A new online data portal developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) aims to help unlock the planet’s potential to feed a rapidly growing population.
In spite of a sudden decline at the end of 2011, the FAO Food Price Index ended the year at its highest level since the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations began compiling the index in 1990.
A paper published yesterday at the Durban UN Conference on Climate Change has particular relevance to New Zealand’s carbon emissions programme.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Food Price Index was released yesterday, showing that global food prices remain 5% higher than they were 12 months ago.
World food prices remained virtually unchanged between July and August 2011 according to the FAO Food Price Index published today.
It was only a slight increase but the FAO food price index has risen again in June, the fourth month in a row, up once percent to 234 points.
FAO’s 2011 biannual Food Outlook was published yesterday (7th June), providing grim reading for poor nations struggling to meet the food demands of their populations. In spite of record harvests for many food commodities, the FAO prediction is that prices will remain high for the foreseeable future.
The famous German research foundation, the Max Planck Institute, has joined forces with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in a research programme on species swapping diseases.
According to a newly released report from FAO, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted. This is enough to feed those in poor countries who cannot get access to enough calories for daily sustenance.
Here’s an interesting thought for your next dinner conversation. I dare you to raise it just as little Johnny throws his untouched veges in the bin.
In an online briefing of world media this week, the FAO has said the record high food prices being experienced around the globe are likely to continue throughout 2011. Prices have been at record highs for the first two months of the year, and according to FAO there is more chance of them increasing than of a decline in coming months.
The United Nations food price index hit a new record in February for the second time in a month. The index had already broken new ground in January when it surpassed the prices reached in 2008.