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Rome – World rice production is expected to increase in 2008 by 12 million tonnes or 1.8 percent, assuming normal weather conditions, FAO said today. Production increases would ease the current very tight supply situation in key rice producing countries, according to the first FAO forecast for this year. International rice trade is expected to decrease, mainly due to restrictions in main exporting countries.Sizable production increases are expected in all...
An FAO publication on "The role of coastal forests in the mitigation of tsunami impacts"' is now available on the FAO tsunami website.The publication, produced by the Government of Finland funded FAO "Forestry programme for early rehabilitation in Asian tsunami-affected countries", addresses the physical aspects of coastal protection against tsunamis by trees and forests. An analysis of both empirical and theoretical studies is provided and information is given on key...
High load of circulating virus could lead to mutation and a human influenza pandemicRome - The prevalence of avian influenza in Indonesia remains serious despite containment efforts undertaken by national authorities and the international community, FAO warned today. Indonesia is the country worst hit by avian influenza. “The human mortality rate from bird flu in Indonesia is the highest in the world and there will be more human cases if...
A Global Agro-Industries Forum - Improving competitiveness and development impact - will be held in New Delhi, India from 8 to 11 April 2008, organized by FAO in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of India (GOI).The Global Forum will bring together senior-level policy-makers from national and local governments, food industry leaders, UN technical agencies, civil society...
Tropical coastal deltas represent one of the most diverse and rapidly changing biophysical regions in the developing world. These deltas are home to large population centers such as Bangkok, Dhaka and Yangon, and are significant centers of agricultural production and industrial development. Coastal deltas also contain critical ecosystems such as mangrove and seagrass, and a rich collection of historical and cultural resources. Human communities in coastal deltas are equally diverse,...
Making e-Agriculture Work through Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Asia FORUM 10-28 March 2008You are invited to join a special online forum starting 10 March 2008. Participants from all over Asia representing government, private sector, NGOs, community outreach groups and others will be involved. The international community wants to hear your suggestions and solutions to overcome the challenges and focus on bringing practical solutions. Areas which will be explored include:...
Sheep - the latest addition to Samoan cultural practises
Since 2004, Samoa has embarked on an ambitious plan to introduce sheep farming with the import of 40 ewes and four rams from Fiji. Three years later, supported by a carefully chosen breeding programme and the birth of many twins and triplets, the stock of sheep has increased six-fold and now totals 248 lambs. The number of breedable females is 114, and the sheep are about to be distributed to...
Livestock devastated - high fuel, cereal prices reduce poor’s access to foodRome – Extreme cold has devastated the Afghan livestock sector, killing over 300 000 animals since late December and seriously affecting livelihoods. High prices for fuel, vegetable oil and cereals are compounding the vulnerability of poor households, reducing their access to food. The harshest winter weather conditions in nearly 30 years have killed over 800 people, and many others,...
Asia gearing up to produce and process more milk locally
Chiang Mai/Bangkok – Skyrocketing milk powder prices prompt dairy industries in Asia to rethink linkages with smallholder dairy producers as they move to substitute imported milk powder by locally produced milk, an FAO statement said today. Dairy consumption in Asia has tripled since 1980, and demand for milk and milk products continues to rise as large numbers of consumers become more affluent. Strong local demand and decades-long competition from low-priced...
Fighting hunger in the Philippines
20.02.2008 the Philippines
In 2003, 24 percent of Filipino families had incomes below the annual per capita poverty threshold of P12 475, or around 4 million poor families. Of these, close to 1.7 million families had a monthly income less than the food threshold and are referred to as “food-poor”.Since 2004, surveys indicated that the incidence of hunger in the Philippines worsened. The 2007 survey, revealed that 19 percent of Filipino families said...