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FAO Provides Data on Crop Prospects, the Food Situation and Countries in Crisis Needing External Assistance

Crop Prospects and Food Situation July 2008: Through its Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides regularly updated information on

the current situation of global agriculture and food security.

Information products include: Crop

Prospects and Food Situation; Food Outlook; reports on the food supply and

agricultural situation in countries or sub-regions experiencing particular food

supply difficulties; and alerts to the international community of measures

needed. Through the system, FAO also maintains an updated list of countries in

crisis requiring external assistance because they lack the resources to deal

with reported critical problems of food insecurity arising out of shortfalls in

production caused by conflicts, severe weather events and other factors; or

because of lack of access due to economic constraints such as surging food

prices. [GIEWS crop prospects and food situation

page] [Countries in crisis]