Agriculture

30 11, 2017

From thorny to tasty: UN agriculture agency looking at cactus as climate resilient food

2017-11-30T23:10:51+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Climate change, News|

With the reality of climate change becoming more real by the day, including its impact on food sources, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging communities around the world not to take the prickly cactus for granted.

10 11, 2017

New initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors announced as Action Days begin

2017-11-16T15:30:02+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Climate change, News|

In Bonn, new initiatives were announced to push forward the transition to renewable energy and to show that more ambitious clean energy development can quickly become a bigger part of national climate plans submitted under the Paris Agreement.

9 11, 2016

Report: Small farmers can earn big returns by investing in climate adaptation

2016-11-09T21:17:41+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Climate change, Economic growth, Hunger and food security, News|

IFAD report shows that for every dollar invested through its Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), farmers could earn a return of between $1.40 and $2.60 over a 20 year period by applying climate change adaptation practices.

19 04, 2016

Pulses are praised for health, ecological and economic benefits

2017-11-16T15:43:45+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Economic growth, Health, Hunger and food security, News|

"Pulses are good for people, and are good for soils," Eduardo Mansur, the head of FAO's land and water division, said today at an event that highlighted the promising future of edible seeds such as lentils, chickpeas and pigeon peas, all often neglected in the shadow of the world's major staple grains.

15 01, 2016

Ethiopia: $50 million needed to tackle food insecurity caused by El Niño-induced drought, says UN

2017-11-16T15:44:50+00:00 January 15th, 2016|Disaster risk reduction, Hunger and food security, News|

As the worst El Niño-induced drought has sparked a sharp deterioration in food security and massive drop in agricultural and pastoral production in Ethiopia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presented a $50 million plan to assist agriculture- and livestock-dependent households and enhance their resilience.

11 06, 2015

An age-old model of healthy living, the Mediterranean diet is now under threat – UN

2017-11-16T15:50:40+00:00 June 11th, 2015|Health, News, Sustainable consumption and production|

The Mediterranean region is undergoing a “nutrition transition” away from its traditional diet, long revered as a model for healthy living and sustainable food systems and known for preserving the environment and empowering local producers, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

4 06, 2015

UN agency reports world food prices declining to six-year low

2017-11-16T15:50:53+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Hunger and food security, News|

The prices of major food commodities continued their downward trajectory through May as cereal prices dropped amid an increasingly favourable forecast for this year’s harvests, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) confirmed today.