With the biodiversity of plants cultivated for food shrinking, the global population’s health, livelihoods and environment are under severe threat. This warning from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) comes as the UN agency releases a new report – the first of its kind – on the state of the world’s biodiversity in food and agriculture.
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.
“Agriculture is the backbone of the African economy”, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and combined with the challenges of a growing population, the organization is now joining forces with the African Union to develop a way of mechanizing farming throughout the continent in a sustainable way.
FAO’s Charlotta Lomas sat down to talk modernization and sustainability, with Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, and Joseph Mpagalile, an agriculture engineer and expert at FAO.
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.
Even though meat production is known to be a major contributor to climate change and environmental destruction, worldwide demand for meat continues to rise, said UN environment agency, UNEP, in a statement released on Thursday.
The international debate over refugees and migration can make the positive contributions of migrants in rural development and agricultural sectors seem insignifcant, but lead economist at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) , Andrea Cattaneo, says there are enormous benefits. Monday's State of Food and Agriculture report traces the link between migration and boosts in food security, nutrition, and schooling. Mr. Cattaneo spoke to Charlotta Lomas.
Agricultural policies should work to maximize the contributions of rural migration to economic and social development, while minimizing the costs, says a major new report released on Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).