A new FAO report launched today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization provides insights into how much food is lost - as well as where and why - at different stages of the food supply chain, calls for the informed decisions for an effective reduction and offers new ways to measure progress.
“We need all of civil society to play an active role”, the Director-General told the annual Forum of the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM), a vehicle for the participation of non-governmental actors in policy formulation at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). “FAO is here to help you.”
Information on the world’s forests will be more transparent and easy-to-use than ever in the coming years, thanks to a $3 million grant to FAO from Norway, which aims to improve global statistics on forest resources and their changes.
Green agriculture has a vast potential to transform the agricultural sector in a way that enables access for everyone to nutritious food and at the same time ensures conservation of crucial natural resources, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said today at the International Agro-Industrial Forum in Moscow.
Managing trade policy and climate risks are critical to supporting the more than 25 million farmers who grow cotton, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu and other experts gathered at the World trade Organization for a World Cotton Day event emphasized.
FAO has launched an emergency project under its Technical Cooperation Programme to help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean fight the spread of Fusarium wilt (TR4), a fungal plant disease that can wipe out the banana crops upon which the livelihoods of millions of people depend.
The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 170 points in September, virtually unchanged from August and 3.3 percent higher than in the same month in 2018.
Burundian forestry activist Leonidas Nzigiyimpa was awarded the 2019 Wangari Maathai ‘Forest Champion' Award in recognition of his passionate commitment and outstanding contribution to improving forests and the lives of indigenous peoples, women and youth in his country.
Food security and nutrition must be a priority in Small Island Developing States, where climate change, isolation, insufficient land resources and dietary changes that favor obesity are all particular challenges, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said at a high-level meeting.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, renewing a formal collaboration the two UN agencies began in 1977. It was signed by FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu and UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen.