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Thuan An fishing port renovation to boost product hygiene, fishers income
Thua Thien Hue Province, Viet Nam, 11 Apr 2012 -- The renovation of the Thuan An port in Viet Nam’s Thua Thien Hue province will benefit fishers, traders and consumers in the province by improving - starting from today - the hygiene of fisheries products and enhancing the potential for more value-added marketing activities. The renovation is funded by the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (RFLP). Thuan An is the only fishing port among approximately 40 landing sites in Thua Thien Hue. Annually, approximately 7 [more...]

Bangkok, 30 Mar 2012 -- While mud crab farming based on collection from the wild has probably taken place for hundreds of years, farming of mud crabs is a relatively recent innovation, with most research and development taking place over the last few decades. A recent FAO publication showcases innovations on mud crab farming from researchers and farmers in key nations in the Asia-Pacific region where significant industry development and extension of technology have occurred [more...]

Bangkok, 28 Mar 2012 -- Today the Thai minister for agriculture and cooperatives and FAO signed a country programming framework for mutual cooperation and partnership to redress inequity and inclusive growth. Despite fast economic development over the past 50 years, Thailand faces serious socio-economic imbalances and uneven income and wealth distribution, which put the rural and agricultural segments of its society at a disadvantage. "For agriculture as a whole, farmers have been better off in terms of [more...]

Bangladesh is a learning ground for other nations: DG FAO
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 Mar 2012 -- The FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, visitedBangladesh from 18 to 20 March, in his first official visit to an Asian country. The Director-General met the Prime Minister Madam Sheikh Hasina and reassured her ofFAO’s increased support to Bangladesh, especially in achieving comprehensive food security,improving nutrition and food safety, and combating avian influenza. Graziano da Silva also met the Foreign Minister, Finance Minister, Agriculture Minister, andFood and Disaster Management Minister, and also [more...]

FAO chief calls for stronger agricultural production, more fairness in food systems
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 15 Mar 2012 -- Vowing to take a new approach to ending hunger in the face of soaring food prices and scarcer resources, the Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called for sustainable increases in agricultural production and fairer and more inclusive food and agricultural systems, during a regional conference in Hanoi on Thursday. Food prices, already persistently high and volatile, are forecast to rise even higher, resulting [more...]

Hanoi, Viet Nam, 13 Mar 2012 -- Policy makers meeting this week in Hanoi began debating Tuesday a paradigm shift to producing food that they believe can prevent a looming crisis that could cripple the region’s development and the turn the Asian Century into an era of hunger and undernourishment. “We have to move beyond the Green Revolution to an Evergreen Revolution, by adopting an approach called Save and Grow,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, regional assistant director-general of the [more...]

FAO: Hunger becoming more complex in Asia and the Pacific
Hanoi, Vietnam, 12 Mar 2012 -- With food prices twice as high as a decade ago, feeding nearly 600 million people suffering from hunger and malnutrition in the Asia-Pacific region is becoming more difficult, according to the regional representative of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, which opened a major regional conference in Hanoi today. “Eradicating hunger has become more complex and challenging in this region,’’ Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative of [more...]

Hanoi, Vietnam, 09 Mar 2012 -- The relationship between rising and volatile food prices, food insecurity and hunger, and diminishing natural resources will be the focus of agriculture ministers, senior officials and civil society representatives from 40 countries in the Asia-Pacific region at a major conference in Hanoi next week organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The world food price index re-bounded with one percent last month, its first increase in [more...]

Dili, Timor-Leste, 06 Mar 2012 -- This morning, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, His Excellency the Secretary of State of Agriculture and Arboriculture of Timor-Leste, Eng. Marcos da Cruz and Mr. Man Ho So, Deputy Regional Representative, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and FAO Representative to Timor-Leste, inaugurated the new FAO Representation Office in Timor-Leste at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) in Comoro, Dili. As the youngest Asia’s [more...]

Viet Nam
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 25 Feb 2012 -- Dr. Hoang Van Nam, Director General of Viet Nam's Department of Animal Health welcomed more than 20 participants to EAHMI's second Tripartite Review Meeting in Ha Noi on 25 February 2012, including project staff and national representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Viet Nam, as well as the project's implementation agency, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, and the donor, the Government of Italy. Messages [more...]