New UN initiative to boost Mozambican crop yields

A new United Nations initiative in Mozambique aimed at increasing the quality of seeds will help the African country capitalize on its arable land and unlock its potential, the Organization’s agricultural agency announced today.

UN rural poverty agency unveils billion-dollar funding target

Member States of the United Nations’ rural development arm announced today that they will aim to raise $1.5 billion in new contributions to support the agency’s efforts to bolster the living conditions of rural poor across the developing world.

UN urges food sector to reduce fossil fuel use and shift to ‘energy-smart’ agriculture

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged the global food industry to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, saying that excessive reliance on that form of energy is likely to undermine efforts to produce enough food for the world’s growing population.

Land degradation and water shortages threaten global food production – UN

Global food production is being undermined by land degradation and shortages of farmland and water resources, making feeding the world’s rising population – projected to reach nine billion by 2050 – a daunting challenge, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report unveiled today.

Innovative agriculture key to meeting future demand for water and energy – UN

Innovative agricultural approaches will be crucial to respond to increasing competition for water and energy resources, said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), calling for more integrated planning and policies that protect small farmers and promote sustainable rural growth.

Rural Mauritanians set to benefit from nearly $18 million in UN loans and grants

The United Nations agency helping the rural poor announced today it is awarding almost $18 million in loans and grants to Mauritania to boost the incomes and living conditions of thousands of people in the arid country.

UN working on ways to mitigate climate change’s impact on African agriculture

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it is working with African leaders to help the continent adapt agricultural approaches that are more resilient to the impact of the climate change and scarcity of natural resources.

Global steps vital to preserve worldwide soil fertility and avoid famine, UN warns

Pressures on the world’s limited amounts of soils available for agriculture together with land degradation are threatening global food security and imperiling long-tem efforts to avoid widespread famine, a senior United Nations official warned today.

Climate change-related water scarcity to affect global food production – UN

The world will increasingly experience water scarcity for agriculture as a result of climate change, a phenomenon that will affect the livelihoods of rural communities and the food security of urban dwellers, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a survey released today.

Sustainable agriculture key to green growth, poverty reduction – UN officials

United Nations officials today called for boosting support for sustainable agriculture, including smallholder farmers, as a way to drive green growth and reduce poverty.