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FAO, Japan seek to empower women and youth in agriculture

A project is officially launched to support six Eastern Africa nations

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Subregional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE) and the Japanese Government Mission to the African Union officially launched a subregional project, aiming at fostering employment among women and youth in agriculture and agribusiness in six Eastern Africa countries. The project, Promoting Employment…

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Bringing degraded African land back to life

How combining new technology and traditional knowledge harvests rain and restores land

Farming in the Sahel region of Africa isn’t easy. It’s an area that suffers from degraded soils, erratic rainfall and is often subject to long periods of drought. For that reason, farmland is often very hard, making it difficult for farmers to plant seeds and for crops to flourish. But…

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The Climate Crisis in Focus as Giorgio Parisi joins FAO’s Nobel Laureates Alliance

The 2021 physics prize winner delivers a lecture on “Science: the headlight on our future”

The climate crisis is posing a growing threat to our food security. Today, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) welcomed Physics Nobel Laureate Giorgio Parisi to join its Nobel Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace, an advocacy group that aims to amplify FAO’s work in…

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Horn of Africa: Swift Aid for Drought-affected Farmers and Herders needed to Avoid a Hunger Crisis

In a region reeling from locust invasions and COVID-19, a third-consecutive year of poor rains poses a major threat to food security

Over $138 million in urgent funding is needed to assist 1.5 million vulnerable people in rural communities in the Horn of Africa whose fields and pastures have been hard hit by an extended drought, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today, as it released a comprehensive…

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FAO and Finland Scale up Technical Innovation to help African Countries Better Monitor and Manage Forest Resources

New agreement supports a $7 million multi-donor project which aims to enhance accuracy, accessibility, and transparency of forest data

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Finland today signed an agreement to enhance the capacity of countries in forest resources and data management especially in Africa. The $7 million multi-donor project will be implemented jointly by the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment and National Forest…

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Overcoming impacts of desert locusts drought and displacement through climate-smart agriculture practices and tools in Somaliland

Drought and desert locusts are a major threat, because it keeps happening, and there will be no farms left

FAO's desert locust response programme is supporting rural farming households to address acute food insecurity in rural areas while contributing to mitigate further displacement. Forty-three-year-old Hibo Hussein lives in Quljeed village, Borama District, and relies on rainfed farming to sustain herself and her family. Hibo grows corn, maize and various…

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FAO pilots innovative tool to support One Health operationalization in United Republic of Tanzaniac

One Health is an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems

The FAO One Health Monitoring Tool aids local, national and regional entities to assess progress made and identify gaps. The Tanzania One Health Coordination Desk, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), brought together One Health stakeholders in the United Republic of Tanzania to review the…

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EU and FAO handover a new Water and Land Information Management Centre to Government of Somalia in Puntland

The Centre will provide valuable data to help inform policy, programmes and development in the country

On 6 December 2021, the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) officially handed over the new Information Management Centre (IMC) to the Government of Somalia. The launch is part of ongoing joint efforts by FAO in conjunction with the Government to enhance technical and operational…

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World Soil Day: FAO Highlights the Threat of Soil Salinization to Global Food Security

New report on soil shows 55 percent of countries surveyed lack adequate capacities for soil analysis

 As it marks World Soil Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has highlighted the threat posed by soil salinization to global food security and warned that many countries still lack adequate capacity for soil analysis. “Soil is the foundation of agriculture and the world’s farmers depend…

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Fighting against drought-induced hunger: FAO provides rural households in Somalia with cash livestock and agricultural support

Both livestock and agriculture play an important role in Somalia’s economy, with the two sectors being the main sources of economic activity, employment and export in the country

Sureedo lives on her farm in Qoordumey village, Dolow, Somalia. She grows fruits and vegetables with her family and was among the 2 500 rural farming households affected by the drought and desert locust swarms that have decimated crops and destroyed livelihoods. The ongoing drought, the invasion of the desert locust, and the…