agriculture

UN agency urges countries to do more to safeguard animal genetic diversity

Despite efforts by an increasing number of countries to safeguard the resilience of the world’s food production system, much more needs to be done to catalogue, conserve and better manage the genetic diversity of livestock, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

UN develops guide on appropriate crops for African farmers

Farmers in 43 African countries can now consult a “quick reference calendar” developed by the United Nations agriculture agency for advice on the most appropriate crops to plant, based on climatic conditions and soil types in the areas where they live and other factors.

UN agency calls for increased use of urban wastewater in agriculture

Recycled urban wastewater can be used to irrigate crops, helping to ease the problem of water scarcity and reduce pollution, a new United Nations report says as it calls for the practice to be scaled up.

Rural women key to economic growth, says UN official

Women farmers are often the chief executives of their rural areas and supporting their economic development is crucial for economic growth and poverty reduction, a senior United Nations official said today ahead of an international conference on women’s empowerment.

African leaders support agribusiness plan at UN-backed conference

High-level representatives from 44 African countries wrapped up a United Nations-backed conference in Nigeria today with the approval of an ambitious plan to generate employment, income and food security across the continent through agribusiness.

Large agribusiness hurting small landholders, says UN rights expert

In an increasingly globalized food sector dominated by large transnational corporations, small landowners are getting a smaller portion of the food dollar, the independent United Nations expert on the right to food warned today.