UN expert raises concern over policies marginalizing traditional seed varieties

Government policies in many developing countries which promote the planting of a narrow base of agricultural crops may hurt farmers in the long run, a United Nations human rights expert warned today.

UN experts predict better seeds can help Benin become self-sufficient in rice

Experts from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are predicting that Benin could one day become self-sufficient in rice and even export its surplus output through the intensified production and marketing of high quality seeds.

Stronger agriculture sector key to brighter future for Africa, Migiro tells leaders

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General today highlighted the benefits of investing in agriculture, which she stressed is the key to a brighter future for Africa and its people.

Vast stretch of African savannah ripe for commercial farming – UN

Unlocking the potential of a massive stretch of savannah spanning 25 African nations could boost commercial farming on the continent, according to a new United Nations study.

Agriculture weathering economic crisis better than other sectors: UN-backed report

Since food is a basic necessity, the agriculture sector has taken less of a hit than other industries as a result of the current economic crisis, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Top UN official calls for bolstered global governance system for world food security

A strengthened global governance system is crucial to ensure world food security, the head of the United Nations agriculture arm said today, calling for changes to be made to the parts of the international trade system that led to increased hunger and poverty.

Agriculture key to Africa’s development, stresses UN-African Union report

African nations will be hit hard by the global economic crisis during the course of 2009, the United Nations and the African Union (AU) say in a new report, which stresses the need to focus on agriculture, the mainstay of economies on the continent.

UN funds $15 million agricultural scheme helping thousands of poor in El Salvador

Extremely poor people living off the land in El Salvador are set to receive a major cash injection of almost $15 million from the United Nations rural development arm to help finance projects aimed at modernizing agricultural production.

Majority of world population face water shortages unless action taken, warns Migiro

Two-thirds of the world’s population will face a lack of water in less than 20 years, if current trends in climate change, population growth, rural to urban migration and consumption continue, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro warned today.