Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

This outbreak isn’t Covid; it is a parallel, hidden pandemic, a deadly animal disease called African swine fever that was detected in the Dominican Republic in July.

FAO - News Article: FAO at forefront of global efforts to build partnership between agri-food systems and conservation

FAO - News Article: FAO at forefront of global efforts to build partnership between agri-food systems and conservation

That was the key message of FAO Director-General QU Dongyu in his address to a High-level dialogue at the World Conservation Congress, currently underway in the French city of Marseille.According to FAO's Director-General, green and climate resilient agri-food systems can offer key solutions to the biodiversity and environmental crises.

FAO - News Article: Disasters take heavy toll on agri-food systems as new threats emerge

FAO - News Article: Disasters take heavy toll on agri-food systems as new threats emerge

Thus, between 2008 and 2018, the impacts of disasters cost the agricultural sectors of developing country economies over $108 billion in damaged or lost crop and livestock production.Over 34 percent of crop and livestock production loss in LDCs and LMICs is traced to drought, costing the sector $37 billion overall.

Climate Change Will Reshape Silicon Valley As We Know It

Climate Change Will Reshape Silicon Valley As We Know It

A recent PwC report found that climate tech investment increased from $418 million per year in 2013 to $16.3 billion in 2019, growing at five times the venture capital market rate over the last seven years.

FAO - News Article: Innovation to counter food supply-chain disruptions and spur recovery

FAO - News Article: Innovation to counter food supply-chain disruptions and spur recovery

19 January, 2021, Rome/Berlin - Innovative solutions in agri-food systems helped households and countries contain disruptions in food supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more will be required to "build back better and build back greener", FAO's Director-General QU Dongyu said today.

FAO - News Article: One Planet – FAO’s work on biodiversity, One Health and climate

FAO - News Article: One Planet – FAO’s work on biodiversity, One Health and climate

With projects amounting to $796.2 million last year, FAO works around the world, from combatting deforestation in Argentina to rangeland restoration in the Sudan, to support the transition towards low-emission, sustainable food systems through climate-smart approaches, practices and techniques that preserve the environment and biodiversity, and at the same time, help build the resilience of millions of poor family farmers.

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

The Centre offers a range of investment support services helping countries to create long-term investment policies and plans, to design and implement investment projects with financing partners and to generate knowledge and build capacities related to investment.

FAO - News Article: Transforming agri-food systems to feed the world and tackle climate change

FAO - News Article: Transforming agri-food systems to feed the world and tackle climate change

14 December 2020, Rome - Feeding the world's growing population while limiting the impacts of climate change will require urgent and radical transformation of our agri-food systems, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said at a High-Level event commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Charting a Future for People and Nature in Post-COVID India

Charting a Future for People and Nature in Post-COVID India

The group maintains that science and technology can provide important strategies to address these challenges, but they must be implemented in ways that foster human, social and ecological resilience.

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

When a company buys carbon offsets , it funds projects elsewhere to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as planting trees in Indonesia or installing giant machines inside California dairies that suck up the methane produced by burping and farting cows and turn it into a usable biofuel.

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

© Manuel Morales Roman Like many of the places where The Nature Conservancy works, Chiapas, Mexico, is a biodiversity hotspot under threat: as the fertility of existing agricultural lands decreases, the agricultural sector expands into bordering forests.

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Back in January, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicted the worst was still to come, and that by June, the size of the swarms could grow by a factor of 500.And now, at the worst time, a second wave of locusts 20 times bigger than the first has descended on the region, thanks to heavy rains late last month, according to the FAO.

GMOs Could be a Key to Sustainable Farming

GMOs Could be a Key to Sustainable Farming

Illustration: Alvaro DominguezBut unfortunately, the packages on my counter and elsewhere in my kitchen, like my fancy organic sauerkraut (“Our passion for healthy, natural living is reflected in all our products”), told me very little that was relevant to climate change .

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

28 February 2020, Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu became today one of the first signatories of a ethical resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) endorsed by Pope Francis, stressing the importance of minimizing this new technology's risks while exploiting its potential benefits.

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

11 December, Madrid - The German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through its International Climate Initiative today announced it is providing €20 million for a new programme co-led by FAO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to accelerate climate change action in developing countries' agricultural and land use sectors.

