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Bangkok, Thailand, 11 Oct 2012 -- A regional consultation by national officials and international experts on sustainable intensification of aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific today adopted a new framework to sustainable intensify farm raised fish, or aquaculture. FAO, the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) and the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) jointly convened the consultation as a regional initiative to support the sustainable intensification of aquaculture in the  Asian region. The consultative workshop concluded that intensified aquaculture [more...]

FAO staff wishes His Majesty the King well
Bangkok, Thailand, 11 Oct 2012 -- FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Hiroyuki Konuma, together with other staff from FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, extended their greetings and good wishes to His Majesty the King at Siriraj Hospital. From left to right the FAO well-wishers are: Monpilai Youyen,  Kanyarat Singhaphan, Chananut Auisui, Pinit Korsieporn (Regional Programme Coordinator), Man Ho So (Deputy Regional Representative), Hiroyuki Konuma (FAO Assistant Director-General [more...]

Bangkok, Thailand, 02 Oct 2012 -- Press Briefing: The press briefing on the conclusions of the high level consultation on policies to respond to high food prices in Asia and the Pacific region will begin immediately after day-two of the consultation concludes, today Tuesday, 02 October at 6 PM. The briefing will take place in the VIP lounge just off the Crystal Ballroom of the Hotel Plaza Athénée, A Royal Méridien Hotel, 61 Wireless Road (Witthayu) Lumphini [more...]

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...]