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INAUGURAL FAO-NEA REGIONAL WORKSHOP SEES 22 COUNTRIES WORKING TOWARDS SAFER FOOD IN THE REGION
Singapore, 12 Sep 2013 -- Twenty-two member countries*  of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from the Asia and Pacific Region, will gather from 12 to 14 September 2013 to collectively work on bringing about safer food for the region. The inaugural FAO-NEA Regional Workshop for Asian Countries on Hygiene and Safety in Food Retail is the first such forum in this region that offers participants a comprehensive view of hygiene and [more...]

 Record cereal production to ease tight supplies in 2013/14
Bangkok, Thailand, 06 Sep 2013 -- Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific announced at his monthly media briefing that the Organization’s Cereal Supply and Demand Brief , issued today from the Organization’s Rome Headquarters, has raised its “forecast of world cereal production to 2 492 million tonnes, up 14 million tonnes (or 0.5 percent) from the July forecast. Most of the upward adjustment reflects expectations of higher maize production [more...]

Save food campaign Asia-Pacific launched
Bangkok, Thailand, 29 Aug 2013 -- FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology and other partners launched the Save Food Asia-Pacific campaign yesterday, which aims to reduce post-harvest food losses and market-to-consumer food waste. The regional initiative will raise awareness about the high levels of food losses – particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region. The launch came at the end [more...]

Save food campaign Asia-Pacific kicked off today
Bangkok, Thailand, 27 Aug 2013 -- Denouncing the huge amount of food that goes to waste, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Hiroyuki Konuma, today announced a new initiative aimed at stopping post-harvest food losses and market-to-consumer food waste. “The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high levels of food losses – particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region,” Konuma [more...]

FAO and ASEAN to increase cooperation on reducing hunger through sustainable and inclusive agriculture
Vientiane, Laos, 15 Aug 2013 -- FAO announced today that last night it signed a five-year agreement to strengthen cooperation in agriculture and forestry with goal of reducing hunger and malnutrition in the region and improving food and nutrition security with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two Organizations will “strengthen the collaboration between FAO and ASEAN Member States in the fields of agriculture and forestry through consultation, [more...]

Regional workshop to raise awareness of Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure
Bangkok, Thailand, 13 Aug 2013 -- A three-day high-level technical workshop opened today to raise awareness of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. The FAO workshop brings together more than 80 representatives from some 20 Asian countries in an effort to help develop ideas that can be used to support improved governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the [more...]

FAO Food Price Index down 2 percent from June
Bangkok, Thailand, 08 Aug 2013 -- The FAO Food Price Index averaged 205.9 points in July 2013, 4 points (nearly 2 percent) below its revised value for June and 7 points, or 3.3 percent, lower than in July 2012. The decline in July marked the third consecutive monthly drop. The index was released today by the Organization's Rome Headquarters. “The decline was driven by lower international prices for grains, soy and palm oil, while sugar, meat and [more...]

Asia’s main rice crop forecast to increase 1.5 percent on 2012
Bangkok, Thailand, 01 Aug 2013 -- Early and abundant monsoon rains have boosted prospects for main crops in Asia, which may produce 677.9, or 452.0 million tonnes of rice, milled basis, up 1.5 percent from a revised 2012 outcome,” says the FAO Rice Market (RMM) Monitor issued today on the Organizations website. If weather conditions hold, India together with mainland China “are forecast to lead the region’s growth, but virtually all countries in the region are [more...]

Ministers and other high-level officials meet to promote gender equality
Bangkok, Thailand, 24 Jul 2013 -- A high-level consultation on gender, food security and nutrition got underway today, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), FAO and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). The three-day regional meeting brings together more than 60 representatives from some 18 Asia-Pacific countries, including four ministers, in an effort to boost food security by improving the economic lot of women, particularly in agriculture and food production. According [more...]

Global cereals forecast to increase by 7 percent in 2013
Bangkok, Thailand, 11 Jul 2013 -- At his monthly media briefing today, Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific announced that total global cereal production is forecast to increase by about 7 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, helping to replenish global inventories and raise expectations for more stable markets in 2013/14. 
The increase would bring world cereal production to 2 479 million tonnes, a new record level which would [more...]