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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...
Denmark supports improving food security and nutrition in Afghanistan by providing USD 3 million
The Kingdom of Denmark through the Royal Danish Embassy in Kabul and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have joined forces to provide emergency assistance to more than 142,000 drought-affected vulnerable livestock herders and pastoralists and their families in six of the worst drought-affected provinces of Afghanistan.  The six provinces are Ghor, Badghis, Herat, Kandahar, Helmand, and Daikundi. Under this project, vulnerable livestock herders in areas hardest hit by drought will receive high-quality animal feed as well as fodder crop seed, so they can protect and sustain their animals during the harsh winter. To keep animals free from parasites, the herders...
Japan donates $8 million to boost food and nutrition security in conflict–ridden Yemen
Putting agriculture back on track is crucial to avert famine in the country facing the world’s worst food crisis
31.01.2019 Rome
Japan donates $8 million to boost food and nutrition security in conflict–ridden Yemen
Japan has contributed over $8 million (JPY 891,000,000) to back FAO's work on enhancing food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable households in conflict-ridden Yemen, which is facing the world's largest humanitarian crisis.      This will be achieved through the provision of crucial agricultural inputs and services, including the distribution of cereal and legumes seeds, restocking of livestock, and the rehabilitation of irrigation systems and other agricultural facilities, using "cash...
Improving poultry health and management in three high-risk villages in Luangprabang, Lao PDR
Poultry producer groups have joined forces with the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College (NAFC) and relevant local authorities from Lao PDR to study the community poultry flock health management approach and associated disease risk reduction at the Puparn Royal Development Study Centre in North-east Thailand. The study centre provides comprehensive technical and academic training as models for farmers to implement in their own communities. Under a regional project on ‘evidence-based risk management along...
Solomon Island farmers and complete capacity building
Farmers and farmers’ groups in Guadalcanal, Malaita and Temotu provinces in Solomon Islands have recently completed trainings on improve production and farm management practices. Technical topics such as rapid multiplication on taro and yam, seed saving, nursery managements, soil fertility management, composting, farm management and record keeping were covered during these three “Master Class training” workshops organized in Guadalcanal, Malaita and Temotu. Training materials on the mentioned topics were developed and...