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Fishery project makes progress in protecting biodiversity of international watersArticle

Eighteen new areas protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems has been established...

30 Jan 2020

Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects
Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insectsArticle

There is a wealth of indigenous knowledge about capturing and eating insects in Sub-Saharan Africa...

Robert Musundire 29 Nov 2019

Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable development
Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable developmentArticle

The Government of Italy, with support from the FAO, recently held an event highlighting Mediterranean and other traditional healthy diets as fundamental to...

28 Nov 2019

Rome Summit takes bold step toward agroecology
Rome Summit takes bold step toward agroecologyArticle

Leaders endorse agroecology as one of the cutting-edge innovations we need to help small-scale farmers adapt to climate change...

Timothy A. Wise 28 Oct 2019

Food systems development needs a new trajectory - FAO director-general
Food systems development needs a new trajectory - FAO director-generalArticle

Noting that food systems are huge economic, social and environmental drivers of transformational change, FAO director-general Qu Dongyu believes turning them into accelerators of progress on the SDGs is essential...

27 Sep 2019

Student hunger at South African universities needs more attention
Student hunger at South African universities needs more attentionArticle

Food insecurity at tertiary institutions is aptly described as "the skeleton in universities' cupboards" because it receives so little attention...

Marc Wegerif and Oluwafunmiola Adeniyi 27 Sep 2019

Agroecology as innovation
Agroecology as innovationArticle

"We need to promote a transformative change in the way that we produce and consume food. We need to put forward sustainable food systems that offer healthy and nutritious food, and also preserve the environment. Agroecology can offer several contributions to this process."

Timothy A. Wise 11 Jul 2019

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Using citrus and grape by-products to preserve foodArticle

According to an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University, large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives...

4 Jul 2019

Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggs
Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggsArticle

As Easter approaches, all over the world orders ramp up for chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. But, have you ever thought about where chocolate comes from and its environmental impact?

18 Apr 2019

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Why chefs are key in promoting sustainable food systemsArticle

Chefs play an important role in inspiring people around the world to support sustainable food production, adopt healthy diets and avoid food waste...

25 Mar 2019

Woolworths, partners launch community learning farm in Stellenbosch
Woolworths, partners launch community learning farm in StellenboschArticle

Woolworths has partnered with Spier Wine Farm, the Sustainability Institute and its AgroEcology Academy to launch the Living Soils Community Learning Farm - a three-year pilot project with the aim to establish demonstrative ecologically-restorative methods to grow nutrient-rich foods...

8 Mar 2019

African seed companies shine in serving smallholder farmers
African seed companies shine in serving smallholder farmersArticle

The Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation has placed two African seed companies at the top of this year's Access to Seeds Index for eastern and southern Africa, for playing a key role in raising smallholder farmer productivity...

7 Mar 2019

Feeding cities in the 21st century: Why urban-fringe farming is vital for food resilience
Feeding cities in the 21st century: Why urban-fringe farming is vital for food resilienceArticle

This article is part of a series focusing on the politics of food - what we eat, how our views of food are changing and why it matters from a cultural and political standpoint...

Rachel Carey, Jennifer Sheridan and Kirsten Larsen 3 Dec 2018

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The battle for the future of farming: what you need to knowArticle

Most concede that there is an urgent need to radically transform our food systems. But the proposed innovations for more sustainable food systems are drastically different...

Michel Pimbert and Colin Anderson 22 Nov 2018

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GI labelling promotes inclusive food systems, sustainable developmentArticle

"Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environmental considerations at the heart of the value chain."

2 May 2018

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Strengthening the role of family and small-scale farmers in scaling up agroecologyArticle

According to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva family farmers must remain central to bringing agroecology to scale...

6 Apr 2018

Agroecology's potential to transform food systems for the better
Agroecology's potential to transform food systems for the betterArticle

"We need to promote a transformative change in the way that we produce and consume food. We need to put forward sustainable food systems that offer healthy and nutritious food, and also preserve the environment. Agroecology can offer several contributions to this process."

4 Apr 2018

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We know how food production needs to change if crisis is to be avoided - so why isn't this happening?Article

Business as usual is no longer an option for food and agriculture. The global agriculture system will have to be radically transformed to avoid further environmental and social problems...

