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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...]

04 Jul 2003 -- Bangkok – International prices of rice have continued to strengthen since the beginning of the year and climbed to a two-year high, as rice stocks are drawn heavily and are at the lowest level for more than two decades. A combination of short export availabilities in several major exporting countries and strong international demand has fuelled the rise in international rice prices during 2003. For example, exports from the United [more...]

04 Jun 2003 -- ROME - A joint Special Report on the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission to Timor-Leste, the world’s newest independent country, was released today. The joint FAO/WFP mission visited Timor-Leste from 15 April to 5 May 2003 to review and analyze the food supply and demand situation in the context of the country’s macro-economic situation, and to forecast import requirements including potential food needs in marketing year 2003/04 (April/March), [more...]

Thailand, 28 Mar 2003 -- Bangkok - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf will visit Thailand on 2 and 3 April to mobilize backing for Asian food security and safety, and related global efforts to eradicate hunger.Dr Diouf is in Thailand as the official guest of the ministry of agriculture and cooperatives. The main concern of his present mission is to obtain renewed political commitment to the goal set by the landmark November 1996 World Food Summit [more...]

23 Feb 2003 -- Bangkok – Asia, with two-thirds of the world's underfed people, must give top priority to fighting hunger to build an additional defence against the rapidly growing HIV/AIDS pandemic that threatens social and economic chaos, according to a new FAO nutrition and health care manual. Take two tablets after meals, but don't forget the meals, says the world food agency.Published jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO), it highlights the hitherto [more...]

18 Feb 2003 -- Pattaya, Thailand - Eight South and Southeast Asian countries bordering the Bay of Bengal are meeting here to discuss cooperation to protect their fragile coastal and marine resources that are vital for the well-being of a quarter of humanity.Some 50 senior government officials from these countries and leading international marine ecosystem experts have gathered at this Thai beach resort for the 17 to 21 February 2003 First regional workshop of [more...]