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  • Soil pollution comes under scrutiny

    Soil pollution comes under scrutiny

    Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at FAO headquarters this week. Excess nitrogen and trace metals ...

  • New satellite imaging to better forecast locust plagues

    New satellite imaging to better forecast locust plagues

    Information from satellites is being used in a new way to predict favourable conditions for Desert Locust swarms, as part of an early warning collaboration by scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Desert Locust experts at the ...

  • Increasing food production without damaging the environment

    Increasing food production without damaging the environment

    To achieve sustainable development we must transform current agriculture and food systems, including by supporting smallholders and family farmers, reducing pesticide and chemical use, and improving land conservation practices, FAO Director-General ...

  • FAO issues alert over lethal virus affecting popular tilapia fish

    FAO issues alert over lethal virus affecting popular tilapia fish

    A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world`s most important fish for human consumption. The outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate ...

  • IRRI and FAO step up joint efforts to globally bolster sustainable rice production

    IRRI and FAO step up joint efforts to globally bolster sustainable rice production

    FAO and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have agreed to cooperate more closely to support sustainable rice production in developing countries to improve food security and livelihoods while safeguarding natural resources. ...

  • Soil management could make or break climate change response efforts

    Soil management could make or break climate change response efforts

    Warning of "colossal" negative impacts for the environment and human societies if the massive stores of carbon trapped in the Earth`s soils are released, Fijian president Jioji Konousi Konrote called for stronger management of this critical natural ...

  • Cereal prices continue to rise, defying improved supplies

    Cereal prices continue to rise, defying improved supplies

    The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied.   The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 percent in January, its highest value in almost two years, ...

  • Exploring the use of wastewater in agriculture

    Exploring the use of wastewater in agriculture

    With food demand and water scarcity on the uptick, it`s time to stop treating wastewater like garbage and instead manage it as a resource that can be used to grow crops and help address water scarcity in agriculture. In California, wastewater is ...

  • World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

    World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

    Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world`s growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN ...

  • Agriculture and food security at heart of climate change action

    Agriculture and food security at heart of climate change action

    The world must rapidly move to scale up actions and ambitions on climate change FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told delegates at the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP22) in Morocco today. Speaking at the high-level ...

  • New tool opens world of climate finance to dairy sector

    New tool opens world of climate finance to dairy sector

    The dairy sector will soon be able to participate in international carbon credit markets thanks to a new methodology that lets farmers and project designers reliably document how they are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions - a step that ...

  • Global wheat and rice harvests poised to set new record

    Global wheat and rice harvests poised to set new record

    Global food markets will likely remain "generally well balanced" in the year ahead, as prices for most internationally-traded agricultural commodities are relatively low and stable, FAO said today. The benign outlook, especially for staple grains, ...

  • Sustainable mechanization has much to offer in sub-Saharan Africa

    Sustainable mechanization has much to offer in sub-Saharan Africa

    Feeding the burgeoning world population will require significant improvements in agricultural productivity, above all in Africa, and mechanization and appropriate mechanization strategies have a large role to play, according to a new report from ...

  • Global harvest prospects improve for maize, wheat and rice crops

    Global harvest prospects improve for maize, wheat and rice crops

    Staple food prices rose in August even as grain prices fell and the outlook for global cereal production improved. The FAO Food Price Index, released today, averaged 165.6 points in August, up 1.9 percent from July and almost 7 percent from a year ...

  • $15 million in USAID funding looks to spark ‘new era’ in agricultural data collection

    $15 million in USAID funding looks to spark ‘new era’ in agricultural data collection

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and FAO have signed a $15 million agreement aimed at boosting the capacity of developing countries to track key agricultural data -information that is essential to good policymaking and ...

  • Sizing up livestock farming’s carbon footprint

    Sizing up livestock farming’s carbon footprint

    A new and interactive tool released by FAO allows farmers, policy makers and scientists to calculate meat, milk and eggs production as well as greenhouse-gas emissions from livestock to make the sector more productive and more climate-friendly. ...

  • FAO Food Price Index posts biggest monthly jump in four years

    FAO Food Price Index posts biggest monthly jump in four years

    International food commodity prices shot up 4.2 percent in June, their steepest monthly increase of the past four years. The FAO Food Price Index, released today, averaged 163.4 points in June and is now one percent below the level reached a ...

  • OECD and FAO see likely end to period of high agricultural prices but urge vigilance

    OECD and FAO see likely end to period of high agricultural prices but urge vigilance

    The recent period of high agricultural commodity prices is most likely over, say the OECD and FAO in their latest 10-year Outlook. But the two organisations warn of the need to be vigilant as the probability of a major price swing remains high. ...

  • Commodity trends point to stable food prices, declining global food import bill

    Commodity trends point to stable food prices, declining global food import bill

    Global food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to a broadly stable outcome for prices and supplies, FAO said today. Lower food prices than last year means that the ...

  • New pesticide guidelines seek faster phase-out of risky toxins

    New pesticide guidelines seek faster phase-out of risky toxins

    FAO and WHO have released new guidelines aimed at reducing the damage done by pesticides that pose especially high toxic risks to human health and the environment. Products with high acute toxicity account for high numbers of immediate poisoning ...