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Signs of the times: Early warnings translate to early actions
Increasing scientific evidence over the past two decades indicate that the global climate is changing. As a result of a climatic shift, humanitarian actors and donors are facing new challenges to respond in a timely and effective way. Expanding needs, competing priorities and scarce resources globally mean that new tools are needed to ensure smart, effective investments to help attenuate the impact of disasters before they occur. One tool that is...
FAO supports farmers to reduce post-harvest loss
FAO is supporting Samoan farmers to consistently market top quality produce through a project targeted at the community, private sector and institutions. In December 2016, FAO conducted a survey of pineapple and bread fruit producers in Samoa to understand postharvest handling practices in terms of harvesting, packaging, transport and product quality. The survey was led by Prof Steven Underhill from the University of Queensland, Australia. The survey is a continuation of prior...
On International Day of Forests, Asian youth learn that forests can offer a good renewable source of energy for their future if managed sustainably
With the largest land mass on earth, forests in the Asia-Pacific region hold great potential for both climate change mitigation and contain, within them, a means to displace non-renewable fossil fuels as a future energy source, an FAO-co-sponsored student debate heard today. The theme of this year’s International Year of Forests is ‘Forests and Energy’ and students from six high schools and two post-secondary institutions in Bangkok debated the pros and...
Protecting the brand, empowering the rural producer – a win-win thanks to the Geographical Indications system in Asia
From India’s Darjeeling tea to Cambodia’s Kampot Pepper and Thailand’s famous silks, coffees and rice, defending these geographically well-known products is more important than ever, a meeting of regional stakeholders in Bangkok has heard. While big brand names in the corporate and retail world spend billions of dollars defending their brand identities, insisting that local authorities clamp down on so-called ‘knock off’ replicas, countries and communities in Asia-Pacific are increasingly interested...
Reinforcing control efforts amid outbreak of avian influenza in China
Surveillance, laboratory testing, clean markets are all part of effort to contain changing H7N9 virus
17.03.2017 Rome/Paris
Reinforcing control efforts amid outbreak of avian influenza in China
A resurgent outbreak of a new strain of avian influenza that can be lethal for humans underscores the need for robust and rapid detection and response systems at animal source. This would reduce the risk associated with virus spread and impacts on public health, according to Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organisation for Animal Health Human cases of the H7N9 virus, first detected in China four years ago, have suddenly...
FAO supports Indonesia’s efforts to achieve food security
During her visit to Indonesia, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Kundhavi Kadiresan, met today with Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture, Amran Sulaiman, in order to exchange views on the growing collaboration between FAO and the Government of Indonesia. Kadiresan learned about Indonesia’s efforts in reaching rice self-sufficiency in 2016 through the national UPSUS Program and extended FAO’s appreciation for those efforts.  “FAO appreciates Indonesia’s achievements with respect...
Call for input on the Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States
FAO is seeking stakeholder input on the draft Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States. Who should participate?              All stakeholders, including national governments, private sector, civil society, academia, the scientific community, local authorities, international organizations, donors and development partners.  What is needed?                             Your input on the Draft Global Action Programme (The final version will be presented at the FAO Conference: 3-8 July...
Promoting pineapple potential in Vanuatu
Those pineapples that still seem exotic on a super market shelf anywhere beyond the equator, are not just gorgeous to look at and luscious to eat or drink but this seemingly omnipresent tropical produce requires a careful and lengthy process of cultivation.   In the Pacific island of Vanuatu, where pineapple production on a large commercial scale is still being developed, local family and commercial pineapple farms are being helped...
Improving links between farmers and markets in Samoa
Farming communities in Samoa benefit from sustainably producing nutritious and healthy crops in the island’s lowland areas. But what happens with the produce after harvesting?  A study was conducted recently by FAO which profiled the farmers’ current production and marketing activities aiming at increasing their income. FAO, through its Forest and Protected Area Management (FPAM) project, has been working, with the Government of Samoa in establishing of three Community Conservation...
FAO welcomes officer to Samoa
22.02.2017 Apia, Samoa
FAO welcomes officer to Samoa
Madankumar Janakiraman joins the team at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Subregional office in Samoa. Madankumar will be based in Apia as Programme Officer for the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Through its strategic investments, GEF works with partners globally to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental issues.  GEF 's funding also helps reduce poverty, strengthen governance and achieve greater equality between women and men.   An Indian...
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