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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014 -- While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard. Concerns about the effects of climate change on agricultural production has brought together some 50 delegates including [more...]

Pacific Island Countries urged to produce more healthy local foods at competitive prices
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 11 Mar 2014 -- Retail food outlets in Pacific island countries are increasingly selling imported processed foods that are pricing locally produced, healthier foods out of the market and affecting the health of islanders, FAO warned today. In order to restore a viable market for local food producers and reduce demand on imported products, a policy-driven, multi-sector approach is required, FAO said in a discussion paper being presented at its 32nd Regional Conference for Asia [more...]

Rice is life: A regional rice strategy for sustainable food security in Asia and the Pacific
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 11 Mar 2014 -- Faced with growing threats to rice production, countries in Asia and the Pacific are engaging in a Regional Rice Strategy, initiated by FAO last year at the request of member States, and further discussed during a side event at the Organization’s 32nd Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, held 10 -14 March. “Rice is life,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. “More [more...]

FAO Thirty-Second Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific Convenes
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 10 Mar 2014 -- The Asia-Pacific region is on-track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of reducing hunger by half by 2015, the FAO’s Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific has heard in its opening session today. But the FAO is warning countries across this vast region they must redouble their efforts to improve and increase food production systems along the entire value chain in order to head off a food security crisis [more...]

FAO warns countries of Asia and the Pacific of the need to increase food production to meet the requirements of future generations and improve nutrition
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 10 Mar 2014 -- Governments in Asia and the Pacific should take some major, fundamental decisions – and soon – about ways to increase their food production and address undernourishment, the FAO has warned. The warning comes as nearly 40 FAO member countries have gathered in the Mongolian capital for the Thirty-Second FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific to examine the state of food and agriculture in the region and a number of [more...]

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Organizations meet on food and agriculture
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 08 Mar 2014 -- Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific opened a two-day Consultation today to discuss their joint concerns about the future of small farmers, landless farmers, farm workers and other concerned stakeholders. This parallel Consultation is organized just prior to FAO’s Thirty-Second Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), also in Ulaanbaatar, 10-14 March. Forty participants representing different CSOs and their organizations from the region and Mongolia are participating [more...]

Cyclone damage to Tonga’s agriculture and fisheries exceeds $20 million
Nuku´alofa, Tonga/Apia, Samoa, 03 Mar 2014 -- A joint report by Tonga’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has found that Tropical Cyclone Ian caused $20.6 million of damage and losses to Tonga’s agriculture and fisheries sectors. .   The category 5 cyclone, which made landfall on January 11, caused near total damage to household food crops, fruit trees and fishing gear in the country’s Ha’apai [more...]

Pattaya, Thailand , 03 Mar 2014 -- In many parts of the world, including the Asia and Pacific region, agriculture is the mainstay of rural livelihoods, particularly for the most vulnerable. Investing responsibly in agriculture and food systems is essential for making sure everyone has the safe, nutritious food they need for a healthy life. However, investment in agriculture and food systems can also be risky when governance is weak or people’s rights are not respected. There is [more...]

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 03 Mar 2014 -- Government Ministers and high-level officials from nearly 40 countries are set to gather in Asia’s largest land-locked country to discuss ways and means to bring an end to hunger and improve food security across this vast continent.   Hosted by the Government of Mongolia, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will convene its Thirty-Second Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 10 – [more...]

FAO calls for rapid increase in vegetable production in Asia-Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand, 25 Feb 2014 -- Per capita vegetable production in Asia and the Pacific has increased some 25 percent over the last decade. Yet, while Asian countries produce more than three-quarters of the world’s vegetables, they and other producers worldwide will need to dramatically increase their vegetable production by 47 percent to meetthe nutritional needs of a growing population which would exceed nine billion by 2050, FAO warned toda According to a UN report, with 2009 as the baseline, the population of ‘middle income’ earners in Asia and the Pacific is expected [more...]