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 [...]
27 Jul 2011, Kuala Lumpur
–(Asian Football Confederation / Food and Agriculture Organization) - The global fight against hunger will receive yet another boost when the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) provides over $400 000 to the Food and Agriculture Organization for TeleFood projects. The donation is part of the Asian football governing body’s contribution towards the campaign to fight hunger.
The cheque will be presented to Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for [...]
23 Jun 2011, Bangkok, Thailand
–Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented through the World Bank with FAO technical assistance, the inter-country Livestock waste management project - implemented by China, Thailand and Viet Nam - addresses negative environmental impacts of rapidly increasing livestock production.
The Livestock waste management in East Asia project was conceived and implemented with the aim of putting the brakes on environmental pollution caused by livestock waste. Collaborators of this project [...]
Historic success in eradicating rinderpest from earth
07 Jun 2011, Bangkok
–As we prepare to recognize that rinderpest, a killer disease also known as cattle plague, has finally been eradicated from live animals in every last country and territory, we are pressed to develop post-eradication strategies which include surveillance, training and contingency planning, an FAO statement said today.
Rinderpest has been known, and dreaded, for many millennia. Wherever it has occurred, the deadly animal disease has killed countless millions of cattle, [...]
02 Jun 2011, Bangkok, Thailand
–The decades-long campaign to eradicate rinderpest, an ancient cattle plague, is fast approaching its goal. This month, rinderpest will become the first animal disease to be eradicated, and only the second disease of any kind, after smallpox in humans.
Rinderpest caused much devastation and decimated populations of cattle, buffalo and various kinds of wildlife for centuries. The historic importance of the global eradication of rinderpest, also known as cattle plague, [...]
31 May 2011, Bangkok
–World Milk Day is celebrated tomorrow in Thailand and many other countries in the world. In the context of poverty and malnutrition in Asia, milk has a special role to play for its many nutritional advantages as well as providing income for millions of small-scale farmers.
In 2010 Asia’s milk production crossed the 250 million tonnes mark, meaning that the region’s output increased fivefold over the last four decades. Over this [...]
11 May 2011, Bangkok
–“Domestic prices of rice and wheat in Asia, remain at high levels in many countries of the region, having declined only slightly in April." Speaking at news briefing here today, Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific and Assistant Director-General (FAO) warned: “Countries urgently need to take precautionary measures to prevent a possible re-emergence of the 2008-9 food price crisis and invest more in sustainable food [...]
04 Mar 2011, Bangkok, Asia
–Rising food prices in Asia
Global food prices increased for the eighth consecutive month in February, with prices of all commodity groups rising again, except for sugar. FAO expects a tightening of the global cereal supply and demand balance in 2010/11. In the face of a growing demand and a decline in world cereal production in 2010, global cereal stocks this year are expected to fall sharply.
With 2/3 of the [...]