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Nepal enshrines the Right to Food in new constitution

Oct. 01, 2015
President Ram Baran Yadav unveiled the long-awaited new constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on 20 September 2015, which recognizes the Right to Food as a fundamental right of the citizens of Nepal.

Political will and partnerships essential to stop ocean degradation

Sep. 29, 2015
Oceans are an essential component of the Earth's ecosystem -- a source of biodiversity, food, and life -- FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva said here on Monday during a high-level event on the importance of healthy oceans for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Online consultation on the first draft of the FAO voluntary guidelines on national forest monitoring

Sep. 28, 2015

Reliable information on forests is fundamental for improving the management of forest resources. Often, however, this information applies beyond forest boundaries: it can, for example, be used as an indicator of biodiversity, hydrology, and soil conservation. High quality and accessible forest information is also needed to fulfil the reporting requirements of many international agreements, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Notes :  In partnership with the FAO Forestry Department Discussion 121 Discussion documents: First draft of the Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest Monitoring (Section III) Read more about the facilitator  

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World's 2030 goals put hunger and agriculture at the center of global policy

Sep. 25, 2015
Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are key to achieving the entire set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told world leaders in a plenary address at United Nations headquarters.

FAO Director-General: food security and the migration crisis

Sep. 24, 2015
"Rural development and food security are central to the global response to the refugee crisis. War causes hunger and hunger too, kills and forces people from their homes," the FAO Director-General said.

Severe food insecurity on the rise in Afghanistan

Sep. 10, 2015
The number of people in Afghanistan resorting to selling land or turning to friends or family for help because of food insecurity has doubled in the last year, says a new a joint report by UN and partner agencies.

Myanmar floods deal major blow to country’s agriculture

Sep. 03, 2015
Heavy storms, floods and landslides across nearly all provinces in Myanmar have dealt a major blow to the country's agriculture and are expected to severely limit the availability of food if aid is not provided to farmers swiftly, FAO warned today.

FAO and MasterCard announce new partnership

Sep. 02, 2015
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and MasterCard are joining forces to create an innovative new alliance against hunger. A new partnership agreement, signed by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Walt MacNee, Vice Chairman of MasterCard Worldwide, at FAO headquarters, paves the way for a collaborative effort that will develop inclusive payment systems to support small-scale farmers and poor families.

Food Security and Nutrition in APEC Economies. Sharing lessons learned and looking into the future

Aug. 31, 2015

Dear Friends,

It is a matter of great pleasure to invite you to an online discussion on Food Security and Nutrition in APEC economies.

This discussion is organized in the context of the “APEC Food Security Training and Workshop” that the Agriculture Information Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences is hosting on September 7-9, 2015 in Beijing, China. 

APEC is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum which goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Notes :  In partnership with Discussion 120 Discussion documents: Topic (PDF) 专题中文版 (PDF) Proceedings (DOC) Digest 1 (PDF) Digest 2 (PDF) Digest 3 (PDF) Digest 4 (PDF) Read more about the facilitator 欢迎用中文提交评论意见

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In Somalia some 855,000 people face acute food insecurity

Aug. 31, 2015
The number of acutely and severely malnourished children is likely to increase to 343,400 and 63,400, respectively, through the end of the year. The severely malnourished face a high risk of morbidity and death.

Nutrition-sensitive social protection programmes around the world – What’s being done and to what effect?

Aug. 24, 2015

SecureNutrition and FAO's FSN Forum are partnering for the second time in order to host this online discussion in conjunction with the Global Forum on Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection Programs in Moscow, Russia (September 10th – 11th 2015).

Notes :  In partnership with Discussion 119 Discussion documents: Topic (PDF) Proceedings (DOC) Digest 1 (PDF) Read more about the facilitators Тема дискуссии доступна и на русском языке  

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Bee products: providing nutrition and generating income - Honeybees, beekeeping and bee products in our daily lives

Aug. 11, 2015

Honeybees provide a wide range of benefits to humans from honey, other bee products, pollination of food crops and ecological services. Beekeeping is practiced around the world, and can provide a valuable source of income to people in developing regions with relatively little investment.

Notes :  Discussion 118 Discussion documents: Topic (PDF) Proceedings (DOC) Digest 1 (PDF) Digest 2 (PDF) Digest 3 (PDF) Digest 4 (PDF) In collaboration with the  TECA Beekeeping Exchange Group 

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Plastic pellets everywhere, and diving robot sensors

Aug. 11, 2015
The R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen, a research vessel oeprated by Norway's Institute of Marine Research with advice from FAO, is in the middle of the southern Indian Ocean, assessing the incidence of microplastics and the Gyre.

European Union and FAO launch new programmes to boost food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and resilience

Jul. 16, 2015
The European Union and FAO have launched a new partnership agreement to boost food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and resilience in at least 35 countries

Food Security, Gender Equality and Peace-Building

Jul. 16, 2015

The Institute of Development Studies and the FAO are launching this online discussion focusing on food security, gender equality and peace-building. We would like to better understand the links between food security, gender equality, and violent conflicts, and subsequent peace-building processes. We want to understand how addressing the specific priorities of men and women (across different socio-economic, cultural and age groups) in food and nutrition interventions could shape conflict mitigation and prevention, and peace-building.

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Investing in a future free from hunger

Jul. 15, 2015
Highlighting the historic opportunity to become the “Zero Hunger generation”, FAO Director-General José Graziano Da Silva called for additional investment in social protection and rural development at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today.

Achieving Zero Hunger: Combining social protection with pro-poor investments

Jul. 10, 2015
The report noted how the international community needs to build on the successful experiences of some countries that have effectively used a combination of investment and social protection to combat hunger and poverty in rural and urban areas.

World crop prospects positive in 2015; but food insecurity hotspots pose concern

Jul. 09, 2015
FAO's updated forecasts see better-than-expected global cereal production, but concerns are growing over a sharp shortfall in maize grown in sub-Saharan Africa as well as poor production in other food insecurity hotspots. The Food Price Index declined 0.9 percent in June, driven by a sharp fall in sugar prices.

Child Labour in Agriculture

Jun. 29, 2015
Child labour is defined as work that is inappropriate for a child’s age, affects children’s education, or is likely to harm their health, safety or morals. It should be emphasized that not all work carried out by children is considered child labour. Some activities may help children acquire important livelihood skills and contribute to their survival and food security.

More than $20 million urgently needed to help Nepal's farmers recover from earthquake

Jun. 19, 2015
Some $20 million is urgently needed to support farmers in earthquake-hit Nepal resume agricultural activities and stave off the threat of prolonged food insecurity facing an estimated one million people.