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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...]

Cambodia, 10 Jun 2005 -- A new field guide on prevention and control of bird flu for use by farmers, veterinary workers and paraprofessionals is now available from the internet at, produced by FAO in Cambodia in association with Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF-CICDA). The attractively produced guide is specifically intended for animal health staff and people working in backyard and small-scale poultry production units, emphasizing simple and inexpensive measures for bird flu [more...]

Thailand, 09 May 2005 -- New FAO report on best practices in Asia and the Pacific9 May 2005, Bangkok – Strengthening property rights, paying attention to people’s livelihoods and developing appropriate institutional structures are keys to effective forest management, FAO said today at the launch of the report In search of excellence: exemplary forest management in Asia and the Pacific. The report provides examples of how people have successfully tackled challenges in managing their forests [more...]

Indonesia, 05 May 2005 -- The 26 December 2004 earthquake, tsunami and the 29 March 2005 earthquake caused great loss of life, damage and disruption. It strongly affected the primary sector’s economy, but did not induce major structural changes within the Provinces. The current estimated cost for the rehabilitation ‘Blueprint’ is Rp 41.1 trillion (about US$4.1 billion) over the next five years.Before the Tsunami, almost 30 percent of the population in Aceh Province lived below [more...]

Sri Lanka, 02 May 2005 -- On 21 May 2005, Revathi Balakrishnan, FAO’s senior sociologist (gender and development) will present an invited paper on Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger and Distance Education during the Asian Round Table on Open and Distance Learning for Attainment of Millennium Development of Goals, marking the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the Open University of Sri Lankan in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning. [more...]

the Philippines, 02 May 2005 -- The National Commission for the Role of Filippino Women is organizing a one day meeting on Post-Beijing+10 Forum: Updates on Rural Women Sector on 3 May 2005 at ITCAF, Quezon City. The gathering will identify persistent gender equality gaps and constrains in the advancement of rural women, feeding into the UN review process. FAO Bangkok is supporting this initiative. [more...]

Thailand, 02 May 2005 -- From 11 to 24 January 2005 the government of Thailand and FAO undertook a joint assessment mission to six tsunami-affected provinces to take stock of the damage and identify emergency and rehabilitation needs in the fisheries and agricultural sectors. Effects on forestry and livelihoods of coastal communities were also observed as far as possible. The full text of the manuscript is now available to the public on the Internet.For further [more...]

Future economic progress in Asia must go hand in hand with rapid eradication of poverty and hunger
Thailand, 27 Apr 2005 -- FAO and IFAD team up for pro-poor stance in rural and agricultural development Bangkok — Despite dramatic economic progress in Asia over the last three decades, a significant portion of the population remains poor as the fruits of development have not been shared equally across countries and within countries of the region, FAO said today. Poverty and food insecurity have emerged as one of the greatest development challenges for the [more...]

Reducing pesticide use in vegetable production in Asia
Viet Nam, 08 Apr 2005 -- Ho Chi Minh City. Since 2002 eight south and southeast Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam) are participating in an FAO assisted five years integrated pest management (IPM) programme co-financed by the governments of Australia, the Netherlands and Norway for a total amount of $7.5 million. The project aims at drastically reducing pesticide use in vegetable production and increasing incomes of farmers. Through participatory [more...]