Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

News Archive

Participants to formulate regional guidelines for the improved management of hygiene and safety in food retail
12 Sep 2013, Singapore–Twenty-two member countries*  of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from the Asia and Pacific Region, will gather from 12 to 14 September 2013 to collectively work on bringing about safer food for the region. The inaugural FAO-NEA Regional Workshop for Asian Countries on Hygiene and Safety in Food Retail is the first such forum in this region that offers participants a comprehensive view of hygiene [...]
Rice production is set to reach a new high
06 Sep 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific announced at his monthly media briefing that the Organization’s Cereal Supply and Demand Brief , issued today from the Organization’s Rome Headquarters, has raised its “forecast of world cereal production to 2 492 million tonnes, up 14 million tonnes (or 0.5 percent) from the July forecast. Most of the upward adjustment reflects expectations of higher maize [...]
Joint communiqué and strategies to reduce post-harvest losses and consumer food waste issued
29 Aug 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology and other partners launched the Save Food Asia-Pacific campaign yesterday, which aims to reduce post-harvest food losses and market-to-consumer food waste. The regional initiative will raise awareness about the high levels of food losses – particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region. The launch came at the [...]
Initiative aims to reduce post-harvest and consumer food waste
27 Aug 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Denouncing the huge amount of food that goes to waste, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Hiroyuki Konuma, today announced a new initiative aimed at stopping post-harvest food losses and market-to-consumer food waste. “The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high levels of food losses – particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region,” [...]
Initiatives focus on improving agriculture, forestry and nutrition
15 Aug 2013, Vientiane, Laos–FAO announced today that last night it signed a five-year agreement to strengthen cooperation in agriculture and forestry with goal of reducing hunger and malnutrition in the region and improving food and nutrition security with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two Organizations will “strengthen the collaboration between FAO and ASEAN Member States in the fields of agriculture and forestry through [...]
Aims at improving tenure governance in Asia
13 Aug 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–A three-day high-level technical workshop opened today to raise awareness of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. The FAO workshop brings together more than 80 representatives from some 20 Asian countries in an effort to help develop ideas that can be used to support improved governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in [...]
Eliminating gender gaps could boost food security and nutrition in Asia-Pacific Region
24 Jul 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–A high-level consultation on gender, food security and nutrition got underway today, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), FAO and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). The three-day regional meeting brings together more than 60 representatives from some 18 Asia-Pacific countries, including four ministers, in an effort to boost food security by improving the economic lot of women, particularly in agriculture and food [...]
Cereal production in Asia is up 1.3 percent on last year’s record
11 Jul 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–At his monthly media briefing today, Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific announced that total global cereal production is forecast to increase by about 7 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, helping to replenish global inventories and raise expectations for more stable markets in 2013/14. 
The increase would bring world cereal production to 2 479 million tonnes, a new record level which [...]
"Six-legged livestock: edible insect farming, collecting and marketing in Thailand"
21 May 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Thailand is leading the world in a promising area for improved food security and nutrition, according to a new book launched today by FAO covering all aspects of edible insects in Thailand.  Six-legged livestock: edible insect farming, collecting and marketing in Thailand, launched at a book signing ceremony at the Foreign Press Club of Thailand, covers technical and management aspects of edible insect farming and harvesting as well as [...]
Initiatives will advance zoning for better land use and improve livestock traceability
15 May 2013, Bangkok–FAO and Thailand today signed agreements to work together on two new technical cooperation projects that will enhance the country’s quality livestock product and strengthen its capacity to address issues of land use planning, including management of the use of national resources by agro-economics zoning. The first project will develop an effective animal identification and traceability system that will improve all aspects of livestock and beef marketing, including production, slaughter [...]

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