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Financial Turmoil Could Aggravate Global Food Crisis

Article: Financial Turmoil Could Aggravate Global Food Crisis

ROME, Italy, October 15, 2008 (ENS) – Dr. Jacques Diouf worries that the global financial crisis will cause wealthy governments to reduce food and agriculture aid to developing countries and introduce protectionist measures to keep out their agricultural products. “The global financial crisis should not make us forget the food crisis,” Diouf said Tuesday. “Borrowing,…

Half of All Food Produced Worldwide is Wasted

Article: Half of All Food Produced Worldwide is Wasted

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, August 22, 2008 (ENS) – Tremendous quantities of food are wasted after production – discarded in processing, transport, supermarkets and kitchens – and this wasted food is also wasted water, finds a policy brief released Thursday at World Water Week in Stockholm [www.siwi.org]. The brief authored by the Stockholm International Water Institute, the…

UN to Help Pacific Island States Fight Climate Change

Article: UN to Help Pacific Island States Fight Climate Change

NEW YORK, New York, August 19, 2008 (ENS) – The United Nations and Samoa plan to establish an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre to help coordinate support to Pacific Island countries to combat the impact of global warming in their region. Given the direct impact of climate change on vulnerable countries in the region, the new…

Global Forest Survey Aims to Stem Deforestation

Article: Global Forest Survey Aims to Stem Deforestation

ROME, Italy, July 16, 2008 (ENS) – A global remote sensing survey of the Earth’s forests is being conducted by the United Nations to enhance knowledge of land use change, including deforestation, reforestation and the natural expansion of forests. The assessment will cover the whole land surface of the Earth with about 9,000 samples, according…

Warmer Oceans Hold Fewer Fish, UN Warns

Article: Warmer Oceans Hold Fewer Fish, UN Warns

ROME, Italy, July 10, 2008 (ENS) – A decrease in global fisheries production is likely as a result of climate change, the UN food and agriculture agency said today. Most at risk are fishing communities located in the high latitudes and those that rely on ecosystems such as upwelling or coral reefs, that are susceptible…

$13 Billion Pledged to Feed the World's Hungry

Article: $13 Billion Pledged to Feed the World's Hungry

NEW YORK, New York, June 6, 2008 (ENS) – The high-level food security summit that ended last night in Rome garnered another.$6 billion in new funding to tackle the global food crisis, the top United Nations relief official said today at UN headquarters. UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes briefs reporters. (Photo courtesy UN)…

UN: Plan to Fix World Food Crisis in Place By June

Article: UN: Plan to Fix World Food Crisis in Place By June

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 30, 2008 (ENS) – The United Nations aims to have a comprehensive plan to tackle the global food crisis in place by the beginning of June, “around which the institutions and leaders around the world can coalesce,” a top UN official said at a news conference here today. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs…

Investment Could Moderate Skyrocketing World Food Prices

Article: Investment Could Moderate Skyrocketing World Food Prices

LONDON, UK, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – World food prices rose by almost 40 percent in 2007, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, which is working with European bankers to unlock unused potential in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to produce more food without additional environmental cost. At a conference Monday in London organized…

UN: Mangrove Forests Vanishing at an "Alarming" Rate

Article: UN: Mangrove Forests Vanishing at an "Alarming" Rate

ROME, Italy, February 3, 2008 (ENS) – The world has lost about 20 percent of its wetland mangrove forests since 1980, the United Nations said Thursday in a new report to mark World Wetlands Day, February 2. Mangroves are salt tolerant evergreen forests found along coastlines, lagoons, rivers or deltas in 124 tropical and subtropical…