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Thailand, 16 Mar 2005 -- The AGORA initiative to provide free or low-cost science journals was launched on October 14, 2003 and in its first year of existence has seen significant increase in user participation as more publishers have agreed to provide online access to scientific journals on food and agriculture.The partners involved in the AGORA initiative gathered in London for the HINARI-AGORA Partners Meeting on 29th November 2004 to take stock of progress to [more...]

the Philippines, 14 Mar 2005 -- This FAO publication provides a brief guide on the subject of soil contamination by salt as a result of tsunami inundation of agricultural land in the coastal areas of Aceh province. It does not claim to be an exhaustive treatment of the subject but merely a starting point for immediate action and further discussion.The overall aim is to help the recovery of livelihoods in agricultural areas affected by the tsunami. [more...]

Thailand, 07 Mar 2005 -- Bangkok – In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, the surge for infrastructure and housing reconstruction requires vast supplies of wood. If not managed appropriately, this demand could adversely affect the remaining forests irrevocably, an FAO statement warned today.The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today called for attention to forests in the tsunami-affected countries which “are at risk of over-exploitation to meet immediate needs and [more...]

Thailand, 28 Feb 2005 -- Socio-economic considerations vital for ensuring livelihoods and access to food and resourcesBangkok – The very survival and livelihoods of coastal communities should take centre place in rebuilding fishing and aquaculture in tsunami-affected Asian countries, FAO warned today.During a workshop at the FAO regional office in Bangkok, a consortium* of fisheries agencies presented a draft blue print for the rebuilding and rehabilitation of fisheries and aquaculture communities and livelihoods in tsunami-affected [more...]

Viet Nam, 25 Feb 2005 -- Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam – An international conference on avian influenza in Asia has expressed major concern about the bird flu situation in the region. Chief Veterinary Officers from 28 countries called upon governments in the region and the international community to make the fight against the lethal virus a top priority and to commit more financial resources to national and regional anti-bird flu campaigns. […] Animal and [more...]

23 Feb 2005 -- New South-South Cooperation agreement signedRome - The Philippines will send 28 experts and technicians to six Pacific Island countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said yesterday at the signing ceremony of a new South-South Cooperation agreement. FAO's South-South Cooperation Programme is a global initiative that aims to strengthen cooperation among developing countries at different stages of development to improve agricultural productivity and ensure access to food for all. [more...]

Viet Nam, 23 Feb 2005 -- Ho Chi Minh City/Bangkok - Containing the bird flu virus to the greatest extent possible and reducing the risk of infection in poultry and farmed free-range ducks will help to prevent a global human influenza pandemic, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. “It is in the interest of both developed and developing countries to invest in the control and containment of avian influenza. Our objective is to [more...]

21 Feb 2005 -- Replacement boats and equipment should be appropriate to local conditionsBangkok/Rome – A harmful build-up of excessive fishing capacity must be avoided in the countries hit by the tsunami, FAO warned today.Excessive capacity was a serious problem in some of the region's coastal fisheries prior to the disaster -- a problem that reconstruction should avoid reproducing, according to FAO’s Fisheries Department,."Clearly, fisheries in the affected countries are in need of extensive [more...]

Viet Nam, 16 Feb 2005 -- Regional conference on avian flu to be held in Viet Nam Bangkok/Rome - The international community needs to step up the battle against bird flu in affected Asian countries in order to avoid a potential global human influenza pandemic, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) said today. The virus continues to circulate in poultry, and specifically in wetland ducks in Asia, FAO [more...]

the Lao People's Democratic Republic, 10 Feb 2005 -- Vientiane - With a grant of $850 000 provided by New Zealand, FAO will assist Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam over the next three years to improve food safety and quality by reducing the prevalence of food-borne diseases and enhance exports of food products from the three countries. During a ceremony today at the ministry of health attended by Bounkouang Phichit, vice minister of health, Leena Kirjavainen, FAO representative [more...]