Food and Agriculture : Newsfile

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  • Focusing on less-favoured areas

    4 April 2001

    Nearly two-thirds of the rural population of developing countries - almost 1.8 billion people - live in so-called less-favoured areas, including marginal agricultural areas, forest, woodland and arid areas, according to a recent study by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

  • Fish stocks declining

    26 March 2001

    Wild fish populations around the world are in a continuing decline, prompted by rising fish catches, consumption and trade, finds a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). "Most of the world's fishing areas have apparently reached their maximum potential for capture fisheries production, with the majority of stocks being fully exploited," the report warns.

  • Revolution in rice farming

    26 January 2001

    When small farmers in Madagascar employed a new way of growing rice in the late 1980s, the results were so startling that agricultural scientists could hardly believe they were possible.

  • More fish than free-range meat in future diet

    13 November 2000

    Fish farming may overtake cattle ranching as a food source by the end of this decade, according to the Worldwatch Institute. Aquacultural output grew from 13 million tons of fish produced in 1990 to 31 million tons in 1998. Increasing at 11 per cent a year over the past decade, it is the fastest growing sector of the world food economy.

  • Potatoes help fight the scourge of vitamin A deficiency

    12 September 2000

    New ways have recently been found to add vitamin A to the diets of families in sub-Saharan Africa where three million children under the age of five suffer blindness caused by Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD).