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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...
Small island developing states need to take ownership of measures to combat obesity and hunger
Tackling climate change a primary goal to bring sustainable development to small island nations
16.07.2019
Small island developing states need to take ownership of measures to combat obesity and hunger
Obesity affecting populations of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is a health emergency and these nations need to take ownership of measures to address this worrying trend's underlying causes, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today. The FAO chief made the remarks to participants - including leaders of small island nations - of a SIDS-focused event on the sidelines of the High Level Political Forum 2019. The impacts of climate...
World hunger is still not going down after three years and obesity is still growing – UN report
More than 820 million people are hungry globally
16.07.2019 New York
World hunger is still not going down after three years and obesity is still growing – UN report
An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row. This underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030, says a new edition of the annual The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report released today. The pace of progress in...
Green Climate Fund approves major FAO climate change resilience project in Pakistan
The project is worth over $47 million and stands to directly benefit 1.3 million people
07.07.2019 Songdo, Republic of Korea
Green Climate Fund approves major FAO climate change resilience project in Pakistan
The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) today approved an FAO project designed to transform Pakistan’s Indus River Basin by improving agriculture and water management to make this vital food-producing region more resilient to climate change. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has provided FAO with a grant of nearly $35 million for this work, while the provincial governments of Punjab and Sindh have committed an additional $12.7 million in co-financing...
Clearing the road ahead to reach Zero Hunger in Asia and the Pacific
FAO Conference side event explores obstacles such as urbanization, inequality, obesity and natural disasters
25.06.2019 Rome
Clearing the road ahead to reach Zero Hunger in Asia and the Pacific
Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger has slowed in Asia and the Pacific, despite strong economic advances, and highlighting the need for concerted policy actions to tackle the increasingly complex nature of challenges ahead, representatives of FAO Member Countries heard during an event on the sidelines of the 41st Session of the FAO Conference.  "Asia has always been the biggest region for FAO, in terms of people and land...
Qu Dongyu of China elected FAO Director-General
Succeeds José Graziano da Silva
23.06.2019 Rome
Qu Dongyu of China elected FAO Director-General
Qu Dongyu of China was elected Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today. Qu Dongyu received a total of 108 votes out of 191 cast, constituting a majority in the first round. The election took place during the 41st session of the FAO Conference (22-29 June 2019), the highest governing body of the Organization.  Qu Dong Yu, who was born in 1963, is currently Vice Minister of...
Robust and coordinated action needed to save Asia-Pacific’s forests – new UN FAO report
Forests in the vast Asia-Pacific region are facing a serious threat as primary forest cover is now only 19 percent of total forest area – the lowest level of any region worldwide, a major gathering of forestry stakeholders heard today. Some 2,000 delegates are participating in Asia-Pacific Forestry Week, which is co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Korea Forest Service, at Incheon in...
Solomon Islands’ forestry management project moves to next phase
The Integrated Forest Management (IFM) Project in the Solomon Islands is moving into the next phase with an inception workshop with provincial government heads and relevant agencies of Malaita Province which was held in Auki recently. Undersecretary Technical, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Chanel Iroi said. “The objective of the inception workshop is basically to facilitate the process, to provide information within the project to all relevant...
FAO and Korea Telecom team up to advance digital agricultural innovation
Partnership to focus on digital technologies for agrifood and engaging youth in smart farming and agribusiness
13.06.2019 Rome
FAO and Korea Telecom team up to advance digital agricultural innovation
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Korea Telecom (KT) today agreed to work together to create more opportunities for youth to engage in smart farming and other forms of agricultural innovation and entrepreneurship.The agreement was signed by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and KT Chief Executive Officer Chang-Gyu Hwang at a ceremony on the side-lines of FAO's inaugural International Seminar on Digital Agriculture Transformation. The...
Foodborne illnesses in Asia-Pacific ‘needlessly’ sicken 275 million annually and threaten trade
The Asia-Pacific region has a poor track record when it comes to preventing foodborne illnesses, resulting in the deaths of 225,000 people each year, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, during an event marking the first World Food Safety Day. “Worldwide, each year, unsafe food or water kill more people than HIV, AIDS, malaria and measles combined, and it’s now time that everyone takes this issue more seriously,”...