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21 May 2004 -- Ministers agree on need to restructure agriculture in the regionBeijing – Thirty-three Asia-Pacific countries wrapped up two days of ministerial level talks on food security here today, unanimously agreeing on the need for fair and equitable trade to enhance food security and reduce poverty. Expressing concern that global progress in reducing the number of undernourished in the world seemed to have stalled, ministers and delegates urged all countries to demonstrate [more...]

20 May 2004 -- AGORA initiative to provide free or low-cost science journals sees significant increase in user participation as more publishers agree to provide online access to scientific journals on food and agriculture.The Food and Agriculture Organization and its partners in AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) have seen a significant increase in the number of institutions applying to take part in the initiative, while more publishers have signed up to [more...]

18 May 2004 -- Beijing - "Growth in agriculture is an essential component of poverty reduction and food security strategies", said Jacques Diouf, FAO director-general, to a gathering of senior finance and agricultural officials from 35 Asia-Pacific countries, attending a joint FAO/Asian Development Bank roundtable on Tuesday afternoon 18 May 2004, held in parallel with the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (Beijing, 17 to 21 May 2004).Agriculture in the region has [more...]

17 May 2004 -- Beijing – FAO today called for a restructuring of the rice sector in Asia taking into account mega trends in the rice economy and critical developments in rice-based cropping systems.High cropping intensity, natural resource exploitation and pollution have caused a vicious cycle of poverty and environmental degradation in a large part of the rice sector in Asia, FAO stated today during the 27th session of the Regional Conference for Asia [more...]

17 May 2004 -- Beijing – Following the Asian financial crisis, there seemed to be heightened awareness of the critical role of agriculture in poverty alleviation and food security, FAO said today during the opening ceremony of the 27th session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific.However, “In food security, we are nowhere near the rate of progress needed to meet the World Food Summit target of halving the number of undernourished [more...]

14 May 2004 -- Rice livelihoods and food security will also be discussedBeijing – Despite solemn commitments made by governments to reduce the number of undernourished people by half by 2015 –hunger persists in Asia and the Pacific, and any reduction of undernourishment remains far too slow, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. The total annual gross investment required for the agriculture sectors of Asia to meet the summit goal is [more...]

13 May 2004 -- Beijing – Over 100 representatives of non-governmental and civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs) dealing with food security and poverty in Asia will gather in Beijing on 15 and 16 May to discuss ways of reducing widespread chronic hunger in the region, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. The meeting is held in conjunction with the 27th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific. The [more...]

Fiji, 19 Apr 2004 -- Nadi/Bangkok - Most Asia-Pacific countries have developed well-defined policies and innovative tools for sustainable forestry, but since many lack the capacity to implement them effectively, overall progress remains slow, FAO said today."It is encouraging to see that the concept of sustainable forestry is increasingly gaining ground in the Asia-Pacific region," said Hosny El-Lakany, FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry, on the eve of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission meeting in Nadi, Fiji [more...]

Thailand, 02 Apr 2004 -- Bangkok – Today the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Thai ministry of agriculture and cooperatives signed a project agreement for improving Robusta coffee production and processing in the South.FAO will work with the Thai government to assist coffee growers hit by the global crisis in coffee prices, the organization said today. The complete programme of technical interventions in Robusta coffee production, processing, storage, transport and food hygiene [more...]

22 Mar 2004 -- Bangkok – Japan will support Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Viet Nam with $1.6 million in the fight against avian influenza, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. With Japanese funding, FAO will provide technical expertise, basic emergency equipment and materials for disease investigation, culling operations, cleaning and disinfection of infected premises. Japan will also support the coordination of disease control activities. Small and medium size poultry producers, retailers [more...]