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02 Sep 2015 description

2 September 2015, Rome - 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 today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Walt Macnee, Vice Chairman of MasterCard, at FAO headquarters, paves the way for a collaborative effort that will develop inclusive payment systems to support small-scale farmers and poor families.

02 Sep 2015 description

La FAO y el PNUD unen fuerzas en una iniciativa financiada por Alemania para dar prioridad a la agricultura en la planificación ante las variaciones del clima

1 de septiembre de 2015, Roma/Bangkok - Un nuevo programa de las Naciones Unidas financiado por Alemania apoyará a ocho países en desarrollo para que renueven y fortalezcan sus estrategias de adaptación frente al cambio climático.

01 Sep 2015 description

L'initiative est financée par l'Allemagne

1er septembre 2015, Rome/Bangkok – Un nouveau programme des Nations Unies financé par l'Allemagne aidera huit pays en développement à réorganiser et à renforcer leurs stratégies d'adaptation au changement climatique.

01 Sep 2015 description

FAO and UNDP join forces under German-funded initiative to raise profile of agriculture in climate change planning

1 September 2015, Rome/Bangkok - A new UN programme funded by Germany will help eight developing countries revamp and strengthen their adaptation responses to climate change.

01 Sep 2015 description
Dhaka Declaration

More than 2000 participants (from the governments, civil society, NGOs and International organizations) of six countries from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and Bhutan) were gathered from May 30th till June 1st 2015 for the first South Asia Right to Food Conference, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

31 Aug 2015 description

Joint effort to strengthen national policies and capacity building in eight countries – Director-General meets Swedish partners

31 August 2015, Stockholm/Rome – FAO and the Swedish-based development cooperation organization We Effect have agreed to work together to strengthen small-scale forest and farm producers’ organizations in developing countries so they can access land and markets and improve the livelihoods of their members.

24 Aug 2015 description

Les données par satellite offrent de nouvelles perspectives quant à l'utilisation plus efficace et productive de l'eau en agriculture

24 août 2015, Rome - Un nouveau portail de données en libre accès, en cours d'élaboration par la FAO, utilisera l'imagerie par satellite pour aider les pays pauvres en eau au Proche-Orient et en Afrique du Nord à mieux gérer leurs ressources hydriques.

24 Aug 2015 description

Satellite data can provide new insights into how agricultural water use can be made more efficient and productive

24 August 2015, Rome - A new open-access data portal to be developed by FAO will use satellite imagery to help water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa better manage this precious resource.

Currently all countries in North Africa and the Near East suffer from severe water scarcity, with significant consequences for irrigated agriculture, the region's largest water user.

11 Aug 2015 description

Para erradicar el hambre en América Latina y el Caribe las mujeres rurales deben tener mayor acceso a la tierra.

Santiago de Chile - Las mujeres rurales son responsables por más de la mitad de la producción de alimentos a nivel mundial, pero en América Latina y el Caribe continúan viviendo en una situación de desigualdad social y política, la cual se expresa fuertemente en su acceso y propiedad sobre la tierra, señaló hoy la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura, FAO.

10 Aug 2015 description

Key messages

  • International prices of maize increased for the second consecutive month in July, with the negative impact of excessive rains on crops in the United States of America in the first half of the month underpinning prices. By contrast, export prices of wheat from the United States of America declined slightly with 2015 production prospects still favourable overall, while quotations from other origins strengthened slightly.

06 Aug 2015 description

Le glissement des prix des produits laitiers et des huiles végétales entraîne l’indice vers le bas depuis septembre 2009

6 août 2015, Rome – Les prix des principales denrées alimentaires de base ont atteint en juillet dernier leur niveau moyen le plus bas depuis septembre 2009 sous le double effet du glissement des prix des produits laitiers et des huiles végétales et malgré quelques hausses enregistrées pour les céréales et le sucre alors que les cours de la viande restaient stables.

06 Aug 2015 description

Slide in prices for dairy products and vegetable oils drives Index to its lowest value since September 2009

6 August 2015, Rome - Prices for major food commodities in July hit their lowest average monthly level since September 2009 as sharp drops in the prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset some increases for those of sugar and cereals. Meat prices, meanwhile, remained stable.

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 164.6 points in July, down 1.0 per cent from June, and 19.4 percent from a year earlier.

03 Aug 2015 description

Samoa joined FAO in 1979 and has hosted the FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands since 1996, covering 14 island states. Over the past 35 years, FAO assistance has focused on building the evidence base and capacities for policy-making, strengthening animal and plant protection and boosting agricultural productivity and marketing in the face of climate change. Samoa is involved in FAO’s new initiative on Value Chains for Food Security and Nutrition in the Pacific Islands

Strengthening animal and plant protection

30 Jul 2015 description

El Niño in Asia: Prolonged dry weather in several countries affecting plantings and yield potential of the 2015 main season food crops

  • Prolonged dry weather associated with El Niño has impaired the production outlook for the ongoing 2015 main season in several countries, including Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Philippines and Viet Nam

28 Jul 2015 description

Helping farmers and buyers build mutually beneficial partnerships

New legal guide will support more equitable contract farming arrangements, support better policy making

28 July 2015, Rome - Contract farming – an expanding practice in which farmers produce agricultural goods for specific buyers in set quantities at prearranged prices – is getting a new tool to guide growers and buyers in establishing sound contracts and conflict resolution procedures.

24 Jul 2015 description

FAO partnership launches series of educational materials on the critical role of healthy soils

24 July 2015, Rome - A new series of educational materials is teaching children the importance of healthy soils for our food, environment, livelihoods and well-being.

20 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

  • The unprecedented Ebola virus disease outbreak continues to impact the food security, economies and livelihoods in the three worst-hit western African countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In total, 27,573 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in the three most affected countries, with 11,246 deaths as of 8 July. Liberia is reporting three new cases of Ebola after the World Health Organization declared the country free of the disease on 9 May 2015.