Food security


More than ten per cent of the global population are suffering from hunger. World hunger is on the rise again, driven by conflict and climate change, according to UN experts. more

Maize in Lipompo Province (South Africa), infested with the fall armyworm, March 2017. <br/> Photo: © FAO/Steven Lazaro
Plant protection


Since early 2017, the fall armyworm, a native of the Americas, has been spreading in Africa. Experts reckon that it will not be possible to completely exterminate the insect in the continent. On the contrary, it seems probable...more

Four organisations are joining forces to support African agriculture with a strategic partnership which aims to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least eleven African...more

A woman farmer in Zimbabwe feeding chickens. Poultry are an important factor for nutrition and economic development in the region. <br/> Photo: © FAO/Desmond Kwande
Animal Health


The recent outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Southern Africa are threatening the livelihood and food security status of millions of families in the region, warns the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United...more

Floods have destroyed hundreds of villages India, Bangladesh and Nepal. <br/>Photo: © World Vision


Days of heavy rainfall have affected a total of more than 16 million people in South Asia. Rural regions are particularly hard-hit. The floods have destroyed thousands of hectares of cropland.more



More investment in water supply and sanitation in rural areas is needed, according to a report by the World Bank. There are major disparities in water supply and sanitation services between rural and urban, poor and non-poor...more



Monitoring forests is often difficult because of their complexity. To support countries in forest monitoring, which is necessary to measure progress towards the SDGs, the FAO developed The Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest...more



The spread of cholera has slowed significantly in some areas of Yemen compared to peak levels, but the disease is still spreading fast in more recently affected districts, which are recording large numbers of cases.more

Marie Ange from Haiti standing in front of the ruins of her house in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The new app can provide those helping after a disaster with practical advice.
Emergency aid


On Saturday, the 19th August, World Humanitarian Day, the international Christian development organisation CBM presented a new app to be applied above all in disaster areas. It provides local helpers with easy-to-use tips on how...more

Tea pickers working in the field. In 2015, the UK obtained 79 per cent of all tea imports from developing countries. <br/ > Photo: ©J. Micaud / FAO


The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are also waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. The latest positive signal from the UK Government should let them breathe a sigh of relief.more



The ‘Youth Connekt Africa Summit 2017’ was held in Kigali, Rwanda, in mid-July. The continent is said to need 22 million new jobs every year. If the working conditions offered no real prospect of achieving prosperity even these...more



The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 per cent more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study by the International Water Management Institute – IWMI. With 885 million...more



The first pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass has been launched by Germany’s Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Ghana-based Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).more



Agricultural subsidies are the biggest obstacles in international trade talks. Now the EU and Brazil have submitted a joint proposal to the WTO calling for a harmonisation of domestic subsidies to promote fair global trade.more



800 million family members globally are supported by remittances, according to a report by IFAD. Taken together, individual remittances account for far more than the combined Official Development Assistance.more

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