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Malaysia, 15 Oct 2005 -- Kuala Lumpur, November 2005 – Agricultural and rural cooperatives representing millions of Asian rural poor must be provided skills, resources and institutional capacities to compete in international markets, FAO told senior Asian government decision makers and cooperative representatives here.Agricultural and rural cooperatives have a key role in poverty reduction in Asia where two-thirds of the world’s hungry people live, FAO Rural Development Officer Wim Polman told the 14-18 November 2005 [more...]

Thailand, 13 Oct 2005 -- The massive flooding this week in Central America has prompted the press and well-intentioned advocacy groups to blame the flooding following heavy rain from Hurricane Stan on excessive runoff caused by “extensive deforestation.” But in a report that seeks to separate fact from fiction when it comes to forests and floods, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) say [more...]

29 Sep 2005 -- Six new case studies relating to innovative practices on education and training of rural youth have been completed. The case studies include those undertaken on FAO's behalf by national consultants and included one each in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and two in Samoa. The reports are currently being edited for publication by FAO.The case studies series are an outcome of FAO's participation at an Asia Productivity Organization (APO) Meeting [more...]

Sustainable use of problem soils in rainfed agriculture
Thailand, 27 Sep 2005 -- A mid term workshop for an FAO assisted project - Sustainable Use of Problem Soils in Rainfed Agriculture in Northeast Thailand (TCP/THA/2906) - was held in Khon Kaen, Thailand from 18 to 21 April 2005. The meeting appraised project achievements and exchanged information and experience with other neighbouring countries (China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Egypt), other international, regional and national research institutions and universities.Recommendations for the Asian [more...]

Thailand, 27 Sep 2005 -- Increased oil costs are sustaining higher prices for riceBangkok - Retail prices of rice have recently move up in many countries in Asia and the Pacific. This trend will continue in the medium term, partly as a result of increased costs in fuel, fertilizers and transportation, FAO said today.International prices for rice have continued to firm in the first weeks of September. This will continue in the coming months, partly [more...]

Thailand, 27 Sep 2005 -- Government ministers and top officials dealing with rural development and poverty alleviation in Asia and the Pacific will meet in the Bangladesh capital between 29 September and 3 October 2005 to chalk out an action strategy in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Ministers from 14 Asian countries will meet on 2 and 3 October for the 15th biennial session of the Governing Council of the Dhaka-based Centre on [more...]

Thailand, 27 Sep 2005 -- Hundreds of thousands of Asian marginal farmers, fisher folk and rural workers struggling to rebuild livelihoods shattered by the 26 December 2004 tsunami will now be supported by a coalition of rural organizations in the Netherlands.The federation of Dutch rural people’s organizations Agriterra has teamed up with FAO’s partner Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific (NEDAC) to assist tsunami-affected farmers, fisher folk and other rural [more...]

Cambodia, 26 Sep 2005 -- An FAO project on Cambodia's Tonle Sap lake has helped revolutionize the way that the natural resources of the lake are managed, spelling good news for the millions of people whose food security depends on them.More information at: [more...]

Thailand, 23 Sep 2005 -- Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam have agreed to cooperate and establish over the next four years a coordination mechanism for the control of transboundary animal diseases in the Mekong region, according to a statement by FAO today.RAP 05/21The focus is on three most important trade limiting diseases: food-and-mouth disease (FMD), classical swine fever (CSF) and avian influenza (AI or bird flu). The morbidity and mortality rates of livestock [more...]

22 Sep 2005 -- Bangkok/Rome - FAO is concerned about the spread of avian influenza in Indonesia and has offered further assistance to control the virus in the country. "Avian influenza has become endemic in Indonesia and it is continuing to spread," said FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech. "In view of the worrying situation, it is necessary for the government to improve its virus control policies and strategies," Domenech said. The fight against [more...]