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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...
Civil Society Organizations from the Pacific and Asia to participate in UN FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific
Civil society organizations from Asia and the Pacific concluded a two-day meeting today in Nadi, Fiji, where FAO is convening the 34th Regional Conference for Asia Pacific – #APRC34. The CSO consultation aims to concentrate positions among the civil society organizations in anticipation of their contributions to discussions at the APRC – a biennial gathering of some 46 FAO member countries from across the region. While the APRC is a formal...
Effects of climate change on food production, the obesity time bomb, nutrition and safer food in the spotlight at UN FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference (9 – 13 April), Nadi, Fiji
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to convene 34th Session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC-34)
21.03.2018
Editors notes: The main agenda items in this critically important gathering of FAO member countries range from the state of food and agriculture across the Asia and Pacific region, to the rise of obesity in many countries, particularly in Oceania, alongside persistent hunger and the need to improve nutrition by investing in food systems that can deliver solutions. A special focus will be placed on climate change and extreme weather...
Increasing employment opportunities for youth in Samoa
In an effort to curb youth unemployment in Samoa, young farmers in Samoa are equipping themselves with skills that will help them gain employment in agriculture. Workshops were held recently at the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS) training facilities to give young farmers guidance and training in value adding and food processing practices. FAO is working SROS to build the capacity of youth in these areas. The participants took...
FAO farewells long-serving officer
Frank Chopin is retiring after eleven years of service for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Frank joined the Subregional office in Apia in August 2015 as Senior Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer following 8 years in FAO Rome where he was Chief of the Fishing Operations and Technology Service. “Having worked in the private sector and government institutions, I appreciated the value in partnering and the...
Primary school students call in at FAO
A group of students from Sauniatu Primary School visited the FAO office to learn more about the organization and what they do in the region. Accompanied by their teachers year seven and eight students were welcomed by FAO staff at Subregional Office in Apia, Samoa. Assistant FAO Representative, Philip Tuivavalagi gave a brief introduction of the organization before staff began the rest of the programme which included a fun quiz...
Asia-Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics considers improvements to data gathering with emphasis on Pacific Island countries and SDG progress
As the clock ticks towards 2030, the year when the world’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be achieved, countries in the Asia-Pacific region are working to improve their systems of statistic-gathering and analyses for better planning of production in crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry sectors. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), as Secretariat, today opened  the 27th Session of the Asia and Pacific Commission on...
FAO warns that protecting agriculture from extreme weather and climate change must become a priority in Asia and the Pacific
While climate change and extreme weather events are impacting the environment in many ways, agriculture and food production in Asia and the Pacific are among those hardest hit and must be first in line to defend, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.  Droughts, floods and other natural disasters are becoming more frequent in Asia and the Pacific, already the most disaster-prone region in the world. When they strike,...