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FAO and Korea Telecom team up to advance digital agricultural innovation
Partnership to focus on digital technologies for agrifood and engaging youth in smart farming and agribusiness
13.06.2019 Rome
FAO and Korea Telecom team up to advance digital agricultural innovation
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Korea Telecom (KT) today agreed to work together to create more opportunities for youth to engage in smart farming and other forms of agricultural innovation and entrepreneurship.The agreement was signed by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and KT Chief Executive Officer Chang-Gyu Hwang at a ceremony on the side-lines of FAO's inaugural International Seminar on Digital Agriculture Transformation. The...
Foodborne illnesses in Asia-Pacific ‘needlessly’ sicken 275 million annually and threaten trade
The Asia-Pacific region has a poor track record when it comes to preventing foodborne illnesses, resulting in the deaths of 225,000 people each year, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, during an event marking the first World Food Safety Day. “Worldwide, each year, unsafe food or water kill more people than HIV, AIDS, malaria and measles combined, and it’s now time that everyone takes this issue more seriously,”...
Asia-Pacific revenues and livelihoods threatened as billions lost annually to illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing – UN FAO
More coordinated action is needed to stamp out illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Asia and the Pacific – activities that result in estimated losses to the region of some USD 5 billion annually, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. FAO has been responding to the growing problem of IUU fishing by working with governments worldwide encouraging them to accede to the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA),...
Healthy diets vital for progress in Lao PDR, say UN food agencies
FAO, IFAD and WFP conclude three-day visit to see nutrition programmes
16.05.2019 Vientiane
Healthy diets vital for progress in Lao PDR, say UN food agencies
The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today concluded a joint visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) with a call for greater investment in nutrition. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and WFP Executive Director David Beasley made the three-day visit, together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)'s Sub-regional Director Thomas Rath, to raise awareness...
FAO and the Republic of Korea to bolster Zero Hunger efforts in Asia-Pacific
UN agency inaugurates its office in Seoul
14.05.2019 Seoul
FAO and the Republic of Korea to bolster Zero Hunger efforts in Asia-Pacific
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) have joined forces to bolster Zero Hunger efforts in the Asia-Pacific region, and strengthen their collaboration in South Korea where the UN agency opened today its first office.  "I am delighted by the prospect of this partnership arrangement leading to even deeper cooperation in a wide range of areas where the Republic of Korea...
Making its mark – FAO and EU support the development of Afghanistan’s first Geographical Indication System
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Union (EU) have joined forces to support the development of the first ever Geographical Indication (GI) system in Afghanistan. Thanks to this new agreement, the Afghan Government will be able to set up a national GI system that will help to facilitate increased income generation for smallholder producers and agribusinesses in the prioritized GI value chain. The joint FAO-EU...
After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in DPR Korea face imminent food shortages
UN report finds worryingly low food consumption, limited dietary diversity and families being forced to cut meals or eat less
03.05.2019 Pyongyang/Rome
After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in DPR Korea face imminent food shortages
A United Nations food security assessment in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (also known as North Korea) has found that following the worst harvest in 10 years, due to dry spells, heatwaves and flooding, about 10.1 million people suffer from severe food shortages, meaning they do not have enough food until the next harvest.  The aggregate 2018/19 food crop production is estimated at 4.9 million metric tons, which is the...
Bhutan and UN
The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) this weekannounced the development of a five-year Country Programming Framework (CPF) on technical cooperation and partnership to improve food and nutrition security.  The CPF is also designed to help safeguard and sustainably manage the uses of the Himalayan Kingdom’s natural resourcesas well as to combat climate change and improve resilience to  disasters. With the set target of Bhutan’s graduation to the status of lower middle income country by 2023, this CPF will also increase FAO’s support...
Essential Equipment delivered to Farmers, Groups and Institutions in Solomon Islands
Three beneficiaries in Malaita in Solomon Islands received much needed tools and equipment recently from Kastom Garden Association. The three recipients, Kinitolo Farmers Association, Aligegeo Provincial Secondary School and Kwao Community Farm have expressed gratitude in receiving basic tools and equipment and for being selected to participate in a project which is funded by FAO. The tools and equipment are part of a project to increase the efficiency of root and...
Nepal and UN’s FAO announce multi-year framework agreement to improve food and nutrition security
The Government of Nepal and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed a five-year framework agreement on technical cooperation and partnership to improve food and nutrition security in Nepal, while safeguarding and sustainably managing the use of natural resources. The Country Programming Framework (CPF) between the Government of Nepal and FAO was signed by Mr. Shree Krishna Nepal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance of the Government of Nepal and...
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