Food system failures in our age of abundance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University Twelve-year-old Lena is growing up poor and malnourished on Chicago’s West Side. She buys Blue Juice and Hot Chips from the corner store on her way […]

Deadly swine fever threatens Asia, UN agriculture agency warns, urging regional collaboration

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The rapid onset of the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) in China has been detected in areas a thousand kilometres apart – posing an imminent threat to other Asian countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday. While the deadly pig […]

‘Think beyond farm jobs’ to reach sustainable development, UN agriculture chief advises African youth

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “We need to take action to make agriculture more attractive to young people,” underscored José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. “They must perceive agriculture as […]

Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An “invasive pest” that devours more than 80 different plant species, including many staple crops, could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday. The UN agency is offering its […]

New UN agriculture agency report underscores value of fishing in fight against global hunger

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The vital role that fishing and fish-farming play in supporting some of the poorest families across the world, came under the spotlight on Monday with the publication of the annual United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on the global industry. According to […]

International Day of Cooperatives sets stage for long-standing production and consumption

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Each year on the first Saturday in July, the international community celebrates the International Day of Cooperatives – successful businesses based on ethical values and principles. This year, the Day focuses on the theme “Sustainable consumption and production of goods and services.” Simel Esim, head […]

Forests ‘essential’ for the future, UN agriculture chief spells out in new report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Time is running out for the world’s forests, warns a new report by the United Nations agriculture agency, urging governments to foster an all-inclusive approach to benefit both trees and those who rely on them. Halting deforestation, managing forests sustainably, restoring degraded forests and […]

Poorer countries set to be ‘increasingly dependent’ on food imports, says UN food agency report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Poorer countries with rising populations and scarce natural resources are likely to be “increasingly dependent” on imports to feed their people, according to an annual report jointly compiled by the United Nations food agency, launched on Tuesday. Although overall exports from countries and regions […]

Food safety critical to development and ending poverty: FAO deputy chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Ensuring that people everywhere can trust the safety and quality of the food they eat is the focus of a UN meeting taking place this week in Rome. The international food standards body known as the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is expected to adopt […]

New UN-supported farming app is cream of crop in tackling Sahel pest

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have a new digital weapon in their agricultural armoury to take on the Fall Armyworm – a crop pest that’s threatening the food security of 300 million people – the United Nations said on Monday. Launched by the Food and […]

Millions of young lives ‘at risk’ says UN labour chief, calling for an end to child labour

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. No child under the age of 18 should be toiling in mines, fields, factories and homes, carrying heavy loads or working long hours, the head of the UN labour agency said on Tuesday, marking World Day against Child Labour. “Many suffer lifelong physical and […]