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North Korea food production down in 2018 – U.N. body

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Rice and maize are the North's main staples, but rice output is expected to be below average because of erratic rains and low irrigation supplies

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

Global demand for food products to slow – FAO

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:09 PM

One of the main reasons given for the decline is a slowdown in growth in China where incomes over the outlook period are projected to flatline driving down spending on foodstuffs

South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Nearly 5 million people are facing starvation and famine the government says

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

UN FAO, New Zealand aid Cotabato drought-affected areas

Jan 14, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Through a 3 million grant from the New Zealand government FAO is currently supporting the recovery of 10 475 farming and fishing households in the province of Cotabato

A NEW HOPE. A woman fisher stands by a lake in Sitio Bulogo, Baranggay Matilac in Pigkawayan Municipality and shows a gill net she received through FAO. The primary objective of this New Zealand-funded FAO project is to contribute to the attainment of sustainable peace and development in the province by supporting the government in the restoration and building the resilience of agriculture- and fisheries-based livelihoods affected by conflict, drought and flooding. Photo by Dante Diosina/FAO

What did the UN do for PH? Disaster response, health programs, and more

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:38 PM

The Philippines has been a beneficiary of different United Nations programs for many years especially after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

Use of data and technology to solve food security issues - experts

Jun 24, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Experts say getting politicians to understand data and technology will help them implement evidence based policies that will benefit the people

File photo by Rappler

'Ground-breaking' accord on illegal fishing enters force

Jun 05, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The international treaty called the Port State Measures Agreement becomes legally binding in 29 countries

epa05110323 A Myanmar migrant fisherman enjoys a drink on a Thai fishing boat after unloading fish at a jetty in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, 19 January 2016. The European Union's technical team arrive Thailand to observe the Thai government's progress in tackling illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing problem. Thai fishing industry has accused and warned by EU over illegal fishing and the abuse of worker in the industry. The European Union threatened an import ban on Thai seafood products in its market if the country's IUU fishing situation not improve. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

War-torn South Sudan starvation levels 'alarming' – UN

Mar 29, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warns of acute malnutrition and the effects of record high food prices

A family from the Dinka community have lunch inside a classroom of the Sobat Secondary School in Malakal, on February 26, 2016. The Dinka community sought refugee in this school after fleeing from the clashes in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site. The United States forcefully condemned fatal clashes at a United Nations compound sheltering civilians in South Sudan and urged authorities to investigate the incident, which witnesses said involved government troops. At least 18 people and more than 70 others were wounded in the violence Wednesday to Thursday at the camp in the town of Malakal, the aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said.    / AFP / Albert Gonzalez Farran

40,000 starving to death as S.Sudan teeters on famine: UN

Feb 08, 2016 - 10:37 PM

At least 40 000 people are starving to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine the United Nations say in a plea to rival forces to let aid in

AFTERMATH. Martha Nyarueni (2ndL) and her family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving aid package, on July 5, 2014. In January Martha fled with her husband and five children into the bush, where they lived for months before returning home in May to find their home burned and food stores looted. Photo by Nichole Sobecki / AFP

Farmers, fisherfolk: Portraits of resilience after Yolanda

Jan 05, 2016 - 4:57 PM

Agriculture in the areas damaged by Yolanda are on the path to recovery by learning more advanced farming techniques

RECOVERY. With a larger role in the value chain, Marife Jalbay and other members of the Abejao Farmers Association in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, now enjoy improved incomes from producing cassava chips. Image courtesy of R. Cabrera/FAO

Dari COP 21 Paris akan diluncurkan inisiatif kurangi makanan sisa

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Terdapat enam Inisiatif kerjasama bidang Pertanian dan Pangan yang disepakati oleh negara dan organisasi anggota LPAA Apa saja?

Presiden Jokowi menyampaikan pidato di COP 21, Paris, 30 November 2015. Foto oleh Hotmangaraja Panjaitan

Simot plato: The poor waste no food

Nov 10, 2015 - 12:23 PM

More than half of poor Filipino households among the country s poorest provinces say they do not waste food an August September 2015 World Food Programme survey reveals

When there's smoke, there's fire?

Nov 10, 2015 - 4:45 AM

What causes food insecurity in the PH's poorest provinces?

