Asians produce and consume 90 percent of the world’s rice
11 Mar 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
–Faced with growing threats to rice production, countries in Asia and the Pacific are engaging in a Regional Rice Strategy, initiated by FAO last year at the request of member States, and further discussed during a side event at the Organization’s 32nd Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, held 10 -14 March.
“Rice is life,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. [...]
Delegates focus on ending hunger and improving food security in Asia-Pacific
10 Mar 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
–The Asia-Pacific region is on-track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of reducing hunger by half by 2015, the FAO’s Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific has heard in its opening session today. But the FAO is warning countries across this vast region they must redouble their efforts to improve and increase food production systems along the entire value chain in order to head off a food security [...]
FAO says partnerships with CSOs critical in achieving regional food security
08 Mar 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
–Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific opened a two-day Consultation today to discuss their joint concerns about the future of small farmers, landless farmers, farm workers and other concerned stakeholders.
This parallel Consultation is organized just prior to FAO’s Thirty-Second Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), also in Ulaanbaatar, 10-14 March. Forty participants representing different CSOs and their organizations from the region and Mongolia are [...]
Two day consultations held in Thailand
03 Mar 2014, Pattaya, Thailand
–In many parts of the world, including the Asia and Pacific region, agriculture is the mainstay of rural livelihoods, particularly for the most vulnerable.
Investing responsibly in agriculture and food systems is essential for making sure everyone has the safe, nutritious food they need for a healthy life. However, investment in agriculture and food systems can also be risky when governance is weak or people’s rights are not respected. There [...]
Official receives prestigious international award for outstanding leadership for development and advocacy of vegetable production in the region
25 Feb 2014, Bangkok, Thailand
–Per capita vegetable production in Asia and the Pacific has increased some 25 percent over the last decade. Yet, while Asian countries produce more than three-quarters of the world’s vegetables, they and other producers worldwide will need to dramatically increase their vegetable production by 47 percent to meetthe nutritional needs of a growing population which would exceed nine billion by 2050, FAO warned toda
According to a UN report, with 2009 as the baseline, the population of ‘middle income’ earners in Asia and the Pacific is [...]
25 Feb 2014, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
–Countries across Asia and the Pacific have called on the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help them collect better data and build their analytical capacity to compile food security and nutrition indicators.
More than 80 delegates from 20 countries in the region, along with experts from international organizations, met in Vientiane 18-21 February 2014 to deliberate on strategies for meeting data demands for the post-2015 development agenda. [...]
06 Feb 2014, Pattaya
–Senior Officials from the Agriculture sector of the ASEAN member countries have gathered in Pattaya to discuss the critical role agriculture plays in improving nutrition and elaborate on strategies for mainstreaming nutrition in the ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework.
The main aim of the meeting is to integrate nutrition considerations into the 2nd phase of the Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security in ASEAN (2015‑2019).
Greater progress can be expected [...]
Neighbouring countries need to review emergency plans
05 Feb 2014, Bangkok, Thailand
–The spread of the H7N9 virus among poultry in live bird markets (LBM) in China's Guangxi Province has significantly increased the risk that it will progressively spread to other neighbouring countries of China, posing an increased human health risk, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. The virus, which produces no detectable symptoms among infected birds, has seriously disrupted poultry production and markets in 14 [...]
31 Jan 2014, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
–Today a team of eight UN agencies (FAO, IOM, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNIDO and WHO), coordinated by FAO, handed over a UN joint programme to the Mae Hong Son provincial government for full government ownership for continuation.
The UN Joint programme is aimed at promoting livelihoods of poor villagers in Mae Hong Son province, including members of hill tribes and Myanmar migrant workers, through skills training and capacity development, [...]
Regional and national strategies vital for the food security of future generations
28 Jan 2014, Pattaya, Thailand
–Senior government officials and development partners from Asia met today to finalize a regional rice strategy.
Convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the “Consultative Meeting on Rice Strategy for Asia and the Pacific,” has attracted more than 40 participants from some 17 countries of the region and representatives from development partners.
The participants are considering the contents of a draft “Rice strategy for sustainable food [...]