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FAO Regional Consultation to strengthen food safety policies in Asia
Bangkok, Thailand, 17 Dec 2012 -- Asian farmers and consumers of Asian agricultural and food products in countries around the world stand to benefit from discussions at be held at the FAO Regional Food Safety Consultation Workshop that opened today. More than 45 people working in the field food safety from 13 Asian countries are attending the Consultation representing different governmental and non-governmental groups. Food safety is a multidisciplinary subject and has to be addressed while [more...]

Thailand celebrates World Soil Day on His Majesty the King’s birthday
Bangkok, Thailand, 04 Dec 2012 -- In recognition of the crucial role played by soils in promoting food security and particularly in light of the enormous challenges that soils face when it comes to sustainable management and protection, FAO will observe World Soil Day on 5 December 2012 for the first time, which is also the 85th birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Earlier this year, His Majesty the King was honoured as [more...]

Shijiazhuang, China , 03 Dec 2012 -- Some 70 participants took part in a regional consultation on groundwater governance in East and South Asia and the Pacific, opening today in Shijiazhuang, China. From 3 to 5 December, high-level experts and key stakeholders from 17 countries in the region will be gathering at the Chinese Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology (IHEG) to discuss how to effectively manage groundwater as well as how to raise awareness of its [more...]

SEOUL, 27 Nov 2012 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are working with Asian countries to develop a strategy to make better use of a global food safety network. Increased participation in the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) would help countries to better manage food safety emergencies, reducing the health risk to consumers and increasing the availability of safe food. "With increasing levels of international [more...]

FAO says rice production out pacing consumption
Bangkok, Thailand, 20 Nov 2012 -- Global rice production for 2012 is forecast to outpace consumption in 2012/13, resulting in an upward revision of 5 million tonnes in 2013 closing inventories, according to an previous forecast by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its Rice Market Monitor (RMM) issued Monday. “Compared to last year, world rice carryover stocks are expected to rise by 7 percent, or 10 million tones, to a new high of almost [more...]

Thailand celebrates agricultural cooperatives
Bangkok, 15 Nov 2012 -- Thailand is celebrating National World Food Day (WFD) with a festive event at Lan Khon Mueng, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Dinsor Road in Bangkok running from 14 – 16 November. The event features 96 agricultural cooperative booths selling Thai produce and products like rice, bananas, pineapples, fish and fruit crisps and locally produced skincare and hand woven silk and cotton products. This year’s WFD theme is Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to [more...]

Dili, 14 Nov 2012 -- Timor-Leste has completed its first ever national census of fishing vessels, an achievement which will greatly facilitate the sustainable management of the nation’s fisheries resources. The census was carried out by the Department of General Fishing Inspection of the National Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NDFA) with support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Between October 2011 and October 2012, a Mobile Licensing Service visited 192 fishing [more...]

Better harvests in DPR Korea but undernutrition persists
Rome/Pyongyang , 12 Nov 2012 -- A nationwide assessment by United Nations agencies estimates there has been an increase in staple food production in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the second year running. This, however, should not mask an ongoing struggle with undernutrition and a lack of vital protein and fat in the diet, especially for an estimated 2.8 million vulnerable people.  The joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission conducted by the Food [more...]

AFC/FAO Asian Football against Hunger
Ulsan, Republic of Korea, 09 Nov 2012 -- The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)'s joint Asian Football against Hunger campaign this season will end with the grand finale of the AFC Champions League (ACL) on Saturday.Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli and Korea Republic's Ulsan Hyundai will meet in the final to complete the knockout stage of Asia's most prestigious football championship. Football fans will be urged to unite once [more...]

FAO celebrates World Food Day
Bangkok, Thailand, 16 Oct 2012 -- Marking World Food Day this year, FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Asia and the Pacific Hiroyuki Konuma said, “I am happy to announce that based on figures revised after incorporating the latest available data, the number of chronically hungry people in the world is 870 million, down from earlier estimates of 925 million.” “But,” Konuma warned, “it still means one person in every eight goes hungry.” The proportion of chronic hunger in [more...]