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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...
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
11.11.2017 Rome
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...
Poor diets and ill-equipped food systems are a growing threat to nutrition in Asia-Pacific
FAO report points to pressing need to boost regional food systems, accelerate action to improve diets and nutrition
07.11.2017 Bangkok/Rome
Poor diets and ill-equipped food systems are a growing threat to nutrition in Asia-Pacific
The Asia-Pacific region, home to most of the world’s undernourished people, needs urgent action to improve diets and reset its food systems which are critical to the delivery of healthy, nutritious foods, FAO said today. According to the findings of FAO’s 2017 Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutritionreport, there is a pressing need to tackle malnutrition alongside further promotion of the consumption of healthier foods while curbing the growth in...
Regional Fiji meeting on world programme for the Census of Agriculture 2020 (WCA 2020) contributes to sustainable development goals
Highlighting the importance of reliable statistics and data for policy development, including national agricultural censuses, a week-long FAO workshop for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to food and agriculture, and the last in the series of regional roundtables on World Census of Agriculture 2020,  opened in Nadi, Fiji today. For FAO, assisting governments to produce accurate statistics for informed decision-making, and the agricultural census that is a key pillar...
Vanuatu hosts the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture
Global agricultural leaders gathered for the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA 2017) in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 16 to 20 October. The Government of Vanuatu hosted the one-week event in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and FAO.    The intensive week of meetings will saw international and regional participants explore innovations, discuss challenges and look for ways to protect and expand agriculture in the Pacific. With support from the...
Agriculture Ministers show support for FAO initiative
Global agricultural leaders gathered for the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA 2017) in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 16 to 20 October. The Government of Vanuatu hosted the one-week event in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and FAO. FAO’s Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island States (GAP) received support from Ministers who attended the GAP side event held during the Pacific Week of...
One million dollar land degradation project marked for Vanuatu
FAO is working on a project to help protect the people of Tongoa Island in Vanuatu where land and forest degradation threaten the livelihoods of the island’s inhabitants. Funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), and working with the Vanuatu Ministry of Climate Change, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fisheries and other key partners, the project aims to restore lands that are severely degraded due to coastal...
Join this year’s antimicrobial resistance pledge, let the world know that AMR matters
It’s time to renew our yearly commitment to mitigate the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Last year’s AMR pledge drew many supporters both online and in coordinated activities leading up to World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) celebrations.  This year’s WAAW will be observed from 13-19 November. People across the Asia-Pacific region are again invited to participate and join others who’ve already pledged to use antimicrobials more wisely. Anyone can participate by...
Competing interests need to collaborate to help restore Asia-Pacific’s forests or risk missing 2030 sustainable development targets
The forestry sector across Asia and the Pacific must collaborate with a wider range of stakeholders if countries in the region are to meet key targets of the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission meeting here this week. Landscape management or landscape approaches – terms used to refer to a holistic way of ensuring forests are working to the advantage of the environment, water and land...
On World Food Day, the future of migration and rural development is highlighted in the Asia-Pacific region
With more people on the move than in any other part of the world, the impact migration has on food security and rural livelihoods in the Asia-Pacific region is being closely examined during this year’s World Food Day. Of the world’s 815 million hungry people, more than 60 percent, or some 490 million of them, live in this region. Escaping poverty, or just seeking greater livelihood options, millions are migrating within...