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New FAO report highlights the role of soil organisms in ensuring sustainable agri-food systems and mitigating climate change
Soil organisms play a crucial role in boosting food production, enhancing nutritious diets, preserving human health, remediating pollution and combating climate change, but their contribution remains largely underestimated, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said today in its report on "The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity". The report was launched on the occasion of World Soil Day, marked on 5 December.  Despite the fact that biodiversity loss is...
Re-establishing fishing in Tuvalu after TC Tino and the impacts of COVID-19
Following the devastation of Cyclone Tino in January and a slowed economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FAO is supporting Tuvalu in rebuilding and sustaining its fisheries programme and providing economic opportunities for fishers. From January 16-19, 2020, Cyclone Tino brought heavy rains and winds that caused catastrophic damage that impacted Tuvalu’s food and fish production systems. Tuvalu’s Government requested FAO to provide technical assistance to rehabilitate fisheries in the aftermath...
Discussions to move FishFAD project forward in programs in Vanuatu
The Vanuatu Fisheries Department (VFD) hosted a programme retreat from September 28-October 2, 2020 on the island of Espiritu Santo at Turtle Bay Lodge. The 40 participants included VFD directors, managers and senior staff; provincial fisheries development officers (FDOs); representatives from the Pacific Pathways and FishFAD projects; stakeholders from the Sanma Secretary General and East Santo Area Council; and village chiefs and fishers. This meeting followed the FishFAD project’s virtual regional...
Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific meets to develop work plan
The 80th Executive Committee meeting of the FAO Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific (APHCA) was held today in the Thai capital Bangkok. Due to the COVID-19 situation the meeting was held virtually with the participation of the Executive Committee members from Australia (chair), India, Iran, Malaysia and Philippines. The establishment of the Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific within the framework of the...
FAO project supports FAD programme in Palau
FAO supports recent efforts in Palau to ensure the nation has a strong and sustainable fish aggregating device (FAD) programme. Through the FishFAD project these efforts build on Palau’s longstanding experience in FAD deployments and training in FAD fishing, which were often led by master fishermen with the Pacific Community Nearshore Fisheries Development Section. Over time, the programme has contracted with other organizations and projects, such as FishFAD, to assist...
Experts highlight the importance of applying digital solutions and big data to drive agriculture and empower smallholders in a post COVID-19 world
Innovative digital technologies will drive agricultural outputs, fuel improvements to food quality and safety, and reach new heights of profitability in the foreseeable future, according to experts speaking at a joint UN forum in Asia and the Pacific on digital agricultural solutions. The experts, gathered from around the world, have shared experiences on technologies that are driving agriculture innovations during the Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum 2020, a bi-annual event for Asia...
In Papua New Guinea, partnerships with local private sector promote more inclusive and sustainable cocoa production
The European Union, FAO and Paradise Foods Ltd aim to improve opportunities for smallholder farmers in the cocoa sector
26.11.2020 Port Moresby/Rome
In Papua New Guinea, partnerships with local private sector promote more inclusive and sustainable cocoa production
As part of efforts to support smallholder farmers and create more inclusive agri-food value chains in Papua New Guinea, FAO implementing the  European Union co-funded STREIT programme, has engaged the local private sector, partnering with Paradise Foods Ltd., the country's oldest national food manufacturing company.The new Memorandum of Understanding agreement signed today aims to promote more inclusive and sustainable cocoa production value chains and create income generation opportunities for smallholder...
Communicating food safety in the era of COVID-19 – earning consumer trust
Misinformation about the impact the coronavirus is having on the safety of food in the Asia-Pacific region has led to confusion and concern among consumers, and it’s time to set the record straight, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today. The spread of COVID-19 has affected supply chains and international trade across the region. But concerns among food safety stakeholders and consumers that COVID-19 might be...
FAO honored by minting of special coin in India
Director-General thanks Prime Minister for country’s support and the gesture of minting a commemorative 75-rupee coin on the occasion of FAO’s 75th birthday and World Food Day 2020
18.10.2020 Rome
FAO honored by minting of special coin in India
India has minted a commemorative coin to celebrate World Food Day and the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the gesture and for the country's support. "We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with India as we work together toward achieving the SDGs by 2030," the Director-General expressed on Twitter. Prime Minister Modi presented the new coin, with a...
On World Food Day, Asia-Pacific countries consider bold plan to recover from COVID-19 and eradicate hunger
Response and recovery need innovation and collaboration to ensure sustainable food security and agricultural livelihoods
16.10.2020 Bangkok
On World Food Day, Asia-Pacific countries consider bold plan to recover from COVID-19 and eradicate hunger
Every year, FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific celebrates the importance of World Food Day. This year, given the COVID-19 global pandemic and the disruptions it has caused to livelihoods and food security, our celebrations are muted, yet within this context, today’s World Food Day itself has become more important than ever. While the spread of the coronavirus has seriously disrupted food security and livelihoods for millions of people...