12 Jun 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
–With the livelihoods of millions of farmers across Southeast Asia threatened by a rise in the spread of Foot-and-Mouth Disease, agriculture experts and government officials from 11 countries and international organizations are mapping out strategies to contain this infectious livestock disease from spreading across borders at a workshop in Bangkok this week organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Livestock are essential to small farmers [...]
31 May 2012, Khon Kaen, Thailand
–Indigenous foods, neglected and derided by many in the agro- and food industries as well as urban consumers, can be an important component in alleviating hunger, malnutrition and protecting the environment, the regional representative for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations told a symposium today.
A century of globalization has reduced the number of plant species used for food and other purposes from roughly 100 000 [...]
Milk, a winner in child nutrition
28 May 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
–World Milk Day will be celebrated on 1 June in Thailand and many other countries in the world. Studies suggest consumption of milk and lowfat dairy products helps reduce risks of many chronic diseases and disorders, resulting in substantial better food security and nutrition as well as healthcare savings!
Milk production in Asia has expanded rapidly over the last three decades with annual milk production of 70 million tonnes in [...]
More investment needed in wheat research and development
26 Apr 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
–Stagnating productivity growth of wheat, one of the two most important staple foods in Asia, threatens to create a food security crisis in the world’s most populous region, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which co-hosted a major international conference on wheat that opened Thursday in Bangkok in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI).
“Food security in this region depends largely [...]
Low productivity and climate change at the centre
28 Mar 2012, Bangkok
–Today the Thai minister for agriculture and cooperatives and FAO signed a country programming framework for mutual cooperation and partnership to redress inequity and inclusive growth.
Despite fast economic development over the past 50 years, Thailand faces serious socio-economic imbalances and uneven income and wealth distribution, which put the rural and agricultural segments of its society at a disadvantage.
"For agriculture as a whole, farmers have been better off in terms [...]
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 [...]