UN agriculture agency digs in to help forests and farms build resilience to climate change

Millions of small-scale farmers will be better equipped to withstand the negative impacts of climate change while at the same time improving livelihoods, thanks to a new global push by the United Nations agriculture agency announced during World Forest Week.

Urgent action needed to stem cassava virus threatening East Africa – UN agency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging swift action to tackle a cassava virus that is affecting large parts of East Africa and threatening a staple food crop for much of the region.

UN agency comes to aid of Iraq and Syria as devastating weed takes root

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today that it is assisting farmers in Iraq and Syria battle a devastating alien weed that sucks nutrients from the soil and starves crops of much-needed water.

Weather insurance offers protection for poor farmers, stresses new UN report

A new study by two United Nations agencies has highlighted weather insurance as an important tool to protect poor farmers, emphasizing that issuing such insurance before the planting season can be more effective than providing emergency aid after a calamity has wiped out crops.

Pakistani farmers get help to boost production from UN, European Union

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Union (EU) have partnered to provide seed and fertilizer to almost 100,000 farmers in rural Pakistan who were hit by the surge in food prices last year.

Lebanese farmers receive goats and cows as part of UN assistance project

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has handed out the first batch of 1,600 goats and 200 cows to farmers in southern Lebanon as part as its programme to assist them recover from livestock losses accrued during the war in mid-2006.