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FAO supports breadfruit industry in the region
FAO emphasized its support for the breadfruit industry at the Pacific and Global Breadfruit Summit which was recently held in Samoa. The two-day Summit brought together Professors, Scientists, Food analysts, Economists and Farmers in Samoa and was co-funded by FAO.   The Subregional Coordinator of FAO, Eriko Hibi, spoke about the importance of the summit.   “It is significant that the Government of Samoa has chosen this occasion, at the...
Contract Farming: Training workshop held in Tonga
The Government of Tonga and FAO are furthering their partnership to promote contract farming as a means to coordinate links between farmers and agribusiness firms.   A Contract Farming training workshop on – planning and implementing Contract Farming operations in Tonga – was held in September in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The training included a half day field visit.   A total of 23 participants (including 10 from outer islands) from the...
FAO visits agricultural facilities at the University of the South Pacific
The Institute of Research, Extension & Training in Agriculture
30.11.2017 Apia, Samoa
FAO visits agricultural facilities at the University of the South Pacific
FAO SAP Coordinator for the Pacific Islands, Ms. Eriko Hibi and a team of FAO technical staff visited the School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT) and the Institute of Research, Extension & Training in Agriculture (IRETA) Farm at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Samoa. The main purpose of their visit was an opportunity for FAOSAP technical staff to look at the SAFT facilities and programs as well...
Five traditional farming systems in China, Korea and Spain have been designated by FAO as "Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems". These include two sites in Spain which are the first such sites ever to be recognized in Europe– the Malaga Raisin Production System in La Axarquía and the Salt Production System in Añana. Two sites in China were also named - an integrated system of agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry (the Zhagana...
Chief Veterinary Officers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan meet on Transboundary Animal Diseases
Livestock play an important role in countries of Central and South Asia in relation to boosting nutrition but also by helping to improve livelihoods, particlarly those of small holders and their families. Outbreaks of animal diseases like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and peste des petits ruminants (PPR) are a constant threat to both better nutrition and farmers’ incomes. As  these diseases can spread rapidly and across national borders, there is an...
Asia-Pacific forest and farm producers pivotal to improving smallholder livelihoods and achieving regional SDGs in climate-resilient landscapes
Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs) from more than 10 countries of Asia-Pacific are gathering today in Myanmar for the second regional conference to accelerate and scale up implementation of the SDGs in climate-resilient landscapes for the benefit of local farm and forest communities. The conference: “From users to producers: Scaling up FFPO businesses to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in climate-resilient landscapes” is a three-day meeting providing an opportunity...
Mangoes, fruit flies and multi-billion dollar seed trade on the agenda for Asia-Pacific Plant Protection Commission
The international movement of seeds, maintaining their health in-transit and the critical role seeds play in increasing agricultural productivity, is one of a number of globally important issues to be discussed at the 30th Session of the Asia Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC), meeting over the next five days in Rotorua, New Zealand. According to the International Seed Federation, the value of the global seed industry in 2014 was USD 23.1...
Pacific leaders alarmed over climate change’s negative impact on food systems and food security
At High-level meeting at FAO, Pacific leaders issue joint statement as a “call to action” to COP23
13.11.2017 Rome, Italy
Pacific leaders alarmed over climate change’s negative impact on food systems and food security
Climate change poses an alarming threat to food systems and food security in the Pacific islands, warned leaders of nine small island developing states (SIDS), representatives of regional development bodies, New Zealand and Australia at a meeting chaired by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today. The meeting took place ahead of the Pacific leaders' participation at the UN Climate Conference COP23 in Bonn, and culminated in the leaders signing a...
Calls for responsible antibiotic use renewed on Antibiotic Awareness Week
Crowd-sourced good practices in agriculture production showcased
13.11.2017 Bangkok, Thailand
Calls for responsible antibiotic use renewed on Antibiotic Awareness Week
More than a year after the urgent call by the United Nations for countries to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations renewed its commitment to address  antimicrobials (like antibiotics) use in food and agriculture sectors. There have been increasing activities in Asia and the Pacific tackling AMR, however, the threat of about 5 million people in Asia dying yearly by 2050 because of infections...
UN agencies host Asia-Pacific Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition
Those responsible for producing, processing and overseeing the food we eat must take more collaborative and decisive action if the Asia-Pacific region is to achieve the zero hunger target of the Sustainable Development Goals by the 2030 deadline, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners warned on the close of a multi-UN agency symposium on diets and nutrition. The two-day “Asia Pacific Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy...