UN expert calls for bridging gap between urban consumers and local food producers

Wed 12 Mar 2014 -

ROME, Italy ---- Food systems are too focused on maximizing profits and not enough on promoting the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger, a United Nations independent expert said today, calling for the systems “to be radically and democratically redesigned” by promoting small farmers and cutting food ...

Asia and the Pacific must boost food production to meet future demand

Tue 11 Mar 2014 -

ROME, Italy ---- The United Nations today stressed that Governments in Asia and the Pacific – which has more hungry people than all the other regions of the world combined – should take some major decisions soon about ways to increase food production and address undernourishment.

Small-scale fish farmers not benefitting from big-scale fish profits, UN reports

Mon 24 Feb 2014 -

ROME, Italy ----The international fish trade is breaking records, the United Nations today reported, but benefits from the trade are not trickling down to the small-scale fishing communities which make up the majority of the sector’s global workforce.

Food prices fall for first time in three months – UN agency

Fri 07 Feb 2014 -

ROME, Italy --- Global food prices declined for the first time in three months as lower prices for cereals, sugars, oils and meat outstripped gains in dairy values, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.

Global food prices steady in December, 2013 prices third highest on record – UN agency

Fri 10 Jan 2014 -

ROME, Italy --- For the second consecutive month, the cost of food worldwide remained nearly unchanged in December, with overall global food prices for 2013 among the highest on record, the United Nations food agency today reported.

Pope issues mission statement for papacy

Wed 27 Nov 2013 -

ROME, ITALY --- Pope Francis issued the mission statement for his papacy, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it seeks out the poor and oppressed.

New UN-backed initiative to drive advances in high seas fisheries management

Wed 06 Nov 2013 -

ROME, Italy ---The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today hailed a multi-partner project focused on improving global sustainable tuna fisheries by reducing illegal catch and supporting biodiversity in the common oceans.

UN report: One-third of world’s food wasted annually, at great economic, environmental cost

Thu 12 Sep 2013 -

ROME, Italy --- The waste of some 1.3 billion tons of food each year is causing economic losses of $750 billion and significant damage to the environment, according to a United Nations report launched today.

Food prices fall for third consecutive month – UN agency

Fri 09 Aug 2013 -

ROME, Italy --- Global food prices declined for the third consecutive month, largely driven by lower international prices for grains, soy and palm oil, while sugar, meat and dairy prices were also down, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.

Policymakers need to create more opportunities for small farmers, UN report

Thu 04 Jul 2013 -

ROME, Italy ----– Small-scale farmers – who produce the majority of food in the developing world – need to be better integrated into markets to reduce global hunger and poverty, the United Nations food and agricultural agency today reported urging more nuanced policymaking for smallholder farmers.

Pope speaks of 'gay lobby' in Vatican

Wed 12 Jun 2013 -

ROME, Italy --- Pope Francis has admitted that a "gay lobby" exists within the Vatican's administration and is planning to take action about it, according to reports.

Genetic resources play crucial role in food security – UN agricultural agency

Tue 16 Apr 2013 -

ROME, Italy ---With climate change affecting agricultural productivity and growing populations demanding more food, it will be crucial for countries to preserve and share genetic resources to ensure food security, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.