Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

News Archive

18 Jun 2014, Rome–FAO's Regional Rice Initiative in Asia, an effort to make rice farming more productive and sustainable, is gaining momentum, FAO officials announced today. The Initiative was endorsed earlier this year by FAO member States at the 32nd Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Today, the Regional Rice Initiative was given a global platform during a side event at the 149th FAO Council Session in Rome, Italy. The Initiative represents [...]
11 Jun 2014, Pattaya, Thailand–As territorial disputes and competition for increasingly scarce land and natural resources intensify, government and key land stakeholders across Asia and the Pacific are being urged to improve governance relating to issues of land tenure in both rural and urban contexts. “Millions of people, particularly the rural poor, depend on access to farmland, forests, rangeland and fisheries for their livelihoods,” Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia [...]
10 Jun 2014, Honolulu, United States and Bangkok, Thailand–A training course which contributes to more practical and effective management of fisheries in Asia and the Pacific was launched today by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) training course recognizes that traditional stock-based fisheries management approaches have often been ineffective in the complex fisheries of the Asia-Pacific region. The [...]
05 Jun 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–More favourable growing conditions and improved supply prospects for maize have eased fears of sharp global price hikes, FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific announced today. In early May, a decline in maize and wheat accounted for global price increases of more than 15 percent since the beginning of 2014. However, the FAO’s Food Price Index and Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, both released today, indicate higher than [...]
22 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–As Asia’s population grows and becomes more affluent and urban based, improvements to food security and food safety will require decisive and coordinated action, a senior FAO official said today. “Improving food safety and food security are important but complex, multi-dimensional issues,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. “Without assurances of effective, internationally accepted standards and codes of practice in place in [...]
21 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand–Soaring demand for milk and dairy products will be driven by an insatiable Asian thirst and appetite for decades to come, delegates at an FAO-sponsored regional meeting on dairy production heard today. While that is a positive trend, there are challenges to ensure demand is met in a sustainable way and that smallholder producers also profit from increased production, the FAO said today. Public and private sector experts from the world’s [...]
20 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand–The success of sustainable long-term development in Asia and the Pacific will depend on the region’s ability to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, a senior FAO Official today told a UN forum on regional sustainable development to 2015 and beyond. “FAO’s vision for Rio+20 and beyond is to end hunger and make the transition to a sustainable agriculture and food system,” said Sumiter Broca on behalf of Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant [...]
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 [...]