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FAO and partners encourage social innovation to reduce food loss and waste in China’s biggest city
As countries grow richer and diets change, the variety and quantity of foods consumed rise, and one of the many consequences is an increase in food loss and waste, a forum in China’s largest city has heard.  The one-day event, dedicated to finding ways to stem food loss and waste in Shanghai, was co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Bottle Dream, an organization dedicated...
Urgent action needed to stop the destruction of Asia’s forests and meet the 2030 development agenda
The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, raising fears that one of the world’s key Sustainable Development Goals may not be achieved by the 2030 deadline, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. When the SDGs were formulated and agreed by 193 countries in 2015, forests were explicitly mentioned in order that they be aided through the protection, restoration and promotion of sustainable forests while halting...
Focus on agriculture is key to ensure that Belt and Road initiative promotes sustainable development
FAO Director-General praises China’s support for South-South Cooperation
14.05.2017 Beijing
Focus on agriculture is key to ensure that Belt and Road initiative promotes sustainable development
The Belt and Road initiative linking China and the Eurasia region can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, provided it addresses the needs of millions of farmers and fisher folk in the countries involved, according to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. "Agriculture is a crucial sector. It accounts for more than 25 percent of GDP, as well as for more than 40 percent of employment in many countries involved in the...
Japan is a global model for healthy diets, FAO Director-General says
FAO names prominent Japanese journalist and renowned chef as goodwill ambassadors
11.05.2017 Tokyo
Japan is a global model for healthy diets, FAO Director-General says
Japan has a very unique food culture that can greatly contribute to improvements in global nutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today during his visit to the country. "Japan is a global model for healthy diets," he said. "Japan currently has the lowest rate of obesity among developed countries. You are below four percent." Graziano da Silva noted how Japan has a healthy and "unique" food culture, one that includes...
First-ever regional meeting on food security in the Pacific Islands
Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands was a major theme at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster Forum in Nadi, Fiji that took place from 26 to 28 April. The joint FAO/WFP meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by the FAO and WFP Food...
First-ever regional meeting on food security in the Pacific Islands
Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands was a major theme at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster Forum in Nadi, Fiji that took place from 26 to 28 April. The joint FAO/WFP meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by the FAO and WFP Food...
Fruit and nut trees project flourishes in Niue
One year on, Farmers in Niue see progress in an FAO project to replant fruit and nut trees on the Pacific nation. Launched in March 2016, the two year project entitled – Niue Household Fruit and Nut Trees Integrated Replanting Project – is implemented by FAO and the Government of Niue to increase local fruits production as a means to improve food and nutritional security and increase employment. The project also aims...
FAO welcomes new officer to Samoa
07.05.2017 Apia, Samoa
FAO welcomes new officer to Samoa
The FAO Subregional Office of the Pacific Islands is pleased to welcome Mr Joseph Nyemah Nyemah as Nutrition and Food Systems Officer. A Liberian-Canadian national, Joseph arrives directly from Malawi where he was with the One UN as humanitarian advisor. “In this role, I led inter-cluster coordination for the food security, agriculture, nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), education, protection and health clusters over a $395 million humanitarian response.  Working for...
FAO Food Price Index dips again in April, led by sugar and vegetable oils
Updated forecasts point to weakening trade volumes and robust supply conditions for wheat and maize
05.05.2017 Rome
 FAO Food Price Index dips again in April, led by sugar and vegetable oils
lobal food commodity prices fell in April amid expectations of ongoing robust supplies of many key staples. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 168 points in April, down 1.8 percent from March although remaining 10 percent higher than a year earlier. The Sugar Price Index led the decline, dropping 9.1 percent on the month as large export supplies from Brazil met with continued weak global import demand. The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index fell 3.9...
Communities committed to forest eco-system conservation on Savaii, Samoa
Eight communities on the island of Savai’i in Samoa have decided to continue forest conservation and have agreed to five year management plans (2017-2022) for three Community Conservation Areas. The areas cover and protect a total area of 14700 ha of native forests and include water catchment areas, wetlands, lava flow areas and important lowland forests. In March 2017 the village leaders formally agreed and signed a memorandum of understanding with...
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