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New quality criteria to be developed for booming spice and herb sector
Kochi, India/Rome , 11 Feb 2014 -- An international effort has been launched to develop quality standards for key products of the multi-billion dollar spice and herb trade. The sector has been enjoying rapid growth for several decades on the back of burgeoning demand from the booming economies of Asia and elsewhere, and increased recognition of the health and culinary benefits of herbs and spices. In response to the sector's growth and the extraordinary diversity of the trade and [more...]

Nutrition as a priority agenda for sustainable food security in ASEAN
Pattaya, 06 Feb 2014 -- Senior Officials from the Agriculture sector of the ASEAN member countries have gathered in Pattaya to discuss the critical role agriculture plays in improving nutrition and elaborate on strategies for mainstreaming nutrition in the ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework. The main aim of the meeting is to integrate nutrition considerations into the 2nd phase of the Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security in ASEAN (2015‑2019). Greater progress can be expected if [more...]

Influenza virus H7N9 now detected in southern China increasing risk of cross-border spread
Bangkok, Thailand, 05 Feb 2014 -- The spread of the H7N9 virus among poultry in live bird markets (LBM) in China's Guangxi Province has significantly increased the risk that it will progressively spread to other neighbouring countries of China, posing an increased human health risk, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. The virus, which produces no detectable symptoms among infected birds, has seriously disrupted poultry production and markets in 14 provinces [more...]

Successful UN joint effort in highland livelihood concluded in Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son, Thailand , 31 Jan 2014 -- Today a team of eight UN agencies (FAO, IOM, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNIDO and WHO), coordinated by FAO, handed over a UN joint programme to the Mae Hong Son provincial government for full government ownership for continuation. The UN Joint programme is aimed at promoting livelihoods of poor villagers in Mae Hong Son province, including members of hill tribes and Myanmar migrant workers, through skills training and capacity development, natural [more...]

South Korea and FAO team up to promote sustainable fisheries
Rome, 31 Jan 2014 -- The government of South Korea and FAO have agreed to work closely together to promote responsible fishing and aquaculture in the developing world.South Korea's Vice-Minister of Oceans and Fisheries, Jae Hak Son, and FAO Assistant Director-General Maria Helena Semedo signed a Memorandum of Understanding today agreeing to work together to build the capacity of developing countries to address key issues related to fisheries and aquaculture and promote compliance with the [more...]

Asia and Pacific countries progress toward formulation of a regional rice strategy
Pattaya, Thailand, 28 Jan 2014 -- Senior government officials and development partners from Asia met today to finalize a regional rice strategy. Convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the “Consultative Meeting on Rice Strategy for Asia and the Pacific,” has attracted more than 40 participants from some 17 countries of the region and representatives from development partners. The participants are considering the contents of a draft “Rice strategy for sustainable food security [more...]

Philippine coconut farmers struggling to recover from typhoon
Manila/Tacloban, 27 Jan 2014 -- Coconut farmers in the Philippines are in urgent need of assistance to recover their livelihoods nearly three months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the country, FAO warned today. The typhoon flattened millions of trees when it made landfall in November and the country’s second largest coconut-producing region, Eastern Visayas, was one of the areas most affected. In this region alone some 33 million coconut trees were damaged or destroyed and more than [more...]

New Zealand Ambassador visits FAO project supporting displaced farmers in the Southern Philippines
24 Jan 2014 -- New Zealand’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Reuben Levermore, has lauded FAO’s support to displaced farming communities in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the Southern Philippines. With funding from the Government of New Zealand, FAO has been restoring agricultural livelihoods in conflict- and flood-affected areas of ARMM by providing vital agricultural inputs and training to improve crop, livestock and fisheries production. The Ambassador visited the project on 24 January [more...]

Tonga Ministry of Agriculture coordinates relief efforts with key partners
Nuku´alofa, Tonga/Apia, Samoa , 23 Jan 2014 -- As the Government of Tonga focuses on meeting immediate needs such as shelter, water and sanitation for people affected by the recent category 5 Tropical Cyclone Ian in the islands of Ha'apai, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) has moved rapidly to launch recovery efforts, a joint Government of Tonga and FAO Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands has announced.The recovery efforts are focusing on agriculture, [more...]

UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Japan’s Meiji University to work together in fields of agricultural education, knowledge sharing and improved food security
Bangkok, Thailand, 21 Jan 2014 -- One of Japan’s top-ranked and most popular private universities is teaming up with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve the regional knowledge base and promote a joint effort to fight against hunger and under-nutrition, the FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific announced today. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by FAO’s Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific and Ken-ichi [more...]