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Jackie Chan in Bird Flu Public Service Announcement
16 Aug 2006 -- BANGKOK – World-famous actor and martial arts expert Jackie Chan stars in a new television public service announcement to alert children and their families around the world to the dangers of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu.The PSA was produced by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with funding from the Government of Japan.The one-minute spot shows Chan, [more...]

Malaysia, 15 Aug 2006 -- Media advisoryHosted by the Department of Fisheries of Malaysia, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Malaysia, the 29th Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) will held in Kuala Lumpur from 21 to 23 August 2006.The high level meeting aims to reshape fisheries policy in the region and underpin decision making for reforming fishery and aquaculture. During this 3 day meeting they will discuss and endorse recommendations made during the [more...]

Thailand, 10 Aug 2006 -- The “Coastal protection in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami: what role for forests and trees?” workshop will be held in Khao Lak, Thailand from 28 through 31 August 2006.The workshop will bring together the best available knowledge and experience to give a clear picture of the roles that forests and trees play in protection against tsunamis, cyclones, erosion, wind and salt spray.The workshop will place this information in [more...]

Thailand, 09 Aug 2006 -- Patira Katekong, lives alone at Tambon Lamkaen, Thai Muang district. She used to possess one small fishing boat, but because it was severely damaged by the tsunami, the Department of Fisheries gave her compensation of 4,600 baht.She also owns 7 hectares of rubber plantation, and 2.4 hectares of fruit orchard where she grows rambutan, mangoesteen and durian. These too were damaged by the tsunami as a result of sea water [more...]

Thailand, 08 Aug 2006 -- Hat Sai Dum is a small peaceful village on an island in the Andaman Sea in Ranong province. From Ban Tachang on the mainland it takes about 45 minutes by long tail boat to travel to Hat Sai Dum whose name in English means ‘black sand beach’. The tsunami hit the island hard – mainly by damaging fishing boats and gear and thus ruining the islanders’ main livelihoods.Now livelihood restoration [more...]

the Lao People's Democratic Republic, 28 Jul 2006 -- Comments by Dr Wantanee Kalpravidh, Regional Coordinator for Avian Influenza Projects, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP)FAO was informed about the infection last week. Rapid test initially showed negative results for H5 avian influenza, but another test conducted a few days later from egg inoculation showed positive results for H5.The samples were later confirmed to be H5N1 by the Thai National Institute of Animal Health, Department of [more...]

Thailand, 26 Jul 2006 -- Comments by Dr Laurence Gleeson, Regional Manager, Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP)“On 24 July 2006, FAO/OIE received information about the re-occurrence of H5 avian influenza (AI) in Thailand. The outbreak occurred in Bangmulnarg District in Pichitr Province, where 31 dead native chickens and 295 susceptible poultry were recorded.The diagnosis was made [more...]

25 Jul 2006 -- Now available online, the new AGRIS search application gives the user the possibility to search the entire AGRIS data, comprising 2.3 millions bibliographic references, stored in the AGRIS XML format. This completely new interface exploits the advantages of both open-source full text search engine APIs (Lucene), and structured XML. The result is an extremely fast application, as with a Google query language but with the potential to formulate highly complex [more...]

24 Jul 2006 -- A joint FAO-OIE-WHO initiative Rome/Paris/Geneva - A global early warning system for animal diseases transmissible to humans (zoonoses) was formally launched last week in Geneva by the FAO, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO).The Global Early Warning and Response System (GLEWS) is the first joint early warning and response system conceived with the aim of predicting and responding to animal diseases including zoonoses [more...]

Thailand, 19 Jul 2006 -- Many Asian countries have encouraged the development of horticultural production. Marketing these perishable products requires collaboration and cooperation from the suppliers to customers in order to optimize distribution, purchases, forecasting and replenishment according to customer demand. Successful collaboration between trading partners within market-oriented horticultural supply chains is well documented. An International symposium on fresh produce supply chain management (Chiang Mai, 6 to 10 December 2006) aims to create a forum [more...]