Latest Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Stories

2011-03-10 08:04:00

Equal access to agricultural resources equals millions more fed, FAO says WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women in rural areas have the potential to raise agricultural production to levels that would feed up to 150 million more of the world's hungry people if they had equal access to land, financial services, education and technology, according to the UN Food and Agriculture's State of Food and Agriculture 2010-11 report. Giving women the same access as men to...

2010-11-02 13:25:00

The U.N.'s food agency said on Tuesday that a deadly virus in Tanzania is threatening over 50 million sheep and goats in 15 countries. The Small Ruminants Plague virus (PPR) broke out in Tanzania earlier this year and now threatens southern Africa. PPR is "considered as the most destructive viral disease affecting small ruminant flocks," the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said in a statement. The virus can cause death rates of up to 100 percent in animals but does not affect...

2010-09-09 06:35:00

In the midst of a difficult fire season in many parts of the world, the United Nations' (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization has launched a new online fire detection system that will help firefighters and natural hazards managers improve response time and resource management. The Global Fire Information Management System (GFIMS) delivers fire data from an imaging sensor aboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites to generate daily fire maps and images through a freely accessible Web interface....

2010-07-06 12:35:00

On Tuesday, an international food safety body set new rules on preparing bagged salads and also said that the chemical melamine is acceptable only in tiny amounts in infant formula and food. The Codex Alimentarius Commission said that animal manure should not be used to fertilize lettuces and other fresh vegetables that are sold "ready to eat."  The decision was made during its meeting in Geneva. The Codex experts said that contaminated water must also be kept away from bagged produce...

2010-05-26 13:13:47

Gathered in St. Petersburg, world's top wheat experts report progress toward replacing 5 percent of vulnerable fields in nations at risk; effort called vital for preventing hunger Four new mutations of Ug99, a strain of a deadly wheat pathogen known as stem rust, have overcome existing sources of genetic resistance developed to safeguard the world's wheat crop. Leading wheat experts from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, who are in St. Petersburg, Russia for a global wheat...

2010-02-22 07:32:18

Extended geographical monitoring and a common classification will facilitate the response The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the American Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) are working to innovate and reinforce their food security monitoring systems and to develop more efficient early warning tools. These efforts come as a response to the 2007-2008 global food crisis that increased...

2009-10-16 09:51:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization confirms that more than 1 billion people around the world now live with hunger daily. "As we celebrate World Food Day, it is disheartening that we have lost the substantial gains made in the last decades against hunger and poverty," said Rev. David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World. "To regain lost ground, we must invest in agriculture in developing countries." He noted that...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'