FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

News and Press Releases

Geneva/Bangkok/Dhaka (WMO/FAO/UNESCAP) – "Large populations in South Asian countries depend on semi-subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods and future projections of climate change impacts indicate that substantial reductions in crop yields from rainfed agriculture could occur. Hence urgent steps must be taken to mainstream climate change adaptation into national development planning," HE Iajuddin Ahmed, president of the People's Republic of Bangladesh stated while opening a workshop at the University of Dhaka...
Bangkok - In Bangladesh, after several months with outbreaks reported all over the country, no outbreak was reported in the month of June 2008. As of 30 June 2008, a total of 287 outbreaks had been recorded in 47 out of 64 districts. These included outbreaks in 245 commercial farms and 42 outbreaks in backyard poultry production systems. The total number of birds culled as of 30 June 2008 is...
Bangkok - Barring any major setback in the next few months, global rice production in 2008 is forecast to rise by 1.5 percent to 668 million tonnes. Much of the expansion is expected in Asian countries, now forecast to gather some 605 million tonnes, 1.1 percent above the excellent 2007 production results. Sizable gains are foreseen in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam, while Japan and, especially, Myanmar...
Cyclone Nargis-affected families receive buffaloes
Yangon/Bangkok – The distribution in late-July of 600 buffaloes to farming households in Myanmar’s cyclone-affected delta has greatly assisted small-scale rice farmers to prepare their paddy fields in time for the planting season and will serve as an important asset for upcoming cultivations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today. On 20 July, 300 households in Ayeyarwady and Yangon Divisions each received one pair of...
"The Role of COPs and Networks in e-Agriculture" a panel discussion at eIndia.Over a two hour session a group of distinguished panelists discussed with the eIndia audience the role of communities of practice (COPs) and networks in e-Agriculture. The discussion was moderated by Shalini Kala, IDRC. Rikin Gandhi of Microsoft Research, Digital Green; Alexander Flor of the University of Philippines Open University; Gopi Ghosh of Solution Exchange & FAO; and...
"Making e-Agriculture Work through Public Private Partnership in Asia" a panel discussion.At eIndia today, partners in the global e-Agriculture initiative came together to continue the discussion about the role of public private partnerships (PPP) in supporting e-agriculture. (Building on the March 2008 online forum on www.e-agriculture.org.)The lively audience-focused discussion was anchored by four experienced panelists: Amit Dasgupta, General Manager, IBM Global Services India; Manish Pandey, Deputy General Manager, Katalyst; Naimur...
Please note that the FAO Food Price Index and Food Commodity Price Indices have now been updated and are available at:World Food Situation-High Food Prices http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituation/wfs-home/en/ or directly atWorld Food Situation-High Food Prices-Food Price Indices http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituation/FoodPricesIndex/en/
FAO seeks US$33.5 million to help small farmers and fishers restore livelihoodsRome – With the clock ticking on Myanmar’s main planting season, agricultural support is urgently needed to restore food production in the country’s cyclone-hit rice bowl, FAO said today. Currently, 75 percent of farmers in the country’s main food-producing region lack sufficient seed, with little time left before the end of the planting season in August. FAO is appealing...
The link below provides great coverage of Pacific islanders' participation at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week – held in Hanoi from 21 to 26 April 2008 – and some useful feedback of their impressions. This portal was created by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and FAO has been granted permission by SPC to link to their home page. Click here to read all about it: http://www.spc.int/lrd/index.htm - the full interviews...
Bangkok - This week a new e-newsletter was launched by FAO aimed at providing facts and information on soaring food prices in Asia and the Pacific.Food markets in the region have been volatile for close to a year now, and stakeholders are closely monitoring the dynamic changes, in particular policy actions and price movements. Timely and sound information on food markets and trade trends are needed for policy making and...