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  • PHILIPPINES

    Philippine seaweed farming flourishes after Typhoon Haiyan

    For 31-year-oldJessica Paguia, from the Tagbanua indigenousgroup on the Philippine island of Coron, farmingseaweed is a family affair and has been their mainsource of income for this small coastal community forthe past 20 years.

  • VANUATU

    FAO and partners help restore nutrition and agricultural livelihoods in the Pacific Islands

    Melina Lamai is an urbansubsistence farmer from Port Vila, Vanuatu.When Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 tropical storm,struck Vanuatu in March 2015, communities wereflattened, gardens demolished, access to cleanwater affected and livelihoods shattered. Withover 80 percent of the population dependent onagriculture, including Lamai’s family, the losses weredevastating as they relied on food from their gardento feed their families.

  • 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.

  • Mongolia

    To save forests, Mongolia devolves forestry management to locals

    Although forests cover only a little more than 11 percent of Mongolia, they provide food and work for many people and they are critical to the environment. Yet, each year 60,000 hectares (ha) of forest in Mongolia are lost to natural disasters and unsustainable harvesting practices. An FAO forestry project is helping turn this situation around by encouraging local communities to manage their own forests.

  • Sri Lanka

    Rural Sri Lanka farm families grow more crops

    Decades of war and conflict had left them homeless and hungry. But today, many farm families in eastern Sri Lanka have been resettled in their former villages and are rebuilding not just their former lives, but better lives that include more varied and nutritious diets than ever before. A joint EU-FAO project* gave significant assistance to the Sri Lankan government to help these families return to productive agricultural work. In turn, that has contributed to a lasting peace in formerly conflict-torn districts while improving the country's overall food security situation.

  • Viet Nam

    Viet Nam’s farmers clubs

    Most projects and programmes carried out by international agencies are designed to be sustainable. Not all, however, achieve that goal. When deadlines pass and funds disappear, all too often results begin to dissipate. The farmers clubs of Viet Nam are an example of a project that not only proved to be sustainable, but exceeded expectations by taking on a life of its own after the original project had ended.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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