agriculture

FAO plants new efforts to protect bananas under disease threat

In a renewed effort to help protect banana crops in Latin America and the Caribbean, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an emergency project to curb major plant losses threatened by a fungal disease, the agency announced on Thursday.

Crop yields are up in Syria, but higher prices still cause major strain: new UN report

A new UN report on Thursday shows that while improved security and rainfall across Syria's farming areas have boosted the country’s harvests, higher prices mean that many citizens are still struggling to feed their families.

News in Brief 14 August 2019

  • Afghanistan: grave concern at reports 11 civilians killed by pro-Government forces
  • UN panel urges Paraguay to probe poisonings, contamination from agrochemical sprays
  • Disarmament discussions must make urgent progress, says UN’s new top diplomat in Geneva
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Over 820 million people suffering from hunger; new UN report reveals stubborn realities of ‘immense’ global challenge

After nearly a decade of progress, the number of people who suffer from hunger has slowly increased over the past three years, with about one in every nine people globally suffering from hunger today, the United Nations said in a new report released on Monday.

Heat stress spike predicted to cost global economy $2.4 trillion a year

An increase in heat stress at work linked to climate change is set to have a massive impact on global productivity and economic losses, notably in agriculture and construction, UN labour experts said on Monday.

News in Brief 29 May 2019

  • Tobacco still killing eight million every year - UN health agency
  • China’s ‘remarkable’ creative economy marches ahead
  • Family farms are ‘drivers of sustainable development’
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News in Brief 25 April 2019

  • ‘Zero malaria starts with me’: UN health agency 
  • UN project to aid 140,000 in the Sahel 
  • ‘A dark day’ for media freedoms in Myanmar 
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To meet development goals, UN agriculture agency ‘cannot only focus on tackling hunger anymore’

Innovating agriculture and promoting nutrition-sensitive food systems top the Food and Agriculture Agency’s (FAO) to-do list, its chief told the United Nations agriculture agency’s governing council on Monday, saying "we cannot only focus on tackling hunger anymore". 

Egypt on track to reduce food loss and waste by 50 per cent in five years: FAO

About one third of all food which is grown in the Middle East and North Africa is lost or wasted, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Governments in the region have pledged to reduce food loss and waste by 50 per cent by 2024, and the agency along with the Italian government, is training farmers and wholesalers to reduce food loss and ensure greater food security, as Anais Hotin reports, from Egypt.

 

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‘Climate change is increasing the number of hungry people’: UN expert

A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that urgent climate action is needed if the world is to limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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