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FAO calls for redoubling efforts and investments to overcome distressing levels of malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific
18 May 2006 -- Jakarta – Although agricultural growth in Asia is more pro-poor than growth in all the other sectors, with 35 percent of the world's undernourished population residing in South Asia, the prevalence of underweight, stunting and wasting is higher in this region than anywhere else in the world, FAO said today.“Hunger in the region fell by 41 million over the last 10 years, yet some 552 million people are still undernourished [more...]

Indonesia, 16 May 2006 -- Long-term trends are positive for a broad range of quality of life indicators in nearly all countries in Asia and the Pacific, including life expectancy, poverty rates, malnutrition, dietary diversification, and access to clean drinking water, FAO said today.Speaking at the senior officers segment of the 28th FAO regional conference for Asia and the Pacific, David Dawe, senior food system economist of FAO Bangkok, reviewed the state of food and [more...]

15 May 2006 -- The IMARK Steering Group announces the release of the newest Information Management Resource Kit e-learning module Building Electronic Communities and Networks. The module is designed to help users develop the strategic, interpersonal and technical skills required to establish and sustain electronic communities. This module provides an overview of the benefits and opportunities offered by online communities for facilitating knowledge and information exchange."This latest e-learning offering in the IMARK suite supports [more...]

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...]