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Using technology to track zoonotic diseases in Fiji
The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is implementing information technologies in the effort to predict potential occurrence of diseases which could pose harm to animals and humans (zoonotic diseases). Detection of zoonotic diseases outbreaks is crucial to BAF, as it is the task of the Authority to implement measures for the prevention of animal diseases. The likelihood of outbreaks of zoonotic diseases such as Leptospirosis, Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis increase drastically...
Improvements in nutrition and diversified rural livelihoods key to Indonesia’s quest for high income status
8/03/2018, Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia can achieve its goal of achieving high income status but in order to do so the country must first create greater access to more nutritious foods and invest in human capital, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said today.  Indonesia’s economy has been growing at a steady pace for many years and the Government has an ambitious plan to graduate from middle income to high income...
FAO in Asia-Pacific re-affirms close collaboration with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on regional technical cooperation
07/03/2018 Bangkok, Thailand, FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and representatives from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), today re-affirmed their close collaboration on technical cooperation work in the region during an annual review of the programme.The annual review process was “a very valuable occasion that will lead to the strengthening of the FAO-MAFF partnership,” said Daiji Kawaguchi, Deputy Director of the International Organizations Division, within...
Asia-Pacific countries commit to empower rural women and girls at high-level UN forum
Ministers and senior government representatives from Asia and the Pacific on Friday committed to ensuring greater empowerment of rural women and girls to improve their standard of living, food security and livelihoods.  The pledge was made at the regional consultation for the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) held in Bangkok. Rural women and girls continue to face structural barriers that impact their human rights...
Asia-Pacific media urged to raise awareness about effects of climate change on the region’s agriculture and food systems
With the effects of climate change and extreme weather events disproportionately affecting people in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is urging the region’s media to focus more attention on raising awareness of the need for all stakeholders to scale up adaptation and mitigation efforts to protect Asia-Pacific’s agriculture and food systems for current and future generations.  The call was made at a...
Increasing threat of animal-to-human diseases – and antibiotic resistance in both – ring alarm bells at international conference
Zoonotic diseases and misuse of antibiotics in animals and humans resulting in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are converging in Asia-Pacific countries with potential deadly effects, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned today. 'Superbugs', otherwise known as multiple-drug resistant bacteria, are on the rise worldwide, threatening the last lines of defence in treating humans and endangering food production systems because of the indiscriminate use of antimicrobials in livestock,...
FAO, legislators launch pilot parliamentary alliance for food security and nutrition in the Philippines
  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is further strengthening its partnership with the Government of the Philippines to ensure food security and nutrition in the country with the launch today of the FAO Legislative Advisory Group-Philippines (FLAG-PH). This parliamentary alliance, initially composed of 10 legislators from both houses of Congress, is envisaged to tackle national food security and nutrition issues by taking the necessary legislative actions that...
Cattle and Sheep Integrated Production and Management Project officially launched
The Cattle and Sheep integrated production and management Project for Tonga was recently launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) Hon Semisi Fakahau. The launch was followed an inception workshop which was held at Davina House.   Aimed to improve productivity of sheep and cattle for household food security, food nutrition, fighting against NCDs and maintaining sustainable livelihoods for Tonga, the project is expected to be...
FAO donates marine safety grab bags to Silana fisherwomen
FAO donated three Marine Safety Grab Bags to improve the safety at sea for the fisherwomen of Silana Village, Tailevu. Local fishermen and women venture out to sea in small, uncovered vessels day and night to earn a living, and feed their communities.   The FAO initiative identifies the importance of fishing for local livelihoods and diets. It also recognises that fishing is the most dangerous of all occupations, with...
Ecosystem Services:  An integrated approach to making a difference in agriculture
In Tonga, four community project sites have been busy learning about how to adopt integrated farming systems based on the ecosystem services in their agricultural landscape since  the introduction of the Ridge to Reef (R2R) FAO Integrated Lands and Agroecosystem Management System (ILAMS) to Tonga project., 4 community project sites have been busy learning about how to adopt integrated farming systems based on the ecosystem services in their agricultural landscape....