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Global Environment Facility approves FAO-led projects in Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam
Eight countries will benefit from projects designed to support climate resilience and biodiversity, and combat land degradation and unsustainable fishing
18.06.2021 Rome
Global Environment Facility approves FAO-led projects in Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today welcomed approval from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for five FAO-led projects in eight countries, totaling more than $46.6 million in funding.  The decision was made during the 60th GEF Council Meeting and the 30th Least Developed Countries Fund Council Meeting.   The latest projects will address critical environmental challenges - such as land degradation, biodiversity loss, unsustainable fishing and climate change...
Asia-Pacific Regional Food Systems Dialogue – a call to action
Bold new thinking and decisive action will be needed to reshape and re-engineer food systems in Asia and the Pacific to make them more responsive, more dynamic and more equitable to meet the nutritional and other needs of the most populous -- yet most undernourished -- region of the world, a specially convened high-level meeting heard today.  The Asia-Pacific Regional Food Systems Dialogue was organized by six United Nations agencies in...
On World Food Safety Day, everyone from growers to supply chains to consumers across Asia and the Pacific must adopt a One Health approach to ensure food is safe to consume
More than 600 million people, or 1 in 10, fall ill and 420 000 die each year from eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or chemicals. Most of the deaths are among the poor and young. Low and middle-income countries could save up to USD 95 billion annually with better food safety measures. When food is not safe, it is not food. It does not provide nourishment but...
FAO Members call for action against food loss and waste in the world’s hungriest region – Asia and the Pacific
Food loss and waste is a major issue in the Asia and Pacific region and coordinated, strategic actions are needed to address the impact it is having on climate change, food security, and the region’s overall economy. This was the conclusion of 18 Member countries during a virtual consultation convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) during a two-day series of discussions. According to FAO’s most...
Soil biodiversity, an important topic for the Pacific Islands
Fighting loss of soil biodiversity is key to global food security and the achievement of more than half of the Sustainable Development Goals.The critical role soil biodiversity has globally, and particularly  here in the Pacific cannot be emphasised enough. A healthy soil is uniquely capable of providing essential terrestrial ecosystem services includng carbon sequestration and water quality.   FAO,  the Scretariat of the Pacfic Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the...
Ensuring biodiversity for systematic and sustainable food systems transformation
As the world prepares for transformations to its food systems in order to feed a growing planet, nutritiously and in an environmentally sustainable way, maintaining biodiversity will be a critical element in that equation, a panel of experts meeting in the Asia-Pacific region heard today. A virtual consultative meeting was convened on the eve of International Day for Biological Diversity, considered a timely opportunity to share innovative ideas and consider new...
FAO’s Asia-Pacific Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases prepares five year plan to be ready for next wave of zoonotic diseases
As the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic continues to claim lives, ruin the health and livelihoods of millions across the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in South Asia at present, a team of veterinary scientists, epidemiologists, sociologists and other One Health experts is beginning a two week session to map out a five year plan on how to predict, prevent and – if necessary – combat the next animal-to-human potential pandemic.  The multi-disciplinary team at FAO’s...
FAO and Lao People’s Democratic Republic move forward with Hand-in-Hand Initiative to accelerate resource partnerships for sustainable agriculture and rural development
The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry has welcomed international support to accelerate the country’s sustainable agriculture and rural development at a virtual workshop organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.   The Minister, Phet Phomphiphak, made the remarks during the Asia-Pacific region’s first inception workshop of FAO’s global Hand-in-Hand Initiative, a country owned and led initiative, coordinated by FAO, and now moving forward in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The workshop served as an opportunity for international partners from...
Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission convenes amid COVID-19’s continued menace to world’s fisheries hub
The 36th Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) has wrapped up the first of its three-day biennial session, convened in its first all-virtual format, amid ongoing uncertainties created within fishery-food supply chains caused by the global pandemic. In opening the Commission Session, the Director-General of the Department of Fisheries of the Royal Thai Government noted that the onset of COVID-19 had placed a tremendous impact on the world's socio-economic situation in...
Afghanistan: La Niña looms large over one-third of Afghan population acutely food insecure today
Joint Press Release by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Programme
30.04.2021 Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghanistan: La Niña looms large over one-third of Afghan population acutely food insecure today
One in three Afghans are acutely food insecure, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. “With doubling of our focus on mitigating adverse effects of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable, we have managed to bring the numbers down from a projected 42 to 35 percent, which is an achievement, however this is still far from our vision...
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