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Representatives from nine Asia-Pacific International Farm Youth Exchange (ASPA IFYE) countries meet in Thailand
Thailand, 09 Sep 2005 -- Some 200 ASPA IFYE members and representatives met in Pattaya, Thailand from 4 to 8 September 2005 on the occasion of the Sixth ASPAC IFYE Conference. Participating countries included Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.The IFYE is closely linked to the cross-cultural International 4-H Youth Exchange programme. Since its establishment in 1948, 4-H clubs have helped thousands of young people from across the United States, [more...]

Samoa, 01 Sep 2005 -- Since October 2004, an FAO funded project in Samoa, worth US$210,000, is supporting the overall aim of the "Future Farmers of Samoa" programme with enhanced education and training regarding opportunities in agriculture.In Samoa, an increasing number of young people no longer see agriculture as a career choice and this is having multiple negative socio-economic effects: in urban areas it contributes to growing problems of overcrowding and unemployment, whereas in rural [more...]

Indonesia, 31 Aug 2005 -- Large forest fires in South-East Asia, notably in Indonesia, have caused serious health and environmental problems, in particular choking haze in the region, FAO said today. “Most of these fires are intentional and planned by agro-industrial companies to clear forests for agricultural land use”, said Mike Jurvelius, FAO forest fire expert. “Using fire to clear forests is prohibited in most of the South-East Asian countries and the ban should urgently [more...]

Thailand, 31 Aug 2005 -- Countries along migratory routes of wild birds should be on alert – emergency preparedness essential The deadly strain of avian influenza that has hit several countries in Asia is likely to be carried over long distances along the flyways of wild water birds to the Middle East, Europe, South Asia and Africa, FAO warned today. Birds flying from Siberia, where the H5N1 virus has been recently detected, may carry the [more...]

Thailand, 26 Jul 2005 -- A combination of typhoons, tropical storms, and heavy rains has seriously affected a number of Asian countries since the start of this year’s summer monsoon season in June. Hundreds of people were killed and hundreds of thousands were evacuated. High economic losses and serious food shortages have been reported in the affected areas. As monsoon rains are due to continue in the next couple of months, the situation could further [more...]

Thailand, 20 Jul 2005 -- Much needed support and equipment for fishing and crop production will be provided for building back livelihoods of tsunami affected poor families and boosting the sustained prosperity of communities in southern Thailand, FAO said today.FAO will be guiding a unique partnership – involving the Thai ministry of agriculture, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and civil society – to move forward much needed support and basic equipment for boasting livelihoods [more...]

Indonesia, 14 Jul 2005 -- Intergovernmental Group on Tea meets in BaliWorld tea production continued to reach new highs in 2004, when output grew by 2% to reach an estimated 3.2 million tonnes, according to an FAO report prepared for the Intergovernmental Group on Tea meeting in Bali (20-22 July 2005) to review the current world tea market and its medium-term outlook. The expansion in production was due mainly to the increases recorded in Turkey, [more...]

Cambodia, 12 Jul 2005 -- TCP/CMB/3004 (T) – July 2005 to January 2007 - US$265 000In accordance with the overall government objective to decentralize management authority, the Cambodian Department of Fisheries has only recently started to work in the area of community fisheries and has limited capacity to facilitate the development of community fisheries management. The establishment of community-based co-management as well as the continuous support of the coastal fishing communities remains a major task. [more...]

Malaysia, 06 Jul 2005 -- International animal and human health experts today unveiled a multi-point plan designed to reduce the risk of the H5N1 avian influenza virus spreading from poultry to humans, and appealed to the international community to come forward with funds to make it work and help stave off the risk of an influenza pandemic.The strategy was drawn up at a three-day conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, attended by experts from around Asia, [more...]

Bird flu situation in Asia remains critical, FAO warns; Virus behaviour still not fully understood – more research and investment for virus control required
Malaysia, 04 Jul 2005 -- The bird flu situation in many Asian countries remains critical and requires more attention by affected countries and the international community, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. “Eradication of the virus from the eight affected Asian countries will not be easily achieved. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza must be considered as an endemic disease and must be controlled at source in animals,” FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech [more...]