World Disaster Report 2011: Urgent Call For United Action On Hunger

With over 12 million still affected by the Horn of Africa drought, four of the world’s leading food security, development and humanitarian aid organizations are jointly calling for urgent action on hunger and malnutrition. The World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations have joined forces with the International […]

The Platform joins the rest of the world in mourning Professor Wangari Maathai

The Platform and its members join the rest of the world in mourning  Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace laureate andconservation heroine. May her dear soul rest in peace. “Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist […]

UNGA High Level Event on Desertification Provides Input to COP 10 and UNCSD.

                                             UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UNGA convened a High-level Meeting on addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The outcome of the deliberations will feed into the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the […]

Sustainable food security amidst Indian land rush.

 “Land is becoming a diminishing resource for agriculture, in spite of a growing understanding that the future of food security will depend upon the sustainable management of land resources as well as the conservation of prime farmland for agriculture ” says M.S.Swaminathan . Read the full article  

Using Less Water to Grow More Potatoes

Research conducted in part at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that in some production systems, planting potatoes in flat beds can increase irrigation water use efficiency. Read more

Preparing for the first ever State of the World`s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture Report.

The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has requested FAO to present the first ever report on The State of the World`s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture (Report) to the Commission’s Sixteenth Regular Session  in 2016/17. A concept note to facilitate discussions on the key issues and content of the proposed Report has […]