Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech before the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council in Salzburg, Austria, on 10 May 2009, said "food and agricultural trade policy does not operate in a vacuum.
The world food crisis is a major threat and one of the main political challenges for the next years. Famines and subtle hunger appear on a regional level, but the causes for the crisis are globally connected and solutions must be found on a global level.
Agriculture and Food Security at the core of the International Agenda
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that he will attend the Group of Eight (G8) Agricultural Ministerial in Treviso, Italy, April 18-20.
"Hunger and malnutrition afflict more than one billion people around the world, causing human suffering, political instability and economic stagnation" said Vilsack. "This ministerial affirms our strong commitment to global food security and provides a unique opportunity to work with other agriculture ministers in developing a shared strategy to deal with food security issues"
The MDG Monitor shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With the 2015 target date fast approaching, it is more important than ever to understand where the goals are on track, and where additional efforts and support are needed, both globally and at the country level.
FAO wishes to express its deepest sympathy with the victims and their families and extends its condolences to the Italian government and people.
Bangkok, Thailand - The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) held the 29th Regional Conference for Asia and The Pacific (FAORAP Conference) last May 26-31, in Bangkok, Thailand. Around 150 delegates from 33 countries participated in the conference.
As the world economy teeters on the edge of a full-blown recession, what will this mean for agriculture in Africa in 2009 and beyond? While some predict that aid and investment funds will dry up as the developed world nurses its wounds in the wake of the biggest financial crisis in over half-a-century, others believe that Africa could now be a safe place to invest, and agriculture could be in line for an unprecedented financial boost.
These are some of the questions put to delegates by New Agriculturist for this edition's Points of view.