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Africa’s Great Green Wall gives viable return on investments, FAO-led study finds

Rome –   Africa’s Great Green Wall (GGW) programme to combat desertification in the Sahel region  is not only crucial to the battle against climate change but also makes commercial sense for investors, a new study led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and published in Nature Sustainability shows.  For every US dollar put into the massive […]

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“Safeguarding water means safeguarding humanity,” says FAO Director-General QU Dongyu in World Water Day celebration

Rome, March 22, 2021 – Water is an “essential element of every aspect of development”, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today during a large virtual celebration to mark World Water Day 2021. He called on all stakeholders to work together to safeguard water and widen access to this precious […]

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Disasters take heavy toll on agri-food systems as new threats emerge

Rome, March 18, 2021 – Agriculture absorbs the bulk of the financial losses and damages wrought by disasters which have grown in frequency, intensity, and complexity, says FAO in a new report released today. At no other point in history have agri-food systems confronted with such an array of new and unprecedented threats, including megafires, extreme weather, […]

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Acute malnutrition threatens half of children under five in Yemen in 2021

SANA’A/ADEN/ROME/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 February 2021– Nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five in Yemen are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021, four United Nations agencies warned today. Of these, 400,000 are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition and could die if they do not receive urgent treatment. The new figures, […]

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New FAO report highlights the role of soil organisms in ensuring sustainable agri-food systems and mitigating climate change

Rome, December 4, 2020 – Soil organisms play a crucial role in boosting food production, enhancing nutritious diets, preserving human health, remediating pollution and combating climate change, but their contribution remains largely underestimated, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said today in its report on “The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity“. […]

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Global Report on Food Crises: COVID-19 poses new risks to vulnerable countries

Brussels/Rome/New York April 21, 2020 – Today an international alliance of UN, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies working to address the root causes of extreme hunger have released a new edition of their annual Global Report on Food Crises. The report by the Global Network Against Food Crises, along with key findings, statements by partners, and […]

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Locusts in East Africa: A race against time

February 25, 2020 – JOINT STATEMENT by QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; and David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) East Africa is a region beset by climate- and […]

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Nature-based solutions to climate change must be scaled up across food systems

Madrid December 12, 2019 – FAO Director-General QU Dongyu has highlighted the key role of agriculture in offering nature-based solutions to address climate change. He made his remarks on Wednesday at a special event “Accelerating Action on Nature-Based Solutions Together in 2020” on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25. These solutions involve […]

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FAO launches 2020 as the UN’s International Year of Plant Health

Rome, Dec. 2, 2019 – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. Plants make up 80 percent of the […]

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Putting Mediterranean and other traditional diets back on the consumer’s plate

Rome, November 27, 2019 – Promoting traditional healthy diets is important for advancing our efforts towards a food system that respects the environment, culture and well-being of people, which is a fundamental element of sustainable development.   That was the main message at an event today organized by the Government of Italy with support from […]

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UN calls for urgent action to curb rise in hunger and obesity in Latin America and Caribbean

Santiago de Chile, Nov. 12, 2019 – The prevalence of adult obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean has tripled since 1975, affecting one in four adults in a region where hunger has grown once again, reaching 42.5 million people, according to a new United Nations report issued today, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional […]

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FAO: Global treaty critical for saving disappearing plants amid climate change

ROME, Nov. 11, 2019 – As a public good that benefits the global community, crop diversity must remain a legacy for generations to come, FAO’s Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, said today. Semedo made the remarks  at the eighth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant […]

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Hunger continues to rise in the Near East and North Africa where over 52 million people are undernourished

Cairo/Rome May 8, 2019 – Hunger in the Near East and North Africa region (NENA) continues to rise as conflicts and protracted crises have spread and worsened since 2011, threatening the region’s efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Zero Hunger. The Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in the Near […]

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Increasing number of people face severe food shortages in South Sudan

February 22, 2019 – Nearly 7 million people in South Sudan could face acute food insecurity at the height of this lean season (May-July), three United Nations agencies warned today, urging for scaled-up humanitarian assistance and better access to humanitarian relief. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today in Juba by the […]

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Inequality exacerbates hunger, malnutrition and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Santiago de Chile/Panama City, Nov. 7, 2018 – Hunger, malnutrition, lack of micronutrients, overweight and obesity have greater impact on people with lower income, women, indigenous people, Afro-descendants and rural families in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a new UN report. The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security 2018, focuses on the close […]