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FAO and Thailand sign two technical cooperation projects
Bangkok, 15 May 2013 -- FAO and Thailand today signed agreements to work together on two new technical cooperation projects that will enhance the country’s quality livestock product and strengthen its capacity to address issues of land use planning, including management of the use of national resources by agro-economics zoning. The first project will develop an effective animal identification and traceability system that will improve all aspects of livestock and beef marketing, including production, slaughter and [more...]

Media Advisory: Book Launch "Six-legged livestock: edible insect farming, collecting and marketing in Thailand"
14 May 2013 -- What:    Launch a new FAO book: Six-legged livestock: edible insect farming, collecting and marketing in Thailand. The event will be a lunch-time book launch and signing ceremony with two of the authors of a book that explores Thailand’s thriving edible insect sector. More than 20 000 insect farming enterprises are registered in the country; most are small-scale household operations. Insect farming and collecting has become is a significant economic activity [more...]

Rice experts gather at FAO to discuss regional rice strategy for Asia
Bangkok, Thailand, 10 May 2013 -- As a response to a request from the countries in Asia and the Pacific, and to meet the growing demands for rice, FAO set up an External Rice Advisory Group (ERAG) to help hammer out a rice strategy for Asia to bring first class rice specialists and partners to work together for the formulation of a regional rice strategy for Asia and the Pacific to define a medium-term strategic actions [more...]

Bangkok, Thailand, 09 May 2013 -- Speaking at his monthly briefing for the media, Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific announced that the Organization’s  Food Price Index, released today from FAO Headquarters in Rome “averaged nearly 216 points in April 2013, up more than 2 points (1.0 percent) from its revised March value of 213 points and from April last year.” “At that level,” said Konuma, “ the index is [more...]

Normal weather in 2013 may lead to a 2 percent rebound in Asian rice production
Bangkok, Thailand, 07 May 2013 -- Assuming a return to more normal weather patterns, Asian rice production in 2013 could rise by 2.2 percent, or 15 million tonnes, to 677.5 million tonnes, or 451.7 million tonnes, milled basis, according to the FAO Rice Market Monitor (RMM), published today on the Organization’s website. Globally FAO foresees production in the forthcoming 2013 season to rise by 2.1 percent to 746.7 million tonnes, 497.7 million tonnes, milled, some 16  [more...]

Zero Hunger Challenge Launched in Asia-Pacific Region
Bangkok, Thailand, 30 Apr 2013 -- The United Nations launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific here yesterday evening before heads of governments and UN agencies as well as ministers and national leaders. Speakers called on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers to join in the struggle to end hunger in the region where a majority of the world’s undernourished people live. “We cannot rest while so many people go hungry in [more...]

Director-General at Samoa Ceremony
Apia, Samoa, 12 Apr 2013 -- In a traditional "Ava" Welcoming Ceremony in Matautu, Lefaga, the Chiefly traditional matai title of Tagaloaletoa Ole Malae Ole Toto was bestowed on FAO Director General, Jose Graziano da Silva. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Le Mamea Ropati Mulia, who hails from Matautu, Lefaga village, opened the ceremony and introduced to the village their new chief. Convoking a blessing on the day's proceedings, Reverend Esaloma Fatilua told the gathering of [more...]

No green economy without blue economy, says FAO
Apia, Samoa/Rome, 12 Apr 2013 -- Efforts to end hunger and fight the effects of climate change in the Pacific Islands will hinge on the success of sustainable development, including wise use of oceans and fisheries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told ministers from the region today. “There can be no truly ‘green economy’ without a ‘blue economy’, one that makes the sustainable development of oceans and fishery resources a priority,” Graziano da Silva said. “The importance [more...]

Good biosecurity and hygiene can reduce risk from A(H7N9) virus and FAO Food Price Index stable as global cereal production looks set to rebound
Bangkok, Thailand, 11 Apr 2013 -- Containment of the A(H7N9) influenza virus in China, which has been confirmed in 34 people, including nine who died, will require the implementation of strong biosecurity measures. Unlike other influenza strains, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, the new virus is difficult to detect in poultry, because it produces almost no signs of disease in birds, Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific [more...]

FAO Asia-Pacific briefs Ambassadors
Bangkok, Thailand, 03 Apr 2013 -- FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific Hiroyuki Konuma today briefed Ambassadors and senior embassy officials from some 25 FAO member countries with embassies in Bangkok on the new FAO Director General’s Medium Term Plan (MTP) 2014-17 and the Programme of Work and Budget (PWB) 2014-15. The MTP and PWB will be presented to FAO’s governing Conference in June 2013 for adoption. The document refocuses FAO’s strategic [more...]