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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...]

FAO honours model farmer from Malaysia
Bangkok, Thailand, 15 Oct 2012 -- Today Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented FAO awards to four Asian farmers from Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production. Model farmer and frozen food producer from Malaysia, Misripah Marjan When Misripah Marjan finished secondary school in Selangor, Malaysia, she longed to go to university. But her farmer parents did not have the money to send her. Misripah may have lacked [more...]

 FAO honours model farmer from Mongolia
Bangkok, Thailand, 15 Oct 2012 -- Today Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented FAO awards to four Asian farmers from Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production. A model poultry farmer from Mongolia, Mr Bold Jigjid Growing up in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Baataar, Bold Jigjid never dreamed of becoming a farmer. His parents were workers in a garment factory, and as a boy he imagined piloting [more...]

FAO honours model farmer from Sri Lanka
Bangkok, Thailand, 15 Oct 2012 -- Today Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented FAO awards to four Asian farmers from Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production. A model organic farmer and founder of Lanka Farmers Forum, from Sri Lanka, Pathiraja Wijekoon Bandara Pathiraja Wijekoon Bandara, a 58-year-old from Kandy district in Sri Lanka is a farmer by profession. But he’s a warrior in spirit.Starting about two decades [more...]

FAO honours model farmer from Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand, 15 Oct 2012 -- Today Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented FAO awards to four Asian farmers from Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production. Model organic farmer from Thailand, Sumalee Thongteera Ask Sumalee Thongteera a question about the farming cooperative she manages in Korat province in northeastern Thailand, and she takes out her iPad. Miss Sumalee admits that sometimes she likes to browse the latest [more...]