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Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next

In 1938, French colonial authorities in what is today Mali started on an ambitious infrastructure plan to transform the desert into an area of agricultural production...

By Tom Higginbottom, Roshan Adhikari and Timothy Foster 3 days ago

The 2021 World Food Prize recognises that fish are key for reducing hunger and malnutrition

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is the winner of the 2021 World Food Prize for her work identifying small fish as valuable nutrition sources for developing countries...

By Ben Belton 26 May 2021

FAO, partners' high-tech response to help win fight against desert locust swarms

In the past year, waves of the desert locusts have swept across East Africa, Yemen and southwest Asia in massive swarms which have contained up to 80 million in a single square kilometre...

11 May 2021

Blockchain could play an important role in future agriculture and food security

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has further destabilized global food chains supplies. Technological innovations like blockchain can help address these challenges...

By Abdul-Rahim Abdulai, Carling Bieg, Evan Fraser and Sarah Marquis 16 Apr 2021

To what extent does climate change affect food insecurity? What we found in Lesotho

Large-scale droughts can have cascading impacts on food security. They can reduce yield, increase food prices, trigger changes in consumption and lead to unstable supply...

By Friederike Otto and Jasper Verschuur 16 Mar 2021

How Cabo Verde indigenous beans could boost food security

Indigenous beans could enhance food security in Cabo Verde which depends on food imports...

By Anyse Sofia Fernandes Pereira Essoh 11 Mar 2021

Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the Covid-19 response

Covid-19 is deepening global food insecurity, as the pandemic's economic impact adds to existing challenges...

By Jules Siedenburg and John Paul Cauchi 26 Jan 2021

FAO seeks funds as Desert Locust swarms threaten food security in Africa, Yemen

Despite intense efforts to control the pest throughout 2020, a new generation of Desert Locust swarms is threatening livelihoods and food security in the Horn of Africa and Yemen...

23 Dec 2020

Almost 90% of the world's animal species will lose some habitat to agriculture by 2050

Our research shows we could feed the world sustainably - but conservation will have to become a lot more proactive...

By David Williams and Michael Clark 22 Dec 2020

We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser - it could make farming more sustainable

If rolled out worldwide, our method could replace a quarter of all the synthetic nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture...

By Prithvi Simha, Björn Vinnerås and Jenna Senecal 10 Nov 2020

Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it

Modern agriculture releases lots of different greenhouse gas emissions, each with complex effects on the global climate...

By John Lynch 9 Nov 2020

Business as usual in post-pandemic recovery will only reinforce economic hardship

Africa's low level of economic diversification is a leading factor in the continent's economic fragility. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the risks of countries' over-dependence on a single natural resource such as oil...

By Njuguna Ndung'u 28 Sep 2020

FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems

Turning the recovery from Covid-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all...

23 Sep 2020

Building back better on food and agriculture

FAO has elaborated a comprehensive Response and Recovery Programme to overcome the impacts of Covid-19 through up-scaled and robust international collaboration...

By QU Dongyu 10 Sep 2020

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