Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

News Archive

16 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–A new multi-stakeholder network has vowed to collaborate in the fight against post-harvest food losses and food waste in Thailand, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The formation of Save Food Network Thailand (SFNET) was inspired by the regional Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign, in which Thailand is among some ten countries across the region participating.   The problem of food loss and food waste cannot be overstated. Worldwide, [...]
08 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–In its first major forecast for 2014, cereal production is estimated at 2,458 million tonnes (including milled rice), down by 60 million metric tonnes, or some 2.4 percent, from the 2013 record, the FAO’s biannual Food Outlook reports today. This plunge has been attributed to a 1.9 percent decline in wheat production and a drop of 3.9 percent in coarse grains. “What we are seeing is a tightening of the supply/demand [...]
Asian rice surplus to continue through 2014 – carry over for ninth consecutive year
10 Apr 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–Despite climatic shifts and natural disasters plaguing some rice producing countries, the 2013 season has produced more rice than expected, adding to the ninth straight year of rice surplus or ‘carry over,’ the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.   As farmers in many countries, particularly in Asia, begin the last harvests of the 2013 season, several countries have raised their 2013 production estimates above those reported [...]
by Bir Mandal, Chief Technical Advisor, FAO, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
02 Apr 2014, Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea–Mr Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) from 22 to 25 March 2014. By all accounts the visit was highly successful. The Mission proved to be encouraging and positive, both for the visibility of the in-country response programme as well as for FAO DPRK team spirit. The FAO team in DPRK gained a greater understanding of the importance of FAO’s [...]
Forests, the ‘lungs of our planet’ need urgent attention. FAO outlines needs for sustainable forest management
21 Mar 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–While it’s well recognized that forests are our future, the time needed to restore and manage them more sustainably is running short, an FAO convened meeting in Bangkok heard today. The 21st of March is International Day of Forests, and the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has marked the day by convening a forestry debate: “Forestry in a changing world!” The debate was co-organized by FAO, RECOFTC [...]
Media invitation to a debate on the future management of Asia-Pacific’s threatened forests – 21st March (0800-1200). FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (39 Phra Atit Road Bangkok)
19 Mar 2014, Bangkok, Thailand –Forests and grasslands combined cover more than 57 percent of Asia-Pacific’s landmass, yet forests alone account for only 20 percent – and they are under threat, the FAO warns. Forests cover one third of the Earth's landmass, performing vital functions. Around 1.6 billion people - including indigenous cultures - depend on forests for their livelihoods. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than half of the [...]
Regional Conference adopts FAO work priorities for Asia and the Pacific
14 Mar 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia–Governments from 41 countries across Asia and the Pacific today concluded a five day regional conference on improving their responses to future food security challenges and moves to put an end to hunger. At its conclusion, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations of the Thirty-Second FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), with some 164 delegates, endorsed four FAO regional initiatives. The conference was hosted by the Ministry of [...]
Mongolia Ministry of Industry and Agriculture convenes high-level forum to discuss remedial action – 10 Government Ministers attend
12 Mar 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia–While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard. Concerns about the effects of climate change on agricultural production has brought together some 50 delegates [...]
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 [...]