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    FAO welcomes €17 million contribution from Germany to combat the impact of the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa

    Jue, 02/27/2020 - 20:00
    FAO Director-General QU Dongyu has welcomed a €17 million contribution from Germany to provide assistance to those directly affected by the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa.

    Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

    Jue, 02/27/2020 - 20:00
    "Artificial Intelligence needs to be transparent, inclusive, socially beneficial and accountable," Qu said, adding: "We need to ensure the human-centric approach in designing and implementing artificial intelligence today and in the future.

    Ramping up the fight against Fall Armyworm

    Mié, 02/26/2020 - 20:00
    “We will need to step up the alliance among key partners from all relevant sectors at the global level,” FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today while opening the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control.

    FAO welcomes European Union contribution of €11 million to fight Desert Locust outbreak

    Mié, 02/26/2020 - 20:00
    FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today welcomed an €11 million contribution from the European Union as the UN agency steps up efforts to fight the Desert Locust upsurge which has now spread from East Africa to the Persian Gulf.

    Locusts in East Africa: A race against time

    Lun, 02/24/2020 - 20:00
    The locust upsurge affecting East Africa is a graphic and shocking reminder of this region's vulnerability. This is a scourge of biblical proportions. Yet as ancient as this scourge is, its scale today is unprecedented in modern times.

    World’s food systems rely on biodiversity

    Lun, 02/24/2020 - 11:00
    Everything we eat is produced in ways that imply some transformation of the environment, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said at the beginning of the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group established by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

    FAO welcomes $10 million donation from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa

    Dom, 02/23/2020 - 20:00
    FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today welcomed a $10 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the fight against the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as the UN agency expanded its appeal.

    Hunger threatens over half of the population in South Sudan

    Mié, 02/19/2020 - 20:00
    Some 6.5 million people in South Sudan – more than half of the population - could be in acute food insecurity at the height of this hunger season (May-July), three United Nations agencies warned today.

    Italy and FAO highlight the importance of the Mediterranean diet for the sustainable management of land and water resources

    Mié, 02/12/2020 - 20:00
    The Mediterranean diet is not only healthy for humans, but also for the environment and for biodiversity. This was the main message at an event held today at FAO headquarters with the aim of raising awareness on how the Mediterranean diet can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Cooperation models for transforming the agricultural sector

    Mié, 02/12/2020 - 18:00
    The path to reducing unacceptable hunger levels “lies in our ability to transform the agricultural sector”, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today at at “Targeting Hunger: South-South and Triangular cooperation for Transforming Agriculture”, an interactive dialogue held at the United Nations headquarters.

    FAO Director-General says greater action needed to avert a humanitarian crisis as Desert Locust spreads

    Mar, 02/11/2020 - 20:00
    FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today greater and faster action was needed to prevent a humanitarian crisis in East Africa as the Desert Locust upsurge was now affecting seven countries and threatened to spread even further.

    “Team effort” is high road to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    Mar, 02/11/2020 - 11:00
    Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is a “team effort”, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today as he welcomed the 43rd Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

    FAO highlights role of pulses in fighting hunger and achieving healthy diets for all

    Vie, 02/07/2020 - 13:00
    FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today highlighted pulses’ crucial role in addressing food insecurity and achieving healthy and balanced diets for all. He made the remarks at a special ceremony at FAO Headquarters in Rome, in which FAO observed World Pulses Day.

    FAO hails first contribution to promoting digital agriculture through knowledge-sharing

    Vie, 02/07/2020 - 11:00
    China’s Development Plan for Digital Agriculture and Rural Areas (2019-2025) has bene made available on FAO’s e-agriculture website, in English and Chinese.

    The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund donates $1 million to efforts to combat Desert Locust in East Africa

    Jue, 02/06/2020 - 20:00
    The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) has donated $1 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to combat the worsening Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa.

    World food prices rise in January

    Jue, 02/06/2020 - 06:00
    The FAO Food Price Index averaged 182.5 points during the month of January 2020, up 0.7 percent from December and 11.3 percent higher than the same month a year earlier.

    UN food agencies offer support to China amid coronavirus outbreak

    Mar, 02/04/2020 - 20:00
    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have jointly expressed solidarity with China and offered support to the country as it battles the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

    Trees in the city – plaudits for sustainable urban forestry trailblazers

    Mar, 02/04/2020 - 08:00
    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation today announced the first cities to be recognized under the Tree Cities of the World programme, designed to help create more resilient and sustainable cities.

    FAO appeals for urgent support to fight worsening Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa

    Mié, 01/29/2020 - 20:00
    FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today the Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa threatened to provoke a humanitarian crisis and appealed for urgent funding to tackle the outbreak in order to protect livelihoods and food security.

    Alarm over Desert Locusts increases as new generation of the destructive pests starts breeding in Horn of Africa

    Mar, 01/28/2020 - 20:00
    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that rising numbers of Desert Locusts present an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa.

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