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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...]

17 May 2002 -- Kathmandu - Twenty-five Asia-Pacific countries wrapped up two days of ministerial level talks on food security here today, agreeing on the urgent need for renewed political commitment to reduce hunger in the region.The talks were to formulate the region’s position for a forthcoming world summit on food security organized by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to mobilize political will and resources to speed up hunger reduction.The 26th FAO [more...]

Japan, 16 May 2002 -- Kathmandu – Japan has made a proposal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for building an international food stock reserve for emergency assistance to poor nations, a top Japanese government official told a meeting of Asia-Pacific countries on food security organized here by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Several nations, including developing countries have shown interest in the proposal, Hiromi Iwanaga, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries told [more...]

16 May 2002 -- Kathmandu – Pacific island nations face food security challenges as serious as those confronting mountain communities, representatives of these countries told a meeting of Asia-Pacific agricultural ministers that opened today in the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.Delegates from Australia and Tonga attending the 13 to 17 May 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlighted the special problems faced by Pacific island countries, [more...]

Nepal, 15 May 2002 -- Kathmandu – Senior government officials from 25 Asia-Pacific nations ended three days of talks on food security here on Wednesday stressing that political stability and peace are essential conditions for increasing agricultural production in the world’s hungriest region.The consultation has submitted a set of recommendations for consideration by ministers from these countries during the plenary session of the 26th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, which takes place [more...]

Nepal, 14 May 2002 -- Kathmandu - One out of every six of 3 billion people in Asia and the Pacific does not eat enough to be able to lead a healthy and active life. According to FAO’s latest global food insecurity survey, the region has two-thirds of the 780 million undernourished people in the developing world. Lack of adequate nutrition saps the economic productivity of individuals and undermines the economic health of nations. Studies [more...]

Nepal, 13 May 2002 -- Kathmandu ‑ Armed conflict and hunger are stalling efforts to reduce poverty and environmental degradation in Asia-Pacific mountains, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told senior government officers from these countries meeting here to discuss sustainable mountain development in the region. “Peace in the mountains is a priority for the UN’s International Year of Mountains (IYM) being observed in 2002, FAO informed delegates from 27 Asia-Pacific countries at the [more...]

Nepal, 13 May 2002 -- Kathmandu ‑ Small farmers are the region’s main food producers, yet are hungry themselves, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told senior Asia-Pacific government officers meeting here to discuss ways of boosting productivity and incomes of small cultivators in their countries. Inadequate farm technology, institutional and policy support are keeping small cultivators in the region from unleashing their full productive capacities that can bring about big gains in agricultural [more...]

Nepal, 12 May 2002 -- Kathmandu – Representatives of seven Pacific nations have begun arriving here to attend the 26th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific that will review the state of agriculture and food security in the region. Australia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga are sending delegations to the 13 to 17 May 2002 conference, which is being held for the first time in the Himalayan Kingdom [more...]

Nepal, 12 May 2002 -- Kathmandu – Increasing the productivity and incomes of resource-poor agricultural workers who feed Asia and the Pacific, yet are hungry themselves, is a central goal ofthe UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the region, a top FAO official told a gathering of Asian civil society groups that concluded here today.Achieving this objective is vital for eliminating hunger from Asia and the Pacific, which has two-thirds of the world’s about [more...]