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27 May 2004 -- Seremban, Malaysia - Urgent action is needed to prevent and reduce food-borne diseases in Asia and the Pacific, according to a regional conference on food safety attended by representatives of thirty-six countries and territories.Countries recognize the enormous gap between the scale and cost of food borne illnesses and their capacity to address them, the FAO/WHO regional food safety conference concluded. This gap has increased steadily in the region as a [more...]

26 May 2004 -- FAOTERM, a terminological database covering FAO's specialized subjects - agriculture, biology, forestry, fisheries, food security, statistics and nutrition – in a multilingual format, has been redesigned.New features include a News section on the homepage, a dynamically-updated list of FAO glossaries, glossaries external to the Organization which are particularly useful to translators, meeting documents, and publications related to terminology such as the FAO house style.The FAOTERM member nations search has also [more...]

25 May 2004 -- Simplifies search for food safety regulationsSeremban, Malaysia – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched the International Portal for Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health at the FAO/World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Conference on Food Safety for Asia and the Pacific. The Portal will enable a speedy and authoritative search for current food safety and food quality standards, regulations and other relevant official materials from a single search [more...]

24 May 2004 -- Seremban, Malaysia - Experts and officials from 36 countries meet in Malaysia to develop integrated approaches to safe food production and distributionSeeking to head off future threats to public health and international trade posed by potentially unsafe food in Asia and the Pacific, over 200 food safety officials and experts from 36 countries in the region are meeting this week in Seremban, Malaysia at a four-day Regional Conference on Food [more...]

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...]