Nina Moeller & Michel Pimbert 27 Mar 2018

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The Doomsday Vault a vital seed backup to protect the world's food supplyArticle

This year, the Doomsday Vault near Svalbard - storing seeds of vital crops in an underground vault - marks its 10th anniversary. It is now the iconic home to seeds of around one million unique plants...

26 Feb 2018

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Science, politics and the quest to secure Africa's sustainable food futureArticle

Political experts have continued to raise pointed questions about the continent's food future pertaining to production processes, trade flows, sources of finance and, crucially, science and sustainability...

Adam Sneyd 22 Feb 2018

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Why reducing post-harvest losses is a priority for AfricaArticle

A 2011 World Bank study estimated the value of African grain losses alone at $4bn for grains alone in Africa. This could feed 1.6 billion people each year...

Jane Ambuko 21 Nov 2017

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Mega-mergers will squeeze farmers, push up food prices, experts warnArticle

If the world's major agriculture companies go ahead with planned mergers and gain greater control of the way food is produced, farmers will face higher costs and food will eventually become more expensive...

Alex Whiting 24 Oct 2017

Integrated policy approach needed to ensure sustainable food systems
Integrated policy approach needed to ensure sustainable food systemsArticle

The 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security endorsed new recommendations centred on the need for an integrated policy approach to forestry, agriculture, water and food security and nutrition...

16 Oct 2017

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FAO director-general calls for renewed commitment to zero tolerance on food loss, wasteArticle

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has joined in calls for a renewed global commitment to zero tolerance on food loss and waste...

22 Sep 2017

Climate-smart agriculture urgently needed in Africa
Climate-smart agriculture urgently needed in AfricaArticle

Africa contributes only 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions...

Baher Kamal 8 Sep 2017

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Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO reportArticle

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns...

22 Feb 2017

Reducing food waste helps, but it's going to take systemic action to tackle climate change
Reducing food waste helps, but it's going to take systemic action to tackle climate changeArticle

In a climate conscious era, we're forever being asked to "turn the lights off" or "drive less!" or "recycle more!". These familiar messages put the onus on individuals - that is, you and me - to change our behaviour, reduce our impact, and be greener. But what are the limits to these behavioural tweaks?

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Organic farming gets a bad rap - why it shouldn't
Organic farming gets a bad rap - why it shouldn'tArticle

The word organic has nothing to do with organic chemistry even though carbon-rich soil organic matter is important to organic farming. Organic derives instead from the word organism...

Raymond Auerbach 1 Nov 2016

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Agroecology programme equips smallholder farmers for sustainable food productionArticle

Governments the world over are beginning to appreciate the role that small farms can play in modern economies. In fact, most of the developing world's agricultural land is in the hands of subsistence farmers...

13 Oct 2016

Musician Jack Johnson appointed UNEP goodwill ambassador
Musician Jack Johnson appointed UNEP goodwill ambassadorArticle

Inspirational artist and committed environmentalist, Jack Johnson, was appointed United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) goodwill ambassador during a recent ceremony on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera...

11 Jun 2015

Woolworths donates R3m for World Food Day
Woolworths donates R3m for World Food DayArticle

In honour of World Food Day, 16 October 2014, Woolworths has been donating R3 million towards sustainable food security during the course of the year via the EduPlant programme...

15 Oct 2014

Climate change impact must figure in food production efforts
Climate change impact must figure in food production effortsArticle

Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems, stepping up action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told participants at the seventh Forum on Agriculture in Morocco.

24 Apr 2014

Karatara celebrates World Food Day
Karatara celebrates World Food DayArticle

The focus of World Food Day this year was 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition'. A food system is made up of the environment, people, institutions and processes by which agricultural products are produced, processed and brought to consumers.

21 Oct 2013

Nestle needs to do more for its farmers
Nestle needs to do more for its farmersArticle

CASABLANCA, MOROCCO: Nestle has admitted it can do more to improve its suppliers' livelihoods, after an Oxfam report accused the Swiss food giant of failing to address the plight of farmers in the world's poorest countries.

29 Mar 2013

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