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Tag: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

  • Friday, December 15th 2017 - 07:01 UTC

    Argentina prepares to fight Zica with sterile mosquitoes by radiation

    The International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization have supported Argentina in applying SIT against fruit flies

    After its success in controlling a devastating fruit fly with nuclear technology, Argentina is gearing up to fight a new enemy: mosquitoes that transmit Zika, in addition to dengue and chikungunya. The method applied in both cases is the sterile insect technique, SIT, an insect birth control method that uses irradiation to sterilize and release insects to suppress pest populations.

  • Monday, December 11th 2017 - 01:48 UTC

    Fishing subsidies to be on the WTO summit table in Buenos Aires

    Around 60% of the world’s assessed fish stocks are fully exploited and 30% are already overexploited, according to the 2016 SOFIA report, published by FAO

    Meeting for the first time in Latin America, the World Trade Organization’s 11th Ministerial Conference will take place in Buenos Aires from 10-13 December. Central to this year’s talks will be an international deal to curb harmful fishing subsidies. These are government payments or tax breaks that contribute to overcapacity, overfishing and illegal fishing (IUU) globally.

  • Friday, November 10th 2017 - 17:35 UTC

    WHO, FAO and OIE call for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals

    Antibiotics are often overprescribed by physicians and veterinarians and overused by the public.

    In the lead-up to World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November 2017), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are together calling for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

  • Tuesday, September 12th 2017 - 09:32 UTC

    FAO forecasts an all time record global cereal production

    The FAO Meat Price Index dropped 1.2% in August, while the FAO Sugar Price Index slipped by 1.7%, driven by favorable cane harvest in leading producers

    Global food prices dipped in August, mainly as the prospect of bumper cereal harvests pushed up expectations for larger grain inventories. The FAO Food Price Index declined 1.3% from July, averaging 176.6 points in August.

  • Thursday, July 13th 2017 - 18:30 UTC

    Global food commodity prices rose in June, led by wheat and meat prices.

    Prices of all dairy products that constitute the index rose, but butter price increased the most, rising 51.2 points (14.1%) from May to an all-time high.

    The FAO monthly Food Price Index averaged 175.2 points in June, up 1.4% from May and 7.0% from a year earlier. The FAO Cereal Price Index rose by 4.2% in the month, amid surging prices of high-protein wheat due to deteriorating crop conditions in the United States of America. Maize prices, by contrast, declined amid record harvests in South America.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2017 - 14:55 UTC

    Global food prices down with expectations of robust supplies in key staples

    The Sugar Price Index led the decline, dropping 9.1% on the month as large export supplies from Brazil met with continued weak global import demand.

    Global food commodity prices fell in April amid expectations of ongoing robust supplies of many key staples. The FAO Food Prices Index averaged 168 points in April, down 1.8% from March although remaining 10% higher than a year earlier.

  • Friday, April 7th 2017 - 12:36 UTC

    Global prices fell in March amid large supplies and expected strong harvests

    The FAO Sugar Price Index declined by 10.9% to its lowest level since May 2016 amid weak import demand and expectations of robust Brazilian supplies

    Global food prices monitored by FAO fell in March amid large available supplies and expectations of strong harvests. The FAO Food Price Index averaged nearly 171 points in March, marking a 2.8 percent drop from the previous month while remaining 13.4 percent above its level a year earlier.

  • Tuesday, October 4th 2016 - 19:19 UTC

    Cephalopods congress and frozen seafood exhibition opens in Vigo

    Hermida said that according to FAO data, cephalopods account for 5% of all fish, crustaceans and mollusks catches in the world

    Spain's Fisheries Secretary General Andrés Hermida opened on Monday the World Congress on Cephalopods organized by FAO and the Conxemar in Vigo underlining the importance of this large and heterogeneous group of species, --octopus, cuttlefish, squid--, for the fisheries sector and as raw material for the processing industry.

  • Wednesday, August 17th 2016 - 19:54 UTC

    Devastating livestock viral disease threatens millions of sheep and goats

    Experts from FAO and OIE recommended control measures including vaccination of 800,000 sheep and goats. Quarantine zones have been created

    A devastating livestock disease is continuing to extend its global reach and is now present in 76 countries. Georgia recently reported its first-ever case of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), a viral disease which is capable of severely impacting goat and sheep populations, while a new outbreak has occurred in the Maldives, showing that even island states are vulnerable to the plague.

  • Thursday, August 4th 2016 - 22:59 UTC

    FAO Price Index reports modest decline in July as grains and vegetable oils drop

    July experienced a sharp drop in maize prices due to favorable weather conditions in the key growing regions of the United States

    The international prices for major food commodities saw a modest decline in July, following five consecutive months of increases. The FAO Food Pice Index (FPI) averaged 161.9 points in July 2016, slipping 0.8 percent (1.3 points) below its level in June and 1.4 percent below its level of July 2015.

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