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25 Jan 2005 -- Bangkok­ - Basic equipment, supplies and technical assistance for fishing and crop production will be provided on an urgent basis to thousands of poor families in six provinces in southern Thailand who lost their production assets and means of income as a result of the December 2004 tsunamis, an FAO statement said today.An FAO emergency project is adding-on to the efforts of the Thai government for a rapid re-establishment of [more...]

06 Jan 2005 -- Many millions of farmers and fisher folk in coastal areas affected by the disasterBangkok/Jakarta - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched an urgent appeal for $26 million for farmers and fisher folk hit by the South-Asian tsunami disaster, the agency said on the occasion of the international disaster summit in Indonesia. Funds are needed to finance emergency rehabilitation projects over the next six months.“The tsunami tidal waves [more...]

Philippine Agricultural Libraries and Information Services Network (PhilAgriNet) launched
the Philippines, 03 Jan 2005 -- The Philippine Agricultural Libraries and Information Services Network (PhilAgriNet) was launched during its first General Assembly held in Manila on December 9, 2004.Dr. Rolando Labios, Chief of the Institutional Development Division of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), delivered the keynote message on behalf of Dr. William C. Medrano, BAR Director. He enjoined the Bureau’s Knowledge Management Division (KMD), Institutional Development Division (IDD), and Information and Communication Technology Division (ICTD) [more...]

20 Dec 2004 -- Bangkok - Global paddy production in 2004 is estimated at 611 million tonnes, 27 million tonnes higher than in 2003 and close to the record achieved in 1999, an FAO statement said today. However, production will remain short of consumption and rice supplies available for international trade might be limited. Rice productionAfter four consecutive years of falling rice production, the December 2004 issue of FAO's Rice Market Monitor notes that [more...]

08 Dec 2004 -- Chronic hunger plagues 852 million people worldwideRome/Johannesburg/New York/Santiago/Stockholm/Tokyo - Hunger and malnutrition cause tremendous human suffering, kill more than five million children every year, and cost developing countries billions of dollars in lost productivity and national income, according to FAO's annual hunger report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004 (SOFI 2004). "More than 20 million low birth-weight babies are born in the developing world every year," the [more...]

30 Nov 2004 -- Many FAO member countries still struggle with the impact of new technologies on how they exchange information related to Food Security.In response to this crucial challenge, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is strengthening the AGRIS network by increasing partnerships with key national and regional institutions.AGRIS, the international information system for the agricultural sciences and technology, was established by FAO in 1975 and brings together more [more...]

the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 23 Nov 2004 -- PYONGYANG/ROME ­- Despite its best harvest in ten years, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will post another substantial food deficit in 2005 and require external aid to support more than a quarter of its 23.7 million people, two United Nations agencies said today. A report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) projected domestic cereals availability in the 2004/05 marketing year (November-October) [more...]

Thailand, 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 Thailand.Marasri Singsawak – rice farmer, Thailand“A meal without rice isn’t really a meal,’’ says [more...]

Niue, 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 the Pacific island of Niue.Uhotau Pasisi – fisher, NiueUhotau Pasisi, a 64 year old [more...]

Indonesia, 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 Indonesia.Onah Lasmanah – agroforestry, IndonesiaBack in 1997, when men in her Indonesian village of [more...]