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FAO and Chinese partners working to unlock carbon finance for herders and grazers
Rome, Italy, 30 May 2014 -- Hundreds of millions of people around the world rely on grasslands to feed the livestock which are the foundation of their livelihoods. Yet poor land management has left large swathes of the world's grasslands degraded - an environmental problem which also has direct implications for livestock-dependent communities. To help address these concerns, FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China's Northwest Institute of [more...]

Improving food safety standards in Asia requires parallel action on improving regional food security
Bangkok, Thailand, 22 May 2014 -- As Asia’s population grows and becomes more affluent and urban based, improvements to food security and food safety will require decisive and coordinated action, a senior FAO official said today. “Improving food safety and food security are important but complex, multi-dimensional issues,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. “Without assurances of effective, internationally accepted standards and codes of practice in place in this [more...]

Future demand for dairy products in Asia expected to soar – sustainability and shared growth with smallholder producers vital
Bangkok, Thailand, 21 May 2014 -- Soaring demand for milk and dairy products will be driven by an insatiable Asian thirst and appetite for decades to come, delegates at an FAO-sponsored regional meeting on dairy production heard today. While that is a positive trend, there are challenges to ensure demand is met in a sustainable way and that smallholder producers also profit from increased production, the FAO said today. Public and private sector experts from the world’s livestock [more...]

Pattaya, Thailand, 20 May 2014 -- The success of sustainable long-term development in Asia and the Pacific will depend on the region’s ability to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, a senior FAO Official today told a UN forum on regional sustainable development to 2015 and beyond. “FAO’s vision for Rio+20 and beyond is to end hunger and make the transition to a sustainable agriculture and food system,” said Sumiter Broca on behalf of Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General [more...]

“Save Food Network Thailand” formed for multi-stakeholder joint collaboration in Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand, 16 May 2014 -- A new multi-stakeholder network has vowed to collaborate in the fight against post-harvest food losses and food waste in Thailand, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The formation of Save Food Network Thailand (SFNET) was inspired by the regional Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign, in which Thailand is among some ten countries across the region participating.   The problem of food loss and food waste cannot be overstated. Worldwide, 30 [more...]

FAO forecasts a decline in wheat and maize production which tightens the supply-demand balance and pushes up prices
Bangkok, Thailand, 08 May 2014 -- In its first major forecast for 2014, cereal production is estimated at 2,458 million tonnes (including milled rice), down by 60 million metric tonnes, or some 2.4 percent, from the 2013 record, the FAO’s biannual Food Outlook reports today. This plunge has been attributed to a 1.9 percent decline in wheat production and a drop of 3.9 percent in coarse grains. “What we are seeing is a tightening of the supply/demand balance, [more...]

Six months after disaster, Philippine farmers bring in the harvest
Central Philippines, 07 May 2014 -- Tens of thousands of farmers are bringing in their first rice harvest just six months after one of the worst typhoons to ever hit the Philippines left their fields in tatters and their livelihoods at risk, FAO announced today. After Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines on 8 November, 2013, the situation was dire. More than 6,000 people lost their lives, while some 600,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed, leaving millions [more...]

Global recognition for traditional farming systems in China, Iran and South Korea
Rome, Italy, 01 May 2014 -- Six traditional farming systems in China, Iran and South Korea known for their unique characteristics and approaches to sustainability have been designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by FAO. They include Iran’s Qanat Irrigation system, an ancient network of farms that have survived for nearly three millennia; a 22-thousand-kilometer system of black stone walls built from volcanic rock in Jeju, South Korea; and the traditional Gudeuljang Irrigated rice terraces [more...]

Mongolia, China and FAO prepare for implementation of South-South Cooperation Agreement
Beijing/Ulaanbaatar , 11 Apr 2014 -- China and Mongolia are moving forward to implement activities following an agreement reached last month on South-South cooperation, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization announced today. The two countries and the FAO signed the Memorandum of Understanding in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 14 March. The South-South Cooperation (SSC) Tripartite Agreement between Mongolia, the People’s Republic of China and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was signed during the [more...]

FAO revises upward global rice production for 2013
Bangkok, Thailand, 10 Apr 2014 -- Despite climatic shifts and natural disasters plaguing some rice producing countries, the 2013 season has produced more rice than expected, adding to the ninth straight year of rice surplus or ‘carry over,’ the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.   As farmers in many countries, particularly in Asia, begin the last harvests of the 2013 season, several countries have raised their 2013 production estimates above those reported in [more...]