FAO Food & Agriculture Organization [to 21 February 2015]

FAO Food & Agriculture Organization [to 21 February 2015]
Agriculture must change
FAO Director-General speaks at International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change
20 February 2015, Paris – The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
While the numbers of the chronically hungry have been reduced by 100 million over the past decade, 805 million still go without enough to eat on a regular basis, he noted in remarks to ministers, scientists, farmers, and representatives of civil society gathered in the French capital for a government-organized International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change.
Increasing production has long seen as the natural pathway to ending hunger – but today, even though the world produces enough food to feed everyone, hunger remains a problem, he pointed out.
“Since food production is not a sufficient condition for food security, it means that the way we are producing is no longer acceptable,” said Graziano da Silva.
“What we are still mostly seeing is a model of production that cannot prevent the degradation of soils and the loss of biodiversity – both of which are essential goods, especially for future generations. This model must be reviewed. We need a paradigm shift. Food systems need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient,” he added…

Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
Some 64 percent of the oceans’ surface lies beyond national jurisdictions, meaning that effective management of fisheries in such areas poses a number of challenges. This workshop aims to foster an open policy dialogue on to address those challenges.

Ebola-ravaged rural communities in Guinea to benefit from new food security initiatives
The funding is a much needed contribution towards building the resilience of communities whose already precarious situation of chronic food insecurity has been exacerbated by Ebola-related disruptions to farm labour, agricultural production and food markets.

Fertilizer Use to Surpass 200 Million Tonnes in 2018
Global fertilizer use is likely to rise above 200.5 million tonnes in 2018, 25 percent higher than recorded in 2008. World fertilizer consumption will grow by 1.8% a year through 2018, according to FAO’s new report “World fertilizer trends and outlook to 2018”. At the same time “the global capacity of fertilizer products, intermediates and raw materials will increase further,” the report said.