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The United Nations food agency today called for $69.8 million in additional funding to prevent a full-blown food and nutrition crisis from unfolding in Africa’s Sahel region.

In a <“http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/122921/icode/“>news release, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that at least 15 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity in countries in the Sahel, including 5.4 million people in Niger, three million in Mali, 1.7 million in Burkina Faso and 3.6 million in Chad, as well as hundreds of thousands in Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania.

“We need to act to prevent further deterioration of the food security situation and to avoid a full-scale food and nutrition crisis,” FAO’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said. “Part of the solution is to improve the access of farmers and herders to local markets, encourage the use of local products, and…

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The role of trade in ensuring global food security and adaptation to climate change


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People need affordable food, but prices must provide decent livelihoods for small-scale family farmers

Declining prices could thwart international efforts to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty unless steps are taken to guarantee decent incomes and livelihoods for small-scale producers, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

Globally, food prices are believed to be back to their long-term downward trend in real terms, as supply growth outpaces demand.

This follows the price surges experienced during the 2008-12 period and a prolonged period of volatility in food markets, Graziano da Silva told Agriculture and Trade Ministers and other government officials and experts, attending a high-level meeting on agricultural commodity prices at FAO’s headquarters in Rome.

“As policy makers, you are confronted by the challenge of keeping nutritious food affordable for the poor, while ensuring good incentives for producers, including family farmers,” he…

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Failure to act now will compromise future food production, sabotage 2030 development agenda


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Members of an Indian farmers group measure local groundwater levels at an observation well.

FAO Director-General urges more support to help small farmers adapt to a changing climate

Failure to act now to make our food systems more resilient to climate change will “seriously compromise” food production in many regions and could doom to failure international efforts to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva warned today.

“Agriculture holds the key to solving two of the greatest problems now facing humanity: eradicating poverty and hunger, and contributing to maintaining the stable climatic conditions in which civilization can thrive,” he told participants at a roundtable on climate change during the World Government Summit in Dubai.

The FAO Director-General stressed in particular the need to support smallholder farmers in the developing world adapt to climate change.

“The vast majority of the extremely poor…

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“Major transformations” are needed to make food production sustainable


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Empowering small-scale farmers and providing them better access to information, markets and technologies is key to ensuring future food security. Photo: FAO

Business-as-usual not an option with future global food security in jeopardy, cautions UN agency


Warning that diminishing natural resources and a changing climate have put humankind’s future ability to feed itself “in jeopardy,” the United Nations underlined today that while the planet still has the potential to produce enough food, “major transformations” are needed to make production sustainable and to ensure that all of humanity benefits.

In The Future of Food and Agriculture: Trends and Challenges report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlights that while “very real and significant” progress in reducing hunger has been achieved over the past 30 years, these have often come at a heavy cost to nature.

“Almost half of the forests that once covered the…

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Brussels Briefing 47: Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities

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Experts at the 47th Brussels Development Briefing on the topic of “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities” all agreed that Africa’s largest market opportunity lies within the continent. The event, which was held at the ACP Secretariat on Friday 3 February 2017 attracted an audience of close to 200 people, who joined the organisers to discuss the progress made in integrating Africa’s regional markets, and to explore suggestions for overcoming barriers to intra-African trade. Key findings from the African Agricultural Trade Status Report (AAFTR) 2017 by CTA and IFPRI were also presented at the Briefing. The event was co-organised by CTA, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD.

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“When you come to look at intra-African trade, you can see the contrast between raw products exports to the rest of the world, and greater…

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Ways Recommended to Turn Camel Again to its Future

Natural Health with theCamel Milk

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Agri-tourism: Where two Emerging Growth Sectors Meet



Many may not realise that agribusiness and tourism are two of the top five emerging growth industries to 2030.

According to a recent report from Deloitte Access Economics, our sectors are two of the best positioned to take advantage of key features such as Australia’s:

  • large area of arable land;
  • relatively low land use conflicts;
  • strong biosecurity status;
  • relative ease of doing business;
  • technological readiness;
  • high education levels;
  • an innovative culture and
  • close proximity to export markets.

Holding us back are a few key disadvantages, including regulatory burden, rainfall, water availability and water reliability, low soil fertility, an ageing workforce and high labour costs.

At least three of these six disadvantages are common to all Australian businesses, and are areas where we can find ways to work together to boost our competiveness. And what greater way to seek to overcome them, and capitalise on the opportunities ahead for our sectors…

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