Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

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24 Oct 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–Meiji University of Japan joins hands with Kasetsart University and Srinakarinwirot University in organizing a “Model UN Conference”, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The purpose of the conference is threefold. First, is to let the students contemplate for themselves issues related to poverty and hunger in the region. Having grown up in affluent societies, [...]
20 Oct 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–The Kingdom of Thailand today celebrated its National World Food Day with performances, demonstrations and exhibits honouring the important contribution to food security made by smallholder and family farmers in this major Asian agriculture producing nation. “More than 80 percent of farmers are smallholder family farmers in the Asia-Pacific region and they produce the majority of foods we eat every day,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative [...]
16 Oct 2014, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar–The United Nations and Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI), with the support by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), have marked this year’s World Food Day with the launch of a major initiative to eradicate hunger. The National Zero Hunger Challenge (NZHC) was launched today in the nation’s capital by Myanmar’s Vice-President U Nyan Tun. The event was attended by Government Ministers and deputy [...]
15 Oct 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–This year’s World Food Day (16 October) is celebrated across Asia and the Pacific with increasing optimism that the region could achieve the Millennium Development Goal on reducing hunger by 2015. This was among the key messages delivered on the eve of World Food Day at a regional event in Bangkok to mark WFD 2014, convened by the Asia-Pacific regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United [...]
Global rice production in 2014 could drop for first time in five years but reserves remain ample
14 Oct 2014, Bangkok, Thailand –This year could be the first year in five years that global rice production has declined after years of record harvests, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported in its October issue of the Rice Market Monitor. Crop prospects have deteriorated in the past few months, reflecting erratic weather conditions across many regions. These, together with an El Niño weather anomaly possibly arising soon, have marred [...]
Awards to ‘Model Farmers’ from China, India, Myanmar, New Zealand and Thailand
13 Oct 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand will preside over the 34th Regional World Food Day (WFD) celebration at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok on Wednesday 15th October beginning at 9am. The ceremony will be attended by H.E. Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives and other officials of the Royal [...]
08 Oct 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–Linking rural employment with greater social protection schemes is vital to ensuring fairer, sustainable and equitable food production systems for small-holder farmers and other vulnerable rural populations across Asia and the Pacific, a high-level regional consultation heard today.   The ‘Regional Consultation on Social Protection, Rural Employment and Food Security’ has attracted government ministers and senior officials from 17 countries across the region. It is the first Asia-Pacific consultation of its [...]
Combined technological intensification needs to be sustainable and environmentally sound
02 Oct 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–Six countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the world’s largest consumer of fish products, have come together to draft a work plan on the sustainable intensification of aquaculture for ‘blue growth,’ the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), announced today. Representatives from the Governments of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are working with FAO global and regional fishery and aquaculture experts in the development [...]
29 Sep 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–The Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific has taken another important step toward implementation, FAO announced today. Government representatives from five countries are taking part in an inception workshop on FAO’s “Regional initiative to support the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific,” at FAO’s Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand. The participants heard that with nearly two-thirds of the world’s 805 million chronically undernourished people living in the [...]
FAO assists ASEAN in formulating ASEAN Vision towards 2025 in food, agriculture and forestry sectors
23 Sep 2014, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar–The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has today presented a revised draft Strategic Plan for ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry, 2016 – 2025, as well as the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific to Agriculture and Forestry Ministers from the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for their consideration. The strategic document was introduced during the 36th [...]
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