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Locust Plague Devouring Madagascar, $41M Needed To Combat Infestation
2013-03-28 08:11:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A plague has gripped Madagascar and a UN body says the country will need $41 million over three years to help fight off the infestation that has gripped more than half of the world´s fourth-largest island. The plague comes in the form of locusts, a term generally referring to the swarming phase of several species of short-horned grasshoppers. This plague has been increasingly threatening Madagascar´s crop production and...

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2011-04-07 11:22:02

After unrest in the Arab world and Japan's natural disasters, new increases in food prices are in sight as demand grows and supplies tighten, reports the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), even as global food prices began moving downward from record highs in March. Food prices became an increasingly urgent topic of discussion in international politics after contributing to protests that are spreading across North Africa and the Middle East and which was a leading factor in regime...

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2011-02-03 07:16:48

A top expert with the United Nations said Wednesday that forests around the world could start expanding again within a few years. But, according to a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) global study, trees are still being cut down at "alarmingly high" rates, mainly in the Amazon and Africa. FAO assistant director general Eduardo Rojas-Briales said that many new trees will only have "junk" value in the disposing of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. While the estimated...

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2010-11-18 08:50:00

Food import bills for the world's poorest countries are predicted to increase by 11 percent this year, and unless the production of key crops increases by a sizable margin in 2011, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that things could get significantly worse. "International prices of most agricultural commodities have increased in recent months, some sharply," the FAO reports in the November 2010 edition of their Food Outlook Global Market Analysis Report. The organization's...

2008-07-08 09:00:46

World Food Day 2008 theme to consider challenges to food security ROME, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Rarely has World Food Day assumed greater meaning than at the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of hungry people, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy is the theme of this year's World Food Day on 16 October, the day that FAO was founded in Quebec City in 1945, and now...

2008-06-19 09:00:44

UN urges Africa to seek solutions to avert soaring food prices NAIROBI, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations food agency on Tuesday called on African governments to urgently come up with solutions to curb the soaring food prices sparked by surge in energy and commodities prices by increasing their production. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Deputy Director Madibo Traore said that African governments had failed to realize the role of agriculture as only six out of the 53...

2005-11-14 10:30:55

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Some 13 million hectares of forests are destroyed around the world each year, an area the size of Greece, although the net loss of trees has finally slowed thanks mainly to new plantations, the United Nations said on Monday. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said its Global Forest Resources Assessment was the most exhaustive such survey undertaken, covering 229 countries and territories. Taking into account plantations, landscape...

2005-11-14 10:29:54

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Some 13 million hectares of forests are destroyed around the world each year, an area the size of Greece, although the net loss of trees has finally slowed thanks mainly to new plantations, the United Nations said on Monday. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said its Global Forest Resources Assessment was the most exhaustive such survey undertaken, covering 229 countries and territories. Taking into account plantations, landscape...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • 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.'