food production

Building resilience on Colombia's border: FAO

La Guajira, Colombia’s northernmost region, is dry with desert landscapes. It’s prone to drought and food insecurity particularly in rural areas. In recent years, the economic crisis in neighboring Venezuela has pushed over a million migrants across the border, including 165,000 people into La Guajira. The influx  has put a strain on host communities, where food is limited and natural resources scarce, so the UN Food and Agriculture Organization decided to take action.

From FAO, Anais Hotin and Charlotta Lomas have this special report. 

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Nutrition, ecosystems and livelihoods at risk, despite age of plenty

The way we produce food today is damaging ecosystems around the world and threatening biodiversity, despite being more abundant and of better quality than ever before. That’s a paradox highlighted by former top UN official Dr. David Nabarro in an interview with UN News this week, after he’d taken part in The Future of Food International Symposium in Rome, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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The world is losing the biodiversity that secures food production, UN expert says

Bees, soil, trees – even tiny organisms we can’t even see – all play a vital role in producing the world’s food. Yet, this biodiversity, which supports our food and agriculture systems, is under stress. Speaking to Charlotta Lomas, Dan Leskien, from the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, explained why biodiversity is essential to food production.

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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.

Don’t forget vulnerability of farmers and their families: FAO

Social protections for vulnerable farmers and their families need to be expanded in many countries across the world, in recognition of the vital role they play in food production.

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“Triple discrimination” holds back indigenous women and girls: FAO

Indigenous women and girls suffer from “triple discrimination” when it comes to their rights and well-being, according to an Advocacy Officer from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Women farmers can boost “under-performing” food production : FAO

Women need better opportunities and resources to help improve “under-performing” smallholder food production, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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Food production in Syria at record low as 9 million go hungry

Food production in war-torn Syria has hit a record low and has left nine million people wondering where their next meal will come from, the United Nations has said.

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Getting West African food staples to market

With a population of more than 340 million—and growing—West Africa is home to a third of the African continent. But the region is struggling to feed its people.

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Boost agroecological farming to feed world and save climate, UN expert says

Agroecological farming, which improves food production and farmers’ incomes while at the same time protecting the soil, water and climate, could feed an estimated world population of nine billion people by 2050 and go a long way to save the climate, if implemented now, experts at a United Nations seminar concluded today.