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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...
International organizations step up coordination in human and animal health sectors to ward off infectious diseases and rising antimicrobial resistance
Alarmed by the continuing threat of infectious diseases that can spread between animals and humans in Asia and the Pacific, three international organizations have announced they are increasing their coordination to respond more effectively across the region. From rabies to zoonotic influenza, zoonotic diseases pose a threat to human and animal health, and there is a growing urgency for the Asia-Pacific Region to better collaborate and coordinate efforts in response, announced...
Assessing the status and changes in tree cover and land use
Forestry experts from all over China are meeting today in Xi’an to collect accurate data on land use and land use change in China.
09.04.2019 Xi’an, China
Assessing the status and changes in tree cover and land use
With improved access to an ever-growing archive of satellite imagery and new tools to facilitate image processing and interpretation, it is now easier to benefit from the full potential of remote sensing for the assessment of the status and changes in tree cover and land use. The five days China National Remote Sensing Survey workshop is being organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and...
FAO Afghanistan awarded for work on the country’s water management systems
The Ministry for Energy and Water (MEW) has presented the FAO Representation in Afghanistan with an award for its “excellent work in developing and managing the water sector in Afghanistan.” The award was presented to the FAO Representation this week by the Acting MEW Minister, Mohammad Gul Khulmi, and Deputy Minister Khan Mohammad Takal, on the second day of the National Water Conference on Water Resources Development and Management. The conference...
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
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...