Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

News Archive

Consultation seeks ways to bolster food security in hunger-stricken South Asia
20 Feb 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–A consultation with development partners and donors in support of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), today called for more focused efforts to reduce poverty and hunger in South Asia. The consultation was jointly organized by FAO and the SAARC Secretariat in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank. South Asia, despite continued efforts to reduce hunger, remains home to more than half of the total hungry population in [...]
Asia initiatives to focus on better nutrition and reduced hunger
30 Jan 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–FAO and TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) International today announced the signing of a 3-year agreement aimed at jointly improving nutrition in Asia while reducing hunger in the region with the long term goal of building a world without hunger and poverty. The total number of people who suffer from chronic hunger in the Asia-Pacific region was 563 million in 2010-12, or 65 percent of the world total. Hunger in [...]
29 Jan 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Ensuring adequate, safe and nutritious food for all is a high priority and long-standing goal of ASEAN and FAO. This goal aims to contribute significantly to achieving the Millennium Development Goal 1 and the World food Summit targets to cut global hunger by at least half by 2015 as well as fulfilling the aspirations set forth by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Food security, as defined by the World [...]
Traditional and modern breeding techniques needed to increase food production in aquaculture
28 Jan 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Fisheries experts from more than 13 countries opened the first of two consultations today that could herald new ways of reducing hunger and poverty by cataloguing and improving aquatic genetic resources for food and agriculture. Most farmed fish have not been domesticated the way that farmed crops and livestock have been, so farmed fish remain very similar to their wild relatives. The meeting will consider the benefits of genetic [...]
Growing Asian cities must find urban sources of food
28 Jan 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–FAO and P.N. Agricultural Science Foundation of Bangalore, India today opened a regional workshop to strengthen urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in Asia. Some 50 participants from more than 11 countries, including national and provincial government officials, food and agriculture experts, university professors and representatives from the private sector gathered for the 3-day meeting Bangkok’s Plaza Athenee Hotel. By 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in [...]
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 [...]