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28 Aug 2002 -- Bangkok – Adverse weather conditions could affect Asia’s paddy harvest in 2002 but this is unlikely to reduce rice exports with India and Myanmar emerging as major international suppliers, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a new rice market report released today.FAO’s latest Rice Market Monitor (August 2002), which tracks trends in global production, trade and prices, has revised upwards by 6 million tonnes its 2002 world [more...]

26 Aug 2002 -- Ulaanbaatar - As if clearing by poor farmers, uncontrolled forest fires and destructive logging practices weren’t enough, the rich forests of the Asia-Pacific region are now being threatened by aliens. Alien invasive species, that is. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), a wide array of aggressive, rapidly-reproducing, and highly mobile plant and animal species are invading the forests of the Asia-Pacific region. Some, such [more...]

Thailand, 23 Jul 2002 -- Bangkok – Thailand, with Southeast Asia’s fastest growing demand for milk that is fed mainly by imports, today signed an agreement with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve production and marketing by small dairy farmers in the country.Under a technical cooperation project (TCP/THA/2802) signed with the Government of Thailand on 23 July 2002, the world food and agriculture body will provide training and technology to enable small [more...]

20 Jun 2002 -- Bangkok, 20 June 2002 (Food and Agriculture Organization) – Competitive prices, timely monsoon rains and surplus stocks have set India on course to become the world’s second largest rice exporter this year after Thailand, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a new global rice market report released here today.Lower export prices coupled with yet another anticipated bumper paddy harvest and the expected surge in imports by Indonesia [more...]

12 Jun 2002 -- Rome – Worried about a likely rise in sea levels, destructive fishing practices and globalisation, top leaders of Pacific island nations attending a UN food security summit here have sought international action to help them tackle these threats.The Heads of State and Government of Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga reminded the 183 nations gathered at the 10 to 13 June 2002 World Food Summit: five years [more...]

11 Jun 2002 -- Rome – Accusing rich nations of practising double standards, Asian nations have urged world leaders at a UN food security summit here to help create a level playing field so that developing countries can also take advantage of global trade liberalisation.Leaders of prominent Asian trading nations have told the 10 to 13 June 2002 World Food Summit: five years later (WFS: fyl) convened by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization [more...]

Indonesia, 10 Jun 2002 -- Rome – Foreign debt obligations brought on by the Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s are a major obstacle to tackling hunger and poverty in Indonesia, the leader of the Southeast Asian nation worst hit by that crisis told world leaders meeting here for a UN food summit.President Megawati Soekarnoputri told the 10 to 13 June 2002 World Food Summit: five years later (WFS: fyl), which has been convened [more...]

China, 10 Jun 2002 -- Rome – All countries must respect the UN Charter and the “basic norms governing international relations” to safeguard world peace and regional stability which is necessary for eliminating global hunger, a top Chinese leader told world leaders meeting here at a UN food security summit.At the same time, national governments must give the utmost priority to ensuring food security to their people, which is essential for national stability and world [more...]

Sri Lanka, 10 Jun 2002 -- Rome – Rich nations are using the World Trade Organization (WTO) to promote a one-way global agricultural trade that is keeping developing nation farm produce out of their markets, the President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Kumaratunga told world leaders today who are meeting here to reaffirm a five-year-old pledge to fight hunger. Speaking on the opening day of the 10 to 13 June World Food Summit: five years later (WFS: [more...]

Bangladesh, 17 May 2002 -- Kathmandu - Least developing countries such as Bangladesh are too poor to comply with crucial agriculture trade requirements of the WTO (World Trade Organization) agreement, the country’s agriculture minister told a meeting of Asia-Pacific nations that ended here today.While the South Asian nation is committed to the WTO terms, like most of the least developing countries (LDCs), it is “not in a position to comply with the sanitary and phyto-sanitary [more...]