Health

West Africa faces the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded. The WHO declared the current Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and considers it ethical to offer unproven interventions.

more

Markets

The recent fall in prices of major crops is expected to continue over the next two years before stabilising at levels above the pre-2008 period, but markedly below recent peaks, according to the latest Agricultural…

more

Agriculture

Many poor farmers around the world use low-quality local seeds rather than costly patented ones. The Open Source Seed Initiative is now offering 36 types of 14 food crops. All seed packets contain a pledge stating that…

more

Rural development

Greater support for the project compared with previous voting.

more

Agriculture

An international operation has succeeded in rescuing some 300 000 precious manuscripts dating from the 12th to 15th centuries from imminent destruction by African Al-Qaida rebels. Experts hope that they will provide…

more

FAO and the Thomson Reuters Foundation plan to launch a new online food security information service.

more

Agriculture

The principles for responsible Investments in agriculture are currently being negotiated on the UN Committee on World Food Security. They were the focus of this year’s “Policies against Hunger” conference in Berlin.

 

more

Poverty reduction

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 says that millions of lives have improved thanks to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts to achieve the MDGs. These efforts lay the foundations for the next…

more

Food safety

Following a request by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the FAO and the WHO have prepared a report on the most serious food borne diseases and are developing new guidelines to control parasites in food.

more

The programme Afrisoils aims to support African countries in implementing sustainable soil management, leading to agricultural growth, improved food security and better adaptation to climate change.

more