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Rice exports surged in 2014 setting a new record – FAO
Bangkok, Thailand, 18 Dec 2014 -- Bumper crops and a surge in demand for rice, particularly in the Far East, have resulted in 2014 recording the highest rice export figures ever, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. While final figures won’t be confirmed until early next year, FAO’s last quarterly report for 2014, the Rice Market Monitor, indicates much of the forecast growth in 2014 global trade in rice is likely to be due [more...]

Asia’s graduating scientists urged to solve problems of future food insecurity
Bangkok, Thailand, 17 Dec 2014 -- Nearly 300 of Asia’s brightest, newly graduated university students and doctoral candidates could one day find the answers to feeding an ever growing world, a senior official with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific made the remarks during his graduation address as key graduation speaker at the 122nd Graduation Ceremony of the Asian Institute of Technology [more...]

FAO launches Asia Pacific Agricultural Extension and Outreach Network – APAEON
Bangkok, Thailand , 17 Dec 2014 -- A new network designed to share the latest agricultural knowledge among Asia-Pacific governments and other stakeholders and extend that knowledge to front line farmers, fishers and other land users was launched today in Bangkok, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced. The joint launch involved FAO, the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institute (APAARI) and the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) of ESCAP. “The joint launch of [more...]

Agricultural and rural development critical for graduating from Asian LDC status
Kathmandu, Nepal, 16 Dec 2014 -- Connecting agricultural production with food processing and value chain, creating jobs for women and income generating opportunities, encouraging more young people to work in agriculture and the production of more nutritious foods are critical steps for the economic and social advancement of Asia-Pacific’s least developed countries, a senior official of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the [more...]

FAO praises government for early typhoon warnings to Philippine farmers and fishers
Manila, Philippines, 09 Dec 2014 -- Philippine farmers and fishers have felt the full force of typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby) which has now swept through seven regions of the country, including the Visayas and MIMAROPA areas that were severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan 12 months ago. FAO-Representative in the Philippines, José Luis Fernandez praised the Government for its quick and timely early warnings and response to Hagupit, which included relocating livestock, pre-positioning seed stocks and [more...]

Plan of Action to implement ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection discussed at Siem Reap
Siem Reap, Cambodia, 09 Dec 2014 -- The ten members of ASEAN have come a step closer to the establishment of a social protection floor that would benefit farmers and rural workers, a UN-sponsored ASEAN meeting heard today. During the course of the last two days, ASEAN members have been considering a plan of action to implement the ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection which was adopted at the 23rd ASEAN Summit in 2013. The action plan aims [more...]

New publication urges policy review on future course of rice and food security policies in East and Southeast Asia
Bangkok, Thailand, 04 Dec 2014 -- Rapid economic growth and structural transformation of the economies of East and Southeast Asia have left a giant monsoon-like cloud hanging over the future of the regions’ signature rice crops, as policy-makers grapple with emerging challenges facing the region’s rice producers, according to a series of new policy notes. Rice in the Shadow of Skyscrapers: Policy choices in a dynamic East and Southeast Asian setting points out that the rice-related policies [more...]

Thailand marks World Soil Day and International Year of Soils in 2015 with tributes to His Majesty the King
Bangkok, Thailand, 03 Dec 2014 -- The Royal Thai Government has begun three days of celebrations, focusing on His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s achievements as a soil scientist, as part of a global launch of the upcoming World Soil Day and the United Nation’s designated International Year of Soils in 2015. “On this occasion, we aim to raise awareness of both public and farmers about His Majesty’s efforts in relation to soil, about the importance of soil [more...]

Asia-Pacific countries kick-off strategy and 15 year action plan on sustainable intensification of aquaculture to feed a protein-hungry world
Bangkok, Thailand, 28 Nov 2014 -- The Asia-Pacific region has taken a step forward in the development of a coordinated strategy and action plan that will lead to the sustainable intensification of aquaculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today. Senior government aquaculture and fisheries officials from 16 countries in the region, along with representatives of specialized organizations, the private sector and international funding agencies have agreed a regional strategy and action [more...]

More research and the application of climate-smart agricultural approaches critical to head off the turmoil of a food-insecure world – FAO
Bangkok, Thailand, 27 Nov 2014 -- Nations in Asia and the Pacific could soon face serious political turmoil due to the looming issue of food insecurity if they don't embrace climate-smart agricultural policies and practices, a senior UN official has told a regional gathering of Asia’s top researchers and scientists. “The impacts on agriculture and food production from climate change and future population increases, especially in developing countries of Asia, are critical issues that must be addressed [more...]

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