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Tonga farmer wins World Food Day Award
Bangkok, Thailand, 16 Oct 2013 -- Malia Guttenbeil was presented today with the FAO’s World Food Day Model Farmer Award for her success as an agriculture entrepreneur and leader of women’s handicraft groups. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, who presided over the annual event, presented the FAO’s annual Asia-Pacific award to Guttenbeil and three other farmers from Bhutan, the Philippines and Thailand. All received the awards for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and [more...]

Media advisory: Coverage of World Food Day in Bangkok – Invitation to Journalists & Electronic Media
Bangkok, Thailand, 09 Oct 2013 -- HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the 33rd World Food Day (WFD) commemoration at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok on Wednesday 16 October. The ceremony will be attended by H.E. Yukol Limlamthong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Royal Thai Government, senior government officials, members of the Bangkok-based diplomatic corps, as well as representatives from other UN Agencies and civil [more...]

Director General congratulates India’s significant contribution to world food security
Rome, Italy, 09 Oct 2013 -- FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva congratulated Indian Minister of State from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on the historical enactment of the India National Food Security Act approved in August 2013, which will provide subsidised food grains to three fourths of rural population and half of the urban population in India. The Act also promotes women empowerment. Graziano da Silva and Minister Thomas, promoter of [more...]

Japanese Agricultural Heritage Sites: Global Asset
Rome, Italy, 07 Oct 2013 -- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Yoshimasa Hayashi, at FAO Headquarters today. Graziano da Silva showed his appreciation for the country’s support to FAO and for Japan’s ratification of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Japan will become the 130th Contracting Party of the Treaty later this month. FAO Director-General also expressed his admiration for the [more...]

Slightly lower but favourable world cereal production
Bangkok, Thailand, 03 Oct 2013 -- Speaking at his monthly media briefing Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific announced the theme of World Food Day, which marks the founding of FAO in 1945 as: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. Konuma explained the theme as meaning, “Healthy people depend on healthy food systems, which he described as sustainable food systems that produce nutritious diets for all people, while [more...]

FAO and ASEAN launched long-term collaboration to boost joint efforts on food and agriculture
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/Bangkok, Thailand, 27 Sep 2013 -- FAO and the member governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday under which the two Organizations will strengthen cooperation in agriculture and forestry with goal of reducing hunger in the region and improving food security. The MoU was signed yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ASEAN is a geopolitical organization of 10 Southeast Asian countries* that works to accelerate economic growth, social progress [more...]

FAO Asia-Pacific Deputy opens Climate Change Adaptation Expo exhibit
Bangkok, Thailand,, 26 Sep 2013 -- The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific today opened an exhibit at the three-day Thailand Climate Change Adaptation Expo at Central World Square where Vili A. Fuavao, FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific accepted a Friends of Thailand Climate trophy on behalf of the Organization. The award cited FAO as a role model for formulating a climate change strategy and action plan. The United Nations Development [more...]

Promoting Geographical Indicators for Asian foods
Bangkok, Thailand, 25 Sep 2013 -- The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, The Department of Intellectual Property of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand and the French Embassy in Thailand announce today the upcoming launch of a project designed to promote rural development by promoting the concept of Geographical Indicators (GI), or as it is known in French: Appellation d’origine controllee (AOC), across the Asia region. The announcement comes on the occasion of [more...]

Bangkok, Thailand, 18 Sep 2013 -- Two emergency regional projects* aimed at containing avian influenza were launched today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at a three-day workshop. The meeting was attended by veterinary experts from countries in the sub-regions of Southeast and South Asia and from a number of international organizations and development partners. Working in coordination with development partners such as the United States Agency for [more...]

High tech forum on applied information technology
Bangkok,Thailand, 16 Sep 2013 -- FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Hiroyuki Konuma, spoke today at the opening session of the 1st Service Research and Innovation Institute (SRII) Asia Summit, which brings experts together to share service innovations. Konuma said, “FAO estimates that 91 percent of  the global food production increase towards the year 2050 should come from yield increases on existing arable land based on the advancement of agricultural [more...]