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Empowering family farmers is key to achieving Zero Hunger in Southeast Asia
Innovation, access to rural credit – particularly for women – and improvements to rural social protection programmes are important tools to help family farmers in Southeast Asia improve their livelihoods and become more food secure, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today.   Representatives from countries of Southeast Asia are meeting in Jakarta to discuss ways to help smallholder farmers achieve better food security and improved livelihoods...
Asia prepares for crop battle with Fall Armyworm
UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization warns pest is “here to stay” – but it can be managed to limit damage
20.03.2019 Bangkok, Thailand
Asia prepares for crop battle with Fall Armyworm
An insect that can infest and damage hundreds of hectares of maize fields, literally overnight, is sweeping across Asia – alarming smallholder farmers and threatening livelihoods – but the damage can be limited, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. Fall Armyworm is native to the Americas. However, since 2016 it has been aggressively moving ever eastwards, sweeping across Africa, and making landfall for the first time in Asia...
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...