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To prevent a new food price crisis experts urge policy changes
Bangkok, Thailand, 02 Oct 2012 -- A high level meeting of more than 120 food and agriculture experts from some 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region today has called for swift, coordinated international action to stop rising food prices from escalating into a catastrophe that could strike tens of millions of people in the coming months. Recent sharp increases in global market prices of maize, wheat and soybeans and the negative implications of severe droughts in [more...]

Bangkok, Thailand, 27 Sep 2012 -- More than 20 Asia-Pacific countries will meet at the invitation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank  (ADB), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to consider the need for swift, coordinated international action to prevent a return of the price shocks that affected tens of millions of people in the region in 2007-08. With fears [more...]

Danang, Viet Nam, 22 Sep 2012 -- The Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) has called for more effective management of the trawl sector in Asia, which balances the need to sustain marine fishery ecosystems with the demand for feeds for aquaculture. Meeting in Da Nang, Viet Nam, APFIC members recognized the challenges facing the region’s fisheries including overfishing in coastal areas particularly from trawling and the use of non-selective fishing gears. At the same time the need to sustain [more...]

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...]