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Bangkok/Jakarta/Rome, 28 May 2013 -- Indonesia and FAO will strengthen cooperation in the field of marine affairs and fisheries under an agreement signed here today.   The three-year Memorandum of Agreement, which sets up a framework for future joint activities in those sectors, was signed by Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Sharif C. Sutardjo and by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, paying a three-day official visit to Indonesia. Under the agreement, specific [more...]

Media Advisory: FAO celebrates World Milk Day
Bangkok, Thailand, 28 May 2013 -- FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific joins hands with the Department of Livestock Development (DLD), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand (DPO) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in co-organizing the 2013 World Milk Day Celebration in Thailand with the main theme: "Milk for Health and Prosperity of Southeast Asian region".  The event of the 2013 World Milk Day Celebration will [more...]

New FAO book explores edible insect sector in Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand, 21 May 2013 -- Thailand is leading the world in a promising area for improved food security and nutrition, according to a new book launched today by FAO covering all aspects of edible insects in Thailand.  Six-legged livestock: edible insect farming, collecting and marketing in Thailand, launched at a book signing ceremony at the Foreign Press Club of Thailand, covers technical and management aspects of edible insect farming and harvesting as well as market [more...]

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...]