FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
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The FAO Regional Office, through its field programme, provides technical assistance to countries in Asia and the Pacific in their fight against hunger by supporting the implementation of projects in food and nutrition security, promotion of family farming, guidance on animal and plant health and food safety, among others.

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Stories from the field

  • INDIA

    India’s animal friends

    In a remote and hillyarea of India’s central Madhya Pradesh State, thevillage of Sad has some 350 homes with backyardpoultry and goats – a mainstay of livelihoods here.Selling a few chickens in the local market fetchesgood money. But repeated waves of poultry deaths,caused by viral infections, have too often left villagersstruggling to make ends meet. Most often New CastleDisease has been the culprit, wiping away entireflocks.

  • CHINA

    Growing rice and fish – together A Chinese tradition for 1 000 years

    My son is in Brazil,and my daughter is in Spain,” says Wu Lizhen, awoman in her fifties, from Zhejiang Province’sQingtian County, an area well-known as the birthplaceof many overseas Chinese. Since the late Qingdynasty, many people from Qingtian had escapedpoverty by migrating overseas to earn a living. It’sestimated that 230 000 people from this county nowlive abroad.

  • BANGLADESH

    Achieving food and nutrition security in remote areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

    Mita Chakma,a farmer in a remote, hilly area of southeasternBangladesh sits on the floor of her home and recallsher family’s hunger. “We couldn’t always buy goodfood because we are poor and there were days whenwe had only white potat oes to eat,” said Chakma.

  • Asian countries

    Curbing the spread of cassava pink mealybug in the Greater Mekong Subregion

    Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Lao PDR together have the lion's share of the global cassava export market − more than 90 percent. Viet Nam, the world's second largest exporter of cassava after Thailand, shipped 3.1 million tonnes of cassava products in 2013, worth around US$ 1.1 billion. And the industry could grow as demand for industrial cassava-based products, such as biofuel and livestock feed, increases, especially in China.

  • Asian countries

    Smallholder tea producers benefit from small harmonized safety standards

    The work of the FAO Intergovernmental Group on Tea in harmonizing the maximum residue levels has addressed and met the safety concerns of consumers but at the same time has reduced the cost of compliance to the safety standards.

  • Viet Nam

    Asia's largest lagoon ecosystem now on sustainable course for the future

    In 2005, the largest lagoon ecosystem in Southeast Asia was in biological, social and economic disarray. Ponds were constructed illegally or in areas that constricted the lagoon's tidal circulation, mangroves had been cut to make room for aquaculture development, and unregulated fishing had led to overfishing and depletion. In short, the situation threatened the food, nutrition and income security of the 300 000 people in Viet Nam's Hue province who relied on the lagoon.

  • Bangladesh & The Philippines

    FAO's EU food facility projects end but their impact continues

    A high food price crisis and concurrent global economic downturn combined to push millions of the world's poor people further into poverty in 2007-2008, with a parallel effect on global food security. The European Union moved rapidly to create the EU Food Facility, allocating an historic €1 billion to support those most in need. The EU channelled the funds through international organizations, NGOs and agencies of member countries, which then designed and initiated targeted short-term projects to bridge the gap between countries' emergency needs and their development goals.

  • India

    Possible approaches in Community Based Fisheries Management

    Over the years, there has been a growing realisation among fisher folks that things were going wrong. They learnt it the hard way when dwindling catches and declining catch quality started affecting their livelihoods. But the 2004 tsunami disaster brought to light some of the pertinent resources issues that were hitherto neglected, and created an environment conducive of addressing the problems that have been pulling the sector down.

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