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Asia and the Pacific heading to achieve MDG hunger target: remaining regional gap narrows to less than one percentage point
Bangkok, Thailand, 16 Sep 2014 -- The most comprehensive survey on the state of food insecurity in the world confirms large gains have been made in combating hunger in many parts of Asia and the Pacific, the head of FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific announced today. “Achieving the MDG hunger target is now close to hand,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, noting that the remaining gap to meet the Millennium [more...]

FAO food price index drops to four-year low
Rome, Italy, 11 Sep 2014 -- FAO's monthly food price indexregistered another drop in August, continuing a 5-month downward run and reaching its lowest level since September 2010. The index's August average of 196.6 points represents a decrease of 7.3 points (3.6 percent) from July. With the exception of meat, prices for all of the commodities measured by the index dipped markedly.Dairy led the pack, with FAO's sub-index for dairy products averaging 200.8 points in August, down 25.3 points (11.2 [more...]

Food security tops agenda of FAO Director-General’s meeting with India’s Prime Minister Modi
New Delhi, India, 10 Sep 2014 -- The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, have agreed on how to strengthen efforts to promote India’s food security and sustainable agricultural development during talks held in New Delhi. Tuesday’s meeting was Modi’s first with the FAO Director-General since he took office as Prime Minister in May. During the discussions, the Indian leader expressed his concern on the impact that international trade agreements could [more...]

Indian institutions award FAO Director-General for efforts to promote food security
New Delhi, India, 08 Sep 2014 -- Today FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and made a Fellow of India's National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) during his first official mission to the country. “This is truly a great honor,” said Graziano da Silva. “The NAAS and IARI have a rich history of contributing to agricultural development, responding to the challenges of yesterday and today, and [more...]

Sustainable development of Small Island Developing States a global litmus test "We want more than just survival. We strive for sustainable development." – FAO Director General at SIDS Summit in Samoa
Apia, Samoa/Rome , 03 Sep 2014 -- Coping with climate change should be seen as more than just a question of survival for small island countries – the international community should view it as a challenge to take unified action and notch up efforts to shift to a sustainable model of development, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today. "Climate change is happening before our eyes. Rising sea levels, higher air and sea surface temperatures, and changing [more...]

Thailand establishes National Save Food Network
Bangkok, Thailand, 31 Aug 2014 -- The terms of reference for a new multi-stakeholder network, which aims to reduce food loss and waste in Thailand, has received the endorsement of public sector, private sector, CSOs, research institutes and other stakeholders, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. “This is the first formal meeting of the Save Food Network Thailand (SFNET) with FAO and Thailand’s Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives as [more...]

Indigenous peoples “key partners’ in fight against poverty, hunger and malnutrition,” FAO said.
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 29 Aug 2014 -- A two-day regional multi-stakeholder consultation to support Indigenous Peoples for their livelihood and food security ended today with fruitful results. The meeting was jointly organized by AIPP and FAO in collaboration with other partners, and was attended by senior representatives of the Governments from 12 countries in the region, representatives from CSOs and international organizations such as EU, RECOFTC, CIFOR, ICRAF, etc. The meeting facilitated a better understanding of the sifting cultivation [more...]

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 28 Aug 2014 -- In order to support indigenous communities that are depending on shifting cultivation, it is first and foremost necessary to recognize that it is more than just farming practices or farming systems, it is a form of historically sustained livelihood systems and landscape management that is closely connected to the traditional culture and way of life of the communities, a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) sponsored forum heard today. This [more...]

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 19 Aug 2014 -- ASEAN nations have moved a step closer in their efforts to formulate a framework of a new vision and priorities for the years 2016-2025 in food production , agriculture and forestry sectors, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. The acknowledgment was made by FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, Hiroyuki Konuma, during the Special Senior Officials Meeting of the Thirty Fifth Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on [more...]

Asia-Pacific countries reach consensus for greater support for millions of small-holder family farms
Chennai, India, 10 Aug 2014 -- A high level meeting on family farming and small holder farmers in Asia and the Pacific has concluded with a consensus for greater support for millions of family and small-holder farmers across the region, who constitute more than 80 percent of total farmers, and renewed efforts to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced.   Family and small holder farms are the backbone of agricultural outputs in Asia and the Pacific, producing the vast majority of [more...]