Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

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22 Nov 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Small family farms have great capacity for quick production expansion and are key to sustainable food production if appropriate policies are put in place, FAO asserted during an Asia-Pacific multi-stakeholders consultation preparing for the launch of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).   The proclamation by the Un General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming is a recognition of the important role small farmers [...]
Asia-Pacific gearing up for food security for all
18 Nov 2013, Bangkok–While undernourishment in Asia dropped from 24 to 14 percent over the past three decades, concerted efforts aim to eradicate hunger and achieve Zero Hunger by 2025.  Some 40 representatives from civil society, development partners and UN agencies are reviewing a draft Asia-Pacific guiding framework to achieve the UN’s Zero Hunger Challenge by 2025. The absolute number of hungry people in Asia-Pacific remains unacceptably high and casts a shadow on [...]
Experts from 18 Asia-Pacific countries identify local and national best agricultural heritage practices for further promotion
12 Nov 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–While new technology continues to improve agricultural production, it is critical that policy makers in Asia and the Pacific pay closer attention to existing traditional systems of agriculture. These systems, originated and perfected through the wisdom of our ancestors, are as applicable today as ever before. Indeed we still have much to learn from them and share with each other. But in the rush to modernize some of these traditions [...]
Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign names its mascot
11 Nov 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Hiroyuki Konuma, today presented an award to Makiko Uemoto, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Division, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Government of Japan, for her submission of the name Mr Q, the official mascot of the Save Food Asia-Pacific campaign. The campaign was launched in August, in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology and [...]
33 countries from Asia and the Pacific examine the potential for a more efficient and prosperous development of forest products across the region
05 Nov 2013, Rotorua, New Zealand–The forest sector across Asia and the Pacific has enormous untapped potential to increase the prosperity of countries, industries and improve the livelihoods of millions. But to achieve that, greater, coordinated efforts are needed by forest managers, governments and the private sector. Leading forestry experts and policy makers from 33 member countries are attending the 25th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) to consider ways and means of making [...]
High-level meeting concludes mass replanting of coconut trees vital – financial, technical assistance needed to protect economies and livelihoods
01 Nov 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Replanting of coconut trees on a massive scale is required if the coconut producing countries of Asia and the Pacific are to meet the world’s rapidly growing demand for coconut products. Delegates from the governments of 13 Asia-Pacific countries, including eight Ministers of Agriculture, participating in the High-Level Regional Consultation on Coconut Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific also noted that technical and financial assistance would be needed, and [...]
Fifteen countries gathered in Bangkok to agree a regional approach to rejuvenate a crop upon which millions rely
30 Oct 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–A CLOSING NEWS CONFERENCE IS OPEN TO ALL: Friday, 1 November – Novotel Siam Hotel – Noon, Library Room Floor B1 Asia-Pacific’s coconut trees are so old they cannot produce enough coconuts and by-products to keep up with the world’s rapidly growing demand. As the aging trees produce fewer raw materials, the livelihoods of millions are affected. So critical is the need for a coordinated solution, 15 countries from Asia and [...]
24 Oct 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–While the world presently has enough food to feed everyone on the planet, that’s unlikely to be the case in the not too distant future. "We have to prepare for the risk of a potential food crisis in Asia and the Pacific," Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, told a gathering of UN organizations and diplomats at a [...]
Persistence pays off for organic vegetable grower
16 Oct 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Successful farmers are often those who possess three particular qualities. They are industrious, committed and clever. Jarun Jaroensap of Thailand is exactly that type of person. In recognition, Jarun was presented today with the FAO’s World Food Day Model Farmer Award for his success as an organic entrepreneur and businessman. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who presided over the annual event, presented the FAO’s annual Asia-Pacific award to Jarun [...]
FAO calls for sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition
16 Oct 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–The Asia and Pacific Region has made good progress in achieving the Millennium Development Hunger Goal by 2015 and is moving towards eradicating hunger by 2025 through the implementation of the Zero Hunger Challenge. However, malnutrition remains a serious concern, said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific at a World Food Day event in Bangkok. Globally, one person in every eight is undernourished. [...]

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