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Assessing the status and changes in tree cover and land use
Forestry experts from all over China are meeting today in Xi’an to collect accurate data on land use and land use change in China.
09.04.2019 Xi’an, China
Assessing the status and changes in tree cover and land use
With improved access to an ever-growing archive of satellite imagery and new tools to facilitate image processing and interpretation, it is now easier to benefit from the full potential of remote sensing for the assessment of the status and changes in tree cover and land use. The five days China National Remote Sensing Survey workshop is being organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and...
FAO Afghanistan awarded for work on the country’s water management systems
The Ministry for Energy and Water (MEW) has presented the FAO Representation in Afghanistan with an award for its “excellent work in developing and managing the water sector in Afghanistan.” The award was presented to the FAO Representation this week by the Acting MEW Minister, Mohammad Gul Khulmi, and Deputy Minister Khan Mohammad Takal, on the second day of the National Water Conference on Water Resources Development and Management. The conference...
Empowering family farmers is key to achieving Zero Hunger in Southeast Asia
Innovation, access to rural credit – particularly for women – and improvements to rural social protection programmes are important tools to help family farmers in Southeast Asia improve their livelihoods and become more food secure, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today.   Representatives from countries of Southeast Asia are meeting in Jakarta to discuss ways to help smallholder farmers achieve better food security and improved livelihoods...
Asia prepares for crop battle with Fall Armyworm
UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization warns pest is “here to stay” – but it can be managed to limit damage
20.03.2019 Bangkok, Thailand
Asia prepares for crop battle with Fall Armyworm
An insect that can infest and damage hundreds of hectares of maize fields, literally overnight, is sweeping across Asia – alarming smallholder farmers and threatening livelihoods – but the damage can be limited, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. Fall Armyworm is native to the Americas. However, since 2016 it has been aggressively moving ever eastwards, sweeping across Africa, and making landfall for the first time in Asia...
MEDIA ADVISORY: Asia's Alien War on Fall Armyworm
UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization convenes meeting of countries affected
13.03.2019
MEDIA ADVISORY: Asia
Where: Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok (open to media) When: 20 – 22 March 2019 Who’s affected (so far): Thailand, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and China Summary: A plant pest alien to Asia is sweeping across the continent causing serious damage to crops and livelihoods. The Fall Armyworm (FAW) was first confirmed outside of its native Americas in Africa in early 2016. Since then it has spread rapidly across Sub-Saharan Africa, infesting tens of millions...
FAO project to support Tonga’s horticulture competitiveness begins
FAO’s support to build Tonga’s horticulture competitiveness began in earnest with the official opening of its inception workshop in Nuku’alofa in February. FAO in collaboration with the Ministry for Agriculture and Food & Forests aims to increase the efficiency of crops production, improve the price competitiveness of these foods relative to food imports, and contribute to their increased availability. “The development of the horticulture industry especially fruits and vegetables are among the...
Japan and FAO partner to support Pacific coastal fisheries
The Government of Japan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will collaborate in a regional project to boost coastal fisheries and livelihoods. A signing ceremony between the Government of Japan and FAO took place at the FAO subregional office in Apia, Samoa on Monday. The Exchange of Notes is an agreement between Japan and FAO regarding regional funding for a project for enhancing livelihoods and food...
Japan and FAO partner to support Pacific coastal fisheries
The Government of Japan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will collaborate in a regional project to boost coastal fisheries and livelihoods.
25.02.2019 Apia, Samoa
Japan and FAO partner to support Pacific coastal fisheries
A signing ceremony between the Government of Japan and FAO took place at the FAO subregional office in Apia, Samoa on Monday. The Exchange of Notes is an agreement between Japan and FAO regarding regional funding for a project for enhancing livelihoods and food security through nearshore fish aggregating device fisheries in the Pacific. The Government of Japan is providing USD 4.636 million (ST 12.248 million) for the three-year project. This project...
Myanmar and UN’s FAO agree a wide-ranging framework to improve nutrition and food security
The Government of Myanmar and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed a multi-year framework agreement that will create an enabling environment to improve nutrition and food security in Myanmar, while safeguarding and sustainably managing the use of natural resources. The Country Programming Framework (CPF) was signed by U Than Aung Kyaw, Director General, Foreign Economic Relations Department (FERD), Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations (MIFER) and Ms...
In the Year of the Pig, UN’s FAO urges safer practices in livestock trade across the Greater Mekong Sub-Region
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has urged countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) to be vigilant in their inspection and monitoring of cross border trade of animal products as transboundary animal diseases (TADs) continue to pose health risks. Representatives from China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, as well as delegates from FAO, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and other stakeholders held recent talks in Bangkok on ways to work together to ensure safer practices to detect...