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FAO and Nippon Foundation partner to help rural people with disabilities
Bangkok, 03 Sep 2012 -- FAO and the Nippon Foundation are teaming up to broaden opportunities for people with disabilities (PWD). Nippon Foundation is a Japan-based leading international non-governmental organization mobilizing global contributions to realize basic human needs like food security. Under an agreement signed today at the FAO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the two organizations will work together and with others to promote food security through agriculture, nutrition, livelihood improvements, and [more...]

Bangkok, Thailand, 06 Aug 2012 -- Below normal monsoon rains in India are the chief cause of a 7.8 million tonne downward revision in the forecast for global rice paddy production in 2012, although world output should still slightly surpass the excellent results achieved in 2011, according to the July 2012 issue of the Rice Market Monitor released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations today. Global paddy production is expected to total 724.5 [more...]

More than 100 nations support new strategy on livestock disease
Bangkok, Thailand, 29 Jun 2012 -- Farmers and consumers stand to benefit from a new global strategy to control the spread of a deadly livestock disease that was endorsed today by representatives from more than 100 countries and international donors at a conference in Bangkok organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) with support from Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. More than 1 [more...]

FAO and OIE unveil Global Strategy for control of foot-and-mouth disease
Bangkok, 27 Jun 2012 -- (FAO / OIE) – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are joining forces to combat foot-and-mouth disease on a global scale, laying out a detailed strategy today to bring the devastating livestock disease under control. The two organizations underlined, however, that only solid commitment from global partners will make the strategy possible, as they opened an international meeting in [more...]

Bangkok, Thailand, 12 Jun 2012 -- With the livelihoods of millions of farmers across Southeast Asia threatened by a rise in the spread of Foot-and-Mouth Disease, agriculture experts and government officials from 11 countries and international organizations are mapping out strategies to contain this infectious livestock disease from spreading across borders at a workshop in Bangkok this week organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Livestock are essential to small farmers across [more...]

Media advisory note: FAO/OIE Global Conference on Foot-and-Mouth Disease Control
Bangkok, Thailand, 11 Jun 2012 -- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) will hold a global meeting on foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Bangkok in June, bringing together 400 of the leading experts working on the latest tools, technology and strategies for bringing FMD under control. FMD has been largely eliminated from developed nations, but it continues to sap developing nations of the economic benefits of [more...]

Khon Kaen, Thailand, 31 May 2012 -- Indigenous foods, neglected and derided by many in the agro- and food industries as well as urban consumers, can be an important component in alleviating hunger, malnutrition and protecting the environment, the regional representative for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations told a symposium today. A century of globalization has reduced the number of plant species used for food and other purposes from roughly 100 000 to [more...]

Media advisory note : Forgotten foods – stemming the tide of neglect
Bangkok, Thailand, 24 May 2012 -- Local and indigenous foods will be on the menu of a two days meeting in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Against prevailing negative attitudes towards traditional indigenous foods – often termed food of the poor – FAO and partners are encouraging a revaluation of forgotten and neglected foods which are often largely underutilized. Through 41 presentations and 12 food exhibition stalls, scientists and experts from 38 countries will exchange experiences and identify successful examples [more...]

FAO: World rice harvest forecast to rise in 2012
Bangkok, Thailand, 04 May 2012 -- The world rice harvest for 2012 is expected to surpass the strong showing of 2011 as the erratic climate conditions caused by the La Nina weather phenomenon dissipate and farmers increase their plantings, according to an initial forecast by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in its Rice Market Monitor released on Friday. Increased harvestsFAO is predicting world paddy production of 732.3 million tonnes (488.2 million tonnes [more...]

FAO: Wheat crisis looms for Asia
Bangkok, Thailand, 26 Apr 2012 -- Stagnating productivity growth of wheat, one of the two most important staple foods in Asia, threatens to create a food security crisis in the world’s most populous region, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which co-hosted a major international conference on wheat that opened Thursday in Bangkok in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI). “Food security in this region depends largely on [more...]