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Invest in agriculture for food security - FAO honours four model farmers in Asia
Thailand, 17 Oct 2006 -- Today, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented FAO awards to four Asian farmers for outstanding achievements in the areas of livestock (China), industrial crops production (Myanmar), seed farming (Pakistan) and aquaculture (Thailand).While Asia as a region is booming economically and several Asian cities have emerged as major centres of world finance and technology, Asian villages are still poor and technologically lagging. Rural populations – in particular agricultural households [more...]

FAO honours a model fish farmer from Chumpon (Thailand)
Thailand, 17 Oct 2006 -- Today FAO honoured Phloiruedee Pitiworawong from Thailand for outstanding achievement as fish farmer.A 57-year-old aquaculture farmer from the southern province of Chumpon, Phloiruedee Pitiworawong is a model of perseverance. Some 22 years ago, she and her husband Prawet pooled their money and founded an inland shrimp farm. Three years later, they lost everything. Typhoon Gay washed away their stocks. But Khun Phloiruedee and her husband persevered. They rebuilt their farm. [more...]

FAO honours a sugar cane farmer from Mandalay (Myanmar)
Myanmar, 17 Oct 2006 -- Today FAO honoured U Moe Win from Myanmar for for outstanding achievement in industrial crop production.In places where traditions are valued, change can come slowly. Rural Myanmar is such a place. Any visitor to this nation nestled between India and China can’t miss the fact that much of the countryside is still farmland, inhabited by mostly poor rural dwellers.Indeed, farmers are the backbone of the country. When Myanmar’s farmers are [more...]

FAO honours a livestock farmer from Yunnan (China)
China, 17 Oct 2006 -- Today FAO honoured Wang Haiyan from China for outstanding achievement in livestock farming.Although Wang Haiyan only completed eight years of schooling, she never lost her thirst for knowledge. And knowledge is often the difference between a successful farmer and one who just gets by.Eight years ago, Wang and her husband, Yang Hong, decided to become pig farmers. Using the money they saved from working others’ fields, they rented a third [more...]

FAO honours a seed farmer from Jacobabad (Pakistan)
Pakistan, 17 Oct 2006 -- Today FAO honoured Rashid Hussain from Pakistan for outstanding achievement as seed farmer. The region around Jacobabad in Pakistan is a tough place to be a farmer. Jacobabad is hot. Its soil is salty and waterlogged. Getting rice to grow there is hard work that doesn’t always bring rewards.Rashid Hussain is making that work a bit easier for his fellow farmers. Rashid’s father, Haji Abdul Rasool Khoso, was an educated [more...]

Thailand, 12 Oct 2006 -- Note to Correspondents2006 World Food Day - Invest in agriculture for food securityNext week sees the 61st anniversary of FAO’s foundation in Quebec, Canada on 16 October 1945. It will be marked in Bangkok by an important event to which the media are invited. Arrangements for the media are described below. Tuesday 17 October – 61st Anniversary of FAO and 26th World Food Day (WFD) Asia-Pacific observance presided over by [more...]

06 Oct 2006 -- Giving local people direct access to valuable forestry resourcesBangkok – Improved access to forest resources - coupled with labor-intensive timber harvesting and wood-processing - can greatly contribute to rural job creation, opening new pathways for integrating forest management with poverty reduction, FAO said today.In a new drive to reduce poverty in chronically poor rural areas, international experts called on governments to simplify forest laws and regulations to make it easier [more...]

Indonesia, 05 Oct 2006 -- The latest results of sequencing tests on virus isolates from poultry infected with avian influenza in Indonesia indicate that the virus is not mutating towards a more virulent strain that could attack humans and set off a pandemic.Studies of the sequences of more than 49 virus isolates from poultry on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali show no significant changes or mutation in the characteristics of the H5N1 avian [more...]

the Philippines, 22 Sep 2006 -- Iligan City – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) joined hands today to improve food security among conflict affected farmers in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. In Bubong Municipality of Lanao del Sur, farmers received bags of rice from WFP and packets of vegetable seeds from FAO after participating in a community project to establish a solar dryer, which is primarily used [more...]

Learning by doing is key to bird flu disease control in poultry
Indonesia, 15 Sep 2006 -- JAKARTA - Dr David Nabarro, the Senior UN system Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza emphasizes the importance of control of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at source in poultry as a key to preventing an influenza pandemic.He stressed the importance of ‘learning by doing’ in further expanding the response to the epidemic in poultry, pointing out the need for strengthened commitment from all parties in continuing the fight against [more...]