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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...]

FAO and China forge strategic alliance to improve food security in developing countries
Indonesia, 18 May 2006 -- Around 3 000 Chinese experts and technicians will share their skillsThe Government of China expressed its intent to provide the services of at least 3 000 experts and technicians over a six-year period to help improve the productivity of small-scale farmers and fishers in developing countries, under an agreement signed today with FAO.This FAO-China collaboration is part of FAO's South-South Cooperation initiative, which aims to strengthen cooperation among developing countries [more...]

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...]