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Appointment of new UN FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, has appointed Jong-Jin Kim as Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, effective 1 July 2020.  Mr Kim, a national of the Republic of Korea, has a long and distinguished career in public service. He joined FAO in 2013 as Director of South-South Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Division (TCS) and immediately prior...
Traditional bamboo cultivation system in the Republic of Korea earns place on global agricultural heritage sites list
Damyang Bamboo Field Agriculture System won recognition for its unique multilayered bamboo forestry with agricultural biodiversity and landscape preservation
26.06.2020 Rome
Traditional bamboo cultivation system in the Republic of Korea earns place on global agricultural heritage sites list
The Republic of Korea's traditional bamboo-based farming system in Damyang has been recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS), a designation managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is the fifth time a site from the Republic of Korea has won the GIAHS recognition.  Based on traditional agroecological practices, the site is an impressive example of sustainable agriculture approach linking nature and traditional farming practices while respecting the...
Southeast Asian nations examine the state of food systems to ensure recovery and resilience in a post-COVID-19 era
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great disruptions to the agricultural economies of Southeast Asia, and severely impacted countless livelihoods of the more than 600 million people living in the ten countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Sectors of the economy focused on food and agriculture have taken the brunt of much of the impact. Health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are likely...
FAO calls for more innovative policies in Asia-Pacific to ensure food security and nutrition in the wake of COVID-19
The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 requires a greater coordinated response on many policy levels, but particularly to ensure food security and nutrition for billions of people in the vast Asia-Pacific region, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported today. FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has just published a series of regional policy briefs that analyse the impact COVID-19 is having on present food...
New agreement to protect vulnerable family farmers and their farm animals from volcanic eruptions takes shape in the Asia-Pacific region
While increasingly unpredictable, and seasonal, climate-related disasters continue to cause massive hardships for farmers and their animals in Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most disaster-prone region, volcanic eruptions can cause catastrophe. In particular, during the last two centuries, volcanic eruptions in rural areas of Indonesia and Philippines have resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of human lives, and untold numbers of farm animals. One eruption in the early...
Towards innovative, conflict-sensitive and human rights-based approaches to forest monitoring
With the support of Finland, a national-scale forest inventory will be implemented in Myanmar, including in areas with security and conflict issues
16.06.2020 Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Towards innovative, conflict-sensitive and human rights-based approaches to forest monitoring
The Governments of Myanmar and Finland today launched a trailblazing project designed to allow for monitoring of forests in a manner that is sensitive to local conflicts and protects human rights. The five-year project will be led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) thanks to a EUR 8 million endowment from the Government of Finland, a consistent partner in the promotion of environmental sustainability. The project is...
Emerging data suggest COVID-19 is driving up hunger in vulnerable countries
Urgent action required to stem crises, FAO Director-General tells UN High-Level meeting
09.06.2020 Rome/New York
Emerging data suggest COVID-19 is driving up hunger in vulnerable countries
Initial and ongoing assessments by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provide strong indications that the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts are driving up hunger in countries that were already experiencing high levels of food insecurity prior to the disease's outbreak. "The COVID-19 pandemic poses a clear and present danger to food security and nutrition, especially to the world's most vulnerable communities" FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today at...
Food safety practices in Asia-Pacific get a boost from an unlikely source – COVID-19
While the global pandemic brought on by the spread of COVID-19 has heightened awareness about the need for personal hygiene, such as frequent hand washing, to avoid transmitting the virus, it has also reminded everyone that similar good hygiene practices are always needed in the preparation and handling of food, a joint webinar on food safety heard today. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has urged countries...
FAO warns multiple impact of viruses, plagues and economic damage will fuel hunger in Asia and the Pacific
While the world fights to slow the spread of COVID-19, the worst pandemic experienced in a century, countries in South Asia are simultaneously responding to plagues of locusts, cyclones and a deadly livestock disease, all of which threaten to worsen hunger and the livelihoods of millions of people, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned today. Swarms of Desert Locust, which originated in Africa, have moved swiftly...
Staying on top of African Swine Fever in Asia-Pacific – despite a human pandemic
In addition to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, with its devastating impact on the agriculture and agrifood sectors, African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to spread and threaten the livelihoods, food security and nutritional status of vulnerable groups in Asia and the Pacific region. In response to this continuing ASF threat, the Emergency Centre of Animal Disease (ECTAD) at FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is launching its first...
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