13 Mar 2012, Hanoi, Viet Nam
–Policy makers meeting this week in Hanoi began debating Tuesday a paradigm shift to producing food that they believe can prevent a looming crisis that could cripple the region’s development and the turn the Asian Century into an era of hunger and undernourishment.
“We have to move beyond the Green Revolution to an Evergreen Revolution, by adopting an approach called Save and Grow,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, regional assistant director-general of [...]
12 Mar 2012, Hanoi, Vietnam
–With food prices twice as high as a decade ago, feeding nearly 600 million people suffering from hunger and malnutrition in the Asia-Pacific region is becoming more difficult, according to the regional representative of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, which opened a major regional conference in Hanoi today.
“Eradicating hunger has become more complex and challenging in this region,’’ Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative [...]
09 Mar 2012, Hanoi, Vietnam
–The relationship between rising and volatile food prices, food insecurity and hunger, and diminishing natural resources will be the focus of agriculture ministers, senior officials and civil society representatives from 40 countries in the Asia-Pacific region at a major conference in Hanoi next week organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The world food price index re-bounded with one percent last month, its first increase [...]
18 Jan 2012, Bangkok
–A three-day, Asia-wide consultation of experts organized by FAO opened today in Bangkok: the consultation focuses on the potential impacts of agricultural investment on access to land and on the security of tenure.
Inequitable access to, and insecure tenure of land are root causes of hunger, malnutrition, poverty and environmental degradation. These are acute governance issues in the Asia and Pacific region which is home to an estimated 685 million [...]
Multi-stakeholder cooperation agreed by countries and partners
08 Dec 2011, Bangkok
–At the end of a two days FAO meeting, experts and key stakeholders coming from over 30 Asian countries agreed on the steps necessary for improving the region’s food and nutrition security, and established a network to stimulate multi-stakeholders cooperation.
Despite significant progress and increased prosperity,Asiahas made insufficient progress in reducing hunger and malnutrition. While the number of poor has fallen dramatically—from about 1.4 billion in 1990 to 900 million [...]
Agricultural mechanization: in order to grow, agriculture must learn to save
07 Dec 2011, Bangkok
–With ever more people to feed in the future, there is no alternative but to increase agricultural productivity in order to meet global food, feed and biofuel demands and to alleviate hunger and poverty.
This scenario for agricultural intensification and mechanization, however, poses great challenges forAsiawhere land and water resources have reached their limits for agricultural and other outputs.
In addition, future crop production intensification must not only reduce the impact [...]
06 Dec 2011, Bangkok, Thailand
–Despite significant progress and increased prosperity, Asia has made insufficient progress in reducing hunger and malnutrition. While the number of poor has fallen dramatically—from about 1.4 billion in 1990 to about 900 million in 2005—the number of undernourished has remained close to 600 million.
With underweight prevailing in around one in three children, the region has around 100 million children under the age of five suffering from stunting – in [...]
Six million people face hunger
15 Sep 2011, Bangkok
–More than six million vulnerable people are facing food deficits this and next year as chronic food insecurity continues in DPR Korea, FAO said today at a press briefing in Bangkok.
“Compared to 2009/2010, today’s food rations handed out by the government under the Public Distribution System have declined by 50 percent,” Hiroyuki Konuma pointed out during a press briefing in Bangkok today, upon his return from a visit to [...]
DPR Korea / Gender in agriculture
15 Sep 2011, Bangkok, Thailand
–Journalists and news organizations are invited to attend an FAO press conference at the FCCT on Thursday 15 September 2011 from 11:00 to 12:30 hours followed by lunch, as follows:
1. Gender in agriculture (11:00 to 12:00 hours)The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-11 (SOFA) addresses the theme "Women in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development". The report signals a new way of thinking about women in agriculture. It includes [...]
29 Jul 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong has affirmed that the exceptional power of Asian football is being mobilised to eradicate food insecurity throughout Asia.
Speaking in his welcoming remarks during the handover of over US$400 000 in contribution to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at AFC House here on Friday, Zhang said:
"Today is a special day for AFC as we take another giant step towards fulfilling our social [...]