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With climate change and population growth putting increasing pressure on finite water resources, FAO is urging countries to step up efforts to increase water efficiency and provide access to safe water for all, as it marks World Water Day.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:00 pm
Chefs play an important role in inspiring people around the world to support sustainable food production, adopt healthy diets and avoid food waste. That was the central message of an event today hosted by FAO, UNESCO and the Government of France during "Goût de France" week currently being held in Paris.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:00 pm
FAO marked International Day of Forests today by announcing two new forest education initiatives aimed at raising awareness among children and young people on the sustainable use and conservation of forests. The two projects, funded by Germany with over $2 million, will address major challenges in forestry education and will help increase understanding of forests among the general public.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:00 am
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Iceland today agreed to work closely together on programmes supporting the long-term conservation of living marine ecosystems and to unlock the potential of the world’s marine and freshwater ecosystems.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:00 am

WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

The World Food Programme stepped up distributions in and around Beira on Wednesday, with more airdrops of high-energy biscuits (HEBs) to isolated pockets of people stranded by the floodwaters and the delivery of easy-to-prepare fortified food to displaced families sheltering in schools and other public buildings in the town of Dondo, 45 kilometers north east of the port city. An MI-8 transport helicopter contracted by the WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) arrived in Beira on Wednesday to support rescue and relief operations – the first of three due there this week.
Author: WFP
Posted: March 20, 2019, 4:50 pm
In more than 50 countries, WFP’s Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programme works with people in fragile and degraded landscapes to address their immediate food needs while also promoting the building or rehabilitation of assets—from water ponds to community gardens to roads—to improve their resilience and access to food. In Niger, FFA activities are helping communities to break the cycle of food insecurity and move towards a better future.
Author: WFP
Posted: March 19, 2019, 3:23 pm
The World Food Programme is rushing food and other assistance to large numbers of desperate people stranded by rapidly rising flood waters in Mozambique – a major humanitarian emergency that is getting bigger by the hour. A WFP staff member who flew over the area that has been inundated spoke of “inland oceans extending for miles and miles in all directions”. Assessing the extent of the damage and needs remains a huge challenge and WFP is using drones and satellite mapping to conduct assessments so that people in need can be identified and reached.
Author: WFP
Posted: March 18, 2019, 11:00 pm
Eight years of war in Syria have pushed millions of Syrians into hunger and poverty. The conflict has also displaced millions both inside and outside Syria. While many are returning to their homes, many others remain displaced and need support. Syrians returning to their country and communities need support – and they need to work. WFP is helping Syrians produce their own food and generate an income in areas that are secure and where commerce is functioning. Despite an improvement in the situation, continued food assistance is vital for millions of families as well as for stability and security in Syria.
Author: WFP
Posted: March 13, 2019, 11:00 pm