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), developed by scientists and engineers at Dagan, uses publicly-available, remote sensing data from Landsat and Sentinel 2 satellites to monitor trends in the adoption rate of soil health practices—no-till, conservation tillage and cover crops—each year.

FAO - News Article: New pathway for food systems development

FAO - News Article: New pathway for food systems development

FAO’s leader points to the need to turn food systems into accelerators of the SDGs. 25 September, 2019, New York - Food systems are huge economic, social and environmental drivers of transformational change, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyusaid today.

FAO - News Article: We need better stewardship of our land to tackle climate change, safeguard food security and conserve biodiversity

FAO - News Article: We need better stewardship of our land to tackle climate change, safeguard food security and conserve biodiversity

"This is an alarming report on how the systematic degradation of soils, cutting of forests, desertification, unsustainable agricultural practices, and reduction of biodiversity have turned our land into a major source of carbon, putting our food security and environment at a greater risk," FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo said.

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

This new report takes steps to quantify how our abuse of the land—deforestation, industrial agriculture, draining of carbon-capturing peatlands—is driving climate change, and in turn how that climate change is exacerbating the degradation of land the world over.

FAO - News Article: Save Our Soils: Finding ways to stop erosion

FAO - News Article: Save Our Soils: Finding ways to stop erosion

"The negative impacts of soil erosion are ever more evident and the need to work jointly ever more urgent," FAO Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, said today while opening a three-day symposium focusing on enhancing how the world measures and manages soil erosion as well as its economic costs.

FAO - News Article: After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in North Korea face imminent food shortages

FAO - News Article: After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in North Korea face imminent food shortages

"Our programme of specially-designed fortified foods has filled an important nutritional gap among young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women at a crucial period of their lives," said Praveen Agrawal, WFP's Country Director in North Korea.

Tackling malnutrition in South Asia: 8 Years on

Tackling malnutrition in South Asia: 8 Years on

SAFANSI accomplished this by experimenting with new community food and nutrition programs, building government capacity to monitor and evaluate activities, and evaluating the impact of our work. In India, a multisectoral nutrition pilot in the state of Bihar used community self-help groups developed by the Bank-supported Jeevika, a rural livelihood program.

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

The robot (it’s thus far nameless, in case you were wondering), developed by a company called Abundant Robotics, navigates the rows between apple trees using lidar, which paints the world with lasers , and images the fruits with machine vision.“In real time it’s recognizing apples,” says Dan Steere, CEO of Abundant.

Dirt to Soil: A Farmer’s Tell-all Puts Soil First

Dirt to Soil: A Farmer’s Tell-all Puts Soil First

The next-generation farmer who’s working that same Oklahoma wheat field today could one day sell the plow, forgo chemical fertilizers, and devote himself to renewing the soil.

FAO - News Article: The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day

FAO - News Article: The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day

The foundation of our food systems is under severe threat The report points to decreasing plant diversity in farmers’ fields, rising numbers of livestock breeds at risk of extinction and increases in the proportion of overfished fish stocks.

Ghana’s challenges: Widening regional inequality and natural resource depreciation

Ghana’s challenges: Widening regional inequality and natural resource depreciation

This may reflect the declining contribution of agriculture, in which the majority of poor households are engaged, the limited job opportunities for higher productivity in the services sector, and a largely capital-intensive industrial development.

News Article: FAO urges to scale up response to climate change in agricultural sectors

News Article: FAO urges to scale up response to climate change in agricultural sectors

Climate-smart agriculture approach in action At a COP 24 side event of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture earlier this week, FAO  launched a new publication that showcases ten success stories from around the world revealing how the management of farms, crops, livestock and aquaculture can meet food security needs while building adaptation to climate change and contributing to mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

A Designer Seed Company Is Building a Farming Panopticon

A Designer Seed Company Is Building a Farming Panopticon

“I certainly had no idea when we started that one day we’d be acquiring a satellite company to bring it into operations in a much bigger way.”Indigo AgTellus’s chief product is Kernel, a forecasting tool that combines satellite images with weather reports and crop data from the US Department of Agriculture to predict how much food different countries are on track to grow each season.

News Article: Innovation in agriculture vital to address future food challenges

News Article: Innovation in agriculture vital to address future food challenges

21 November 2018, Rome - Rapid advances in agricultural innovation that address climate change and support family farmers are crucial if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Director-General told the opening session of the first International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers.