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85 million at risk from LatAm school food program closures: FAO

Santiago - As many as 85 million children in school feeding programs across Latin America are at risk after many countries in the region shut schools over the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Food Agency warned Tuesday.

Latin America faces obesity-food insecurity paradox: report

Paris - Latin America and the Caribbean is facing an obesity epidemic while paradoxically the number of people facing food insecurity in the region continues to rise, the OECD and FAO warned in a report on Monday. "In Latin America and the Caribbean ...

Fake Twitter account for new UN food agency chief shut down

Rome - A fake Twitter account opened immediately after the weekend election of China's Qu Dongyu to head the Food and Agriculture Organization has been shut down, the UN food agency said Monday.

Qu Dongyu becomes first Chinese to head UN food agency FAO

Rome - Qu Dongyu on Sunday became the first Chinese national to be elected to head the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, clinching the post in the first round of voting.

UN food agency to elect chief as climate change ups hunger

Rome - Candidates from China, France and Georgia are vying to head the UN's food agency, as the fight to eradicate world hunger takes a blow from global warming and wars.

UN food agency sounds alarm on 'overlooked crises'

Rome - The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization on Wednesday launched a $120 million appeal for "the world's most severely underfunded crises", in Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan and elsewhere.

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Rome - Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialised world.

Rising world hunger requires rural rethink: UN

Rome - A sudden rise in hunger across the globe will require a new emphasis on developing rural economies, the United Nations said on Monday.

World's cereal production headed for a record in 2017: FAO

Paris - The world's cereal production is headed for a bumper 2017, with total output on track for a record, the United Nation's food agency said Thursday.

Conflict leaves millions hungry in DR Congo, UN warns

Kinshasa - Nearly eight million people face acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of conflict, especially in the central Kasai region, UN food agencies said Monday.“Food security and nutrition...

World hunger on the rise again due to conflict and climate events

Rome - The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday that conflict and climate change are the main contributing factors behind the rising number of people suffering from poverty and hunger in the world today.

UN urges China to act as bird flu deaths spike

Rome - The UN's food agency on Friday urged China to step up efforts to contain and eliminate a strain of bird flu which has killed scores of people this year.

UN suspends job of ex-Peru first lady

Geneva - The UN said Tuesday that its food agency had postponed the start date for a controversial post handed to a former Peruvian first lady who is facing money-laundering charges at home.

Judge orders Peru ex-first lady, in legal investigation, home

- A judge Saturday gave Peru's ex-first lady Nadine Heredia 10 days to return to her country, where she is under investigation, or face preventative detention."This is a request specifically for Ms.

UN agency job hands Peru's ex-first lady immunity

Geneva - A former first lady of Peru who is facing money-laundering charges will receive immunity through her new posting with a United Nations agency in Geneva, the UN said Friday.

Doomsday pope warns man's greed will destroy world

Rome - Pope Francis warned Thursday that planet Earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry -- or risk a doomsday scenario in which nature would exact revenge.

UN global meet on malnutrition kicks off in Rome

Rome - Political leaders from around the world gathered in Rome Wednesday for a three-day UN conference on malnutrition aimed at tackling a global scourge which afflicts poor and rich alike.

100 million people saved from hunger over last decade: UN

Rome - The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years but one in nine are still undernourished, with Asia home to the majority of the underfed, the UN said on Tuesday.

Pope to take part in UN food conference

Rome - Pope Francis will take part in an international conference on nutrition hosted by the UN food agency and the World Health Organisation in Rome in November, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Wednesday.

Disease threatens world's bananas, says UN

Rome - The United Nations warned on Monday of the potential "massive destruction" of the world's banana crop if a disease affecting the most popular variety spreads from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

GM crop contamination disrupts global food trade

Rome - Increased production of genetically modified crops worldwide has caused a sharp rise in the number of incidents where low levels of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been found in food and feedstuffs traded between nations, disrupting trade.

World food prices fall amid strong supplies and production: UN

Rome - World food prices fell in January for the first time for three months, because plenty of food is reaching markets and production looks good, the UN's food agency said on Thursday.But demand, notably in Asia is rising.A key price index fell by 1.

Global food prices surge for 8th straight month, hit record high

Rome - A UN agency reports global food prices rose in February for the eighth consecutive month - reaching a record high since the agency began monitoring them 20 years ago - with fears they will continue to rise because of a volatile international oil market.

Insects may solve food shortage for growing world population

Wageningen - FAO is seriously considering issuing a policy statement recommending the farming and consumption of insects on concerns that population growth is causing shortage of protein from meat sources which high demand can be blamed for environmental damage.

African Swine Fever in northwest Russia is 'worst fear' come true

African Swine Fever, a devastating disease with almost 100 per cent fatality rates in domestic pigs has been discovered in northwest Russia, raising the nightmare scenario it will spread to EU countries. A U.N. organization calls it their worst fear.

UN Conference: Starvation a 'world emergency'

With World Food Day arriving tomorrow, a UN conference on world hunger recently concluded there is nothing to celebrate: hunger is a "world emergency that calls for action from both developing and developed countries."

Over 20 million in Horn of Africa go hungry

The Horn of Africa has been struggling with failed crops and severe food shortages for the past decades. Despite food assistance and other aid interventions, the situation has not improved, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported.

Sustainable Forest Management Could Create 10 Million Jobs

Ten million new “green jobs” can be created by investing in sustainable forest management, according to the Food & Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO).

Food prices and shortages getting worse as rice meltdown hits world's poorest

Food riots are becoming part of the global picture, and the outlook is bleak. According to the FAO, food prices have risen 57% in the last year. In what must be one of the most grotesque events in modern history, a global food crisis is looming.

Op-Ed: FAO- Food prices up, food stocks down, population pressure starting to bite

Food imports are costing the poorer nations a fortune. There’s not only less of it, the prices of staples are rising fast. The World Food Program, which supports 73 million people, says it may have to reduce rations.
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Locusts eating grain sprayed with pesticides.
Locusts eating grain sprayed with pesticides.
Tropical smallholder farmers do not always use protective gear while handling pesticides.
Tropical smallholder farmers do not always use protective gear while handling pesticides.
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Over 385 000 people in parts of Nigeria s northeast suffer from food insecurity.
Over 385,000 people in parts of Nigeria's northeast suffer from food insecurity.

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