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How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

By Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

BRICS ministers reaffirm commitment to Paris Agreement

Environment ministers from BRICS nations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement in dealing with climate change...

21 May 2018

Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

25 Apr 2018

The next great water crisis may be under our feet

Around 44% of irrigated food production worldwide uses groundwater as a water source. And as surface water becomes more scarce or polluted, agriculture will demand more and more groundwater...

By Karen G. Villholth 10 Apr 2018

Eco-farming can solve hunger, climate crises, experts say

Asian farmers are growing rice and rearing fish in the same fields to increase their income and reduce weeds, while Ghanaians are using crop residues as compost to boost yields. Such eco-farming techniques could deliver nutritious, environmentally friendly food for a growing world...

9 Apr 2018

Why ozone poses a challenge to food security

There's substantial evidence that ozone is one of the most phytotoxic (toxic to plants) air pollutants, causing significant damage to agricultural crops worldwide...

By Divya Pandey, Lisa Emberson & Sofie Mortensen 5 Apr 2018

On dangerous ground: Land degradation is turning soils into deserts

Land degradation can take many forms, but always entails a serious disruption of a healthy balance between five key ecosystem functions. These are: food production, fibre provision, microclimate regulation, water retention, and carbon storage...

By Prof Abbas El-Zein 29 Mar 2018

Disasters cost farmers in developing countries billions of dollars

Between 2005 and 2015, natural disasters cost agricultural sectors of developing countries $96bn in damage or lost crop and livestock production, according to FAO's new report...

16 Mar 2018

FAO, Google collaborates on new forest data tool

The efficient monitoring and reporting on forest cover and land use is essential in monitoring progress on Sustainable Development Goals and crucial for countries adapting to and mitigating climate change...

7 Mar 2018

Special alert: Reduced harvests, intensified food insecurity foreseen for Southern Africa

Crop development in several areas of Southern Africa has been affected by water stress triggered by poor rains and hot temperatures. Dry weather and erratic rains earlier in the season signals multiple risks to agricultural yields...

28 Feb 2018

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

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...

27 Feb 2018

Halting deforestation: Striking the right balance between human and planetary needs

Rapid population growth accelerates global demand for forest products and services. On the other hand, the population growth also increases demand for agricultural production and converting forests to arable land...

22 Feb 2018

When climate comes unhinged, we need to rethink how to build our cities

In late January 2018, Paris seemed to be drowning...

By Dagmar Haase 19 Feb 2018

Transforming vulnerability into resilience: $1.06bn needed to rebuild agriculture, combat hunger in 26 countries

"Maintaining food production and rebuilding agriculture is fundamental to preventing loss of life from severe hunger and to provide a pathway towards resilience in the midst of humanitarian crises."

9 Feb 2018

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