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High-tech marine research vessel arrives in Asia’s Andaman Sea to improve knowledge on marine biodiversity and ecosystems – UNFAO
A Norwegian research vessel, working for the EAF-Nansen Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has made a port call in Thailand as part of a regional survey of marine resources, ecosystems and environment in the Bay of Bengal. The port call marks the beginning of the final leg of nearly nine months of marine ecosystem research that began off the coast of East Africa in...
Supporting family farmers is key for providing healthier diets, preserving the environment and creating rural prosperity
The UN Decade of Family Farming will assist achievement of the SDGs, says FAO Director-General
27.09.2018 New York
Supporting family farmers is key for providing healthier diets, preserving the environment and creating rural prosperity
Over the next 10 years the United Nations Decade of Family Farming will help focus efforts around the world to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, lift rural people - many of whom are women - out of poverty, and safeguard natural resources, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said today. Speaking at an event on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly, Graziano da Silva noted how the full potential of family...
Strengthening Solomon Islands’ microbiological food testing capacity
Solomon Islands is developing its microbiological testing capacity of the National Public Health Laboratory for fish exports, and local food and water through a three year capacity building project, which is funded by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) of the World Trade Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).   The National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) in Honiara, Solomon Islands is implementing the project...
Aquaculture projects up and running in Micronesia
FAO is funding two projects to assist five Micronesian countries to further develop and sustain aquaculture activities, through an improved aquaculture business investment planning approach. The projects have been developed for the Republic of Palau, Republic of Nauru, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia (MASA countries) and Kiribati – MASA refers to the Pacific Micronesian Association for Sustainable Aquaculture. They are “Aquaculture business investment planning and...
Samoan youth train in Agribusiness
26.09.2018 Salelologa, Samoa
Samoan youth train in Agribusiness
Gaining knowledge in agriculture is crucial for young farmers to create job opportunities. A training workshop to build capacity of selected young farmers in agribusiness Management and contract farming took place in Savai’i, Samoa. The workshop combines the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to address employment challenges for the youth of Samoa and build the capacity...
Data collection for the Pacific discussed
This week, the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO), Pacific Community (SPC) and representatives from Pacific Island Countries (PICS) will attend a regional workshop in Nadi to raise awareness on SDG Target 2.1 monitoring. The aim of SDG 2.1. is to end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year...
Afghanistan, FAO and GEF move forward with community-based sustainable land and forest management project
One of the largest projects to date to better manage land and forest areas in Afghanistan was launched earlier this week through a partnership between the Government, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The project will contribute to improving the management of 10 000 hectares of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) and 20 000 hectares of other forest types to increase...
United Nations agencies launch environmental protection and resilience project for host communities and refugees in Bangladesh
Families living in the world’s largest refugee camp this week received the first 2,500 stoves and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders that are part of a United Nations project to protect the environment and build resilience for people living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The “SAFE Plus” (Safe Approaches to Fuel and Energy Plus Landscape Restoration and Livelihoods) project, which finally aims to provide ultimately 125,000 host community and refugee families with...
Asian countries warned that deadly African Swine Fever is ‘here to stay’ – utmost diligence required to avoid major damage to food security and livelihoods
The outbreak of African Swine Fever in China, first detected last month by authorities there, is accelerating and will almost certainly emerge in other countries in Asia, a regional emergency meeting convened by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) heard today. African Swine Fever (ASF) was first detected in Asia last year, in an area of Siberia in the Russian Federation. But its arrival in China is a major threat...
UN FAO convenes emergency meeting of animal health experts in Asia in response to African Swine Fever threat
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has opened a three-day emergency meeting to examine the most recent developments in China following the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country, and propose a regional response to the threat that ASF could spread to other countries in Asia. The specialists – veterinary epidemiologists, and laboratory experts – as well as other senior technical staff, directly involved with...