Deputy Director General of FAO will be present at SHAFFE’s very first "Southern Hemisphere Fresh Fruit Trade Congress"
2021 declared International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
Photo: Pilar Santacoloma, Agri-food systems officer of FAO’s Food and Nutrition Division.
What is the future of the world’s food sector in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic? Pilar Santacoloma, agri-food systems officer of the FAO (the UN’s organisation for dealing with agricultural and food issues), outlines the body’s agricultural policies for crisis-hit areas.
What support is being given to small-scale farmers in emerging economies during the Covid-19 pandemic and to ensure food security?
Struggle against the locust in Central Asia, successful initiatives
Agriculture is a significant part of the economics of Central Asia; unfortunately, the crop is often damaged under locust invasion. FAO and six partner countries (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) drafted a project designed to help the farmers to protect the crop. Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) is the financial partner of this $7.3 million project.
Latin American banana exports worth $5.6 billion
Latin America and the Caribbean is the world’s largest banana-exporting region. Estimates point to a total combined export value of around US$11 billion for bananas and major tropical fruits from Latin America and the Caribbean, of which bananas accounted for about US$6 billion, according to data published by FAO. Between 2016 and 2018, the total production volume of bananas in the region was an estimated 30 million tons per year, while total exports reached an annual average of 13 million tons, representing 80% of world banana shipments, worth US$5.6 billion per year.
Why and how to try Cardoon
A close relative of artichoke, cardoon is the traditional crop of the month for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
According to FAO, cardoon is a crop of regional importance in Spain (where it is known as Cardo comestible), Italy and the south of France, where it is used in traditional dishes. The stalks can be eaten baked, boiled, fried or braised.