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United Nations agencies launch environmental protection and resilience project for host communities and refugees in Bangladesh
Families living in the world’s largest refugee camp this week received the first 2,500 stoves and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders that are part of a United Nations project to protect the environment and build resilience for people living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The “SAFE Plus” (Safe Approaches to Fuel and Energy Plus Landscape Restoration and Livelihoods) project, which finally aims to provide ultimately 125,000 host community and refugee families with...
Asian countries warned that deadly African Swine Fever is ‘here to stay’ – utmost diligence required to avoid major damage to food security and livelihoods
The outbreak of African Swine Fever in China, first detected last month by authorities there, is accelerating and will almost certainly emerge in other countries in Asia, a regional emergency meeting convened by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) heard today. African Swine Fever (ASF) was first detected in Asia last year, in an area of Siberia in the Russian Federation. But its arrival in China is a major threat...
UN FAO convenes emergency meeting of animal health experts in Asia in response to African Swine Fever threat
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has opened a three-day emergency meeting to examine the most recent developments in China following the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country, and propose a regional response to the threat that ASF could spread to other countries in Asia. The specialists – veterinary epidemiologists, and laboratory experts – as well as other senior technical staff, directly involved with...
Asia-Pacific region moves forward with plans to mitigate the risks of AMR in defence of its crucial aquaculture industry and to protect human and animal health
The Asia-Pacific region is taking important steps to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) associated with aquaculture in order to to mitigate risks to humans, animals and fish stocks, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Antimicrobial resistance is recognized as a serious global threat to human and animal health and a global action plan on AMR was endorsed in May 2015. FAO has set out its own plan of...
ASEAN working to build resilience through disaster-responsive social protection programmes
Three ASEAN sectoral bodies – social welfare development, disaster management and health, together with Specialized Agencies of the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), other partners and civil society groups today announced the planned development of ASEAN Guidelines on Disaster Responsive Social Protection. A joint initiative between ASEAN, ADB and UN agencies, led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and with support from the Government...
Experts meet to develop guidelines for monitoring AMR in diseased livestock and poultry in Asia
Efforts to harmonize antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance systems in animals are advancing in Asia, the region most at risk from increased antibiotic resistance in both animals and humans, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), announced today. A team of international experts is meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, this week to develop the second in a series of proposed AMR surveillance guidelines for Asia. AMR occurs when organisms become...
Outbreak of African swine fever threatens to spread from China to other Asian countries
FAO urges regional collaboration including stronger monitoring and preparedness measures
28.08.2018 Rome/Bangkok
Outbreak of African swine fever threatens to spread from China to other Asian countries
The rapid onset of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China, and its detection in areas more than one thousand kilometres apart within the country, could mean the deadly pig virus may spread to other Asian countries anytime, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.  There is no effective vaccine to protect swine from the disease. And, while the disease poses no direct threat to human health, outbreaks can be devastating with the...
Paradise revisited: reflections of Samoa
I returned to Apia Samoa on 21 June 2018 to participate in a joint World Bank (WB), Government of Samoa (GoS), Food, and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) technical preparation mission. Samoa will receive a grant of USD 13.9 million for the new Samoa Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity and Marketing Project (SAFPROM) project, of which up to 3 million could go into fisheries development. The money for fisheries could...
Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis report for fisheries launched
GEF funded Oceanic Fisheries Management Project II launches new Western and Central Pacific Ocean oceanic fisheries Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis report. Under the direction of FAO and UNDP, the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency is implementing the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project. The objective of this project is to support Pacific SIDS in meeting their obligations to implement & effectively enforce global, regional & sub-regional arrangements for the conservation & management of transboundary...
Postharvest waste hinders farmers and consumers in Samoa
Postharvest waste is a major issue for Samoa, not only does it reduce smallholder farmer profit but it decreases the amount of fruit and vegetables available for sale to consumers. A workshop was held in Apia which will presented results and key recommendations associated with FAO-funded research and development activities to improve smallholder postharvest handling practice in Samoa.  In 2015, FAO launched a project aimed atimproving the capacity of small farmers to...
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