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ZEF’s Joachim von Braun gives special lecture for 2020 World Food Day

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:00
The global World Food Day ceremony in Rome introduced by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu and featuring high-level participants from around the world was followed by a lecture from Joachim von Braun from Germany.

FAO honored by minting of special coin in India

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 08:00
India has minted a commemorative coin to celebrate World Food Day and the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Rome’s Colosseum illuminated to mark FAO’s 75th anniversary and World Food Day

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:00
The Director-General QU Dongyu today was joined by Italian authorities for the presentation of two video mapping shows in Rome (one at FAO's headquarters and the other at the Colosseum) to celebrate FAO's 75th anniversary on World Food Day.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and FAO approve COVID-19 technical support package

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:00
The package will also help to strengthen the longer-term resilience of the food system, including production, processing and transport. It includes immediate technical and policy assistance as well as strategic inputs to support the transformation of food systems after the crisis. The initiative will look at investment options for urban food, low or zero carbon value chains and more efficient distribution systems, including e-marketing.

As FAO turns 75, its mission to end hunger and nourish the world is as relevant today as ever

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:00
Today, World Food Day marks the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Nobel laureate outlines how new technologies measurably boost farmers

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 12:00
Mobile technologies and digital agriculture hold great promise for the world’s farmers, making it all the more important to foster appropriate institutions able to generate innovation whose benefits reach smallholders and disadvantaged groups, Nobel Prize-winning economist Michael Kremer said today.

FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 18:00
As extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity, particularly due to climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its partners have warned that early warning systems, followed by early action, are critical to prevent disasters and save lives.

FAO calls on the Committee on World Food Security to focus on innovation and digital solutions, as well as food loss and waste

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 18:00
Promoting innovation and applying digital technologies in agri-food systems, as well as reducing food loss and waste, are vital to step up the fight against hunger and poverty. This was FAO’s main message at the opening of the High-Level Special Event on Strengthening Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition.

Impact of COVID-19 on people's livelihoods, their health and our food systems

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 18:00
Millions of agricultural workers - waged and self-employed - while feeding the world, regularly face high levels of working poverty, malnutrition and poor health, and suffer from a lack of safety and labour protection as well as other types of abuse. With low and irregular incomes and a lack of social support, many of them are spurred to continue working, often in unsafe conditions, thus exposing themselves and their families to additional risks.

FAO, IFAD and WFP pledge to strengthen collaboration against hunger

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 16:00
The UN leaders renewed their commitment virtually at the Fourth Informal Joint Meeting of the FAO Council, the IFAD Executive Board and the WFP Executive Board. It was the first time the heads of the three UN Rome-based agencies (RBA) had met since WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 on Friday.

Donors must double investments to stamp out hunger

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 11:00
A doubling of current levels of international aid could lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, according to new research by FAO with ZEF, Cornell University, IFPRI and IISD.

Statement by QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 18:00
On the award of the Noble Peace Prize to the World Food Programme

Prices of several staples up to multi-month highs

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 04:00
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 97.9 points during the month, up 2.1 percent from August and 5.0 percent higher than its value in September 2019.

FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 18:00
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed a $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers in the world's most vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change and to build sustainability.

FAO Director-General calls for transformational change in the way we manage our forests and food systems that depend on them

Sun, 10/04/2020 - 18:00
Transformational change is needed in the way we manage our forests and their biodiversity, produce and consume our foods and interact with nature, if we want to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This was the key message of a speech delivered today by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu at the 25th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO).

FAO and CropLife International strengthen commitment to promote agri-food systems transformation

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 18:00
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and CropLife International today renewed and strengthened their commitment to work together and find new ways to transform agri-food systems and promote rural development through on the ground investment and innovation.

Biodiversity is a bulwark for people, societies, economies and food security

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 16:00
Biodiversity underpins most of the world’s economic activities, particularly in the agri-food sector, so the pace of its erosion must be contrasted with holistic and collective efforts, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said at UN Summit on Biodiversity.

FAO teams up with UNWTO to boost sustainable rural tourism to help strengthen rural economies and conserve ecosystems

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 18:00
New partnership aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, drive sustainable development and strengthen livelihoods in rural areas. It will also contribute to the development of the FAO’s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), and support the Coalition of Fragile Ecosystems (COFE).

Food loss and waste must be reduced for greater food security and environmental sustainability

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 18:00
At the global event marking today the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and their partners urged everyone to do more to reduce food loss and waste or risk an even greater drop in food security and natural resources.

World Rabies Day 2020

Sun, 09/27/2020 - 18:00
The United Against Rabies Forum, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) will bring together partners across government institutions, human and animal and environmental health sectors, the private sector, civil society as well as research and academia


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