FAO wishes to express its deepest sympathy with the victims and their families and extends its condolences to the Italian government and people.
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.
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.
For many farmers, especially the small-scale producers, every harvest and marketing season is a period of anxiety and uncertainty as to whether they will be able to sell their crops at a reasonable profit.
The ECOWAS should find a way of protecting its agriculture that would still allow the urban population to buy food at reasonable prices. The best option would be to protect sensitive community products by setting an entry price for imported ones. At present imports into the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) member states are subject to fixed customs duties. There is a set rate for each specific product and together these rates make up the Common External Customs Tariff (CET).