Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

News Archive

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 [...]
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 [...]