Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

News Archive

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 (08:30 – 10:30)
09 Oct 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the 33rd World Food Day (WFD) commemoration at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok on Wednesday 16 October. The ceremony will be attended by H.E. Yukol Limlamthong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Royal Thai Government, senior government officials, members of the Bangkok-based diplomatic corps, as well as representatives from other UN Agencies and [...]
Number of hungry people in the world drops slightly to 842 million
03 Oct 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Speaking at his monthly media briefing Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific announced the theme of World Food Day, which marks the founding of FAO in 1945 as: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. Konuma explained the theme as meaning, “Healthy people depend on healthy food systems, which he described as sustainable food systems that produce nutritious diets for all people, [...]
Initiatives focus on agriculture, forestry and nutrition
27 Sep 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/Bangkok, Thailand–FAO and the member governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday under which the two Organizations will strengthen cooperation in agriculture and forestry with goal of reducing hunger in the region and improving food security. The MoU was signed yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ASEAN is a geopolitical organization of 10 Southeast Asian countries* that works to accelerate economic growth, social [...]
Initiatives to help Asian countries improve virus detection, control and response
18 Sep 2013, Bangkok, Thailand–Two emergency regional projects* aimed at containing avian influenza were launched today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at a three-day workshop. The meeting was attended by veterinary experts from countries in the sub-regions of Southeast and South Asia and from a number of international organizations and development partners. Working in coordination with development partners such as the United States Agency [...]
Experts, officials discuss innovations for agriculture, health and food security
16 Sep 2013, Bangkok,Thailand–FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Hiroyuki Konuma, spoke today at the opening session of the 1st Service Research and Innovation Institute (SRII) Asia Summit, which brings experts together to share service innovations. Konuma said, “FAO estimates that 91 percent of  the global food production increase towards the year 2050 should come from yield increases on existing arable land based on the advancement of [...]
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 [...]

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