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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...
African countries can benefit more from Japan’s knowledge and culture of healthy foods and diets
FAO Director-General highlights need for innovative approaches focused on pro-poor actions in Africa
27.08.2019 Yokohama/Rome
African countries can benefit more from Japan’s knowledge and culture of healthy foods and diets
In their fight to end hunger and improve nutrition, African countries have the opportunity to tap into Japan's knowledge of smart technologies, agricultural machinery and marketing, as well as from the East Asian nation's high food safety and nutrition standards, and culture of healthy foods and diets, said FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu today. The Director-General also expressed appreciation for the fruitful FAO-Japan collaboration in Africa, which has led to the development...
One year on, close to 5 million pigs lost to Asia’s swine fever outbreak
FAO urges Asian countries to maintain strict control measures
09.08.2019 Rome
One year on, close to 5 million pigs lost to Asia’s swine fever outbreak
Almost 5 million pigs in Asia have now died or been culled because of the spread of African swine fever (ASF), a contagious viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs and that was first detected in Asia one year ago this month. While not dangerous to humans, the disease causes up to 100% fatality in pigs, leading to severe economic losses to the pig sector. ASF is present in six...
Agriculture’s ‘green revolution’ must continue to evolve, refocusing on strengthening climate-science and innovation to sustainably feed a world with nutritious and safe food
The ‘Green Revolution’ that transformed agricultural production in Asia-Pacific, the world’s largest region, is alive and well but must retool to embrace climate-sensitive innovations and technologies to sustainably meet the increasingly complex demands of a nutrient-deficient world, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said today. The call was made during a special meeting to commemorate 30 years of development achievement of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation under the outstanding leadership of...
FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva hands over helm to Qu Dongyu with call to improve access to quality food for all
FAO’s institutional strength and leadership continuity is stressed
01.08.2019 Rome
FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva hands over helm to Qu Dongyu with call to improve access to quality food for all
Social protection programmes and public policies are fundamental to reducing hunger, and the quality of our food - both produced and consumed - must be improved, FAO's Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at a handover ceremony marking his last day at the UN agency's helm. Qu Dongyu from China will take office on 1 August 2019. His term will run until 31 July 2023. Graziano da Silva stressed FAO's role,...
Boosting biosecurity and border measures to control African swine fever in Asia
African swine fever (ASF) has become an enormous concern in Asia with current outbreaks reaching almost 4,480 to date (see the latest reports here and here). The devastating impact after ASF emergence in the region in 2018 has serious global implications. The region accounts for at least 50% of the world’s domestic pig production (57.6% of live pig production in 2017 according to FAO STAT) and pork is one of...
Biodiversity ‘hot spots’ in Asia-Pacific are under threat, endangering critical safeguards for food security and livelihoods
The Asia-Pacific region has some of the world’s richest concentrations of earth’s biological diversity, but human activities, including the expansion of agriculture, are threatening the survival of many species and their ecosystem services, a conference on regional biodiversity mainstreaming heard today. Asia and the Pacific is home to nearly half (17 out of 36) of the world’s biodiversity hotspots but the region’s continued rapid economic development risks further erosion of that...
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