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Staying on top of African Swine Fever in Asia-Pacific – despite a human pandemic
In addition to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, with its devastating impact on the agriculture and agrifood sectors, African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to spread and threaten the livelihoods, food security and nutritional status of vulnerable groups in Asia and the Pacific region. In response to this continuing ASF threat, the Emergency Centre of Animal Disease (ECTAD) at FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is launching its first...
Helping build local resilience to climate change
Residents of Manono and Apolima islands in Samoa recently received assistance from a visiting technical team comprised of staff from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) and the FAO. Like other parts of the Pacific, Manono and Apolima Island are both vulnerable to climate hazards such as cyclones and sea level rise. An FAO project funded by the Government of Italy has involved trainings and demonstrations to communities to build...
COVID-19’s long shadow darkens the future of Southeast Asia’s food security
As COVID-19 continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Southeast Asia, additional concerns are being raised about the longer term health of the sub-region’s food systems – a complex matrix involving farmers, fishers, labourers, drivers, cold storage, food processors, retailers, and consumers. From small village markets to the large grocery store chains in densely populated cities like Bangkok, Manila, and Jakarta, food appears plentiful enough and...
Kiribati fisherman and government reps talk national FAD program
Fishermen associations and interested fishermen gathered at the village of Banraeaba, Tarawa in Kiribati to participate in a one-day workshop to learn about the FAO Japan project to support artisanal fisheries. The workshop, hosted by the Coastal Fisheries Division under the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development, closely followed a regional work shop held in Fiji explaining the aims and outputs of a fish aggregating device (FAD) program. The workshop...
FAO steps up efforts to revive livelihoods and food security in Pakistan’s Sindh Province amid COVID-19 outbreak
The livelihoods of millions of family farmers in Pakistan have been affected by a series of natural hazards in the last 14 months and now stand to be devastated by the spread of COVID-19, but action is underway to help them, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today. In rural parts of Sindh province of Pakistan livestock are an integral part of poor people’s livelihoods, contributing...
FAO Thailand issues food-related coronavirus prevention guidelines to consumers, policy makers and local authorities
ข้อความหลักจากองค์การอาหารและเกษตรแห่งสหประชาชาติ (FAO) เกี่ยวกับประเด็นความมั่นคงและความปลอดภัยทางอาหาร สำหรับประชาชนทั่วไป เจ้าหน้าที่ระดับท้องถิ่น และผู้กำหนดนโยบายของรัฐในช่วงที่มีการระบาดของโควิด-19
20.04.2020 Bangkok, Thailand
FAO Thailand issues food-related coronavirus prevention guidelines to consumers, policy makers and local authorities
Key messages on food security and food safety for residents, policy makers and local authorities of Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) General public: สำหรับประชาชนทั่วไป There is no need to hoard or excessively stockpile foods at home. Thailand is, at its heart and in its culture, an agricultural country and COVID-19 has not directly affected food production. ไม่ควรกักตุนอาหารและเครื่องอุปโภคบริโภคเกินความจำเป็น เนื่องจากประเทศไทยเป็นประเทศเกษตรกรรมที่มีกำลังการผลิตอาหารเพียงพอต่อความต้องการของผู้บริโภคภายในประเทศ อีกทั้งโควิด-19 ไม่ได้ส่งผลกระทบโดยตรงต่อการผลิตอาหาร Shop sensibly –...
Joint statement on nutrition in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic  in Asia and the Pacific
Governments and partners across the Asia-Pacific region are acting to protect citizens from Coronavirus disease –2019 (COVID-19). These crucial efforts will save many lives. However, measures needed to slow the transmission of the disease are resulting in hardship for many vulnerable families. In particular, COVID-19 pandemic is having worrying impacts on household incomes, food supply chains, health services and schools. The Asia United Nations Network on Nutrition, comprising FAO, WFP, WHO...
UN funds emergency relief in response to Pacific Islands Category 5 tropical cyclone
This statement was issued by UN CERF – Central Emergency Response Fund
13.04.2020 New York
UN funds emergency relief in response to Pacific Islands Category 5 tropical cyclone
UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock today announced the release of US$2.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to get lifesaving aid to thousands of people affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific Ocean. Tropical Cyclone Harold made landfall in Vanuatu on 6 April on the island of Espiritu Santo, before hitting the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga. Initial assessments suggest as much as...
Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences joins forces with FAO to support sustainable agriculture and rural economies
Supporting smallholder farmers through technological innovation
07.04.2020 Rome/Nanjing
Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences joins forces with FAO to support sustainable agriculture and rural economies
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS) have signed a partnership agreement which foresees joint efforts to support smallholder farmers through technological innovation.   The collaboration will focus on developing sustainable, resilient and efficient food systems across urban and rural areas, and sharing knowledge and technologies with developing countries through FAO's South-South and triangular cooperation framework.    "The Jiangsu Academy of...
Major FAO-led, EU-funded project in Papua New Guinea gets down to work
Work is getting underway in Papua New Guinea this month in FAO’s biggest European Union-funded, single country, UN multi-partner project worldwide. The EURO 82 million (USD 89 million) FAO-led project “External Action for Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade in Papua New Guinea” (STREIT PNG) will support and strengthen sustainable agricultural chains with emphasis on benefitting rural women and youth in Papua New Guinea. “FAO’s headquarters, and indeed the FAO Asia-Pacific...