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Changes needed in key rural and agricultural areas - focus of FAO meeting
Indonesia, 15 May 2006 -- Trade, natural disasters and bioenergy will also be discussed.Despite rapid economic growth in the region, rural poverty persist in Asia and the Pacific, and progress will need to accelerate rapidly to meet the target of reducing malnutrition by half by 2015, an FAO statement said today.Asia has made tremendous progress in agricultural production and food security during the past forty years. The caloric intake of the poor has increased, and [more...]

Indonesia, 12 May 2006 -- Amid growing concerns over the extraordinarily rapid pace of change affecting the region over the last two years – sky-rocketing oil prices, the post-Doha Round trading environment, devastating natural disasters and the continued spread of bird flu – agricultural ministers and senior officials from 46 Asia-Pacific countries will be meeting in Jakarta from 15 to 19 May to review the state of agriculture and food security – crucial themes for [more...]

Indonesia, 03 May 2006 -- The 28th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific will be held at the Shangri-La Jakarta hotel, in Indonesia from 15 to 19 May 2006. This major biennial event is convened by FAO to review and make recommendations on key food and agricultural issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region.The conference brings together 46 Asia-Pacific FAO member nations with UN organizations, donors, development partners and civil society. All conference sessions are [more...]

Japan, 25 Apr 2006 -- Japan is providing US$ 155 million to assist Asian countries in the fight against bird flu, a joint conference by the Japanese ministry of agriculture, fisheries and forestry, FAO and OIE annouced today.Nearly US$19 million is entrusted to FAO and OIE for capacity building in national veterinary services, AI notification systems, enhancement of regional and national control strategies and contingency planning against Avian Influenza.The joint conference kicked off the OIE/FAO [more...]

India, 20 Apr 2006 -- India hosts 21st Session of Asia-Pacific Forestry CommissionDehradun – The area of forests lost in Asia-Pacific during the past five years is equivalent to the size of Sri Lanka, according to FAO. More than 6 million hectares of natural forests were lost in the Asia-Pacific region, since 2000, mainly through conversion to agricultural crops and through wildfires, Wulf Killmann, FAO director of forest products and economics, warned delegates at an [more...]

13 Apr 2006 -- Still, lowest forest area per person in the worldBangkok, New Delhi – The Asia-Pacific region recorded the highest rate of forest plantation in the world, over the past five years, according to data released by FAO today. This helped the region reverse the 1990s’ trend of net loss of forest cover into a net gain during the period from 2000 to 2005, FAO said in advance of a gathering of [more...]

07 Apr 2006 -- FAO forecasts a contraction in trade in 2006Rome - 2005 was a record breaking year for the world rice economy, according to the FAO Rice Market Monitor published today.“For the third consecutive season, global paddy production experienced a brisk expansion, which lifted it to an all time high of 628 million tonnes. Growth reflected relatively favourable weather conditions in Asia, western Africa and South America and the positive effects of [more...]

Prevent over fishing in rebuilding tsunami affected coastal communities
30 Mar 2006 -- Bangkok – Taking stock of progress reached in the fisheries sector one year after the tsunami, FAO stresses the need for continued re-examination and targeting of reconstruction efforts to secure a long-term future for fishing communities.While people’s basic needs for food, shelter and clothing were met quickly after the 2004 tsunami, the recovery of the worst hit fisheries and coastal eco-systems calls for a five- to ten-year effort, FAO said [more...]

Better coordination of the supply of post-tsunami fisheries inputs in Thailand
Thailand, 28 Mar 2006 -- Bangkok – Moving from emergency to long-term rehabilitation, FAO and the Department of Fisheries are reviewing concerns among the government and aid agencies about the impact of fishing boats, gear and equipment supplied to tsunami affected communities in Thailand. In the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami, donors, aid agencies and non-governmental organizations took immediate action to supply fisheries inputs on an emergency basis with limited coordination and planning. At [more...]

Thailand - FAO provides Baht 28 million to irrigation sector and small farmers
Thailand, 21 Mar 2006 -- Bangkok – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will provide technical assistance to the tune of B28 million to the ministry of agriculture and cooperatives for two projects – poverty alleviation in the northeast, and policies and planning for irrigation sector reform.Poverty is a rural phenomenon in Thailand with 5.4 million people – or 86 percent of total poor – residing in rural areas. Approximately 70 [more...]