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Green Climate Fund approves major grant to build resilience, mitigate effects of climate change on vulnerable rural families in Nepal
The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved more than USD 39 million in funding for a project that will build resilience and mitigate the effects of climate change to the benefit of nearly one million people in Nepal, the GCF board announced today. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has worked with the Government of Nepal to develop this project, which is the first...
Asia-Pacific region must move to strengthen governance of aquaculture for sustainable development
The Asia-Pacific region is taking important preparatory steps to strengthen the governance of aquaculture for sustainable development and future food security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Following four decades of advancements, aquaculture has surpassed capture fisheries to become the major source of fish for human consumption in Asia. Total production of aquaculture reached 103 million tonnes in 2017, and that fish supplied some 60 percent of...
Visiting students learn about food systems in Samoa
Undergraduate students from from the University of New South Wales, Australia visited the FAO Subregional office while on a study tour to learn about food systems and the role of FAO in Samoa. Assistant FAO Representative, Mr Philip Tuivavalagi welcomed the students and explained the long-term commitment FAO has to mainstreaming food security and nutrition. “Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure...
Improving market linkages through contract farming
A Training of trainers (TOT) workshop on improving market linkages through Contract Farming Operations was held on October 22 2019 in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Sixteen participants from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock – including extension officers from Guadalcanal, Malaita and Temotu provinces; field officers of Kostom Garden Association and other stakeholders actively participated. This TOT training workshop was facilitated by the FAO agribusiness and food system specialist Mr. Shukrullah Sherzad. "The idea...
FAO, UN partners warn of disproportional impacts from climate change on land use and food security in Asia-Pacific
Asia’s vast landmass and growing cities are warming faster than the global average and that will have a disproportional impact on food security and livelihoods for billions of people across the region, co-authors of a global report warned today. Some Asian cities are already 0.2 – 2.6 degrees warmer than the global average, co-authors of a Special Report on Climate and Land reported today. The findings are among those in a...
UN Agencies in Asia-Pacific call to action on key findings of IPCC Special Report on Climate and Land
In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. The report was prepared by more than 100 leading scientists from 52 countries.   Among the many findings and recommendations, this special report describes critical response options for sustainable land management, food security and support of adaptation and mitigation processes...
Urgent need to tackle overweight and obesity across the Asia-Pacific region – UN FAO
Poor dietary choices and sedentary lifestyles are leading the countries of Asia and the Pacific into a future of lower productivity and ballooning public health care costs, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.  “Unhealthy diets, combined with sedentary lifestyles and lack of physical activity have overtaken smoking as the world's leading cause of death and disability,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative. “Every year, an...
FAO renews calls for strengthened antimicrobial resistance surveillance as key project closes in Lao PDR
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) renewed its calls for strengthened capacities in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance as the second phase of a Fleming Fund (FF) project on AMR in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic came to a close recently. The FAO-implemented and United Kingdom-funded project on engaging the food and agriculture sectors in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia to combat AMR using a One...
FAO pledges to help Pacific Island nations respond to the challenges of climate change, food insecurity and malnutrition, hand in hand, through enhanced partnerships
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will work hand in hand with governments and other partners in the Pacific to accelerate improvements to sustainable nutrition sensitive food systems while helping to mitigate the negative effects of climate change on agriculture. The pledge was made today at a joint meeting of Pacific Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry, as part of the Pacific Week of Agriculture being held in...
Rabies a significant threat to Asian livestock production, regional cooperation needed to eradicate the disease
While rabies continues to present a threat to human health, in many parts of Asia livestock are also at risk of exposure and greater efforts are needed to eradicate the disease, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today. In Asia, as in most parts of the world, dogs are the main source of rabies in humans and livestock. In some areas, wild carnivores also play a...
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