Nov 03, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Families in the Philippines poorest provinces cite inadequate income and lack of a job as reasons why they experience hunger

Programs for women have 'stronger' impact vs malnutrition

Oct 23, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Programs that empower women especially those in the poorest sector can help end the persistent cycle of hunger and malnutrition says a Food and Agricultural Organization report

LIVELIHOOD. Women organic farmers are taught on the many ways they can earn from their gardens. Photo from SARILAYA

Ending hunger, ensuring nutrition by 2030

Sep 14, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Ending hunger should include making sure that nutritional standards are met in each country in the world by 2030

LIQUIDATION. More than P1 billion worth of lawmakers' discretionary funds that were supposed to be used for agriculture projects have yet to be accounted for, the Commission on Audit said in a 2013 audit report. File photo by Rappler

$267B more needed each year to end hunger by 2030 – UN report

Aug 18, 2015 - 3:44 PM

The amount each year – an average of 160 P7 419 a year per poor person – should be invested in social protection programs

ASIA AND HUNGER. Asia Pacific still registers the most number of undernourished people in the world.

Central Mindanao farmers catch planting season with UN FAO assistance

Aug 03, 2015 - 1:07 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization supports farmers reeling from drought conflict and flooding in Maguindanao

MAKING IT HAPPEN. Farmers from Central Mindanao catch the planting season through the UN FAO support.  Photo by: UN FAO

10 good practices to address child labor in agriculture

Jun 19, 2015 - 11:05 AM

A new guide released by the Food and Agriculture Organization aims to help in reducing the number of child workers all over the world

Pope Francis: Beyond reports, action vs hunger more important

Jun 17, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Pope Francis urges countries to create a sense of global solidarity to ensure food security

FAO launches digital platform to help family farmers

Jun 17, 2015 - 6:33 PM

The Food and Agricultural Organization launches a digital platform to bridge the gap between policymakers and family farmers

BIG CONTRIBUTION. Family farmers tend 75% of the world's agricultural resources. File photo by Karl Malakunas/AFP

The future of food security

Jun 09, 2015 - 3:25 PM

Without the price support for farmers local rice production will become less profitable and will result in the bankruptcy of farmers

Social protection programs vital to fight vs hunger

Jun 03, 2015 - 8:09 PM

The 2015 State of Food Security in the World report reveals that social protection plays a big role in the developing world meeting its MDG hunger target

'Significant progress' in food security seen in PH – FAO report

May 29, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Despite this progress the country still faces extreme challenges of malnutrition and hunger

Asia Pacific still home to most of world's undernourished – report

May 29, 2015 - 12:13 AM

Despite halving the number of undernourished people the Asia Pacific still has 490 million people suffering from chronic hunger

8 guidelines to make small scale fishing more sustainable

May 16, 2015 - 7:37 PM

A comprehensive human rights based approach will make municipal fishing a better contributor to food security and poverty eradication

Toward an effective ASEAN strategy against hunger

May 05, 2015 - 11:40 PM

In ending hunger in the ASEAN region it is important to incorporate priorities in constructed strategies

Gov't and private sector meet to strengthen sustainable forestry practices in Asia

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Announcement: The three day workshop seeks to strengthen policies and practice on sustainable management in Asia

How expiring fruits and veggies can help end hunger

Mar 19, 2015 - 7:29 PM

How do you feed 9 billion people by 2050? Graduate students propose to extend the life of about to expire fruits and vegetables

How ASEAN is trying to end hunger and food insecurity

Feb 26, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Cooperation and camaraderie need to be fostered among ASEAN member states to attain goals

Too little, too much: The problem with double burden malnutrition

Feb 17, 2015 - 1:27 PM

Double burden malnutrition means most children s food intake is either continuously insufficient or in excess of dietary energy requirements

Pope Francis: Feed the hungry, save lives

Jan 10, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Filipinos may learn a thing or two from the Holy Father about ending hunger in the country

Doomsday pope warns man's greed will destroy world

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:12 PM

Take care of the earth so it does not respond with destruction warns Pope Francis

File photo by Luca Zennaro/EPA/Pool

UN urges action to fix 'broken' world food system

Nov 19, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Representatives from 190 countries gather 22 years after the first malnutrition meeting for a 3 day conference organized by the UN food agency FAO and WHO

In this photo, Filipino street children take a meal at a street in Parañaque, Philippines, 15 August 2013. EPA/Francis R Malasig

UN global meet on malnutrition kicks off in Rome

Nov 19, 2014 - 12:05 PM

Representatives from 190 countries are expected to attend the Second International Conference on Nutrition CIN2 boasting appearances from leaders including Pope Francis

INFOGRAPHIC: Why we celebrate World Food Day

Oct 17, 2014 - 1:29 AM

Take a look at the world s hungry population Who are they?

