agriculture

Multi-sector monitoring needed for genetically modified crops – UN

Faced with the “dramatic increase” in the range and scale of genetically modified (GM) crops, especially in developing countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for comprehensive multi-sector monitoring of both the benefits and potential hazards of such cultivation to the environment.

Study on potential of African agriculture presented to UN

Comprehensive strategies are needed across Africa to use science and technology in ways that boost agricultural production and ensure that all Africans have enough food, according to a new report launched today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Chief of UN agency replies to concerns on food gene transfers

The world population will increase from 6 billion to 9 billion by 2050, requiring a 60 per cent increase in food production, and developing countries must increase their scientific capabilities to meet that challenge, the head of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said today.

Biotech foods could help fight hunger, but poor farmers need more attention - UN

Biotechnology holds "great promise" for farmers and agriculture in the developing world, but so far, very few poor countries and only a handful of crops receive its benefits, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

New UN web site to give wider access to agriculture, science, data

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today the creation of a computer-based system designed to give students and researchers in some of the world’s poorest countries access to scientific literature on agriculture, nutrition and related biological and environmental sciences.

UN commission for Europe and Israel host workshop on developing agribusiness

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel are hosting a weeklong workshop examining ways to enhance development for farming communities - one of the key elements for assisting and improving rural income opportunities and economic growth.

UN agency signs agreement to help 7 European countries control rootworm

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed a $2,260,000 agreement to help seven countries in Central and Eastern Europe to control the spread of the western corn rootworm, a major threat to corn production in the region.

UN agency partners local city-twinning efforts to fight hunger

Underlining the importance of "glocalization" or decentralized cooperation, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that development cooperation between rich and poor cities can, and must be, a central element in the fight against hunger.

UN agency, Libya team up to boost agriculture projects in Saharan countries

In a bid to bolster food security in the drought-stricken region bordering Africa’s vast Sahara desert, Libya and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed agreements totalling $21 million to finance agricultural projects in Sahelian and Saharan countries.

Despite ample food for surging world population, UN warns many will still go hungry

Although global food production will continue to outpace world population growth in the coming decades, hundreds of millions of people in developing countries could potentially remain hungry by 2030, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.