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19 Dec 2014 description

World experts agree improved crop varieties need to go hand-in-hand with eco-friendly farming systems

Rome, 19 December 2014 ­ - Cereal-based farming systems must join the transition to sustainable agriculture if they are to meet unprecedented demand for maize, rice and wheat. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting held by FAO this week and attended by leading crop production specialists.

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.

15 Dec 2014 description

Knowledge exchanges between nations of the global south can offer new solutions for development challenges - FAO Director-General

15 December 2014, Rome/Marrakesh - Horizontal cooperation between countries of the global South is increasingly important to meeting the sustainable development challenges of our time, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the first International Conference on South-South Cooperation in Marrakesh, Morocco, this weekend.

11 Dec 2014 description

Mais les conflits, Ebola et les conditions climatiques défavorables exacerbent l’insécurité alimentaire

11 décembre 2014, Rome – Les dernières indications confirment que la production céréalière mondiale devrait atteindre un niveau record de plus de 2,5 milliards de tonnes en 2014.

11 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World cereal production in 2014 is forecast to surpass last year’s record, boosting stocks to a 15-year high.

  • Maize export prices increased significantly in November supported by lower than previously expected yields of the 2014 crop in the United States of America. Wheat export prices strengthened in general, while rice quotations declined. Overall, however, cereal export prices persisted at levels below those of a year earlier, reflecting ample global supplies.

11 Dec 2014 description

Conflict, Ebola and adverse weather exacerbate local food insecurity

11 December 2014, Rome - Latest indications confirm that world cereal production will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014.

Buoyed by bumper crops in Europe and a record maize output in the United States of America, this year's cereal output should reach 2.532 billion tonnes, including rice in milled terms, or 0.3% higher than 2013, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report.

10 Dec 2014 description

Region has advanced 92 percent towards goal of halving the total number of people suffering from hunger

10 December 10 2014, Santiago, Chile - Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2014, released today.

10 Dec 2014 description
Reshumen ejecutivo

América Latina y el Caribe está muy cerca de lograr la meta de la Cumbre Mundial de la Alimentación

La región ha avanzado un 92% hacia la meta de reducir a la mitad el número total de personas que sufre hambre, mientras que a nivel global sólo se ha avanzado 41%

10 Dec 2014 description

Key messages

  • Maize export prices increased significantly in November supported by higher soybean quotations and lower than expected yields of the 2014 crop in the United States. Wheat export prices strengthened in general, although the benchmark US price fell. International rice quotations declined further. Overall, cereal export prices remained below their year-earlier levels, mainly reflecting ample global supplies.

10 Dec 2014 description

1. Introduction

A decade has passed since the adoption of the Right to Food Guidelines (RTFG).2 It is now time to step back and take stock of the effects these have had to date, determining what specific inputs the Guidelines have provided to addressing issues concerning the access, use and management of natural resources as part of the fight against hunger. How far have we come, and what progress has taken place over the last ten years?

10 Dec 2014 description

1. INTRODUCTION

Since the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security (Right to Food Guidelines), there have been significant legislative and judicial developments in countries around the world. This paper examines such encouraging developments in the legal framework of many FAO Member States that have taken place in the past ten years.

10 Dec 2014 description

Executive summary

The current review of existing food security and nutrition (FSN) policy documents was undertaken at the 10th anniversary of the Right to Food Guidelines (RtFG) to find answers to the following questions:

  1. Is there a tendency for recently formulated national FSN policies, having become instruments that point to a clear intent and commitment by governments, to contribute to the protection and fulfilment of the right to adequate food and of human rights?

10 Dec 2014 description
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Latin America and the Caribbean need final push to achieve World Food Summit Goal

Region has advanced 92 percent towards goal of halving the total number of people suffering from hunger

10 December 10 2014, Santiago, Chile - Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2014, released today.

05 Dec 2014 description

América Latina y el Caribe tiene las reservas de tierra cultivable más grandes del mundo, pero el 14 por ciento de la degradación mundial ocurre en la región.

4 de diciembre de 2014, Santiago de Chile – América Latina y el Caribe tiene las reservas de tierra cultivable más grandes del mundo, por lo que el cuidado y preservación de sus suelos es fundamental para que la región alcance su meta de erradicar el hambre, señaló hoy la FAO durante el lanzamiento regional del Año Internacional de los Suelos 2015.

04 Dec 2014 description

Les projecteurs sont braqués sur cet allié silencieux de l’humanité et les risques qu’il encourt

4 décembre 2014, Rome – Des sols sains sont indispensables pour la production alimentaire mais nous n'accordons pas assez d'attention à cet 'allié silencieux', a déclaré M. José Graziano da Silva, Directeur général de la FAO à la veille de la célébration, le 5 décembre, de la Journée mondiale des sols.