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23 Jan 2004 -- Bangkok - With six Asian countries affected by avian influenza, FAO appeals for concerted action by governments for averting a further spread of pathogenic influenza which may also affect humans. The animal disease should be closely monitored, emergency action should be initiated immediately or continue to be implemented in the affected countries, and prevention and preparedness programmes developed in surrounding areas and neighbouring countries. The number of affected countries in [more...]

15 Jan 2004 -- South Korea, Viet Nam and Japan affected – team of experts sent to Viet Nam Rome — The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today expressed serious concern about the spread of Avian flu in East Asia. “The disease seems to have a regional dimension, with South-Korea, Viet Nam and Japan being affected in a short period of time,” FAO said in a statement. “Possible links between these outbreaks must [more...]

14 Nov 2003 -- Bangkok - World rice inventories at the close of the present crop seasons ending in 2004 are now forecast at 102 million tons, down 20 million from their opening level. As market conditions remain tight, rice prices are expected to continue a steady recovery from last year low levels. For the fourth consecutive year, global rice stocks are predicted to fall, as consumption is again outpacing production worldwide. The November [more...]

16 Oct 2003 -- “International Alliance against Hunger”Today, as people gather around the world to celebrate World Food Day, I would like to remind everyone of the paramount significance of this celebration; to rid the world of hunger. For still 840 million people, around 800 million of them in developing countries, suffer from chronic hunger. This leaves us much too far from the World Food Summit goal set in 1996 to cut by half [more...]

Thailand, 16 Oct 2003 -- Bangkok, 16 October 2003 – Today, the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok has issued awards to three outstanding farmers from the Asia-Pacific Region. The farmers received the awards from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the 2003 World Food Day celebration in Bangkok.Rosukon Poompanvong – outstanding achievement in organic farmingA pioneering farmer in Thailand’s organic movement, Rosukon Poompanvong – now in her late 40s – is a woman with an [more...]

the Philippines, 16 Oct 2003 -- Bangkok – Today, the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok has issued awards to three outstanding farmers from the Asia-Pacific Region. The farmers received the awards from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the 2003 World Food Day celebration in Bangkok.Virginia Muniño – outstanding achievement in integrated farmingA successful female farmer-entrepreneur, Virginia Muniño from the Philippines is the fourth of 12 children in a farming family. She embarked on a professional [more...]

Pakistan, 16 Oct 2003 -- Bangkok – Today, the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok has issued awards to three outstanding farmers from the Asia-Pacific Region. The farmers received the awards from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the 2003 World Food Day celebration in Bangkok.Muhammad Nawaz Dhillon – outstanding achievement in the special programme for food securityA progressive small farmer, Muhammad Nawaz Dhillon’s involvement in diverse social and agricultural activities has earned him a unique [more...]

16 Oct 2003 -- Bangkok - Below are extracts from the address by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, delivered on the ocassion of the Asia-Pacific regional observance of World Food Day 2003 in Bangkok on 16 October 2003.[…]In recent decades, countries in the region have made considerable socio-economic progress and significantly reduced the proportion of undernourished population. However, statistically, 60 percent of the 840 million hungry people in the world live in Asia-Pacific countries. [more...]

14 Oct 2003 -- Creating an international alliance against hunger is the core theme of this year's World Food Day. World Food Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 16 October 1945. Journalists and media organizations are invited to attend the World Food Day celebration at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Maliwan Mansion, Pra Atit Road, Banglampoo on Thursday 16 October starting [more...]

Thailand, 22 Sep 2003 -- Bangkok - An agreement was signed today between the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the introduction and demonstration of new techniques for the sustainable use of soils for crop production. FAO will provide consultants, supplies, equipment, cost of training, and other necessary operations costs for a total amount of $260 000 or B10.5 million.Signed by Worwate Tamrongtanyalak, MoAC deputy permanent secretary, [more...]