FAO Food & Agriculture Organization [to 25 July 2015]
New initiative looks to bring soils into classrooms around the globe
A new series of educational materials is teaching children the importance of healthy soils for our food, environment, livelihoods and well-being.
Syria: Better rains improve wheat production, but food security situation remains bleak
The 2015 wheat crop is expected to be better than the 2014 drought stricken harvest, but will not lead to significant improvements in the overall household food security situation, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in their report.
Worries rise over outbreaks of avian flu in West Africa
FAO calls for $20 million to prevent spread across region of 330 million
20 July 2015, Rome – Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem outbreaks of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1 across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable, FAO said today.
To this end, the agency is calling for $20 million for prevention and response activities.
The call follows outbreaks of the virus in poultry farms, markets and family holdings in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.
The outbreak comes as countries across West Africa are still recovering from, and in some cases still battling, Ebola. Avian flu could trigger a mass die-off of chicken – a nutritious and inexpensive source of food for many people– with detrimental impacts on diets and on the economy of the region, exacerbating an already difficult situation…