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Shrinking biodiversity poses major risk to the future of global food and agriculture, landmark UN report shows

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.

Egypt on track to reduce food loss and waste by 50 per cent in five years: FAO

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.

 

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FAO aims for sustainable mechanization of farming, ‘the backbone of the African economy’

“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.

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‘Climate change is increasing the number of hungry people’: UN expert

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.

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Antimicrobial resistance a 'global health emergency,' UN, ahead of awareness week

By 2050, some five million people could die each year in Asia alone due to resistance to antibiotic medicines or antimicrobials, according to UN agencies.

Every bite of burger boosts harmful greenhouse gases: UN Environment Agency

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.

News in Brief 07 November 2018

  • Fighting in Yemen could set off a 'humanitarian catastrophe:' UN Spokesperson
  • Poor diets threaten health more than malaria, tuberculosis, measles – new UN report
  • Hunger and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean compounded by inequality: UN report
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News in Brief 15 October 2018

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Migration ‘central to economic, social, and human development:’ Lead food and agriculture economist

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.

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Benefits of rural migration effect often overlooked, new UN report suggests

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).