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Research and agricultural innovation in Lao People’s Democratic Republic benefiting smallholders
While Lao PDR is a comparatively small country in Asia it has an impressive track record in agricultural research and recent organic innovation. At the Lao PDR Rice Research Center, just under an hour’s drive from the capital, a team of researchers in white coats and hair nets, inspect samples of many different rice varieties. In fact, the RRC has identified more than 14,000 varieties of rice in Lao PDR –...
Keeping Samoa safe from African Swine Fever
African swine fever (ASF) is a contagious viral disease that affects pigs and wild boars with a near 100 percent fatality rate. ASF is not transmissible to humans hence; it is not a direct human health concern. However, this alarming disease has economically impacted Asia with millions of pigs culled in China and Vietnam in an effort to control the disease. The threat of ASF reaching the Pacific is real despite...
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu visits Thailand – with a matchmaking proposal
During his first visit to Southeast Asia since taking  office, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, visited Thailand carrying proposals for partnerships and offers to jointly support the country as a regional hub for innovation and food systems transformation. The Director-General had a warm and fruitful discussion  with Thai Prime Minister, H.E. Prayuth Chan-O-Cha.,  He thanked the Prime Minister and people of...
Toward more sustainable livestock investment: Bangkok workshop introduces new toolkit
‘Highly relevant’ was the resounding feedback from the more than 50 senior decision-makers from 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific attending a livestock capacity development workshop in Bangkok in late November. The workshop introduced senior ministry staff to two tools – the Livestock Sector Investment and Policy Toolkit (LSIPT) and the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment tool (GLEAM-i) – that can improve livestock policies, master plans and investments in line with...
Asia-Pacific region needs better data to assure SDG progress in agriculture and food security systems – UN FAO
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today called for an acceleration in improvements to agriclturural data gathering and monitoring to ensure the targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals are accurately reported in the world’s biggest region – Asia and the Pacific.  As the clock ticks towards 2030, the year when the world’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be achieved, countries are working to improve their systems...
UN food agencies offer support to China amid coronavirus outbreak
Heads of FAO, IFAD and WFP send joint letter to Chinese president
05.02.2020 Rome
UN food agencies offer support to China amid coronavirus outbreak
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have jointly expressed solidarity with China and offered support to the country as it battles the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.In a joint letter to President Xi Jinping, the heads of the three agencies - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu, President of IFAD Gilbert Houngbo, and WFP Executive Director...
Civil society organizations and private sector to join regional governments in deliberations on future food security for Asia and the Pacific
Civil society organizations (CSO) from Asia and the Pacific have participated in a two-day meeting in Bangkok, Thailand in preparation for their participation in a major multilateral conference aimed at charting a course for the region’s food security and rural prosperity. The CSO participation in FAO’s 35th Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (#APRC35) aims to concentrate positions among the civil society organizations in anticipation of their contributions to discussions...
FAO teams up with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Rome, Tsukuba, Japan - FAO will bolster the scale and scope of its geospatial monitoring toolkit thanks to collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that will expand the capacity of FAO's accessible platforms for forestry and land-use assessments. A three-year agreement signed today will enhance the access of FAO member states and other users to JAXA data sets and more "ground-truthing" evidence through FAO's forest monitoring platforms. "As deforestation and...
FAO helps tackle urbanization impacts in Solomon Islands
The global trend of urbanization is also happening in the Solomon Islands.  According to some sources, cities and towns such as Honiara, Auki, Gizo and Noro now host two-thirds of all urban Solomon Islanders. Rapid and unplanned urban sprawling in the surrounding rural areas is commonly depleting natural resources, including arable land, and eroding biodiversity, thereby contributing to the unsustainability of current urbanization trend, and increasing the vulnerability to shocks. To raise...
Vanuatu technicians learn about farmer field schools
Twenty-two technicians from the various government ministries, UN agencies and other organizations attended an awareness workshop, which introduced the Farm Field Schools School (FFS) approach. The FFS approach is an innovative, participatory and interactive learning approach that emphasizes problem solving and discovery based learning. FFS aims to build farmers’ capacity to analyse their production systems, identify problems, test possible solutions, and eventually encourage the participants to adopt the practices most suitable...
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