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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...]

13 Jul 2006 -- Follow-up to the World Summit on the Information SocietySome of the world's development organizations met recently for the first post-WSIS e-agriculture workshop, organized to facilitiate efforts to develop an effective process to engage as wide a range of stakeholders involved in agriculture who could benefit from information and communication technologies (ICT).The meeting, held on 12 June 2006, at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Headquarters in Rome, [more...]

A noble medal to honour HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Thailand, 07 Jun 2006 -- Bangkok - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is proud to announce that, on the Auspicious Occasion of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Accession to the Throne, the Agricola Medal bestowed to His Majesty on 6 December 1995 will be re-issued and offered to the public.The medal, when issued originally in 1995, marked the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to [more...]

06 Jun 2006 -- Around 100 000 farming families have lost their assets and source of incomeRome – The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for $5.6 million to help farmers affected by the 27 May earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java quickly resume farming and livestock production activities. Early recovery of the agriculture sector is essential for quick and sustainable improvement of rural people’s livelihoods, FAO said.FAO’s appeal is part [more...]

Indonesia, 19 May 2006 -- Delegates from thirty Asia-Pacific countries today called for enhancing agricultural productivity, addressing environmental degradation, overcoming distortions in international trade, protection against transboundary animal diseases and finding workable solutions to the high costs of energy. Asia-Pacific countries attach great importance to fair and open trade in agriculture to enhance food security and reduce poverty, the report of the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific observed. Expressing disappointment at [more...]

Indonesia, 19 May 2006 -- The 28th FAO Conference for Asia and the Pacific acknowledged the Jakarta Joint Ministerial Statement on Regional Partnerships Toward the Achievement of Food and Livelihood Security in Asia and the Pacific. Extracts of the statement are reproduced below.We reaffirm and reinvigorate our commitments to the outcomes of the World Food Summit (WFS) and to realising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, given that the majority of the world's poor [more...]