Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

News Archive

Consumers and Asian economies to benefit
17 Dec 2012, Bangkok, Thailand–Asian farmers and consumers of Asian agricultural and food products in countries around the world stand to benefit from discussions at be held at the FAO Regional Food Safety Consultation Workshop that opened today. More than 45 people working in the field food safety from 13 Asian countries are attending the Consultation representing different governmental and non-governmental groups. Food safety is a multidisciplinary subject and has to be addressed [...]
FAO HQ Rome plans workshop on securing healthy soils for a food secure world
04 Dec 2012, Bangkok, Thailand–In recognition of the crucial role played by soils in promoting food security and particularly in light of the enormous challenges that soils face when it comes to sustainable management and protection, FAO will observe World Soil Day on 5 December 2012 for the first time, which is also the 85th birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Earlier this year, His Majesty the King was honoured [...]
Three-day festive event marks World Food Day
15 Nov 2012, Bangkok–Thailand is celebrating National World Food Day (WFD) with a festive event at Lan Khon Mueng, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Dinsor Road in Bangkok running from 14 – 16 November. The event features 96 agricultural cooperative booths selling Thai produce and products like rice, bananas, pineapples, fish and fruit crisps and locally produced skincare and hand woven silk and cotton products. This year’s WFD theme is Agricultural Cooperatives: Key [...]
09 Nov 2012, Ulsan, Republic of Korea–The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)'s joint Asian Football against Hunger campaign this season will end with the grand finale of the AFC Champions League (ACL) on Saturday.Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli and Korea Republic's Ulsan Hyundai will meet in the final to complete the knockout stage of Asia's most prestigious football championship. Football fans will be urged to unite [...]
MDG One, the hunger reduction goal, is now within our reach
16 Oct 2012, Bangkok, Thailand–Marking World Food Day this year, FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Asia and the Pacific Hiroyuki Konuma said, “I am happy to announce that based on figures revised after incorporating the latest available data, the number of chronically hungry people in the world is 870 million, down from earlier estimates of 925 million.” “But,” Konuma warned, “it still means one person in every eight goes hungry.” The proportion of chronic hunger [...]
15 Oct 2012, Bangkok, Thailand–Today Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented FAO awards to four Asian farmers from Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production. Model farmer and frozen food producer from Malaysia, Misripah Marjan When Misripah Marjan finished secondary school in Selangor, Malaysia, she longed to go to university. But her farmer parents did not have the money to send her. Misripah may have [...]
15 Oct 2012, Bangkok, Thailand–Today Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented FAO awards to four Asian farmers from Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production. A model poultry farmer from Mongolia, Mr Bold Jigjid Growing up in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Baataar, Bold Jigjid never dreamed of becoming a farmer. His parents were workers in a garment factory, and as a boy he imagined [...]
15 Oct 2012, Bangkok, Thailand–Today Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented FAO awards to four Asian farmers from Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production. A model organic farmer and founder of Lanka Farmers Forum, from Sri Lanka, Pathiraja Wijekoon Bandara Pathiraja Wijekoon Bandara, a 58-year-old from Kandy district in Sri Lanka is a farmer by profession. But he’s a warrior in spirit.Starting about two [...]
15 Oct 2012, Bangkok, Thailand–Today Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented FAO awards to four Asian farmers from Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production. Model organic farmer from Thailand, Sumalee Thongteera Ask Sumalee Thongteera a question about the farming cooperative she manages in Korat province in northeastern Thailand, and she takes out her iPad. Miss Sumalee admits that sometimes she likes to browse the [...]
11 Oct 2012, Bangkok, Thailand–A regional consultation by national officials and international experts on sustainable intensification of aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific today adopted a new framework to sustainable intensify farm raised fish, or aquaculture. FAO, the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) and the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) jointly convened the consultation as a regional initiative to support the sustainable intensification of aquaculture in the  Asian region. The consultative workshop concluded that intensified [...]

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