Date: 23.05.2016 | Views: 11

FAO's Director-General urges all to embrace “pollinator-friendly” approaches Bees make a priceless contribution to agriculture and are a bellwether for environmental health, working without pay while both delivering and reflecting biodiversity. "A world without pollinators would be a world without food diversity - and in the long run, without food security," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today during a visit to Slovenia that ending at the national beekeepers' festival. Slovenia, a promotor of declaring May 20 the World Bee Day, has sought assistance from FAO in this endeavor and has already received its support and that of 53 countries at the last Regional Conference of Europe. The next steps include the technical committees of FAO and the FAO Conference in 2017. It would be one of the first concrete actions after the important agreement on Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Change Agreement and in line to achieve the Goals of Agenda 2030, stated Graziano da Silva.

Date: 05.05.2016 | Views: 108

Full week of discussions planned as FAO regional conference kicks off in Turkey 4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey - Having made major strides in reducing the prevalence of hunger, many countries in Europe and Central Asia are now looking to improve the quality of people's diets and transform their food systems in order to adapt to climate change, optimize the use of natural resources, and cut waste. The absolute number of hungry people in the region - measured in terms of their caloric energy intake - dropped by at least 40 percent since 1990, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva noted in a policy speech made today at the start of the biennial FAO Regional Conference for Europe: "But despite overall positive trends regarding food security, others forms of malnutrition still persist and continue to be a problem, affecting all the nations in this diverse region," Graziano da Silva added. For example, in 48 of 53 countries in the wider Europe and Central Asia region, the combined overweight and obesity prevalence in the adult population exceeds 55 percent, while relatively high rates of stunting continue to be seen among children in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Date: 26.04.2016 | Views: 135

After its remarkable success in reducing hunger, Europe must now rise to the challenge of making sure food assures more than survival and furnishes healthy lives. As head of a global hunger-fighting organization, nothing gives me more satisfaction than to see a vast region of the world achieving food security for its people. With 53 member countries and one member organization, Europe and Central Asia is FAO’s largest region, stretching across 13 time zones from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Our data show that in almost every country, this region has succeeded in driving down food insecurity to below 5 percent of the population. The absolute number of hungry in the region has fallen by at least 40 percent since 1990. Unfortunately, the story does not end here. Malnutrition – as distinct from undernourishment (caloric insufficiency) – is a concern that cuts across the entire region. It takes many forms: micronutrient deficiencies, stunting, wasting, overweight and obesity. In fact, most countries in the region have alarming rates of obesity – more than 20 percent in adults. Malnutrition has health, social and economic costs that no society can afford to bear.

Date: 20.05.2016 | Views: 26

7 facts on climate change & food production for sustainable development On the frontline of climate change, effects are real and measurable. As climate change evolves, food and agriculture need to follow suit. Rising temperatures, changes in rainfall, erratic weather patterns and the prevalence of pests and diseases resulting from climate change threaten agricultural productivity and therefore undermine global food security. Simultaneously, the world’s population is growing steadily and expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet this growing demand, agriculture and food systems must adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable. In celebration of this year’s World Food Day theme ‘Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too,’ here are 7 facts around climate change and some of the things FAO is doing to mitigate its effects on agriculture.

Date: 18.05.2016 | Views: 41

National consultations organized by FAO in Tajikistan held today will assist local and international partners to integrate resilience strategies into their policies and action plans, and adopt and expand the use of climate-smart agriculture practices. According to FAO CO in Tajikistan, the project corresponds to achieving one of its five Strategic Objectives – namely to “make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable” in Central Asia and Turkey. The national consultations were reportedly held under the project “Integrated natural recourses management in drought-prone and salt-affected agricultural production landscapes in Central Asia and Turkey” financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF), aimed at development of mechanisms to minimize pressures and negative impacts from drought and salinity, reduce risks and vulnerability to climate change, and enhance capacity to cope with or adapt with environmental changes.

Date: 22.04.2016 | Views: 147

On Earth day, nearly 329 million people in mountainous areas vulnerable to hunger 21 April 2016, Rome -- Faced with rising levels of hunger in mountainous regions across the developing world, FAO today launched a special funding-and-planning mechanism to ensure sustainable development and food security in highland regions, home to some 329 million of the world’s hungry people. One in three people living in mountain areas across the developing world are food insecure – a number that can go up to half of the population in rural mountain areas. In comparison, one in nine people go hungry worldwide, including non-mountain areas. An FAO report released late last year showed that vulnerability to hunger has risen by 30 percent in mountain areas between 2000 and 2012, at the same time that hunger levels worldwide have fallen.

Date: 08.04.2016 | Views: 249

FAO Food Price Index up slightly in March as sugar prices jump April 2016, Rome - World cereal production in 2016 is set to amount to 2 521 million tonnes, just 0.2 percent off last year's large output and the third-highest global performance on record, according to FAO's first forecast for the new season, released today. Large inventory levels and relatively sluggish global demand mean that market conditions for staple food grains appear stable for at least another season, the agency's latest Cereal Supply and Demand Brief predicts.

Date: 04.03.2016 | Views: 379

First global 2016 wheat production forecast sees a modest drop from last year’s record level The FAO Food Price Index was stable in February, as falling sugar and dairy prices offset a substantial jump in vegetable oil prices from the previous month. Averaging 150.2 points for the month, the FAO Food Price Index was virtually unchanged from a revised 150.0 points in January and down 14.5 percent from a year ago. FAO also issued its first forecast for the world's 2016 wheat harvest, projecting 723 million tonnes of total production, about 10 million tonnes below last year's record output. The FAO Food Price Index is a trade-weighted index tracking international market prices for five key commodity groups: major cereals, vegetable oils, dairy, meat and sugar.

Date: 28.12.2015 | Views: 1229

Dear Friends, The last pages being torn out of the wall calendar and with them all lost, progress, and achievements, has been transformed into a page in history. New 2016 year is coming to each of us. Let meet New Year with a positive mood, good intentions, and wonderful plans. It time to accept the best moments and leave all unpleasant. It time to start new actions, set new goals for achieving the high peaks.

Date: 15.07.2015 | Views: 23810

Dear colleagues, partners and friends, We are pleased to share with you good news. Now the market price not only of Tajikistan, but also market prices of Kyrgyzstan and are available through a mobile application. Neksigol Mushovir together with Agro-Asia (Kyrgyzstan) has developed mobile application “Central Asia Market Prices”. The app is especially useful for producers, processors and sellers of fresh vegetables, fruits and berries. The app provides information on market prices of 23 kinds of agricultural products in two markets of Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek and Osh) and more than 70 kinds of agricultural products in eight markets of Tajikistan (Dushanbe, Khujand, Kurgan-Tube, Khorugh, Istaravshan, Kulob, Isfara and Rasht). Using the app settings you can get information on prices in KGS, TJS, Russian rubles, USD and Euros. The number of markets and list of agricultural products in Kyrgyzstan will be extended. And in the near future we will extend coverage and add market prices of other Central Asian countries.

Date: 14.07.2015 | Views: 23602

Dear colleagues, partners and friends, The month of Ramadan - month of mercy and forgiveness, generosity, cleanness and increase the good deeds is being completed and we are on the eve of our Holiday- Eid al-Fitr.

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