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31 Dec 2008 description

Executive Summary

The Northern region, which is identified by official statistics as trailing behind the central, western and eastern regions in terms of poverty reduction, has experienced multiple and severe shocks including drought, civil war lasting for over 10 years and loss of cattle to Karamojong raids. The signing of a peace agreement between the Government of Uganda (GOU) and the Resistance Army (LRA) and initial implementation of terms bears hope for Northern Uganda. It is in this context that the 2008/09 Cluster Plan of Action (PoA) for Northern Uganda has been developed.

18 Dec 2008 description

Highlights of a new FAO report

- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally.

13 Nov 2008 description

Rome/Brussels, 13 November 2008 - After years of massive crop losses caused by a devastating virus, farmers are harvesting healthy cassava - one of Africa's principal foodstuffs - throughout the Great Lakes region, FAO announced today, hailing the achievement as a milestone in its ever stronger partnership with the European Union.

By the last planting season, virus-free cassava planting material had been distributed to some 330 000 smallholders in countries struck by the virus - Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

12 Nov 2008 description

Major wheat producing countries agree on roadmap to battle virulent fungus

12 November 2008, Rome/New Delhi - Representatives of major wheat producing countries have called for urgent coordinated action to prevent and control the wheat stem rust disease strain Ug99, FAO said today.

14 Oct 2008 description


- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 4.9 percent to a record 2 232 million tonnes, considerably up from earlier predictions after better than expected results from the major harvests gathered in the past two months.

- Based on the latest production forecast, a significant improvement in the global supply and demand balance for cereals in the 2008/09 season can be expected.

15 Sep 2008 description

FAO field schools help Ugandan farmers combat banana wilt, boost production

Rome, 15 September 2008- A joint FAO-government project in Uganda has helped over 3 000 farmers combat a pestilent disease that threatened to wipe out production of cooking banana, a staple crop upon which 14 million Ugandans depend for food and income. Not only has the spread of banana bacterial wilt (BBW) been contained in the districts where the project was implemented, but several participating farmers have doubled or tripled their production of the fruit.

BBW is a bacterial disease that kills off trees …

25 Jul 2008 description


- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.

- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.

15 Jul 2008 description

Unfavourable Prospects for 2008 Cereal Crops in Several Countries. Concern over a worsening of food insecurity for millions affected by high food prices

Harvesting of the 2008 main season cereal crops is underway or due to start soon in Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. In Ethiopia the harvest of the secondary "belg" crop is in progress. Although the important March-May rains improved towards the end of the period, cumulative totals remain below normal in large areas of Ethiopia, Somalia, parts of western Kenya and in the Karamoja region of Uganda.

11 Jun 2008 description

Il permettra d'améliorer les statistiques dans 17 pays africains

11 juin 2008, Rome - Les informations statistiques de 17 pays d'Afrique subsaharienne feront un saut de qualité grâce à un don de 5,6 millions de dollars de la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates, annonce aujourd'hui la FAO.

Les pays concernés par le projet sont l'Angola, le Bénin, le Burkina Faso, le Cameroun, la Côte d'Ivoire, l'Ethiopie, le Ghana, le Kenya, le Malawi, le Mali, le Mozambique, le Nigéria, l'Ouganda, le Rwanda, le Sénégal, la Tanzanie et la Zambie.

Etalé sur deux ans, le …

11 Jun 2008 description

New grant for FAO statistics improves information in 17 African countries

11 June 2008,Rome - The quality of statistical information from 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa will be dramatically increased with grant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported FAO today.

The US$ 5.6 million grant over two years will allow the 17 countries identified, through the FAO country statistics information system (CountrySTAT), to substantially improve the quality, accessibility,relevance and reliability of their national statistics on food and agriculture.

30 Apr 2008 description


- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.6 percent to a record 2 164 million tonnes. The bulk of the increase is expected to be in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in major producing countries. Coarse grains output is tentatively forecast to remain around the bumper level of last year. Rice production is foreseen to increase slightly reflecting production incentives in several Asian countries.

19 Feb 2008 description


- Early prospects point to the possibility of a significant increase in world cereal production in 2008, mainly following expansion of winter grain plantings in Europe and the United States coupled with generally satisfactory weather conditions.

- International prices of most cereals remain high and some are still on the increase.

18 Jan 2008 description


- Excessive rains in the period July-September 2007 caused extensive flooding in certain areas of Uganda, particularly in Amuria and Katakwi Districts of Teso sub-region, where crop losses, both preand post-harvest, were very high.

- An FAO/WFP mission assessed the food security conditions in the worst affected areas of Teso, Lango, Karamoja, and Acholi sub-regions (1).

- It found that there is a looming food crisis in Katakwi and Amuria Districts and in parts of neighbouring ones, which requires immediate action to avert impending human suffering and possible loss of …