a one-stop shop with easy-to-access information on more than 400 forest monitoring activities in 70 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. More...
27-01-2020
 FAO teams up with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. FAO will bolster the scale and scope of its geospatial monitoring toolkit thanks to collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that will expand the capacity of FAO's accessible platforms for forestry and land-use assessments. More...
23-01-2020
 Massive, border-spanning campaign needed to combat locust upsurge in East Africa. Desert Locust swarms in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential - could swell exponentially and spill over into more countries in East Africa if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not massively scaled up across the region, FAO warned today. More...
20-01-2020
 Agriculture ministers meeting in Berlin welcomes the FAO-designed concept for an International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture. FAO Director-General hails agreement to establish the international body to promote digital technologies for sustainable agriculture and food security. More...
18-01-2020
 Putting trade to work for the goal of food security. Trade is a way that countries can tap their own local advantages and close food security gaps, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today. "Every country has a different situation and FAO has to deal with all these differences," he said. Trade is a powerful channel through which the gap can be closed between countries , he added at a FAO-WTO joint high-level panel at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture exploring the theme of "harnessing trade for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2". More...
17-01-2020
 World food prices continue rising in December. World food prices rose for the third consecutive month in December, as a strong rally in vegetable oil prices drove the FAO Food Price Index to its highest level in five years. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 181.7 points during the month, a 2.5 percent increase from November and the highest level since December 2014. More...
09-01-2020

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