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The State of Food and Agriculture

The State of Food and Agriculture, FAO’s major annual flagship publication, aims at bringing to wider audience balanced science-based assessments of important issues in the field of food and agriculture. Each edition of the report contains comprehensive, yet easily accessible, overview of selected topics of major relevance for rural and agriculture development and for global food security.

STATE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2013

The State of Food and Agriculture 2013

Food Systems for Better Nutrition

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The State of Food and Agriculture
13 Feb 2013
Malnutrition in all its forms -- undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity -- imposes unacceptably high economic and social costs on countries at all income levels. This edition of The State of Food and Agriculture argues that improving nutrition and reducing these co...
STATE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2014

The State of Food and Agriculture 2014

Innovation in Family Farming

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The State of Food and Agriculture
14 Jan 2014
More than 500 million family farms manage the majority of the world’s agricultural land and produce most of the world’s food. We need family farms to ensure global food security, to care for and protect the natural environment and to end poverty, undernourishment and malnutrition. But these goals...
STATE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2015

The State of Food and Agriculture 2015

Social Protection and Agriculture - Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty

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The State of Food and Agriculture
15 May 2015
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on reducing poverty have been met by many countries, yet many others lag behind and the post-2015 challenge will be the full eradication of poverty and hunger. Many developing countries increasingly recognize that social protection measures are needed to re...
STATE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2016

The State of Food and Agriculture 2016

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

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The State of Food and Agriculture
16 Jun 2016
The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, represents a new beginning in the global effort to stabilize the climate before it is too late. It recognizes the importance of food security in the international response to climate change, as reflected by many countries focusing prominently on the ...
STATE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2017

The State of Food and Agriculture 2017

Leveraging Food Systems for Inclusive Rural Transformation

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The State of Food and Agriculture
17 Aug 2018
One of the greatest challenges today is to end hunger and poverty while making agriculture and food systems sustainable. The challenge is daunting because of continued population growth, profound changes in food demand, and the threat of mass migration of rural youth in search of a better life. T...
STATE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2008

The State of Food and Agriculture 2008

Biofuels - Prospects, Risks and Opportunities

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The State of Food and Agriculture
17 Nov 2008
The publication surveys the current status of the biofuel debate, exploring implications for food security, the environment and agricultural development in developing countries. It addresses the biophysical and economic potential of 1st and 2nd generation biofuels and its implications on agricult...
STATE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2007

The State of Food and Agriculture 2007

Paying Farmers for Environmental Services

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The State of Food and Agriculture
28 Dec 2007
The State of Food and Agriculture 2007 explores the potential for agriculture to provide enhanced levels of environmental services alongside the production of food and fibre. The report concludes that demand for environmental services from agriculture – including climate change mitigation, improv...
STATE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2006

The State of Food and Agriculture 2006

Food Aid for Food Security?

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The State of Food and Agriculture
23 Feb 2007
The State of Food and Agriculture 2006 examines the issues and controversies surrounding international food aid and seeks to find ways to preserve its essential humanitarian role while minimizing the possibility of harmful secondary impacts. Food aid has rightly been credited with saving millions...
STATE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2005

The State of Food and Agriculture 2005

Agriculture Trade and Poverty - Can Trade Work for the Poor?

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The State of Food and Agriculture
13 Jan 2006
The report examines the many ways in which trade liberalization and agricultural trade affect the poor and food-insecure. Trade can be a catalyst for change, promoting conditions that enable the poor to raise their incomes and live longer, healthier and more productive lives, but these positive r...
STATE FOOD & AGRICULTURE 2003/04

The State of Food and Agriculture 2003-2004

Agricultural Biotechnology - Meeting the Needs of the Poor?

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The State of Food and Agriculture
25 Jun 2004
The potential of agricultural biotechnology, especially transgenic crops, to meet the needs of the poor, is explored in this report. An analysis of the socio-economic impacts of technological change in agriculture is discussed, and the safety of transgenic crops for human health and the environme...