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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...]

Thailand, 01 Jul 2005 -- The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is supporting an Asia-Pacific animation competition for peace and development - organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and sponsered by Thailand's Software Industry Promotion Agency to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations.With $15,000 total prize money for Asia-Pacific winners, this international contest is an opportunity to showcase your creativity to a [more...]

Thailand, 28 Jun 2005 -- Driven by higher prices in 2004 and expanding cultivation, global paddy rice production in 2005 is estimated to surpass 621 million tonnes, the highest level on record, FAO said today.The June 2005 issue of FAO’s Rice Market Monitor is forecasting that global paddy production could swell to 621 million tonnes as rice producing countries are reacting to the rise in prices witnessed in 2004 by expanding cultivation.If confirmed at that [more...]

Thailand, 23 Jun 2005 -- In Thailand the emergency phase was mostly over within two months of the tsunami, and the country is now well into the recovery phase. The Government – with support from the United Nations Country Team – is now moving towards longer term rehabilitation and recovery in four key areas: social protection, livelihood recovery, environmental rehabilitation and disaster preparedness.[…] The Royal Thai Government is widely acknowledged to have led an effective [more...]

Thailand, 10 Jun 2005 -- FAO releases training package on creating digital librariesAs part of an ongoing e-learning initiative known as the Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK), FAO has released the second in a series of training modules aimed at improving the management and sharing of agricultural information. The "Digitization and Digital Libraries" module was developed in collaboration with UNESCO to teach librarians and non-specialists how to digitize documents and put them online to create [more...]