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Vanuatu to host first Pacific Week of Agriculture
Vanuatu is expecting up to 200 delegates once the country hosts the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) from 16 to 20 October 2017. The figure has been revealed by organizers in Port Vila who are optimistic PWA, which will combine for the first time, two key regional agriculture meetings – the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting organized by the Pacific Community or SPC, and the Ministers of Agriculture...
Asia-Pacific action plan to promote urban forests’ role in achieving the world’s Sustainable Development Goals
Urbanforests — the trees and woodlands in urban areas — are key to making Asia-Pacific cities greener, healthier, happier and more resilient to climate change, an FAO co-sponsored regional meeting heard today. The contributions that urban forests across the Asia-Pacific region are making towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is high on the agenda of the Second Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting (APUFM) co-convened by FAO, in Seoul, Republic of Korea....
Improved access to agricultural biotechnologies needed to help defeat hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the Asia-Pacific region
Smallholder farmers in the world’s hungriest and most populous region need greater access to  biotechnologies to improve food and nutrition security and fight poverty, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said today. While the safe agricultural uses of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continue to monopolize the debate, FAO is urging countries in Asia and the Pacific to adopt a more holistic approach and consider the wider range of low- to high-tech...
Global cereal output heading for a new record, lifting consumption and stocks
FAO Food Price Index dips 1.3 percent in August, led lower by wheat and coarse grains
07.09.2017 Rome
Global cereal output heading for a new record, lifting consumption and stocks
Global food prices dipped in August, mainly as the prospect of bumper cereal harvests pushed up expectations for larger grain inventories. The FAO Food Price Index declined 1.3 percent from July, averaging 176.6 points in August.  The drop was largely driven by a 5.4 percent decline in the FAO Cereal Price Index, reflecting a sharp fall in wheat prices as the outlook for production in the Black Sea region improved.  FAO raised its forecast for...
Counting down to 2030 – Asia-Pacific countries encounter obstacles, data and knowledge gaps as they attempt to monitor progress toward achieving the 17 SDGs
While the world’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals are clear in their targets, accurately measuring progress to reach them is proving to be more of a challenge, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said today.  An FAO survey in the Asia-Pacific region found considerable gaps in progress toward implementing internationally accepted norms in data gathering and statistical analysis. A questionnaire circulated to officials in more than 20 countries across the region found...
Palau hosts subregional meeting on the FAO Port State Measures Agreement to fight illicit fishing
The Palau capital plays host this week to the first subregional meeting in the pacific on the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.  The workshop has been jointly organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Tourism and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The world’s first treaty designed to combat illegal fishing went into effect almost...
Palau hosts subregional meeting on the FAO Port State Measures Agreement to fight illicit fishing
The Palau capital plays host this week to the first subregional meeting in the pacific on the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.  The workshop has been jointly organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Tourism and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The world’s first treaty designed to combat illegal fishing went into effect almost...
Agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies faces challenges due to climate change, with uncertainty greatest for equatorial nations
FAO calls on APEC economies to take a leading role in adaptation and mitigation
25.08.2017 Can Tho, Viet Nam
Agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies faces challenges due to climate change, with uncertainty greatest for equatorial nations
Global warming is expected to have a significant impact on future yields of everything from rice to fish, particularly in countries situated closer to the equator, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned today. Geographically, the negative impact of climate change on agricultural output could result in lower yields of rice, wheat, corn and soybeans in countries with tropical climates, compared with the impacts experienced by those...
Boerma Award celebrated in Samoa
17.08.2017 Apia, Samoa
Boerma Award celebrated in Samoa
FAO Subregional Office in Samoa celebrated the achievement of the editor of the Samoa Observer Newspaper, Mr Mata’afa Keni Lesa, in receiving the FAO A.H Boerma award. This is the first that the prestigious award was given to a journalist from the Pacific region. Mr Lesa traveled to Rome to receive the award from the Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva at a special ceremony held during the annual FAO...
Fisheries in Samoa receive boost
17.08.2017 Apia, Samoa
Fisheries in Samoa receive boost
The development of the Fisheries sector in Samoa received a boost with the launching of four major initiatives. Speaking at the launch which took place in July, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr Leuatea Schmidt highlighted the challenges that face the industry. “The challenges include increasing monitoring in an effort to reduce uncontrolled fishing on the high seas and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing operations that have an impact on...