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FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Republic of Korea
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today officially launched operations at its Partnership and Liaison Office in the Republic of Korea in a move that will accelerate knowledge sharing, innovation and agricultural transformation to improve diets and livelihoods across Asia and the world.   FAO’s Partnership and Liaison Office, located in Seoul’s Jongro District, will act as an important platform, whereby professional staff of the Republic of...
FAO joins the Sustainable Rice Platform with plans to develop partnerships for a next generation of sustainable rice projects in Asia and globally
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today formally joined the Sustainable Rice Platform, a global multi‐stakeholder alliance of more than 100 institutional members from the public, private, research, civil society and financial sectors. The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) works with partners to transform the global rice sector by improving smallholder livelihoods, reducing the social, environmental and climate footprint of rice production; and by offering the global rice...
Enhanced efforts to bolster and sustain rice productivity
Up to 80 farmers will directly benefit from using combine rice harvesters handed over at a ceremony held at Madhuvani Rakiraki last week. Funded by the European Union (EU), the three combine rice harvesters will be used by the Madhuvani Rice Cluster, Barotu Rice Cluster and Manisogosogo and Vunivikalowa Rice farmers’ cluster. The three combined rice harvesters will be used by these clusters to help ease the burden of manual rice...
Enhanced efforts to bolster and sustain rice productivity
Up to 80 farmers will directly benefit from using combine rice harvesters handed over at a ceremony held at Madhuvani Rakiraki last week. Funded by the European Union (EU), the three combine rice harvesters will be used by the Madhuvani Rice Cluster, Barotu Rice Cluster and Manisogosogo and Vunivikalowa Rice farmers’ cluster. The three combined rice harvesters will be used by these clusters to help ease the burden of manual rice...
Tapping into community potential in Iran
Villagers work together to pool resources and address longstanding challenges
19.02.2021
Tapping into community potential in Iran
A road to connect the village to urban areas. A school in need of rehabilitation An upgrade to the leaky pipeline wasting precious drinking water. Villagers in Zangooyi were holding their breath for many changes that would greatly improve their community, but the funding always seemed to be lacking. In this rural settlement in South Khorasan Province in the eastern part of Iran, floods would come every winter, cutting the village...
Global fisheries and aquaculture hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic, says FAO report
More disruption expected as supply and consumption affected by lockdowns
02.02.2021 Rome
Global fisheries and aquaculture hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic, says FAO report
Global fisheries and aquaculture have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and could face further disruption in 2021 as lockdowns affect supply and demand across the sector, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report, The impact of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture food systems, was featured during the 34th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) hosted by FAO. Fish supply, consumption and trade revenues for...
UN agencies warn economic impact of COVID-19 and worsening inequalities will fuel malnutrition for billions in Asia and the Pacific - Child and maternal diets particularly vulnerable
The economic impact of COVID-19 on the world’s most populous region is threatening to further undermine efforts to improve diets and nutrition of nearly two billion people in Asia and the Pacific who were already unable to afford healthy diets prior to the pandemic, says a new report published today by four specialized agencies of the United Nations. The report, ‘Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition...
Thai Swine Raisers Association of Thailand recognizes work of FAO ECTAD Global Manager on African swine fever
The global manager of the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Wantanee Kalpravidh, was today awarded an honorary plaque from the Swine Raisers Association of Thailand. The honorary plaque was in recognition of her leadership in efforts to address African swine fever (ASF) globally, specifically her support in the control and prevention program of ASF in Thailand. Before managing...
COVID-19 reignites drive for a “One Health” approach to tackle preventable illnesses at the animal-human-ecosystems interface
Stronger Together: FAO, OIE and WHO commit to joint multi-sectoral efforts in Asia and the Pacific
24.12.2020 Bangkok, Thailand
COVID-19 reignites drive for a “One Health” approach to tackle preventable illnesses at the animal-human-ecosystems interface
As COVID-19 continues to inflict illness and misery across the Asia-Pacific region, three international organizations have vowed to collaborate and intensify their joint efforts to respond to all health threats, including zoonotic influenza, rabies, antimicrobial resistance and those affecting food safety, through a One Health approach. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have reaffirmed...
FAO releases a comprehensive guide to sustainable cricket farming
Consumer interest in edible insects has been rising in recent years and that has driven a traditional, but local, industry in Southeast Asia to expand to meet increasing global demand. To ensure the rapidly increasing supply can adequately respond to international food safety concerns (and ensure sustainable practices), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with Thailand’s Khon Kaen University, has today published Guidance on sustainable...
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