Climate change


Caribbean countries and private sector partners have built a coalition, the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, to implement informative climate action across the Caribbean region.more

Food security


The number of undernourished people in the world has been on the rise since 2014, reaching an estimated 821 million in 2017 due to climate-related issues as well as conflict and economic slowdowns.more

Food security


Low rainfall and dry conditions have caused major crop losses in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The precarious food situation could be compounded by the possible arrival of an El Niño in late 2018.more



Outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) threatens to spread from China to other Asian countries, FAO warns. The ASF virus is a very hardy virus and there is no vaccine available to combat it.more



Irrigation technology investments without accompanying policies might worsen water scarcity because farmers may swift to more water-intensive crops or expand irrigated areas.more



Ghana reported outbreaks of African swine fever for the first time in 1999. Since 2009, the virus has been penetrating pig stocks year after year. The latest outbreak was confirmed by authorities in the coastal area of the...more



Food imports have risen over the last years, especially for the vast majority of the poorest countries. It is now becoming more and more difficult for them to meet their basic food needs from international markets, a new FAO...more

Climate change


The earth is at risk of heading towards an irreversible “Hothouse Earth” state, researchers warn. They point out that natural feedback processes could push the climate to a global average of 4-5° C higher than preindustrial...more



Fall Armyworm likely to spread from India to other parts of Asia with South East Asia and South China most at risk, according to FAO.more



Experts at the Cash Crop Conference in Beijing, China discussed the global situation of agriculture. They took a special look at agricultural developments in China and highlighted the Thai cassava value chain as potential example...more

Food security


Despite population growth, the number of food insecure people is likely to decline over the next ten years, according to a report from USDA.more



In July the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development held the Oceans Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. The focus was on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – “Life below water”. Specifically, it was concerned with the subgoals...more



Environmentalists have warned that the Earth’s 2018 budget of natural resources has already been used up – in less than eight months. And US meteorologists state that 2017 was one of the three warmest years on record, the other...more

Development policy


The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) was launched in 2012 by the G8 countries, ten African countries, the private sector and NGOs. The results achieved so far have been evaluated in a Synthesis Report issued...more



Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human health and the planet's ecosystems, a problem often underestimated by policy-makers and farmers, the FAO and the IWMI state in a new report.more

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