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Primary school students call in at FAO
A group of students from Sauniatu Primary School visited the FAO office to learn more about the organization and what they do in the region. Accompanied by their teachers year seven and eight students were welcomed by FAO staff at Subregional Office in Apia, Samoa. Assistant FAO Representative, Philip Tuivavalagi gave a brief introduction of the organization before staff began the rest of the programme which included a fun quiz...
Asia-Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics considers improvements to data gathering with emphasis on Pacific Island countries and SDG progress
As the clock ticks towards 2030, the year when the world’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be achieved, countries in the Asia-Pacific region are working to improve their systems of statistic-gathering and analyses for better planning of production in crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry sectors. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), as Secretariat, today opened  the 27th Session of the Asia and Pacific Commission on...
FAO warns that protecting agriculture from extreme weather and climate change must become a priority in Asia and the Pacific
While climate change and extreme weather events are impacting the environment in many ways, agriculture and food production in Asia and the Pacific are among those hardest hit and must be first in line to defend, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.  Droughts, floods and other natural disasters are becoming more frequent in Asia and the Pacific, already the most disaster-prone region in the world. When they strike,...
FAO helps strengthen community-based fisheries for the Pacific
FAO has been recently approved two projects to strengthen community-fisheries in Tonga and Samoa. The aim of the projects is to strengthen the technical capacity for both countries to improve and streamline their community-based fisheries management programmes. These programmes play an integral role in ensuring the effective management of coastal fisheries resources, which is a primary source of living for the majority of coastal fishing communities in both countries. The development of...
Drought hit atolls to receive help
11.03.2018 Wotje, Marshall Islands
Drought hit atolls to receive help
With the effects of climate change and extreme weather events disproportionately affecting people in the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) withthe support of the Marshall Islands government is providing emergency aid to some of the Marshall Islands remote atolls hit hardest by drought. In February, Auguste Lameta and Francis Chopin from FAO together with Sepola Lafita the RMI national consultant, travelled to Wotje atoll to...
Using technology to track zoonotic diseases in Fiji
The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is implementing information technologies in the effort to predict potential occurrence of diseases which could pose harm to animals and humans (zoonotic diseases). Detection of zoonotic diseases outbreaks is crucial to BAF, as it is the task of the Authority to implement measures for the prevention of animal diseases. The likelihood of outbreaks of zoonotic diseases such as Leptospirosis, Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis increase drastically...
Improvements in nutrition and diversified rural livelihoods key to Indonesia’s quest for high income status
8/03/2018, Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia can achieve its goal of achieving high income status but in order to do so the country must first create greater access to more nutritious foods and invest in human capital, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said today.  Indonesia’s economy has been growing at a steady pace for many years and the Government has an ambitious plan to graduate from middle income to high income...
FAO in Asia-Pacific re-affirms close collaboration with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on regional technical cooperation
07/03/2018 Bangkok, Thailand, FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and representatives from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), today re-affirmed their close collaboration on technical cooperation work in the region during an annual review of the programme.The annual review process was “a very valuable occasion that will lead to the strengthening of the FAO-MAFF partnership,” said Daiji Kawaguchi, Deputy Director of the International Organizations Division, within...
Asia-Pacific countries commit to empower rural women and girls at high-level UN forum
Ministers and senior government representatives from Asia and the Pacific on Friday committed to ensuring greater empowerment of rural women and girls to improve their standard of living, food security and livelihoods.  The pledge was made at the regional consultation for the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) held in Bangkok. Rural women and girls continue to face structural barriers that impact their human rights...
Asia-Pacific media urged to raise awareness about effects of climate change on the region’s agriculture and food systems
With the effects of climate change and extreme weather events disproportionately affecting people in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is urging the region’s media to focus more attention on raising awareness of the need for all stakeholders to scale up adaptation and mitigation efforts to protect Asia-Pacific’s agriculture and food systems for current and future generations.  The call was made at a...