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FAO aid appeal to support Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh
As vulnerable communities brace for cyclones and monsoon season, the need to protect and restore livelihoods and reduce environmental impacts is critical
04.05.2018 Rome
FAO aid appeal to support Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an $8.3 million appeal to support Rohingya refugees and host populations - around 1.2 million people - in Bangladesh, as the onset of the cyclone season and monsoon rains is putting already vulnerable communities at even greater risk. The scale of the refugee crisis – nearly 900,000 refugees, more than double the local population of Cox’s Bazar – has placed significant pressure on...
Upskilling trainers to help tackle youth unemployment
Gaining knowledge and hands on experience in agriculture is crucial for young farmers to create job opportunities. The first of three training workshop for trainers took place at the MAF/Crops Division in Nu’u from April 4 – 5 this week. The workshops combines the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Samoa Federated Farmers Inc. (SFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to address...
Fiji partners with FAO and the European Union to build resilient and food secure communities
The project is part of an initiative supporting countries and regions prone to El Nino’s impacts
18.04.2018 Nadi, Fiji
Fiji partners with FAO and the European Union to build resilient and food secure communities
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Fiji have agreed to collaborate on a project to strengthen the resilience of communities vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate change. The agreement on ‘Strengthening climate resilience of communities for food and nutrition security' was signed on the side lines of last week’s FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, in Nadi by the Fiji...
Production and consumption of brine shrimp (Artemia) in China and the region continues to rise but concerns about overharvesting require action
The brine shrimp Artemia is found in hypersaline habitats such as salt lakes and coastal salt pans worldwide. It is a major live food item and critically important for the nutrition of the larval stages of farmed fish and crustaceans. Moreover, it is an important test organism in a variety of life sciences today. Within the global landscape of Artemia biodiversity, exploitation and use, China is a key player, home to...
Focus on helping field workers cope with the heat
FAO calls for increased labour safety for difficult and dangerous agricultural and forestry jobs
17.04.2018 Rotorua, New Zealand
Focus on helping field workers cope with the heat
FAO has urged governments and the private sector to improve labour safety in agriculture and forestry, sectors whose back-breaking jobs are among the most dangerous. In a bidto reduce health risks and even death, FAO has published two papers mapping ways to improve worker health and safety. Released at the 6th International Forest Engineering Conference in New Zealand, both papers contribute to the quest for decent employment, an important goal...
FAO launches campaign to empower indigenous women in Asia and Pacific
Asia is home to the largest number of indigenous peoples on Earth, with an estimated 260 million of a total of 370 million original inhabitants worldwide, yet Asian indigenous peoples are among the poorest of the poor, often facing denial of rights, discrimination, marginalization and loss of control over their lands and natural resources. Within this context, indigenous women are the most vulnerable facing a “triple discrimination” on the basis of...
Asia-Pacific countries call for accelerated action to end hunger, improve nutrition and tackle the effects of climate change on agriculture
Forty countries in the Asia-Pacific region have united in a call for action to improve nutrition, eradicate all forms of hunger and coordinate approaches to tackle the effects of climate change on the region’s agricultural sectors. The calls for action were made at the close of a five-day FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific in Nadi, Fiji. The 34th FAO Session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) brought together Government Ministers, senior technical officials in...
FAO chief urges Asian and Pacific countries to bring the fight against hunger back on track
Addressing hunger, malnutrition and adapting to climate change are key priorities for the region
12.04.2018 Nadi, Fiji
FAO chief urges Asian and Pacific countries to bring the fight against hunger back on track
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today urged governments in the Asia and Pacific region to sharpen their focus on achieving Zero Hunger, and to do so by reducing rural poverty and adapting the agricultural sectors to climate change. "Countries need to step up their efforts to bring the fight against hunger back on track," Graziano da Silva said at the opening of FAO's Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific in Fiji. While the...
FAO celebrates 40 years of Representation in countries across the Asia-Pacific region – working together to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and poverty
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations today hailed 40 years of close on-the-ground presence and support to ten of its member countries in Asia and the Pacific. Between 1977 and 1979, at the suggestion of FAO, ten countries agreed to host FAO Representation offices in their capitals. The ten were Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam. During a side event at the 34th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia...
Countries of Asia-Pacific warned improvements to food safety and mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture are critical to future food security, rural livelihoods and trade
09/04/2018, Nadi, Fiji – Located in a region with some of the biggest country populations on the planet, and many countries – large and small – increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events and continuing concerns about food safety, the Asia and Pacific region could face a future of food insecurity if action isn’t taken now, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. While the Asia-Pacific region has made remarkable...