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Tiny fish are a big deal in Africa’s lakes and rivers

New Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) study urges smarter use of small pelagic species to bolster both food security and sustainable ecosystems

Small freshwater fish around Africa offer a large and underrecognized  opportunity to boost food and nutrition security, according to a new FAO working paper investigating an array of species and related livelihoods that too often are undervalued. Small pelagic fish, generally processed, sold and eaten whole, account for three quarters…

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FAO’s seed fair links farmers to certified quality seed in northeastern Nigeria

Vouchers were used to redeem the seeds of staple crops like millet, sorghum and cowpea as well as high-value cash crops like groundnut

Gombi local government area lies two hours outside Yola, the capital of Adamawa, and a mere three-hour drive to Cameroon. Nearly all residents farm on some scale, with maize, sorghum, cowpea and groundnut among the most commonly grown and traded crops. When her village was attacked, Adama Aliyu, a 25-year-old…

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    • A joint rapid response to provide life-saving food and livelihoods supplies to communities in South Sudan. The number of people facing a critical lack of food in the country is the highest ever, FAO, UNICEF and WFP warn
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Record number of people facing critical lack of food in South Sudan

61 per cent of the population are projected to face crisis levels of food insecurity or worse

The number of people facing a critical lack of food in South Sudan is the highest ever, three United Nations agencies warned today.  According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) update released today by the Government of South Sudan in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United…

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    • An ASTF women support group promoting diversification and improvement of agricultural production in Gafati, Niger
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Renewing solidarity to tackle Africa's hunger and poverty challenges

Heads of states, ministers and other development actors focus on the role of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund

The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF), a powerful demonstration of solidarity among African countries to improve agriculture and food security, needs to forge broader partnerships and explore innovative financing mechanisms to tackle the challenges facing the continent. This was FAO's message at the opening today of a ASTF Round Table…

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FAO’s bull distribution to boost rural youth employment in northeastern Nigeria thanks to EU funding

FAO has distributed a bull each to 450 youth in Jere, Konduga, Mafa and Dikwa local government areas (LGAs)

In northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State, conflict-affected youth are being supported for employment and income generation through an agricultural support programme funded by the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF). As part of the programme, FAO recently launched a massive livestock restocking campaign, targeting vulnerable youth and women in the State. As of May 2019, FAO…

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FAO The United Republic of Tanzania Resilience Strategy, 2018-2022

The FAO of the United Nations has developed a four-year strategy with the objective of enhancing the resilience of agriculture-based livelihoods

Agriculture is the backbone of the economy in the United Republic of Tanzania. The sector contributes to about 30 percent of the gross domestic product, while supporting about 80 percent of rural livelihoods and producing about 95 percent of the country’s food requirements. However, small-scale production, which engages the majority…

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Belgium supports FAO to protect the livelihoods of people in southern Madagascar in response to the 2019 El Niño drought conditions

The project is being implemented in the three districts of Ambovombe, Amboasary and Taolagnaro

Southern Madagascar is characterized by a semi-arid climate, and is regularly affected by periods of drought, along with drying winds and wind erosion. Here, vulnerable households’ livelihoods are precarious and not diversified, and are mainly dependent on agricultural and livestock activities. In addition, more than 90 percent of the Malagasy population lives…

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    • Professor Muhammad Yunus, from Bangladesh, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, for his work to tackle poverty through micro-credit. He is a founding member of the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace.
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Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus calls for a new approach to address hunger and conflict

Food and agriculture are pathways to peace in Central African Republic

Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus today called for a complete change in the ways to address the often-related issues of hunger and conflict. He made the appeal at an event at FAO headquarters in Rome highlighting progress made by the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace. "If…

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The Sudan - Impact of Early Warning Early Action

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is developing innovative early warning systems to anticipate risks and intervene at the right time

Climate-driven hazards are increasing in intensity and frequency, with weather‑related crises now occurring nearly five times as often as 40 years ago. At the same time, needs are expanding and resources are limited. New tools and ways of thinking and acting are essential to reduce the impact of these disasters…

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Somalia: About 2.2 million Somalis facing severe food insecurity as drought conditions worsen

Drought conditions are severely affecting crop and livestock production and disrupting livelihoods

Highlights Between July and September 2019, 2.2 million people, almost 18 percent of the total population, are expected to face severe food insecurity. The projected food insecure caseload is 40 percent higher than the estimate at the beginning of 2019, as drought conditions are severely affecting crop and livestock production…