Family farms crucial in fight to eradicate hunger: UN

Oct 16, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Family farms produce about 80 of the world s food and are the custodians of about 75 of all agricultural resources in the world

Asia grapples with food safety as incomes rise

Oct 06, 2014 - 12:55 PM

Changing consumption patterns driven by Asia s expanding middle class the globalization of the food chain and the transfer of new diseases from animals to humans have made it more complicated to combat the risks

YUMMY... AND SAFE? A customer eats lunch at a restaurant in the Central district of Hong Kong on September 8, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP

Our right to food

Jul 23, 2014 - 1:50 PM

Besides the lack of stronger policies another problem faced by the Philippines in fighting hunger is the lack of awareness about the right to food

How can LGUs help prevent hunger?

Jul 08, 2014 - 9:30 AM

An early warning system for hunger and food insecurity helps local government units create timely interventions

Malnutrition kills over 3 million toddlers a year – UN

Jun 12, 2014 - 11:32 PM

Malnutrition is responsible for about half of all child deaths under 5 years of age causing over three million deaths every year the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO says

MALNUTRITION. Aside from its impacts on physical health, malnutrition also imposes social and economic burdens on countries. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Rappler

Women, the sea, and food security

Apr 04, 2014 - 3:09 PM

The fishing industry is primarily dominated by men; however without women the industry will have a difficult time

FISHERWOMAN. Ka-Dolor is almost 70 years old and yet her heart, her life have and will always will be with the sea. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler.com

Why many of the hungry are women

Mar 25, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Women account for around 60 of the world’s chronically hungry despite producing more than half of the world s food

WOMEN. In the Philippines, women provide 84% of the total household time spent on childcare; making it hard for them to find jobs outside their "unpaid work" at home. Photo by Jes Aznar/AFP

PH food wastage: Think twice before wasting your meal

Mar 20, 2014 - 6:12 PM

There is enough food in the world for everyone but one third of all food is wasted globally

FOOD LOSS. Among developing countries like the Philippines, food loss occurs even before consumption. Food is already lost during the production and postharvest stages. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

How to fix malnutrition? Try community-based education

Mar 18, 2014 - 9:21 AM

CI Manila shows that community based intervention programs that focus on education and changing behaviors can help address malnutrition

How climate change threatens our food security

Mar 15, 2014 - 11:41 AM

As the world becomes warmer in the coming years Philippine agriculture will face greater challenges

LOSS. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

PH losing trillions of pesos yearly due to malnutrition

Mar 12, 2014 - 1:45 PM

The Philippines loses about P2 trillion a year as a result of lost productivity and health care costs caused by malnutrition

MALNUTRITION. Aside from its impacts on physical health, malnutrition also imposes social and economic burdens on countries. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Rappler

Farm-to-market roads: A farmer's journey

Mar 07, 2014 - 10:16 AM

What role do Farm to Market Roads play in the livelihood and food security of farmers and their families?

FARM-TO-MARKET ROADS. FMRs play a significant role in the livelihoods and household food security of farmers, as well as in the entire country's rural economy. Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado/Rappler

PH agriculture: Why is it important?

Mar 07, 2014 - 9:05 AM

Why is agriculture important for the future and food security of the Philippines?

AGRICULTURE. The Philippines can better address its food security and nutrition issues if the agriculture sector is further improved. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

How food insecurity threatens us

Mar 03, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The Philippines has the highest prevalence of food inadequacy among Asia s tiger cub economies from 2005 to 2012 says the FAO

  • FOOD INSECURE. More than a quarter of Filipino adults are food insecure as of the latest National Nutrition Survey from 2011. Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado/Rappler