Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

News Archive

28 Nov 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–The Asia-Pacific region has taken a step forward in the development of a coordinated strategy and action plan that will lead to the sustainable intensification of aquaculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today. Senior government aquaculture and fisheries officials from 16 countries in the region, along with representatives of specialized organizations, the private sector and international funding agencies have agreed a regional strategy and [...]
27 Nov 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–Nations in Asia and the Pacific could soon face serious political turmoil due to the looming issue of food insecurity if they don't embrace climate-smart agricultural policies and practices, a senior UN official has told a regional gathering of Asia’s top researchers and scientists. “The impacts on agriculture and food production from climate change and future population increases, especially in developing countries of Asia, are critical issues that must be [...]
24 Nov 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia–With the ten year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami just weeks away, representatives from ASEAN member countries are assessing the lessons they’ve learned and action taken since then to increase the resilience of agricultural livelihoods to natural disasters. Several countries of the ASEAN region were among the hardest hit by the 26 December 2004 tsunami, particularly Indonesia’s Aceh province. In total, across the region, hundreds of thousands lost [...]
16 Nov 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–More than 200 runners joined the Save Food Fun Run, alongside the 2014Bangkok Marathon, to raise awareness about the need to prevent food loss and food waste, organizers of the Save Food Campaign announced today. The Save Food Fun Run kicked off just after dawn next to Bangkok’s Grand Palace amid cheering crowds of well-wishers who lined the route of the Bangkok Marathon.Organized by the Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the ‘fun [...]
13 Nov 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–A global initiative to improve the way agricultural statistics are compiled at country level has taken another step forward in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today. Some countries in the region employ unscientific methods of gathering agricultural statistics – resulting in a variety of inaccurate estimates from rice production and stocks to the number of livestock. In response, FAO has [...]
31 Oct 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS).  The purpose of the MoU is to provide a framework for collaboration on activities supporting food and nutrition security, sustainable natural resource management, and rural development through development and dissemination of sustainable agricultural production and natural resource management technologies. JIRCAS is an incorporated [...]
30 Oct 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–Maize will play an increasingly important role in meeting soaring demand for feed in livestock production, but this nutritious crop also needs further promotion for human consumption to combat under-nutrition in Asia-Pacific, an FAO co-organized conference on maize heard today. The 12th Asian maize conference and expert consultation on maize for food, feed, nutrition and environment security has attracted some 300 participants from 30 countries worldwide.   Maize is an [...]
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 [...]
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