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  • Thursday, June 13th 2019 - 09:20 UTC

    Wheat and barley production forecasted to increase; rains in US threaten maize crop

    Based on the new estimates, world cereal stocks could decline by as much as 3% in  the new season, hitting a four-year low of 830 million tons

    FAO's latest forecast for world cereal production in 2019 - available in the Cereal Supply and Demand Brief- points to an increase of 1.2 percent from the previous year to reach 2 685 million tons, a sharp downward revision from the forecast made in May when global cereal production was predicted to expand by 2.7 percent.

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  • Thursday, June 13th 2019 - 09:17 UTC

    Global food prices rose for the fifth consecutive month in May

    The FAO Dairy Price Index rose 5.2% from April, nearing a five-year high. The upswing, centered on cheese prices

    Global food prices rose for the fifth consecutive month in May, pushed up by rising prices of cheese and maize due to adverse weather conditions. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly traded food commodities, averaged 172.4 points in May, up 1.2 per cent from the previous month while still 1.9 per cent below its level in May 2018.

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  • Thursday, June 13th 2019 - 09:06 UTC

    FAO's Director hails advances in IUU fishing and calls for a Port Measures Agreement

    The Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) is meant to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing

    FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva hailed the more than 100 countries that are committed to combating unsustainable and illegal fishing, calling the rapid international adoption of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing a “fantastic achievement”.

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  • Friday, June 7th 2019 - 09:40 UTC

    The first UN World Food Safety Day to be marked on Friday 7 June

    Unsafe food also hinders development in many low- and middle-income economies, which lose around US$ 95 billion in productivity

    The first-ever celebration of the United Nations World Food Safety Day, to be marked globally on 7 June, aims to strengthen efforts to ensure that the food we eat is safe.
Every year, nearly one in ten people in the world (an estimated 600 million people) fall ill and 420,000 die after eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances.

  • Monday, May 27th 2019 - 20:48 UTC

    UN: Global Action Plan to boost family farming and achieve zero hunger

    Farmers unload potato from a truck in the highlands of Mérida, Venezuela. Photo: Sebastián Astorga

    Family farmers have an important role in the global fight to end hunger and promote a healthy diet, according to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) states that, in a context in which almost one million plants and animal species are endangered by the impact of man, traditional agriculture can make a contribution essential to safeguard agricultural biodiversity.

  • Thursday, March 28th 2019 - 09:11 UTC

    Uruguay supports China's candidate as next FAO Director General

    Deputy minister Qu Dongyu is one of five candidates which have been presented by FAO Member Countries for the post of FAO Director-General

    Uruguay formally announced it will support China's Agriculture and Rural Affairs deputy minister as the next Director-General of FAO to be elected June 2019. The official statement was made by Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa during a meeting with China's Deputy Prime Minister Hu Chunhua in Montevideo.

  • Wednesday, March 20th 2019 - 08:54 UTC

    “Fall armyworms” have reached Asia and are munching crops; FAO meeting to address the challenge

    “Fall armyworms” are native to the Americas but they have been moving eastwards since 2016, sweeping across Africa, before arriving in Asia

    Farming in several Asian countries is under threat from a type of crop-damaging insect that has munched its way from the Americas and across Africa, the United Nations' food agency said on Wednesday as global experts commence a three-day meeting to discuss ways to limit the damage.

  • Friday, February 8th 2019 - 10:15 UTC

    Global food prices started 2019 with a rebound, says FAO

    The FAO Dairy Price Index rose 7.2 percent from December, reversing seven months of falling prices

    Global food prices began the year on a buoyant note, as the FAO Food Price Index averaged 164.8 points in January 2019, up 1.8 percent from the previous month. A sharp rebound in dairy price quotations and firmer prices of palm and soy oils drove the increase, the United Nations agency said today.

  • Monday, January 14th 2019 - 09:26 UTC

    FAO Food Price Index fell almost 22% in 2018 compared to 2017

    Wheat and maize prices rose during December due to weather effects in the southern hemisphere, while rice prices declined for the sixth successive month

    Global food prices held broadly stable in December, with rising international cereal prices offsetting declining sugar and dairy quotations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said. However overall for 2018, the FAO Food Price Index fell by almost 22% from 2017

  • Tuesday, October 16th 2018 - 08:47 UTC

    FAO celebrates World Food Day

    FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945

    FAO Goodwill Ambassadors for Nutrition, the King of Lesotho and Queen Letizia of Spain will be joined by the UN Rome-based Agency Heads and other key players in the effort to achieve Zero Hunger at the global World Food Day ceremony held at FAO Headquarters in Rome on 16 October.

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