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Africa described as global epicentre of deforestation

Anssi Pekkarinen

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says Africa lost 3.9 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2020. FAO’s forestry expert, Anssi Pekkarinen This, according to the United Nations agency, makes it the continent with the largest annual net rate of deforestation in the last decade. The data came in the FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 reports released on ...

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COVID-19: FAO warns over rise in hunger in Africa

Qu Dongyu

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned on the rising hunger in Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Director-General of FAO, Qu Dongyu Abebe Haile-Gabriel, the organisation’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, said this in a statement on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Abuja. According to him, hunger is on the rise in all regions of Africa, ...

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FAO demands new approach to combat 2bn ha land degradation globally

Qu Dongyu

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has called for new approach to stop soil loss as a way to combat more than two billion hectares (ha) of once productive land  now being degraded globally. Director-General of FAO, Qu Dongyu Director-General of FAO, Qu Dongyu, said on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Rome, while speaking at Recarbonisation ...

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Kenya to use drones, mobile apps to assess impact of desert locust

Desert locust swarm

Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry on Monday, May 18, 2020 said it will, in July, use drones and mobile applications to help assess the impact caused by desert locusts. Desert locust swarm Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, said that the technology is coming in handy, given that some regions that are heavily affected by the locusts are ...

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Group lists 30 food, agriculture influential women

Ertharin Cousin

According to Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank, the organisation is inspired by hundreds of women, who are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and innovators – described as the backbone of the world’s food systems. Her words: “In fact, on average, women represent 43 percent of the world’s agricultural labor force and 47 percent of the global fisheries labor force, according to ...

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World Food Day 2014: Family farmers key to alleviating global hunger – FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has recognised family farmers as central to solving global hunger and malnutrition. According to FAO, family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities. Family farming is a means of organising agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production, which is managed and operated by a family and is predominantly reliant on family ...

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