Peace-building efforts are essential in ensuring food production and Canadian investment in rural areas that helps rebuild communities is seen a way to foster peace.  |  Getty image

Conflict resolution key to famine issues

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization welcomes the UN security council’s recognition of conflict as a major cause of famine, and the call to enhance longer-term recovery and resilience of conflict-affected countries. FAO’s response comes after the UN security council adopted a statement acknowledging the link between conflict and famine. “We know through our […] Read more

Soldiers collect straw on Hwanggumpyong Island in the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju last year. The Food and Agriculture Organization has issued a food security warning for the country because of dry weather that has damaged crops.  |  REUTERS/Jacky Chen photo

FAO calls for food aid for North Korea

North Korea’s crop production for 2017, including staple rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather conditions, threatening food security for a large part of its population, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organization update prepared in collaboration with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Rainfall from April to […] Read more

An elderly woman receives cooking oil earlier this year at an emergency food aid distribution station in the village of Estayish in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region. The United States’ Global Food Security Act is expected to ease hunger problems around the world.  |  Reuters/Katy Migiro photo

U.S. praised for Feed the Future program

Leaders of two United Nations agencies fighting hunger have applauded new legislation in the United States aimed at strengthening global food assistance programs. The UN World Food Program (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) praised U.S. President Barack Obama for his July 20 signing of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA), after […] Read more

Gender gap widening in family farming

The Food and Agriculture Organization defines family farming as “a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production, which is managed and operated by a family and predominantly reliant on family labour. The family and the farm are linked, co-evolve and combine economic, environmental, reproductive, social and cultural functions” It follows that family […] Read more

Ag investment needed to fight hunger

Agricultural investment is one of the most effective strategies for economic growth and poverty reduction in rural areas, which is where most of the world’s poor live. Gross domestic product growth in agriculture has been shown to be at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth originating in other sectors, according to the […] Read more

FAO can help oversee food loss control

Up to one-third of all food is spoiled or squandered before it is consumed by people. It is an excess in an age in which almost a billion people go hungry and represents a waste of the labour, water, energy, land and other inputs that went into producing that food. Food loss and food waste […] Read more