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06 Dec 2005 -- On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, the Food and Agriculture Organization is bringing access to knowledge and information to a new level by launching an interactive facility to provide direct access to both the formal and tacit knowledge of its staff and technical experts.Ask FAO lets users pose questions directly to experts in FAO and also includes a searchable "knowledge base" of answers to frequently asked questions covering issues [more...]

28 Nov 2005 -- More investments needed in rural areasBeijing/Bangkok – Top priority should be given to improving access to quality education in rural areas – primary schooling, literacy and skills development – for communities of farmers, fisherfolk, livestock producers as well as populations living in mountains, forests and deserts, FAO said today.“Failure to educate children in rural areas perpetuates needless hunger. Attending primary education is one of the surest ways out of the [more...]

19 Nov 2005 -- Bangkok/Rome - Patrick Evans (forestry) and Heiko Bammann (agriculture) were each presented today with a B.R. Sen Award, conferred to FAO staff who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the country to which they are assigned.Mr Evans received the award in recognition of his role in implementing an 8-year FAO project to improve the management of forestry and fishery resources on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake. The project [more...]

Pakistan, 16 Nov 2005 -- FAO assessment to guide recovery and reconstruction plans for agriculture sectorRome – Direct and indirect losses to crops, livestock and irrigation infrastructure as a result of last month’s earthquake in northern Pakistan total more than $440 million, according to the findings of an FAO assessment released today.FAO’s damage and needs assessments for the agriculture and livestock sectors in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province were presented to the [more...]

14 Nov 2005 -- Trend of losses reversed into annual net gain of 633 000 hectaresBangkok – The trend of net losses in forest coverage during the 1990s in the Asia-Pacific region has been reversed owing to large-scale forestation programmes, FAO said today.Key findings of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA 2005) released today by FAO indicate that the Asia-Pacific region has altered a net loss of forests of around 1 275 000 [more...]

09 Nov 2005 -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to announce on behalf of the Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) Steering Group, the release the new IMARK website located at: The new website now offers online access to self-paced e-learning modules which have previously been available only on CD ROM. Learners can now register and take the IMARK module "Management of Electronic Documents" in English or [more...]

02 Nov 2005 -- The 5th EFA High-Level Group Meeting will be held this year in Beijing, China, from 28 to 30 November. According to UNESCO some 40 ministers of education and ministers of international cooperation will attend the meeting.Following the statement expressed in the "Dakar Framework for Action" (paragraph 19), a High-Level Group on Education for All is convened annually by the Director-General of UNESCO as a lever for political commitment and technical [more...]

01 Nov 2005 -- A high profile public event, the Asia-Pacific regional observance of World Food Day was organized by the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok on 17 October. Chaired by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, two Thai Privy Councillors and the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives were in attendance together with senior government staff, Bangkok-based ambassadors of member countries and heads of development partners and UN system organizations, [more...]

27 Oct 2005 -- The E-Network on Strategic Planning and Management of Water Resources in Asia and the Pacific is a joint initiative of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). The E-Network represents an effort to bring the world water vision to the regional and national levels through the partnership of UNESCAP and FAO, born from their [more...]

Indonesia, 24 Oct 2005 -- FAO will assist to draw up a national bird flu control campaign 24 October 2005, Bangkok/Rome – FAO will assemble an emergency team of experts in Indonesia to help the country embark on a new phase of the battle against avian influenza at source in poultry, the UN agency announced today. “The serious bird flu situation in Indonesia, where several human death cases have been recorded recently, requires a strong [more...]