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Bhutan, 18 Oct 2004 -- Bangkok – Today, the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok has issued awards to five outstanding farmers from the Asia-Pacific Region. The farmers received the awards from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the 2004 World Food Day celebration in Bangkok.Below please find the citation used during the ceremony to highlight the achievements of the farmer from Bhutan.Kaka Dema – highland farmer, BhutanTwenty-two year old Kaka Dema comes from the tiny [more...]

China, 18 Oct 2004 -- Bangkok – Today, the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok has issued awards to five outstanding farmers from the Asia-Pacific Region. The farmers received the awards from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the 2004 World Food Day celebration in Bangkok.Below please find the citation used during the ceremony to highlight the achievements of the farmer from China.Tou Shenglian – dryland farmer, ChinaA Muslim farmer’s daughter from Ningxia Huizu autonomous region [more...]

16 Oct 2004 -- “Biodiversity for Food Security”, the theme of this year’s World Food Day, reflects our planet’s richness and the key to ending hunger that this great diversity represents.However, the world’s biodiversity is under threat and this could severely compromise global food security. FAO estimates that about three-quarters of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops have been lost over the last century. As a consequence, the food supply becomes more vulnerable, there [more...]

27 Sep 2004 -- Virus will not be eradicated in the near future, FAO/OIE say – new FAO guidelines published, supported by OIEBangkok ‑ The avian influenza epidemic in Asia is a “crisis of global importance” and will continue to demand the attention of the international community for some time to come, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said in a joint statement today. Recent [more...]

Afghanistan, 16 Sep 2004 -- Rome – Afghanistan’s agriculture has suffered widespread crop failure caused by below average rains as well as plant and animal diseases, according to a joint report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). More than six million Afghans will need food and non-food assistance in the coming year. Drought conditions are particularly acute in the west, southwest and south of the [more...]

14 Sep 2004 -- Are better fishing practices responsible for decrease, or are there just fewer fish to waste?Rome -- New FAO analysis of global data for the last decade shows that on average, some 7.3 million tonnes of fish are being thrown back to sea unused each year -- a decrease of about 12 million tonnes from FAO's previous estimate.In 1996 the UN agency estimated that average annual global fish discards were around [more...]

Thailand, 09 Sep 2004 -- Bangkok – Part of a far-reaching strategy to address poverty and food security in Thailand, cooperation with BAAC focuses on building rural self-help groups, an FAO statement said today.Thai farmers have to respond to emerging challenges posed by the globalized market and the impact of free trade agreements in terms of productivity, and quality and food safety standards of their produce. They need to invest in new production technologies and [more...]

the Lao People's Democratic Republic, 31 Aug 2004 -- Vientiane – Rural women in Asia are critical human capital for achieving food security and poverty reduction in the region, an FAO statement said today. Opening a meeting on the advancement of rural women in the Beijing+10 era, Leena Kirjavainen, FAO representative in Laos, stressed that “family and public investments in education and technical training for girls and women remain minimal and largely hamper their economic and social participation in [more...]

24 Aug 2004 -- Bangkok, 24 to 26 August 2004Executive SummaryRapid progress of analytical methods resulted in large improvements in detectioncapabilities of low residue levels of veterinary drugs, and exposed gaps in current national and international regulatory systems leading particularly to major impacts on international trade. Decisive and innovative action – both realistic and flexible – is needed to address these gaps. In relation to analytical methodology, possible measures for addressing these concerns include [more...]

12 Aug 2004 -- Two workshops on important information management issues for agriculture and rural development were sponsored by FAO at the AFITA/WCCA 2004 conference in Bangkok, Thailand.The first workshop focused on "Bridging the rural digital divide". Speakers and participants recognized that the information revolution has bypassed nearly one billion people, the rural poor, who constitute 75 percent of the people in the world who live on less than one dollar a day. The [more...]