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Major FAO-led, EU-funded project in Papua New Guinea gets down to work
Work is getting underway in Papua New Guinea this month in FAO’s biggest European Union-funded, single country, UN multi-partner project worldwide. The EURO 82 million (USD 89 million) FAO-led project “External Action for Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade in Papua New Guinea” (STREIT PNG) will support and strengthen sustainable agricultural chains with emphasis on benefitting rural women and youth in Papua New Guinea. “FAO’s headquarters, and indeed the FAO Asia-Pacific...
Mitigating impacts of COVID-19 on food trade and markets
Joint Statement by QU Dongyu, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Roberto Azevedo, Directors-General of FAO, WHO and WTO
31.03.2020 Rome/Geneva
Mitigating impacts of COVID-19 on food trade and markets
Millions of people around the world depend on international trade for their food security and livelihoods. As countries move to enact measures aiming to halt the accelerating COVID-19 pandemic, care must be taken to minimise potential impacts on the food supply or unintended consequences on global trade and food security. When acting to protect the health and well-being of their citizens, countries should ensure that any trade-related measures do not...
Secretary IT and FAO Representative Virtually Sign an MoU
Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddique, Secretary IT & Telecommunication and Ms. Minà Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative virtually signed a memorandum of understanding while sitting in Pakistan and Rome, Italy respectively. The arrangement was adopted to thwart any delay imposed by worldwide social distancing in the wake of COVID-19.  Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddique said that agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy as it contributes around 20 percent in the overall...
FAO donates medical supplies to China to combat COVID-19
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has donated critical medical supplies to the Chinese government to support its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, two batches of supplies were sent from Beijing and Shanghai to Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak in Hubei Province – on 12 and 13 March. As of 12 March, in Hubei Province, there were still more than 13,000 confirmed cases...
Research and agricultural innovation in Lao People’s Democratic Republic benefiting smallholders
While Lao PDR is a comparatively small country in Asia it has an impressive track record in agricultural research and recent organic innovation. At the Lao PDR Rice Research Center, just under an hour’s drive from the capital, a team of researchers in white coats and hair nets, inspect samples of many different rice varieties. In fact, the RRC has identified more than 14,000 varieties of rice in Lao PDR –...
Keeping Samoa safe from African Swine Fever
African swine fever (ASF) is a contagious viral disease that affects pigs and wild boars with a near 100 percent fatality rate. ASF is not transmissible to humans hence; it is not a direct human health concern. However, this alarming disease has economically impacted Asia with millions of pigs culled in China and Vietnam in an effort to control the disease. The threat of ASF reaching the Pacific is real despite...
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu visits Thailand – with a matchmaking proposal
During his first visit to Southeast Asia since taking  office, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, visited Thailand carrying proposals for partnerships and offers to jointly support the country as a regional hub for innovation and food systems transformation. The Director-General had a warm and fruitful discussion  with Thai Prime Minister, H.E. Prayuth Chan-O-Cha.,  He thanked the Prime Minister and people of...
Toward more sustainable livestock investment: Bangkok workshop introduces new toolkit
‘Highly relevant’ was the resounding feedback from the more than 50 senior decision-makers from 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific attending a livestock capacity development workshop in Bangkok in late November. The workshop introduced senior ministry staff to two tools – the Livestock Sector Investment and Policy Toolkit (LSIPT) and the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment tool (GLEAM-i) – that can improve livestock policies, master plans and investments in line with...
Asia-Pacific region needs better data to assure SDG progress in agriculture and food security systems – UN FAO
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today called for an acceleration in improvements to agriclturural data gathering and monitoring to ensure the targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals are accurately reported in the world’s biggest region – Asia and the Pacific.  As the clock ticks towards 2030, the year when the world’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be achieved, countries are working to improve their systems...
UN food agencies offer support to China amid coronavirus outbreak
Heads of FAO, IFAD and WFP send joint letter to Chinese president
05.02.2020 Rome
UN food agencies offer support to China amid coronavirus outbreak
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have jointly expressed solidarity with China and offered support to the country as it battles the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.In a joint letter to President Xi Jinping, the heads of the three agencies - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu, President of IFAD Gilbert Houngbo, and WFP Executive Director...
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