Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

News Archive

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 [...]
21 Jan 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–One of Japan’s top-ranked and most popular private universities is teaming up with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve the regional knowledge base and promote a joint effort to fight against hunger and under-nutrition, the FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific announced today. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by FAO’s Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific and [...]
10 Jan 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–Two of Asia-Pacific’s leading organizations and institutes have formally pledged to work together to develop innovative approaches in research, education and capacity building to counter hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity in the region. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was signed today at the FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in [...]
First country in Asia-Pacific to launch national UN Zero Hunger Challenge campaign
09 Jan 2014, Dili, Timor Leste–The government of Timor-Leste has today announced it is officially joining the global fight against hunger and malnutrition. The announcement was made during a high-level event in the capital Dili by the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao. The event was graced by the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand, a strong advocate of global efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. The [...]
FAO says donations arrived at a ‘critical’ moment, in time for the planting season
17 Dec 2013, Capiz, Philippines/Rome–One month after Typhoon Haiyan struck a devastating blow to the Philippines, farmers who lost essential crops and supplies are receiving the first wave of emergency seeds, restoring hope for a productive planting season and much-needed food for the coming year. FAO and the Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA) have begun delivering the first rice and corn seed allocations to rural communities in the Visayan island group. As a result, [...]
Asia-Pacific farmers to get better access to latest technology and training
12 Dec 2013, Bangkok, Thailand –Farmers across Asia and the Pacific could soon have access to new and innovative technologies that would help them meet the region’s demand for increased food production and food security, a UN-convened meeting announced today. Leaders in agricultural research and extension services from across the Asia-Pacific region and representatives from civil society, private sector and international organizations today concluded an Expert Consultation on ‘Strengthening Linkages between Research and Extension [...]
11 Dec 2013, –In recent years, climate-smart agriculture has emerged as a proven approach to ensure food security, increase agricultural productivity and incomes, build resilience to climate change and reduce emissions. However, what is often overlooked is the vast contribution of women in climate-smart agriculture. In many countries of ASEAN and beyond, women account for up to 50 percent of agricultural outputs. As women play an increasing and central role in agriculture and natural [...]
Initiative responds to growing global demand for rice
01 Dec 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Asia and the Pacific region is a step closer to adopting a regional rice strategy the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today after its External Rice Advisory Group (ERAG) came up with an outline to formulate a rice strategy for the Asia-Pacific region following a two-day consultation that ended Friday night. In 2012, at the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific in Hanoi, Viet Nam, FAO [...]

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