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Empowering women in agriculture vital to meet food security needs of the future
Bangkok, Thailand, 20 Nov 2014 -- The obstacles blocking women from more equal and accessible participation in the food and agriculture sectors should be removed to empower rural women and help the Asia-Pacific region achieve its food security needs, an FAO convened meeting heard today. While the work of women makes up some 43 percent of agricultural inputs, they lag far behind in reaching their full potential or remuneration for their labours in comparison with men in [more...]

Japan strengthens food security in Afghanistan with a donation of US$ 18 million to help combat the threat of animal diseases – nomad community key beneficiary
Kabul, Afghanistan, 19 Nov 2014 -- The Government of Japan, through technical assistance of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and in collaboration with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, has announced a new project to boost the resilience and livelihoods of livestock farmers in Afghanistan. Animal disease outbreaks and emergencies threaten the livelihoods of livestock farmers and negatively impact a country’s economy and, in particular, the food security of nomad communities in Afghanistan that rely heavily [more...]

Hundreds join Save Food Fun Run to raise awareness about food loss and food waste
Bangkok, Thailand, 16 Nov 2014 -- More than 200 runners joined the Save Food Fun Run, alongside the 2014Bangkok Marathon, to raise awareness about the need to prevent food loss and food waste, organizers of the Save Food Campaign announced today. The Save Food Fun Run kicked off just after dawn next to Bangkok’s Grand Palace amid cheering crowds of well-wishers who lined the route of the Bangkok Marathon.Organized by the Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the ‘fun run’ runners [more...]

Run for fun and solidarity. Run to raise awareness about food loss and food waste
Bangkok, Thailand, 13 Nov 2014 -- The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign and FAO invite all Bangkok-based international media to join a Fun Run to raise awareness about the importance of food and the need to reduce food loss and food waste. The 1.5 km Fun Run takes place alongside the Bangkok Marathon this Sunday, 16 November, at Sanam Luang, beginning at 6:30 am sharp. Registration is at 6:00 am. You will receive a Save Food t-shirt and cap. [more...]

Asia-Pacific countries discuss ways to invest in and improve agricultural and rural statistics for food security through a joint effort
Bangkok, Thailand, 13 Nov 2014 -- A global initiative to improve the way agricultural statistics are compiled at country level has taken another step forward in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today. Some countries in the region employ unscientific methods of gathering agricultural statistics – resulting in a variety of inaccurate estimates from rice production and stocks to the number of livestock. In response, FAO has convened [more...]

Typhoon Haiyan - One year later
Rome/ Tacloban , 07 Nov 2014 -- One year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated coastal and farmland areas in the central Philippines, farmers and fishers are well on the road to recovery and building more resilient livelihoods. FAO, in close collaboration with the government of the Philippines, is reaching out to communities in severely affected areas through some 22 projects across the MIMAROPA, Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions. "Farmers are the backbone of this recovery and the key to [more...]

FAO and JIRCAS, the major international Japanese agricultural research center agree framework for collaboration to further food and nutritional security
Bangkok, Thailand, 31 Oct 2014 -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS).  The purpose of the MoU is to provide a framework for collaboration on activities supporting food and nutrition security, sustainable natural resource management, and rural development through development and dissemination of sustainable agricultural production and natural resource management technologies. JIRCAS is an incorporated administrative [more...]

Great growth potential for maize in Asia as demand soars for animal feed but more emphasis needed to promote maize as a nutritious food for human consumption - FAO
Bangkok, Thailand, 30 Oct 2014 -- Maize will play an increasingly important role in meeting soaring demand for feed in livestock production, but this nutritious crop also needs further promotion for human consumption to combat under-nutrition in Asia-Pacific, an FAO co-organized conference on maize heard today. The 12th Asian maize conference and expert consultation on maize for food, feed, nutrition and environment security has attracted some 300 participants from 30 countries worldwide.   Maize is an important [more...]

Thai and Japanese university students meet at “Model UN Conference” in Bangkok to promote food security through improving research and development and reducing food loss and waste
Bangkok, Thailand, 24 Oct 2014 -- Meiji University of Japan joins hands with Kasetsart University and Srinakarinwirot University in organizing a “Model UN Conference”, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The purpose of the conference is threefold. First, is to let the students contemplate for themselves issues related to poverty and hunger in the region. Having grown up in affluent societies, students [more...]

Thailand celebrates World Food Day with focus on traditional family and smallholder farming
Bangkok, Thailand, 20 Oct 2014 -- The Kingdom of Thailand today celebrated its National World Food Day with performances, demonstrations and exhibits honouring the important contribution to food security made by smallholder and family farmers in this major Asian agriculture producing nation. “More than 80 percent of farmers are smallholder family farmers in the Asia-Pacific region and they produce the majority of foods we eat every day,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative during [more...]

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