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Rome, 6 December 2007 - FAO's latest forecast puts world cereal production in 2007 at 2 101 million tonnes, with most of the increase in coarse grains, especially maize in the United States.
Global plant genetics policy and research unite with emergency operations against lethal crop disease
Bujumbura/Rome - Just as a system for the world wide exchange of plant genetic resources was made operational by the international community in Rome this week, farmers in Burundi kicked off a new season, planting cassava free of a deadly disease that brought hunger to thousands of people in the Great Lakes region.
For a long time, African farmers were not especially alarmed when the leaves of their cassava plants occasionally became patchy and failed to grow as big as usual.
Drawing on case studies from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Somalia and Sudan, this paper focuses on policy, programming and institutional issues related to addressing food insecurity in protracted crises and fragile states, with a focus on areas afflicted by conflicts. The case studies illustrate how dysfunctional institutions are at the root of structural food insecurity and show how local people and institutions have been able, to a certain extent, to adapt and cope with the crises.
Jacques Diouf officially inaugurates FAO's Sub-regional Office in Libreville
25 July 2007, Rome/Libreville - As part of FAO's reform process, Mr. Jacques Diouf, the Organization's Directeur General, today officially inaugurated FAO's Sub-regional Office for Central Africa in Libreville.
Addressing Gabon's Prime Minister Mr. Jean Eyéghé Ndong and the many political and diplomatic figures present at the inauguration ceremony, Mr.
- FAO's latest forecast for world cereal production in 2007 continues to point to a record output, now put at 2 121 million tonnes.
Food import bills reach a record high partly on soaring demand for biofuels Based on FAO's latest analysis, global expenditures on imported foodstuffs look set to surpass US$400 billion in 2007, almost 5 percent above the record the previous year. The bulk of the increase can be levelled against rising prices of imported coarse grains and vegetable oils, the commodity groups which feature most heavily in biofuel production. Import bills for these commodities are forecast to rise by as much as 13 percent from 2006.
This dataset is an aggregated version of the
original national Africover landcover multipurpose database. A 26-class
legend is used to aggregate the classes present in the original full resolution,
multipurpose landcover database. A single legend is applicable to the eight
trypanosomiasis-affected countries mapped during Africover project (Burundi,
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda
and United Republic of Tanzania).
World cereal production in 2007 remains on course to reach a record level of 2 095 million tonnes, but with some major crops yet to be planted, the forecast is still tentative.
Based on the current 2007 production outlook, global cereal supplies are forecast to increase in the new 2007/08 marketing season.
World cereal production in 2007 is forecast by FAO to increase some 4 percent to a record 2 082 million tonnes. The bulk of the increase is expected in maize, with a bumper crop already being gathered in South America, and a sharp increase in plantings expected in the United States. A significant rise in wheat output is also foreseen, with a recovery in some major exporting countries' crops after weather problems last year.
Another good cereal crop likely in 2007 in the group of Low-Income Food-Deficit countries (LIFDCs).
Favourable prospects for 2007 world cereal crops, mainly following expansion of plantings in Europe and North America, coupled with generally satisfactory weather conditions.
FAO's latest estimates put global cereal output in 2006 at just under 2 billion tonnes, 2.7 percent lower than in the previous year but still above average.
Safe, fresh food for city dwellers
1 February 2007, Rome - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has opened a new front in its battle against hunger and malnutrition - in the world's cities where most of global population growth is set to take place over the next decades.
"Urban agriculture" may seem a contradiction, but that is what FAO is supporting as one element in urban food supply systems in response to the surging size of the cities of the developing world - and to their fast-advancing slums - according to Alison Hodder, senior horticulturist with …