The chief of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is urging governments to help curb the consumption of meat in an effort to reduce soaring greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking at the 10th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture last week José Graziano da Silva advises citizens to switch to plant based proteins.
The UN general assembly has decided to introduce World Bee Day after adopting a resolution proposed by Slovenia. World Bee Day will aim to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators and highlight the threats they are facing.
After a prolonged decline, the number of chronically undernourished people in the world increased last year, according to the latest statistics from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.
New statistics show that 16 million people were in forced labour in the global private economy in 2016. Among cases where the type of work was known, more than 1 in 10 worked in agriculture or fishing.
A new report from Unicef finds that 10% of British under-15s live in households that experience severe food insecurity -- which means they sometimes go hungry, have to skip meals and have parents or carers who worry about being able to provide food.
As the Bonn climate talks have begun (with the threat of Trump pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement) this is a quick glance at some of the latest science and news on climate and agriculture. Much is drawn from the excellent Food Climate Research Network (www.fcrn.org.uk) - an invaluable resource.
A new report from the United Nations World Food Programme establishes that food insecurity leads to higher levels of migration across borders, and also to armed conflict -- which further increases migration.
The UN food agency once again calls for urgent action to overhaul food and farming systems.
World leaders gather at the UN to plan concerted action, as UK's Food Standards Agency publishes report on the threat posed by 'AMR'
UN food agency leaders welcome a U.S. law aimed at boosting sustainable food production, nutrition and resilience
A parliamentary watchdog committee is holding an inquiry into the government's progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN's ambitions for all countries to end hunger and promote sustainable agriculture
The UK's welfare cuts threaten to place it in default of UN obligations, a monitoring committee finds
New data from the UN released today shows that an estimated 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat. Approximately 4.5% of people went without food for a whole day within the last year because they did not have enough money to eat.
This year's annual celebration focuses on the people who bring us safe water -- or protect us from excess water
NGOs express concern over growing corporate influence at the UN health body
Abundant supply, uncertain markets and a strong US dollar combined to push down prices by almost 20%, according to FAO report
2016 is the UN’s International Year of Pulses, and the UN say eating more pulses such as chick peas, lentils and dried peas could help address global food issues.
Many of our members have been closely following the UN COP21 climate talks in Paris.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is marking the end of the International Year of Soils with an appeal to reverse the current rate of soil degradation.
As the UN climate conference in Paris continues, The National Farmers Union say that climate change is already affecting UK food production.
Save the date for Europe's largest conference on infant feeding.
The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation has joined forces with global food giant Mars Incorporated to improve food safety.
Save the date for the Soil Association's Soil Symposium being held in Bristol on the 5th November 2015.
Sustain member Practical Action have produced a policy briefing paper examining the best agricultural strategies to meet the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.
With the wording of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals finally agreed in August 2015, Sustain member the International Institute for Environment and Development has produced an animation to explain the goals to a wide audience.
The UN have designated 2016 International Year of the Pulse, in a bid to promote the nutritional value of these legumes and increase awareness of the challenges faced by pulse farmers.
The report estimates 80% of global deforestation is due to agriculture with government subsidies for farming often the underlying driver.
The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024 predicts stronger production and falling prices over the next ten years.
The WFP says it's being forced to cut food assistance for vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan because of a severe lack of funding.
Friends of the Earth have warned that unless international governments take action on an ambitious climate change deal, vital resources of food and water will face increasingly severe challenges. In a briefing ahead of the United Nations climate talks in Paris later this year, Friends of the Earth outline how agriculture exacerbates the problems posed by climate change.This, they warn, threatens the right to food enshrined in UN agreements and guidelines.
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Jose Graziano da Silva, has said that the current model of agricultural production is not suitable for the challenges of the 21st century. While the numbers of chronically hungry have reduced, 805 million people still go without enough to eat on a regular basis. This is happening, da Silva said, even though the world produces enough food to feed everyone. "We need a paradigm shift. Food systems need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient" he added.
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