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Farming and rural non-farm activities can provide solutions to rising youth unemployment in Africa

Farming and rural non-farm activities can provide solutions to rising youth unemployment in Africa

FAO provides unemployed rural youth with the necessary training and equipment to start their own farming or rural non-farm-based businesses. Young man in Ethiopia working on his vegetable…

Crowning the 'king of the crops': Sequencing the white guinea yam genome

An international collaboration involving the Earlham Institute, Norwich, UK, and the Iwate Biotechnology Research Centre, Japan, has for the first time provided a genome sequence for the white Guinea yam…

More investments and surveillance needed to curb misuse of antimicrobials in public health and agriculture

More investments and surveillance needed to curb misuse of antimicrobials in public health and agriculture

A farmer and her cattle in Cambodia which is sharing with other countries its successful experience in dealing with AMR. New York, 21 September 2017 – A stronger global effort…

Scientists sequence asexual tiny worm whose lineage stretches back 18 million years

A team of scientists has sequenced, for the first time, a tiny worm that belongs to a group of exclusively asexual species that originated approximately 18 million years ago &#8212…

Conflicts drag down food security amid growing global food output

Conflicts drag down food security amid growing global food output

FAO is helping returnee farmers in Northeast Nigeria. 21 September 2017, Rome– Robust harvests in Latin America and rebounding agricultural conditions in Southern Africa are on course to improve…

Efforts to save sea turtles are a 'global conservation success story'

A new study of the world’s seven sea turtle species provides evidence that their numbers are growing overall (unlike many endangered vertebrates), thanks to years of conservation efforts…

Global call for zero tolerance on food loss and waste

Global call for zero tolerance on food loss and waste

Changing the way tomatoes are packaged can help reduce food loss during transportation. 20 September 2017, New York – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has joined in calls…

Emerging disease further jeopardizes North American frogs

A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study by…

New partnership between ITU and FAO to bolster ICT innovation in agriculture

New partnership between ITU and FAO to bolster ICT innovation in agriculture

A telecommunications antenna in a rural village in Niger. 18 September 2017, New York – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations…

DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'

Biochemical engineers at the Johns Hopkins University have used sequences of DNA molecules to induce shape-changing in water-based gels, demonstrating a new tactic to produce “soft&#8221…

A cereal crop survives heat and drought

Plant diversity and adaptation to different climatic conditions — especially important in the era of global climate change — is synonymous for the concept of natural and genetic diversity. Research…

Damage to monarch butterfly colonies in 2016 storm worse than thought

A much greater number of monarch butterflies perished in a snowstorm in March 2016 in Mexico than previously estimated, according to new research. Analysis of damage from the storm &#8212…

Innate immunity: To operate, insert dimers

The presence of DNA in mammalian cell cytoplasm triggers an immune response by binding to a dimeric enzyme, which inserts between DNA double helices to form the “rungs&#8221…

Light on exoplanets may be quite different from Earth: Different photosynthesis?

Researchers at the Astrobiology Center (ABC) of National Institutes of Natural Science (NINS) in Japan and their colleagues have proposed a prediction that red-edge could be observed as on…

Delayed weaning reduces behavioural problems in cats

Early weaning increases aggression and stereotypic behaviour in cats, shows a new study from Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group. Based on the study conducted at the University of…