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FAO teams up with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Rome, Tsukuba, Japan - FAO will bolster the scale and scope of its geospatial monitoring toolkit thanks to collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that will expand the capacity of FAO's accessible platforms for forestry and land-use assessments. A three-year agreement signed today will enhance the access of FAO member states and other users to JAXA data sets and more "ground-truthing" evidence through FAO's forest monitoring platforms. "As deforestation and...
FAO helps tackle urbanization impacts in Solomon Islands
The global trend of urbanization is also happening in the Solomon Islands.  According to some sources, cities and towns such as Honiara, Auki, Gizo and Noro now host two-thirds of all urban Solomon Islanders. Rapid and unplanned urban sprawling in the surrounding rural areas is commonly depleting natural resources, including arable land, and eroding biodiversity, thereby contributing to the unsustainability of current urbanization trend, and increasing the vulnerability to shocks. To raise...
Vanuatu technicians learn about farmer field schools
Twenty-two technicians from the various government ministries, UN agencies and other organizations attended an awareness workshop, which introduced the Farm Field Schools School (FFS) approach. The FFS approach is an innovative, participatory and interactive learning approach that emphasizes problem solving and discovery based learning. FFS aims to build farmers’ capacity to analyse their production systems, identify problems, test possible solutions, and eventually encourage the participants to adopt the practices most suitable...
Strengthening Fiji’s capacity to prepare for droughts
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) led a provincial Drought Early Action Formulation Workshop in Sigatoka in late October 2019. The workshop gathered national institutions, development partners as well as farmers and community representatives to formulate and endorse Early Actions for the crop, livestock, aquaculture and Forestry Sectors as well as other agriculture-related livelihoods. The workshop was supported by the Pro-Resilient Fiji project which is funded...
Forests as Climate Solutions in the Asia-Pacific Region through Nationally Determined Contributions
The role of forests in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of Asia-Pacific countries is key, especially in areas of afforestation, forest fire management, reduced deforestation, biodiversity management and improved forest management. Currently, 22 out of 25 countries in the region include forestry in their adaptation commitments. The implications of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) commitments in the forest sector, were addressed at the side-event “Forestry in NDCs in the context of Asia-Pacific Countries:...
European Union provides €82 million for an FAO-led initiative targeting rural communities in Papua New Guinea
Project focuses on sustainable economic development and job creation, particularly for women and youth
19.12.2019
European Union provides €82 million for an FAO-led initiative targeting rural communities in Papua New Guinea
16 December 2019, Port Moresby - FAO welcomed the European Union's support for a development project in Papua New Guinea that aims to support and strengthen sustainable agricultural chains with emphasis on assuring that rural women and youth are to benefit the most. The five-year €82 million initiative will be implemented as a United Nations Joint programme in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea. The External Action for Support to Rural Entrepreneurship,...
FAO and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences strengthen efforts to build sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture
Partnership will promote technology and build capacity through South-South Cooperation
18.12.2019
FAO and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences strengthen efforts to build sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture
FAO and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences strengthen efforts to build sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture Partnership will promote technology and build capacity through South-South Cooperation     16 December 2019, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS) today agreed to strengthen cooperation and build the capacity and sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries. The partnership will advance the transfer of technology and capacity development...
South-South and Triangular Cooperation: a "game changer" for world's most vulnerable, says FAO Director-General
Partnerships are working at both institutional and grass-roots levels
12.12.2019 Madrid
South-South and Triangular Cooperation: a "game changer" for world
Innovative partnerships, investment and technical exchange through South-South and Triangular Cooperation are critical for countries especially in the global South to address climate change and achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. This was the message from FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, when he spoke to the High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation at the 25th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP25) in Madrid on Wednesday. "Climate change is compromising agricultural production, especially for...
Three million undernourished people in Asia-Pacific need to be lifted out of hunger every single month until the end of 2030 to achieve Sustainable Development Goal
UN agencies warn on the state of malnutrition across the world’s hungriest region and call for nutrition to be placed at the heart of social protection programmes
10.12.2019 Bangkok, Thailand
Three million undernourished people in Asia-Pacific need to be lifted out of hunger every single month until the end of 2030 to achieve Sustainable Development Goal
Three million undernourished people in Asia and the Pacific must be lifted out of hunger each month from now on, if the region is to meet the SDG 2 Zero Hunger goal by the end of 2030, says a new report released today by four United Nations agencies. With nearly half-a-billion of the world’s undernourished people living in Asia-Pacific – and with the 2030 deadline for Zero Hunger just a decade...
Thailand and UN’s FAO collaborate to stop soil erosion to ensure future food security
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Royal Thai Government today reaffirmed their close partnership to prevent the global acceleration of soil erosion, which threatens food security worldwide.  Soil erosion is major threat to global agriculture and food production. If action isn’t taken to stop the present rate of soil erosion, more than 90 percent of the world’s soil could be degraded by 2050. Soil erosion refers to the removal of...
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