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Soils

Three scenarios show how climate change and land use may accelerate soil erosion by water by the year 2070. Soil erosion reduces agricultural productivity and therefore threatens global food supply.

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Food security

WFP has reduced food or cash transfers by up to 30 per cent for over 2.7 million refugees in four African countries. Without additional funding, the organisation will be forced to cut deeper in the coming months.

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Finance

India’s private sector could play a more important role on the African continent in the future. Officials call to go beyond government-to-government cooperation and promote private sector participation.

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Food waste
Food losses

Reducing food loss and waste is essential for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A new online platform gives support to development actors and governments in reducing food loss and waste across the globe.

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Poverty reduction

Progress against the multiple dimensions of poverty was made before the COVID-19 pandemic – but now it is at risk. The pandemic is a stark reminder that we need to look beyond income to tackle poverty in all its forms.

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Youth

The Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour has now been ratified by all member states of the International Labour Organization. Child labour is particularly abundant in agriculture.

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Disasters

The FAO has drawn attention to locusts posing a threat to agriculture in parts of Latin America. Efforts are being made at regional level to cope with locust swarms disaster.

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Water

Access to fresh water is fundamental to sustainable development. This new tool aims to support policy makers in reporting data on fresh water, tracking changes to water-related ecosystems over time.

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Development policy

The UN “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” will celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2021. At the start of June 2020, a group of five experts launched global consultations on the binding implementation of…

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Food security

The devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic push millions more people into food insecurity in low- and middle-income countries.

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Ilhan's family now lives from growing fruit and vegetables. Weather extremes left the former shepherd family in the Awdal region of northwest Somaliland no choice but to settle down.<br />© Wuchenauer/Welthungerhilfe
Food security

In many countries where climate change or armed conflicts threaten people’s livelihoods, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are making a bad situation worse. At the Berlin launch of its Annual Report in early July,…

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New measures aim to improve FAO's efficiency and effectiveness "while avoiding silos and establishing transparency and accountability at the optimal levels," according to FAO Director-General QU Dongyu.

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Plant protection

A new product called Green Muscle™, based on a specific isolate of the fungus Metarhizium acridum, stops locusts in their tracks.

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Food security

Agricultural commodity markets are more resilient to the pandemic than many other sectors, according to FAO. Nevertheless, the significant decline in economic growth due to the pandemic has translated into an issue of…

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Gender

Every day, the human rights of thousands of girls are violated throughout the world – with the families and the environment they are living in often being fully aware of this. As a partner of the UN Population Fund, the…

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