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Sri Lanka’s food production hit by extreme drought followed by floods
Rice production to drop by nearly 40 percent in 2017 - assisting farmers is critical to halt growing food insecurity
22.06.2017 Rome, Italy
Sri Lanka’s food production hit by extreme drought followed by floods
A severe drought followed by heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka has hit large swaths of cropping areas, threatening the food security of some 900,000 people, according to a report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). According to the joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission, drought conditions in 2016 and early 2017 led to widespread crop...
Farming rice and fish together is helping to reduce rural poverty in Asia-Pacific
Rice is a major food commodity and staple food for many, and adding fish to flooded rice paddies has been a farming tradition practiced in some Asian countries for many centuries. With the adoption of innovative technologies and a wider choice of fish species and rice varieties, the rice-fish farming system can play a significant role in poverty reduction and improving food and nutrition security. A prime example of this successful...
BRICS countries well placed to take a leadership role in helping eradicate global hunger and poverty by 2030
With the clock ticking toward the 2030 deadline for meeting the international goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, Ministries of Agriculture in five of the world’s most important emerging economies are well positioned to take a leading role in helping to achieve these objectives, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said today. The five countries, known collectively as the “BRICS” (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), form an important economic...
UN’s FAO promotes advancements of innovative agro-aquaculture systems to enhance blue growth in Asia-Pacific
The Asia-Pacific region is witnessing considerable advancements on innovative approaches that combine agriculture and aquaculture leading to improved livelihoods for smallholders, according to senior officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  While the practice of adding fish to flooded rice paddies was established hundreds of years ago in China, and is now recognized as one of the country’s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, the approach is...
Long road leads fisheries consultant back to Samoa
FAO reviews community based fisheries management in villages
05.06.2017 Apia, Samoa
Long road leads fisheries consultant back to Samoa
Fisheries consultant Mike King revisits Samoa to review a project he headed in 1995 to improve fisheries management in villages. Samoa’s community-based fisheries management programme was introduced in 1995. The programme was implemented to address declining marine resources which raised concerns and the need for a new approach to coastal fisheries management. It built on the strengths of the communities working through the village councils as the primary leaders of...
Putting the pressure on critical food and nutrition challenges in Samoa and other Pacific Islands
Why are people in Samoa and other Pacific Island countries eating more fats, sugars and salty food than ever before? This and other questions related to the alarming growth of obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is just one of the many challenges facing governments in Samoa and other Pacific Islands such as Fiji and Tonga. Other critical challenges facing Pacific Island countries including technical assistance strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate...
Fiji Biodiversity Education Kit for primary school students launched
The Education Resource Kit on Biodiversity Conservation has been officially launched in Fiji. The kit is an education resource to support the primary school curriculum for elementary science for years three to six corresponding to ages eight to eleven. This toolkit was initiated and funded by FAO’s “Forest and Protected Area Management” project in Fiji and is a product of a cooperation between the Ministry for Education, the Department of Forest...
Video: Conserving and Managing our Forests: Bay Homo Community Conservation Area, South Pentecost, Vanuatu
Forests in the South Pacific have a crucial role in the survival of the island peoples. They can be compared to a supermarket located on the doorstep of a house, stocked with construction material, energy, food and medicines. They provide shelter, clean drinking water and have important cultural significance in the daily life of the indigenous peoples. Conserving and managing these forests sustainably is at the heart of the island...
Video: Sustainable establishment and management of Mahogany woodlots on Niue Island
Over the years, rapid and unregulated clearance of forestland for farming, mainly subsistence farming has impacted greatly on the area and quality of forests. The Government of Niue through the Ministry of Agriculture, planned to convert currently abandoned ex-forestry plantations back to natural and productive forests under the concept of ‘demonstration forests’ where production and conservation efforts are balanced and the resources are continually managed. This audiovisual manual has been produced...
Hold the cookies, but bring on the milk for Asia-Pacific’s young and old alike
Region’s rapidly aging population needs to increase calcium intake to prevent bone loss and fractures
31.05.2017 Bangkok, Thailand
Hold the cookies, but bring on the milk for Asia-Pacific’s young and old alike
On World Milk Day (1st June), FAO is highlighting the nutritional benefits of milk, for both young and old in the Asia-Pacific region, and the importance of dairy production to the livelihoods of millions of small holder dairy farmers, across the region.    Milk is an excellent source of energy, fats, high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals critical for growth and development in children. In Thailand, a Mahidol University study of school...
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